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Trustee duties & the impact of COVID-19

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CMSF 2020 Operations  COVID-19  Members culture  Leadership


While it is still far too early to predict the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, sweeping changes to superannuation settings will see the industry faced with a period of major disruption for which there is no precedent.

With significant challenges and decisions ahead, Head of Superannuation and Wealth Management at Thomson Geer, Scott Charaneka, will highlight what are the obligations of trustees to their members, staff and markets in these uncertain times, and what to expect from the months ahead.

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Scott Charaneka, Head of Superannuation and Wealth Management, Thomson Geer

Scott Charaneka is the Head of Superannuation & Wealth Management at Thomson Geer and is an industry leading financial services lawyer. He has comprehensive experience in licensing, governance, administration, distribution, restructuring and investment matters associated with superannuation, funds management and life insurance products. He presently acts for many of Australia's largest private and public sector financial institutions. Scott has previously worked as an in-house counsel at Legal & General and ING. He is a regular speaker at conferences and has designed key training programs for boards and RMs. He was the lead editor of Wickens The Law of Life Insurance in Australia from 1998 to 2008, a co editor of CCH Australian Superannuation Law & Practice from 2001 to 2010, a co editor of the Lexis Nexis Financial Services Newsletter from 2001 to 2008 and is a current co editor of the Lexis Nexis Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin. Scott is a fellow of ASFA, the former deputy chair of its Queensland State Executive Committee, an emeritus member of the Law Council of Australia Superannuation Lawyers Committee and was appointed to APRA's Superannuation Lawyers Liaison Forum.

Publications by Scott include:
- The CCH Guide to Estate Planning (first and second edition);
- The CCH Guide to Super Choice;
- Establishing a Funds Management Business in Australia (first and second edition); and
- The CCH Guide to MySuper, SuperChoice and SuperStream.

Scott has been listed annually in Australia's Best Lawyers in the categories of Regulatory Practice and Superannuation Law since 2012 and has been listed annually in Who's Who Legal: Pensions & Benefits since 2015. He was a finalist for the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year in Financial Services in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and has been rated in Chambers Asia-Pacific since 2018 in the Superannuation category.


Eva Scheerlinck, Chief Executive Officer, AIST

Eva Scheerlinck was appointed CEO of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) on March 23, 2017 and is responsible for leading the peak body of the $1.4 trillion profit-to-member superannuation industry. 

Eva joined AIST in 2010, moving into the role of AIST’s Executive Manager of Governance and Stewardship. During her time at AIST, Eva has been actively involved in reforming governance standards for superannuation funds in Australia and championing initiatives aimed at improving retirement outcomes for groups that often fall through the cracks in the super system including women, low income earners and Indigenous Australians. 

Eva has previous experience heading up professional associations, including six years as CEO of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, a role that saw her named by BOSS Magazine as one of seven top young executives of the year. 

Eva holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the Queensland University of Technology, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Community Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. 

She was admitted as a solicitor in 2000. She is a Graduate Member of AIST’s Trustee Director Course and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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