arrow-downarrow-leftarrow-rightarrow-upcarret-downcarret-leftcarret-rightcarret-upclosedownloadenvelope-altenvelopefacebookhouseinfoinstagramjargon-busterlinkedinlocationmediamenunew-tabpencilphoneprintsearchshareticktooltiptwitteryoutube
Skip to main content

Hostplus Board of Directors.

The activities of Hostplus are managed by our Trustee Board of Directors with David Elia as Chief Executive Officer.

The Board of Directors is equally represented by employer (nominated by the Australian Hotels Association (AHA)) and employee (nominated by United Workers Union) organisations. There are also three independent directors jointly selected by the AHA and United Workers Union. 

Board Structure

We believe that our management structure and member-centric philosophy provides confidence to our employers and members that the right decisions will be made for the best reasons with the best interests of our members at their core.

Trust Deed

The Board of Directors represent our members in accordance with the Hostplus Trust Deed and superannuation law.  

The Board of Directors also ensure that all Hostplus activities meet the Federal Government requirements for the fair and safe operation of the fund.

David Elia, Chief Executive Officer

  • David is one of Australia’s most experienced and recognised business leaders. His wide ranging experience includes senior roles in superannuation, finance, marketing, corporate and fund governance, taxation, risk management, audit, corporate/strategic planning and implementation.

    Follow David on Twitter 

    Read more

David is one of Australia’s most experienced and recognised business leaders. In a career spanning more than 25 years, his singular vision has helped create businesses that deliver consistently excellent results and real stakeholder value.

His wide-ranging experience includes senior roles in superannuation, finance, marketing, corporate and fund governance, taxation, risk management, audit, corporate/strategic planning and implementation.

David’s leadership has been recognised by numerous industry awards, including the Australian Financial Review BOSS True Leader award and the Fund Executives Association Ltd's (FEAL's) Fund Executive of the Year Award. He is especially interested in what makes organisations tick – from creating an innovative culture to leadership values, strategy and teamwork at all levels.

He takes a leading role as Director of the E.J. Whitten Foundation, a not-for-profit charity for men's health, and is passionate about furthering the charity’s vision of increasing awareness of prostate cancer in men and raising funds for research.

His role as Director of Hotel Care Foundation (Vic) is further testament to his dedication to the wider community with funds raised and support provided to a number of charities and worthy causes each year.

Role & responsibility

  • CEO
  • Company Secretary1

Year of appointment

  • 2003

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Economics, La Trobe University (May 1991)
  • Professional Year, Institute of Chartered Accountants (November 1995)
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments, FINSIA (April 2005)
  • Building and Sustaining Competitive Advantage, Harvard Business School (June 2006)
  • Graduate Diploma in Company Directors Course, AICD (October 2010)
  • Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (November 1995)
  • Fellow of FINSIA (July 2002)
  • Fellow of Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) (February 2012)
  • Fellow of AIM (August 2012)
  • Member of AIST
  • Member of FEAL
  • Director of Hotel Care Foundation (Vic) Pty Ltd.

Experience

David has more than 25 years' experience in senior positions in superannuation, finance, marketing, corporate and fund governance, taxation, risk management, audit, corporate and strategic planning and implementation.

Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

1. Effective 28 June 2002.

Our Board of Directors

Roles & responsibilities:
Independent Director
Chair of the Board
Chair of the Nomination and Board Renewal Committee
Member of the People and Remuneration Committee
Member of the Special Investment Group.

Appointment date:
9 February 2007

 

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne
  • RG 146 (ASIC Tier 1) for the Superannuation Industry, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST)
  • Member of the AIST.

Experience

Crown Limited (2008 - 2010)

  • Chief Operating Officer International Business
  • CEO of Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Inc.

Tabcorp Holdings Ltd (1995 – 2006)

  • Executive General Manager of Development
  • Executive General Manager of the Victorian Gaming Division
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Trustee of Tabcorp Employee Superannuation Fund.
Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

Role & responsibility:
Independent Director
Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

Appointment date:
1 July 2006

 

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney
  • Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 and recipient of the Centenary Medal
  • RG 146 (ASIC Tier 1) for the Superannuation Industry, (AIST)
  • Fellow of the AIST.

Experience

Peter has had a distinguished career as Company Director, Parliamentarian, Military and Naval Reserve Officer, Barrister and ABC Journalist.
He has also held a number of senior roles, including:

 

  • Chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2004–2011)
  • Member of Cancer Council of NSW (2004–2006)
  • Chair of Cancer Institute of NSW (2005–2008)
  • Deputy Chair of the Centenary of ANZAC Commemoration Committee for NSW (2010–2011)
  • Chair of Barton Deakin Government Relations
  • Board member of Macquarie Generation (2006–2009)
  • Board member of the Workers Compensation Insurance Fund Investment Board of NSW (2005–2012)
  • Honorary Colonel of 1st Commando Regiment (1995–2000)
  • Active service in Iraq in 2007, for which he was awarded the US Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Captain in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve (retired 2012)
  • Acting Fleet Legal Officer for RAN (2003)
  • NSW Parliament (1981–2003) including Minister for Health, Arts, Consumer Affairs and State Development, Attorney General, Treasurer of NSW, Deputy Leader and Leader of the NSW Opposition
  • Chair of ISA (2013–2018), currently Deputy Chair
  • Chair of the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District since 2016
  • Chair of the Legal Aid Commission of NSW (2008–2011)
  • Chair of St John Ambulance (NSW) (2007–2013).
Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

Role & responsibility:
Independent Director
Member of the Operations Committee.

Appointment date:
24 October 2013

 

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws (awarded prizes for Legal Ethics, Legal Accounting and Law of Evidence)
  • Bachelor of Commerce – Industrial Relations/Management
  • RG 146 (ASIC Tier 1) for the Superannuation Industry, AIST.

Experience

Alex has over 15 years’ industrial relations experience in both state and federal industrial relations systems. Currently a Principal at Maurice Blackburn, her previous roles include:

 

  • Senior Associate at WG McNally Jones
  • Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Finance Sector Union.
Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

Role & responsibility:
Employer Director
Deputy Chair of the Board
Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
Member of the Nomination and Board Renewal Committee
Member of the Special Investment Group
Appointed by the AHA.

Appointment date:
6 June 2003

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts, La Trobe University
  • Member of the Order of Australia
  • Associate of the Australian Property Institute 
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM)
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
  • RG 146 (ASIC Tier 1) for the Superannuation Industry AIST
  • Fellow of the AIST.

Experience

Mark has extensive experience in property development, property management and hotel and leisure management. His current roles include:

 

  • Vice President of the AHA (Victoria)
  • Councillor of the AHA (Victoria).
Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

Role & responsibility:
Employer Director
Chair of the People and Remuneration Committee
Member of the Special Investment Group
Appointed by the AHA


Appointment date:

1 July 2012

 

Qualifications and memberships

  • Licensed Real Estate Agent (Queensland)
  • Diploma in Financial Markets, Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA)
  • Member of the AICD
  • Life Membership Award 2009, Tourism and Transport Forum
  • RG 146 (ASIC Tier 1) for the Superannuation Industry AIST.

Experience

With over 30 years’ experience in the tourism and hospitality industry across all facets, including operations, corporate management, investment, development, asset management and real estate, David continues to provide consulting services and strategic advice on tourism investment opportunities.

His key senior roles have included:

 

  • Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels (1996–2010): CEO Asia Pacific, Global Hotels Board Member, International Director
  • Sunotel Corporation, (1990–1995, 2010–present); Chairman, CEO and Founder
  • Tourism and Leisure Corporation Limited (1984–1989): Managing Director, General Manager
  • Hilton Internationals Hotel Group, (1978–1984): Operations Analyst, Food and Beverage Analyst.
Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

Role & responsibility:
Employer Director
Appointed by the AHA

Appointment date:
1 July 2012

 

Qualifications and memberships

  • Awarded the Centenary Medal for ‘service as Minister for Trade’ during his time in Parliament
  • Recognised as an Officer of the Order of Australia for ‘distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia, through support for rural and regional communities, to the pursuit of global trade and investment opportunities, and to the citizens of the Taree region’
  • RG 146 (ASIC Tier 1) for the Superannuation Industry AIST
  • Fellow of the AICD.

Experience

Since 2008, Mark has pursued a career in the private sector and sits on a number of boards as Director or Chairman. He also provides corporate advice to a number of Australian companies operating in the international marketplace. Mark is a former member of the House of Representatives for the seat of Lyne in New South Wales (NSW), Leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister in the Howard Government from 2005 to 2007.

 

He has enjoyed a distinguished parliamentary career over 18 years and before that, served on the Taree City Council. His key parliamentary and ministerial appointments have included:

 

  • Deputy Prime Minister (July 2005–December 2007)
  • Minister for Transport and Regional Services (September 2006–December 2007)
  • Minister for Trade (July 1999–September 2006)
  • Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (October 1998–July 1999)
  • Minister for Transport and Regional Development (October 1997–October 1998)
  • Member of the Speaker’s Panel (January 1995–October 1997).

Prior to joining federal parliament, Mark held a number of roles in local government and agriculture.

Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

Role & responsibility:
Employee Director and Deputy Chair, Host-Plus Pty Limited1
Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
Member of the People and Remuneration Committee
Member of the Nomination and Board Renewal Committee
Member of the Special Investment Group
Appointed by United Workers Union.

Appointment date:
17 August 20152

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Tasmania
  • Diploma in Company Directors Course, AICD
  • Diploma in Financial Services (Financial Planning), AIST / Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA).

Experience

As the Assistant Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) (2008–2015), Tim’s key responsibilities included management of the organising and education programs, the industrial and policy unit, and superannuation and retirement incomes.

 

Tim has a decade of experience as a director of two other industry superannuation funds and in various industry bodies. He has also served on government committees and boards in relation to superannuation, tax and workplace relations.

 

Prior to this role, Tim held various positions at the National Union of Workers (1995–2008).

Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

1. Commencement date 15 May 2015.
2. Appointed Employee Director and Deputy Chair of the Host-Plus Pty Ltd Board effective 17 August 2015.

Role & responsibility:
Employee Director
Member of the Operations Committee
Appointed by United Workers Union.

Appointment date:
10 February 2017

 

Qualifications and memberships

  • Master in Public and International Law (Honours), University of Melbourne (2006)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Melbourne (2003)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne (2003)
  • Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice, Skills and Ethics (Honours), Monash University (2006)
  • Admitted to legal practice; New South Wales (2016–present)
  • Supreme Court of Victoria (2004–2010)
  • High Court of Australia (2004–present)
  • Graduate of AIST's Trustee Director Course
  • Awarded the Garry Weaven Emerging Trustee Director Scholarship 2019.

Experience

Bev has a background in industrial, corporate and regulatory law and extensive experience in media and communications strategy, stakeholder management and operational affairs. She has worked for over a decade in senior management positions in not-for-profit and member-based organisations:

 

  • Director of Corporate and Public Affairs, United Workers Union (April 2016–ongoing)
  • Director of Institutional Advancement and General Counsel, University of the People (2010–2015)
  • National Industrial Officer of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia (2007–2009)
  • Solicitor at Minter Ellison Lawyers (2003–2005).
Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

Role & responsibility:
Employee Director
Appointed by United Workers Union

Appointment date:
1 February 2021

 

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours-First Class), Monash University (2013)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Queensland University of Technology (2008)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours – First Class),
    Monash University (2006).

Experience

Imogen has a background in industrial law and extensive experience in strategic leadership, strategy, and regulation and policy. She has worked for over five years in senior leadership positions in government and member-based organisations:

  • Deputy Director, United Workers Union (2020 – ongoing)
  • National Industrial Officer and General Branch President, National Union of Workers (2018-2019)
  • Queensland State Lead, National Union of Workers (2016-2017)
    Chief of Staff, Office of the Hon. Grace Grace MP (2015).

Alternate Directors

Role & responsibility:
Alternate Employer Director
Appointed by the AHA

Appointment date:
1 July 2013

 

Qualifications and memberships

  • RG 146 (ASIC Tier 1) for the Superannuation Industry, AIST
  • Member of the AIST.

Experience

With over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Neil's key senior roles include:

 

  • President of the AHA State Council (Western Australia)
  • Senior roles with the AHA since 1994
  • Owner/operator of Paddington Ale House, Mount Hawthorn
  • Partner, The Sandbar, Scarborough Beach
  • As a former league footballer, Neil held various executive roles over a 30-year period, including as Director of Football Operations (10 years) and President of Subiaco Football Club (7 years).
Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

Role & responsibility:
Alternate Employee Director
Chair of the Claims Review Committee
Appointed by United Workers Union.

Appointment date:
28 May 20031

Qualifications and memberships

  • Diploma in Teaching, Commercial Adelaide College of Advanced Education
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies, South Australian College of Advanced Education
  • RG 146 (ASIC Tier 1) for the Superannuation Industry, AIST
  • Fellow of the AIST.

Experience

With over 30 years’ experience, Robyn has held a number of senior roles in United Workers Union, training in commercial organisations and the education sector:

 

  • Assistant Branch Secretary of United Workers Union (SA)
  • Training Liaison Officer and Industrial Officer at United Workers Union 
  • Training Coordinator at Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Governance, Property Management Officer.
Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

1. Appointed Employee Director 28 May 2003 - 14 October 2015, and as Alternate Employee Director, effective 28 October 2015.

Now I'd like to...