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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.

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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 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:
Independent Director
Chair, Audit Committee
Member, Risk & Compliance Committee
Jointly appointed by AHA and United Workers Union

Appointment date:
1 July 2021

 

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne.
  • Member of the Order of Australia (2015)
  • President of the Council of Trustees, National Gallery of Victoria
  • Chair, Visit Victoria
  • Council Member, Newman College, University of Melbourne
  • Patron, Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
  • Member, Chief Executive Women

Experience

Janet is head of Gilbert + Tobin’s Disputes + Investigations practice in Melbourne. She is one of the pre-eminent commercial litigators in Australia and is known for obtaining outstanding results in the most complex disputes.

 

  • Has been involved in the corporate arena as a director throughout her professional career, gaining extensive appreciation of the issues that face business leaders.
  • Extensive governance and probity experience through providing advice professionally but also widespread experience in risk, finance and audit sub-committees of various organisations over more than 15 years.
  • Janet is the President of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria, the first woman to hold the position in the Gallery’s 160 year history.
  • Named one of Australia’s 10 Most Influential Women in the Westpac and Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards in 2015 and won the category for Culture.
  • Prior to joining Gilbert + Tobin, Janet was a partner with Corrs Chambers Westgarth for 22 years and led its Melbourne Commercial Litigation Division.
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:
Employee Director and Deputy Chair, Host-Plus Pty Limited1
Chair of the Risk and Compliance Committee
Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Nomination and Board Renewal Committee
Co-Chair, 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 People and Remuneration Committee
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).
Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

Role & responsibility:
Employer Director
Member, Risk & Compliance Committee
Member, Audit Committee
Appointed by the AHA

Appointment date:
1 July 2021

 

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Masters of Business Administration
  • Graduate Member of AICD
  • Director of the Australasian Gaming Council

Experience

David has been the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tabcorp (a major gambling entertainment group listed on the ASX, employing more than 4,000 people) since June 2011, having joined Tabcorp in April 2010 as Managing Director - Wagering.

 

  • Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer (South Africa) of Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Limited, the leading wagering operator in South Africa.
  • His previous experience includes the development of casino, bookmaking and gaming opportunities for British bookmaking company Ladbrokes (formerly part of the Hilton Group Plc).
  • David has extensive gambling industry experience, strategic and commercial acumen, retail and customer experience, and corporate governance and sustainability experience.
Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

Role & responsibility:
Employer Director and Deputy Co-Chair, Hostplus Board
Member, Operations Committee
Member, Nominations & Board Renewals Committee
Appointed by the AHA

Appointment date:
1 July 2021

 

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Economics and Finance, University of NSW
  • Honorary Board member, Bundanoon Trust

Experience

Craig has had the following experience:

 

  • Federal Member for Reid (NSW) (2013-2018) Senior governmental relationship management and engagement, including lobbyist on behalf of the hospitality industry.
    • Minister for Small & Family Business, Industrial Relations, Deregulation. (2016-2017)
    • Assistant Minister for Industry Innovation and Science. (2016)
    • Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs. (2016)
    • Chair House Economics Committee – oversight of RBA/ASIC/APRA. (2015- 2016)
    • Joint parliamentary committee on Public accounts and Audit. (2013-2015)
  • Advisor to the Laundy Hotel Group.
Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

Role & responsibility:
Employee Director, Hostplus Board
Appointed by United Workers Union

Appointment date:
1 November 2021

 

Experience

Gary has had the following experience:

 

  • United Workers Union, State Secretary, Director of Politics and Vice President, National Executive Committee (2019-present)
  • Intrust Super, Chair (2016-2021)
  • Intrust Super, Director (2004-2021)
  • United Voice, QLD Branch Secretary and National President (UWU, predecessor union) (2007-2019)
  • United Voice, Assistant Secretary (2001-2007)
  • United Voice, Official (1994-2001)
Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

Alternate Directors

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

Appointment date:
10 February 20171

 

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
  • Member, Women in Super

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. She is currently Deputy Director, Organisational Strategy, Risk & Compliance at the United Workers Union.


Previous roles include:

 

  • Deputy Director, Member Engagement, United Workers Union (2019- 2021)
  • Director of Corporate and Public Affairs, United Voice (April 2016–2019)
  • 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.

1Appointed Employee Director 10 February 2017 – 31 October 2021, and as Alternate Employee Director, effective 1 November 2021.

Role & responsibility:
Alternate Employer Director
Appointed by the AHA

Appointment date:
1 July 2021

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

Experience

Brian is a specialist in general and financial management, regulation, compliance, hospitality industry advocacy and issues management.

 

  • Former CEO of AHA Victoria, with the AHA being a founding member of Hostplus.
  • Brian held numerous ministerial and statutory appointments including CEO of the Victorian Liquor Licensing Commission and Director of Liquor Licensing.
  • Former board member of the William Angliss Institute of TAFE and a member of the Responsible Gambling Ministerial Advisory Council.
Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

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