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Lifting the lid on liquidity

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Lifting the lid on liquidity

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ASI 2020 Operations  Investment  COVID-19

Liquidity within superannuation funds continues to be a constant theme in the media, but is this really a problem for funds?

Our panel will discuss the early release scheme and the impact on member outcomes.

Published Date: 16 September 2020


Kim Bowater, Director of Consulting, Frontier Advisors

Kim Bowater is the Director of Consulting at Frontier, having joined Frontier in 2002. Kim is responsible for overseeing the delivery of advice and research through our consulting team.

She is a member of Frontier's Investment Committee and Chair of our Client Portfolio Review Committee.
She is also the lead consultant for several large superannuation funds. Kim has 23 years of industry experience having previously been employed at Deloitte and Towers Perrin.

Kim is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with First Class Honours in Mathematical Statistics. Kim is a member of the CFA Institute.

Sam Sicilia, Chief Investment Officer, Hostplus

Sam Sicilia is Chief Investment Officer at Hostplus.  Hostplus is the industry superannuation fund serving the hospitality, tourism, recreation and sport sectors.

Hostplus is one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds with $53 billion in funds under management, 210,000 actively contributing employers and 1.25 million members, of average age 35.  Hostplus has 300 employees across the country are dedicated to helping members understand and grow their superannuation, so they can retire with dignity.

Sam ‘s experience spans 25 years’ in the finance industry across a number of senior roles:

  • Director of Investment Consulting with Russell Investments.
  • Senior Manager at Bank of Ireland Asset Management.
  • Senior Consultant with Frontier Investment Consulting.
  • Senior Asset Consultant with Towers Perrin.
  • Director of Investment Manager Research with Towers Perrin USA.

Sam’s formal qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in applied mathematics and theoretical physics from Monash University.
  • Ph.D. in mathematical modelling from Monash University.
  • Master of Applied Finance from The University of Melbourne.


Scott Bennett, Head of Quantitative Research and Client Solutions ANZ, Northern Trust Asset Management

Scott Bennett is head of quantitative research and client solutions, Australasia where he is responsible for the development and support of Northern Trust’s quantitative solutions across both Australian and global equity markets. Scott drives thought leadership and works with large institutional clients on customized quantitative solutions.

Scott has more than 18 years of investment experience. Prior to joining Northern Trust Asset Management, Scott led the global quantitative research effort at Russell Investments, where he was responsible for more than $45 billion in assets under management across single factor, multi-factor, factor timing, environmental social and governance (ESG), and portfolio completion strategies. He was previously responsible for managing more than $7 billion in Australian equity portfolios that included after-tax, smart beta and multi-manager strategies.

Scott has been published in several academic journals covering ESG, risk measurement and portfolio construction. In 2010, Scott won the JASSA prize for “best paper” for his work on active share across Australian equity managers.

Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in business (economics and finance) with distinction from RMIT University and a master’s in finance (applied finance) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

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