AIST Advocacy Team

AIST Advocacy Team

Ailsa Goodwin

Head of Advocacy

Ailsa joined AIST as Head of Advocacy in November 2017 and has more than a decade of experience working in financial services. Ailsa has held various senior management roles at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) where she led teams responsible for the Future of Financial Advice reforms, Stronger Super reforms and reviews of the regulatory settings for life insurance within and outside superannuation. Ailsa also previously worked as a solicitor at a national law firm in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as a role in regulatory policy at Industry Super Australia.

Ailsa is responsible for managing AIST’s advocacy team including policy, research, media and communications. Ailsa holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts.


David Haynes

Senior Policy Manager

As  AIST’s Senior Policy Manager, David has spent the last six years working closely with Parliament, Government, Treasury, regulators and other key stakeholders in developing and implementing all aspects of superannuation policy including major projects such as the Financial System Inquiry, the Tax Inquiry, MySuper, SuperStream, default fund selection and Comprehensive Income Products for Retirement (CIPRs).

David has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry including time as the CEO of Industry Fund Services and AUSfund, as an executive at Members Equity, as an account manager for Australian Administration Services (AAS), and as a trustee of a number of superannuation funds.

David holds a parallel role as Executive Superannuation Policy Advisor at IQ Group and is also a director of the SuperStream Gateway Network Governance Body and Chairs the Audit and Risk Committee of the Council of the Aging (COTA) Victoria.


Karen Volpato

Senior Policy Advisor

Karen is AIST’s Senior Policy Advisor. In this capacity, Karen manages AIST’s strategic research framework and projects.

Her previous roles included Marketing Manager of First State Super, where Karen was responsible for marketing, policy, corporate affairs and product. In this role, Karen oversaw the marketing rollout of First State Super becoming a public offer fund as well as the merger with Health Super.

Karen has extensive experience in the banking and superannuation industry, has a legal background and holds a Bachelor of Laws.

Karen was awarded Money Management’s 2017 Woman of the Year and has in the past been voted as Selecting Super’s Superannuation Marketer of the Year.

Richard Webb

Policy & Regulatory Analyst

Richard Webb is a Policy & Regulatory Analyst. Richard has been with AIST for eight years, having also worked in AIST’s education and governance departments.

Richard has a deep understanding of the complex issues in superannuation policy and plays an active role in developing and implementing AIST’s policy and government relations strategy, participating in parliamentary inquiries, Government committees and consultations involving Treasury and regulators. He also leads the formulation of AIST policy submissions and coordinates the activities of AIST’s Policy & Governance Committee.

Richard has over 20 years’ experience within financial services including roles at Superpartners, AXA and the Commonwealth Bank.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance, a Diploma in Financial Planning, and a Master of Applied Finance. He also plays trombone in 2 ½ bands when he’s not studying.

Jake Sims

Policy & Regulatory Analyst

Jake Sims is a Policy & Regulatory Analyst. Jake joined in 2015 through AIST’s Super Grads program that aims to develop university graduates into leaders of the profit-to-member super industry.

As part of AIST’s advocacy team Jake prepares a number of submissions, reports and presentations on various superannuation topics including governance, dispute resolution, whistleblowing, gender diversity and more. He is chair of AIST’s RAP Working Group and is also an active member of the Indigenous Superannuation Working Group.

Jake holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours), a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and a Diploma of Superannuation.

To contact the AIST Advocacy team please email or phone 03 8677 3800.