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Board Committees

Equip has the following six Board Committees:

  • Audit and Compliance Committee;
  • Governance and Rewards Committee; 
  • Innovation and Technology Committee;
  • Investment Committee;
  • Member and Employer Engagement Committee; and
  • Risk Committee.

The Board may establish other committees or working groups comprising representatives of the Board and Management as needed from time to time.

Each Board Committee has a charter that sets out the Committee’s powers, functions and, if relevant, specific delegated authority from the Board.

The composition of Board Committees is reviewed at least annually. 

The following information outlines the composition and role of each of the Equip Board Committees as at 21 October 2019:


Audit and Compliance Committee

Committee members

Directors: Danny Casey (Chair), Andrew Fairely, Carolyn Harkin and Justine Hickey

The role of the Audit and Compliance Committee is to oversee:

  • the financial management of the Fund;
  • compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, standards and codes and the provisions of the Trust Deed for the Fund;
  • the appointment, reward and performance of both the external and internal audit functions, the Tax Advisor, the Fund Actuaries and the Custodian of the Fund’s Assets; and
  • the annual budget process and provide ongoing monitoring and oversight of financial performance against budget.

In line with the requirements for ASX listed companies, this Committee is comprised only of non-executive directors, all of whom are independent of management of the Trustee, and is chaired by a director who is not the Chairman of the Board.

Read the Audit and Compliance Committee Charter here.


Governance and Rewards Committee

Committee members

Directors: Peter Hasey (Chair), Danny Casey, Mark Cerche and Andrew Fairley

The role of the Governance and Rewards Committee is to oversee the rewards, remuneration and employment arrangements of the Trustee. This includes recommending the remuneration and key performance indicators of the CEO to the Board for approval. It also reviews the remuneration of the Executive team.

The Governance and Rewards Committee also oversees the governance arrangements of the Trustee and the Fund, including Board composition, conflicts management and delegations.

Read the Governance and Rewards Committee Charter here.


Innovation and Technology Committee

Committee members

Directors: Penny Davy-Whyte (Chair), Carolyn Harkin and Simone Thompson

The Innovation and Technology Committee has been established to optimise the impact of technology and innovation on the Trustee’s business operations, for the ultimate benefit of members.

Read the Innovation and Technology Committee Charter here.


Investment Committee

Committee members

Directors: Justin Hickey (Chair), Danny Casey, Jan Dekker, Andrew Fairley and Peter Haysey

Independent advisor: Andrew Cooke 

The role of the Investment Committee is to assist the Board in developing the overall investment strategy for the Fund and to oversee the implementation and management of the Investment Governance Framework, including investment risk systems.

Read the Investment Committee Charter here.


Member and Employer Engagement Committee

Committee members

Directors:  Mark Cerche (Chair), Michael Clinch, Penny Davy-Whyte and Debra James

The role of the Member and Employer Engagement Committee is to assist the Board to effectively discharge its responsibilities to fund members and beneficiaries, and to employers, in overseeing:

  • the major strategies for the delivery of the overall member and employer experience, including products, services and benefits to Fund members and employers, in support of the Strategic Plan;
  • the performance and services provided by the Fund Administrator and Group Life Insurer; and
  • the processes for the management and determination of benefit claims and complaints. 

The Board has delegated authority to the Member and Employer Engagement Committee to exercise the Trustee’s discretion in the determination of certain claims for insurance benefits

Read the Member and Employer Engagement Committee Charter here.


Risk Committee

Committee members

Directors: Jan Dekker (Chair), Michael Clinch, Deb James and Simone Thompson

The role of the Risk Committee is to assist the Board in the effective discharge of its responsibility to establish and oversee a sound system of risk oversight, management and internal control.

Read the Risk Committee Charter here.

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