Management team

The management team take care of the day to day operations of WA Super. They are employed by WA Local Financial Services Pty Ltd, trading as Western Financial, the business arm of the fund.

Executive Management Team

Fabian Ross
Chief Executive Officer

Commencement: 8 February 2017

Experience: Fabian has had more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector, including Acting Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Wealth Management at GESB, Director and board member of GESB Wealth Management Pty Ltd.

Previously Fabian was the National Head of Wealth Management for HBOS Australia (St Andrews Australia) and has held a variety of positions with the Commonwealth Bank Australia, across retail, corporate /commercial and private divisions.

Most recently Fabian has held numerous senior positions across BT Financial Group (BTFG).

Qualifications:

  • Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Advanced Diploma, Financial Services – Financial Planning, Kaplan
  • Executive Certificate, Marketing, ECU
  • CEO Business and Leadership Program – Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania

Paul Owen
General Manager - Client Services

Commencement: 1 March 2013 (Previously Manager Business Development and Advisory since March 2006)

Experience: Paul joined WA Super in March 2006 following a successful career in senior roles within Local Government. Paul is responsible for managing Financial Advice, Member Education, the Client Contact Centre, Business Development and Product & Marketing.

Qualifications

Paul holds an MBA from Murdoch University and a Certificate IV Business Excellence & Organisational Self-Assessment, is a Member of the Fund Executives Association Ltd and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lee Watson
Chief Financial Officer

Commencement: 21 April 2017

Experience: Lee was appointed to the CFO role in April 2017 and has worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years and has significant experience across the superannuation industry, investment industry and WA State Government.  Lee is responsible for managing the Human Resources, Projects, Finance and IT functions.

Qualifications

Lee graduated from the University of Exeter with a Masters in Leadership and Change, is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Alison Seinor
Chief Risk Officer

Commencement: 1 November 2016 (Previously Risk Manager since April 2007)

Experience: Alison has worked in the financial services industry for more than 25 years with various roles in the areas of superannuation and financial planning. 

Alison is responsible for managing the Governance, Risk and Compliance team.  

Qualifications

Alison holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Curtin University and an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning.  

Chris West
General Manager Investments

Commencement: 12 April 2017 (Previously Investment Manager since August 2013)

Experience: Chris has institutional investment experience covering portfolio construction, risk management, operations and policy development.  

Chris is responsible for providing reporting and recommendations to the Investment Committee on a broad range of investment matters including policies, portfolio construction and investment risk management along with day-to-day monitoring and management of investment related service providers.    

Qualifications

Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Finance from the Australian National University and is a Certified Investment Management Analyst ® professional. 

Operations Management Team


Kate Kennedy
Head of Member Experience

Steve Smith
Manager Human Resources

Dion Chang
Administration Systems Manager

Diana Hong
Manager Finance and Operations

Quyen Truong
Head of Advice

Paul Jamieson
Head of Product and Marketing

Gavin Smith
Manager Business Development

 

Former Management

 John McNally
Chief Executive Officer
Ceased: 13 February 2017

Paul Phillips
Chief Financial Officer
Ceased: 12 May 2017

 

 

 

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