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CMSF2021: The final frontier: What super can learn about innovation from our Space Agency?

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Dr Megan Clark AC took attendees on an intergalactic journey as she shared...

CMSF2021: The super big picture: Politics, progress and possibilities

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Against the background of a highly charged political environment and an...

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CMSF2021: The super big picture: Politics, progress and possibilities

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CMSF 2021 Governance  Investment  Policy

Against the background of a highly charged political environment and an increasingly competitive marketplace, what is the future of super?

In this session, a panel of thought leaders provided their views on structural reform, the impact of political ideology on profit to member super, investment trends and challenges, and housing affordability and the relationship to super.

Published Date: 11 May 2021


Sally McManus, ACTU Secretary

Sally is the 10th Secretary of the ACTU. She was the leader of her Union, the ASU in NSW representing community, public sector and private sector workers.  She commenced work with the ASU as an ACTU Trainee Organiser in 1994.

Sally has also worked as a Pizza Hut delivery driver, shop assistant and cleaner and studied Philosophy at University.

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.

Denita Wawn, Chief Executive Officer, Master Builders Australia; Employer Director, Cbus

Denita was appointed as Chief Executive of Master Builders Australia in March 2017. She has 20 years’ experience as a leading advocate for industry and employers in the nation’s capital, around Australia and internationally. 

Her previous roles include CEO of the Brewer’s Association of Australia and New Zealand (Brewer’s Association), Deputy CEO of the National Farmers’ Federation and Executive Director of the Australian Hotels Association (Tasmanian Division).

Denita is a Director of Cbus Super Fund and Canberra Grammar School. Her previous corporate governance experience includes Chair of the Worldwide Brewers Alliance, Chair of the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code (ABAC) Scheme, and Hostplus industry superannuation fund.

Denita was born and educated in Hobart, Tasmania. She has Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Tasmania.

Garry Weaven, Retired Chair, IFM Investors

Garry is the founding Executive Chair of Industry Fund Services (1994) and recently retired as Chair of IFM Investors Pty Ltd and the group holding company, Industry Super Holdings Ltd, as well as The New Daily ( He currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Tanarra Capital and on the Advisory Board of Household Capital. Garry is a former independent director and Chair of ME Bank and was a foundation member of Melbourne’s Docklands Authority and Infrastructure Australia. As ACTU Assistant Secretary in the 1980s, Garry played a seminal role in the development of the industry superannuation fund movement, and was the founding Chair of a number of today’s leading funds before leaving the ACTU to take on a range of consultancies in the early 1990’s.


Ali Moore, Journalist and Broadcaster

Ali Moore has more than 30 years experience as a journalist and broadcaster, working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia's Nine Network, and for the BBC's global news network, based in Singapore. She has covered major news and current affairs events across the region, including as the ABC's China Correspondent in Beijing. Ali is a former Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Melbourne, producing and presenting the 'This is Not A Drill' series of hypotheticals with Asialink, the ABC and the Wheeler Centre. She is now a freelance broadcaster and journalist, and regular program host on ABC Radio Melbourne.

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