Board of Directors
All Statewide Super Board members are nominated by either employer or union representatives in equal numbers in accordance with our constitution and the SIS Act. All nominees undergo a rigorous screening process and are assessed as Fit and Proper in accordance with APRA guidelines before they are appointed.
The Independent Chair is appointed by the Board and is assessed by the same process.
The Board is charged with the responsibility of effectively managing your superannuation investment to meet your future retirement needs and ensuring members are serviced appropriately. The Board is responsible for the strategic direction of the fund as well as ensuring the rights of members are protected.
B Econ (Hons), M App Fin, MAICD
Independent Chairman from 1 January 2017
Kenneth Williams was appointed to the Board by the Australian services Union (ASU) as an independent director on 1 July 2012 and served as the Chair of the Statewide Super Investment Committee from 20 July 2012 to 31 December 2016.
On 1 January 2017, upon the retirement of Juliet Brown, he was appointed as the Independent Chairman. Ken is also a member of Statewide Super’s Investment and Remuneration & Nomination Committees.
Kenneth holds a Masters of Applied Finance, a Bachelor of Economics with Honours and was the recipient of a Mitsui Education Foundation Scholarship (Japan) and an Australian Commonwealth Treasury Scholarship.
With over 25 years’ experience in corporate finance, specialising in treasury and financial risk management, he also has extensive Board experience. His Directorship experience has spanned both large and small listed and private companies, not-for-profit organisations and superannuation funds including Qantas Super, the Normandy Mining Superannuation Fund and Local Super. He has also Chaired the Audit & Risk Committee of the APRA regulated Mortgage Insurance Company.
During his career, Ken has held senior finance executive roles with Normandy Mining Limited, Qantas Airways Limited and Renison Goldfields Limited.
Kenneth is currently Deputy Chairman of AWE Limited (ASX Listed Oil & Gas) and Chairman of Havilah Resources Limited (ASX Listed mining company) and serves the South Australian community as a director of the Lifetime Support Authority and not-for-profit positions as a Director of the Wilderness School Council and St Andrew’s Hospital Board of Governors.
AM BA (Accounting) FAICD FCA FCPA
Employer Representative Director, appointed by Business SA
Greg Boulton AM was nominated by Business SA as an Employer Representative Director and was appointed to the Board on 1st August 2007. Greg chairs Statewide Super’s Audit & Governance Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee.
Greg has over 30 years’ experience as a professional Company Director and currently serves on the Boards of Southern Gold Limited, Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers Limited, Cancer Council of SA and SA Pine Pty Ltd.
He has previously held positions in member-focused organisations including President of the Port Adelaide Football Club, the Scouts Association SA and the Clipsal V8 Motorsport Board.
Greg was awarded an AM-Member in the General Division in the Order of Australia for his service to Australian Rules football administration, to the community of South Australia and to business.
Employer Representative Director, appointed by BusinessSA
Yvonne Sneddon was nominated by Business SA as an Employer Representative Director and was appointed to the Board on 14 July 2014. Yvonne chairs the Statewide Super Risk Committee and is a member of the Audit & Governance Committee.
Yvonne holds a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting) and is a fellow of the Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Company Directors.
Based on Yvonne’s extensive career achievements and experience she provides broad strategic, governance, risk management, financial and commercial expertise to the Statewide Super Board.
Leaving private practice in 2004, Yvonne now has over ten years as an independent non-executive director, holding over twenty board positions over her career. This is in addition to over 25 years’ experience providing governance, financial services and commercial advice.
Yvonne currently serves as a Director Return to Work SA, Unity Housing Ltd and Flinders Reproductive Medicine Pty Ltd.
Member Representative Director, appointed by the Australian Services Union (SA & NT Branch)
Ian Steel was nominated by the Australian Services Union (SA & NT Branch) as a Member Representative Director and was appointed to the Board on 11 June 2010. Ian chairs Statewide Super's Insurance & Claims Committee and is a member of Statewide Super’s Risk Committee.
Ian holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ian’s passion for superannuation and drive for workers to enjoy a more comfortable and financially secure retirement makes him an active and valuable contributor to Board discussions.
Holding the role of Branch Assistant Secretary of the Australian Services Union for over three years, union organiser and educator for over fifteen years, and with extensive community involvement and activism for over twenty-five years, Ian brings decades of experience in representing and advocating for the best possible entitlements for employees across a range of industries.
Member Representative Director, appointed by SA Unions
Joe Szakacs was nominated by the SA Unions as a Member Representative Director and was appointed to the Board on 20 January 2014. Joe sits on Statewide Super’s Investment Committee, and is the Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee
Joe holds a Bachelor of Law and Legal Practice and is admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of South Australia. This expertise and experience has led to Joe’s appointment as the Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee on Statewide Super’s Board.
As a member of the Australian Council of Trade Unions Executive, the Board of Return to Work SA, Secretary of SA Unions and previously the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission, Joe has served working South Australians and the community for over 15 years.
He has extensive experience in representing the interests of working people in our community through leading and coordinating State and Federal campaigns, legal representation and advice, and through policy formulation and execution.
JP, MBA CMACS GAICD
Employer Representative Director, appointed by Local Government Association South Australia
John Woodward was nominated by the Local Government Association South Australian as an Employer Representative Director and was appointed to the Board on 29 July 2015. John is a member of Statewide Super’s Insurance & Claims, Audit & Governance and Risk Committees.
As an Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees Graduate, and with qualifications that include a Master of Business Administration, specialising in Technology Management and Project Management, John brings wide-ranging expertise to the Statewide Super Board.
Currently holding Directorship positions with The Hospital Research Foundation as a Non-Executive Board Member and Special Projects Director with the Adelaide Chapter of the Project Management Institute, John has over two decades of experience in technology related change programs, projects and consulting services across industries including the health, water, energy, and entertainment sectors.
As a founder of check-project.com and a Strategic Advisor to MCBI, John’s program and portfolio management experience sees him Lecture at Adelaide University. John is also a Councillor with the West Torrens City Council and is a Certified Member of the Australian Computer Society.
Member Representative Director, appointed by the Australian Services Union (SA & NT Branch) on 9 September 2016
Joseph Scales was nominated by the Australian Services Union (SA & NT Branch) as a Member Representative Director and was appointed to the Board on 9 September 2016. Joseph is a member of Statewide Super’s Risk Committee.
Joseph holds a Bachelor of Law and has been the Secretary of the Australian Services Union for over five years, leading the Union and managing its administration as Chief Executive Officer. Joseph is passionate about advocating on issues affecting members in their workplace as well as social and community concerns.
As a Council Member of the Premier’s Climate Change Council, a National Executive Member of the Australian Services Union, SA Unions and the Council of Unions NT, Joseph is also on the Advisory Panel of the University of South Australia Sociology Industry and a Committee Member of the Local Government Income Protection Scheme. Joseph also held a previous Directorship with the Electricity Industry Superannuation Scheme (EISS).
BA, DipEd, Grad Dip Bus, Dip Super Mgmt, Dip FP, FASFA
Employer Representative Director, appointed by Business SA on 1 January 2017
David Holston was nominated by Business SA as an Employer Representative Director and was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2017. David chairs the Statewide Super Investment Committee and is a member of Statewide Super’s Remuneration & Nomination Committee.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts specialising in Economics/Politics, Diplomas in Education, Financial Planning and Superannuation Management and a Graduate Diploma of Business (Industrial Relations).
David’s previous experience as Executive Director at JANA Investment Advisors and a member of both the JANA Board and Research Committee, holds him in excellent stead to provide investment-expertise to the Statewide Super Board.
Prior to joining JANA in 1999, David held the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at National Australia Trustees and National Financial Management respectively.
David was a previous Director of the National Australia Bank Staff Superannuation Fund, chairing their Investment Committee. He was also a former Director of the Association of Super Funds Australia for over ten years and holds Life Membership.
Member Representative Director, appointed by the Australian Services Union (SA & NT Branch) on 1 March 2017
Anne McEwen was nominated by the Australian Services Union (SA & NT Branch) as a Member Representative Director and was appointed to the Board on 1 March 2017. Anne is a member of Statewide Super’s Audit & Governance Committee.
Anne is also a board member at Forestry SA and a member of Forestry SA Audit and Risk Committee. She is also Presiding Member at the SA Parks and Wilderness Council.
Anne is currently studying a Masters in International Business (Diplomacy and Trade). She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
A former Senator for South Australia (2005- 2016), Anne was both the Chief Government Whip and Chief Opposition Whip in the Senate. Holding over fifteen Parliamentary Committee positions, Anne’s diverse career has seen her Chair both the Senate Selection of Bills Committee and the Senate Committee on the Environment and Communications. She was also Deputy Chair of the Human Rights Committee and a long serving member of the Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committees where she took a particular interest in South Australia’s defence industry and defence budget expenditure.
Prior to her parliamentary career, Anne was Secretary of the Australian Services Union SA and NT Branch and a member of the Australian Services Union National Executive Committee. While at the Union, Anne represented members working in the local government sector, was a member of the SA Local Government Research and Development Fund Advisory Committee and the SA Local Government Ministerial Advisory Committee as well as the SA Workers’ Rehabilitation and Compensation Advisory Committee.
Anne’s voluntary work includes as a former member of the Management Committee of the South Australian Working Women’s Centre and as National Co-Convenor and Finance Committee member of Emily’s List Australia, a national fundraising and advocacy organisation supporting women to run for parliament.
Alex Overley BA
MA, BA (Hons)
Member Representative Director, appointed by the Australian Workers Union on 30 March 2017
Alex Overley was nominated by the Australian Workers Union as a Member Representative Director and was appointed to the Board on 30 March 2017. Alex is a member of Statewide Super’s Insurance & Claims Committee.
She holds a Master of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Sociology from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Alex has extensive State Government experience across a range of portfolios including Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Employment, Manufacturing and Innovation, Science and Information Economy, Automotive Transformation and Public Sector. Her wide-ranging exposure to Government departments and agencies has instilled a broad knowledge of fundamental issues facing the South Australian economy and community.
Alex’s skill-set in communications and speechwriting and her background in public policy enables her to bring this knowledge to marketing, communications and strategic Board discussions.
Member Representative Director, appointed by the Local Government Association on 24 August 2017.
Matt Pinnegar was nominated by the Local Government Association as an employer Representative Director and was appointed to the Board on 24 August 2017.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Communications with Applied Economics from the University of South Australia.
Matt is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Local Government Association of South Australia. The LGA is recognised as the peak representative body for Local Government in South Australia.
He also serves on the board of the Local Government Finance Authority (LGFA), the LGA Mutual Liability Scheme and the LGA Workers Compensation Scheme.
His previous positions include as External Affairs Manager for BP Developments and he has over seven years of South Australian State Government experience including Chief of Staff, Ministerial Adviser and Senior Adviser in numerous Government portfolios including Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, State/Local Government Relations, Industry and Trade, Regional Development and Fisheries.
Changes to Board