Leadership team

Meet the directors

The Equip board consists of nine directors, four elected by members and four elected by employers.

The elected directors appoint an independent chairman. The directors must be qualified to hold office in accordance with relevant legislation.

  • Andrew Fairley AM, LLB, FAICD


    Andrew has a long and distinguished association with the superannuation industry in Australia. He founded Australia’s first specialist superannuation law firm, IFS Fairley in 1993, having built the reputation as a leading practitioner in superannuation law and practice since 1980.

    He has been named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia's best superannuation lawyers from 2013 to 2016. He has specialised as a legal advisor to trustees of both industry and corporate superannuation funds. He practices as a consultant to Hall & Wilcox lawyers in Melbourne. He also has a passion for the Australian tourism sector and nature based tourism in particular. He is deputy chair of Tourism Australia and chairman of Parks Victoria. 

    Andrew is very involved in the philanthropic sector, and is chairman of the Sir Andrew Fairley Foundation, the Luke Batty Foundation and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.

    Appointed: January 2009

  • John Azaris BEng (Elec), MBA

    Employer Director

    John has had an extensive career in the power industry. Most recently, he was general manager, service delivery for AusNet where he was responsible for all maintenance operations functions for AusNet’s transmission, electricity distribution and gas distribution businesses. Prior to this, and after an earlier career in various engineering, operations, maintenance and management roles, he headed up the human resources and communications function within AusNet.

    Appointed: June 2007
    Current term expires: March 2019

  • Michael Clinch Grad Dip Employee and Industrial Relations, GAICD

    Employer Director

    Michael is a successful human resource professional who has hands on experience in developing and implementing human resource strategies. He has worked within the maritime, fire services and Victorian electricity industries, working at both strategic and operational levels. He has previous experience as a trustee director in the profit-for-member superannuation sector and oversaw the merger of the Seafarers Retirement Fund and the Stevedoring Employees Retirement Fund to form what is now Maritime Super.

    Appointed: April 2016
    Current term expires: March 2019

  • Jan Dekker MEL, BSc, GradDip Environmental Studies, Grad Cert Applied Finance and Investment, GAICD

    Employer Director

    Jan is an experienced director and CEO, with over 16 years of board level experience in the funds management and commercial sectors. He is a founder and managing director of Cleantech Ventures, where he has successfully raised and managed two venture capital funds - the Centre for Energy and Greenhouse Technologies Fund and the Cleantech Australia Fund. Previously he was an associate director at the NSW Sustainable Energy Development Authority and held various executive roles with the NSW Environment Protection Authority. Jan possesses a masters degree in law (environmental) from Sydney University, a BSc and post graduate diploma of Environmental Studies (Macquarie University) as well as post graduate qualifications in financial management from FINSIA. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). 

    Appointed: April 2016
    Current term expires: March 2019

  • Robin Jervis-Read FAICD, GAICD

    Member Director

    Robin has 15 years’ experience as a non-executive director, including nine years as a chairman of a Victorian Government Board. He also has ten years’ experience as a CEO within public companies including Brambles – Cleanaway, James Hardie and Hendersons Industries and 21 years in strategic procurement including nine with Ford and eight with Goodyear as Group Manager Australia. He has been a member of the Appeal Panel Pool, Essential Services Commission in the Department of Treasury and Finance.

    Appointed: February 2007
    Current term expires: March 2019

  • Pippa Leary BA (Hons)

    Member Director

    Ms Leary brings valuable experience and perspectives to the board based on her impressive and extensive career in communications, including digital strategy, marketing, and social media. She is the chief executive officer of Apex Premium Exchange, a joint venture between Fairfax and NEC, and a non-executive director of Solstice Media. Previously, she has led award-winning teams and projects in executive positions with Fairfax Digital and with Ninemsn. She holds a BA (Hons) from Sydney University, where she was also awarded the Sydney University Medal.

    Appointed: July 2015
    Current term expires: March 2018

  • Jane Simon BA (Hons Psych), GAICD

    Member Director

    Jane Simon has worked in and consulted to the investment and wealth management industries for over 30 years. She held many senior roles with Goldman Sachs/JB Were, where she was a partner and executive director, Private Wealth Management and retains a role as a consultant. Jane is a credentialed and respected director and holds a number of board and committee positions, including board chair of Carey Baptist Grammar School and investment committee roles for Deakin University and the Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund (Melbourne). Jane's qualifications include securities industry post-graduate credentials and she is a graduate of the AICD company directors course.

    Appointed: January 2015
    Current term expires: March 2018


Our board committees 

Rules relating to nomination, appointment, removal of trustee directors

Before each election, the board of Equipsuper Pty Ltd determines the applicable rules under which the election will be conducted, as required under the company’s constitution. 

Equip also has a Board Renewal and Assessment Policy which sets out the manner in which the board is structured, the board policy on director diversity and board renewal. 

Read more here

Executive team

This team leads the day-to-day operations of the business to ensure reliable and consistent delivery of products, services and communications to members and employers.

  • Nicholas Vamvakas

    Chief Executive Officer

    Nick is leading the Equip team through a period of significant growth, with a specific focus on ensuring that it translates into tangible benefits for members and employers. Previously, he was Equip's Chief Risk Officer, responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of business-wide market and operational risk management. Nick previously held various senior roles over a 21 year career with ME Bank. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Chisholm Institute of Technology and a Diploma from the Securities Institute of Australia. He is a Senior Fellow of FINSIA.

  • John Farrington

    Executive Officer Corporate Relationships

    John joined Equip from Citigroup, where he was Head of Retirement Services. Prior to Citigroup, John worked for AXA Australia. He has worked in most areas of superannuation and is now responsible for Equip's Member Services and Employer Relations activities.

  • Geoff Brooks

    Executive Officer Strategic Marketing and Communications

    Geoff joined Equip after running his own marketing and communications consultancy. He was earlier employed in senior corporate communications positions in the travel and automotive sectors. He is now responsible for the Fund's marketing, brand and communications activities. Geoff is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Justin Sadler

    Executive Officer Member Relationships

    Justin leads Equip's member relationships team, responsible for providing all fund and financial planning services to members. He brings wide experience in financial planning businesses in Australia and the UK. Before joining Equip, headed the financial planning franchise of AIA Financial Services and earlier held senior executive positions in the financial advice and distribution operations of other organisations, including National Australia Bank.

  • Sarah Guthleben

    Executive Officer People, Culture and Process

    Sarah brings valuable insights from a range of industry sectors into her role at Equip. Sarah promotes knowledge and an operating environment that enables our people to deliver the outcomes expected by the fund's members and employers. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Distinction) from RMIT and a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrated Human Studies from the University of Western Australia.

  • Troy Rieck

    Executive Officer Investment Strategy

    Troy focuses on developing and providing tailored risk and investment solutions matched to the demographic profiles of employer defined benefit funds. He is also working on product solutions to optimise the retirement incomes of accumulation members. Troy has held a number of senior executive positions with Suncorp and Queensland Investment Corporation. He is eminently qualified holding Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours, University Medallist), Masters of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from FINSIA.

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