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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Total Risk Management Pty Ltd (TRM), the Trustee of the Russell Investments Master Trust (the Fund) is made up of seven Trustee Directors. Nationwide Super is a Division of the Russell Investments Master Trust.

Meet our Trustee Directors

James (Jim) O’Connor joined the Board on 19 April 2012 and was appointed Chairman on 1 September 2018. Prior to his appointment as a director of TRM, Jim was the Plan Secretary for the Westpac Staff Superannuation Plan. Prior to being appointed Chairman, Jim was the chair of the TRM Remuneration Committee and the TRM Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. Jim has a Bachelor of Arts (Actuarial Studies) from Macquarie University, Master of Business Administration from the University of Geneva / International Management Institute and a Master of Commerce (Finance) from the University of NSW.

Marian Carr joined the Board on 10 December 2010. Marian has been involved in the management of investment portfolios for over 30 years. She was the Deputy Managing Director of MIR Investment Management Limited a business specialising in managing Australian and Asian ex Japan share portfolios for institutional clients based in Australia and overseas. Prior to this Marian was the Chief Investment Officer for the CSR Group superannuation funds managing a diverse range of investment portfolios. Marian is also a Director of Ellerston Asian Investments Limited and holds a Master of Business (Fin.) from UTS.

Alexis Dodwell joined the Board on 18 December 2015. Alexis is a risk, compliance and corporate governance specialist, having worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years, most recently at Perpetual Limited and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Alexis became the chair of the Remuneration Committee and the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee from 1 September 2018. Alexis has a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Economics, and Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and has completed the Director Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Keith Knapman joined the Board on 1 June 2020. Keith has more than 30 years’ experience in the superannuation investment industry with extensive experience in all aspects of investment and actuarial consulting including funding, insurance and compliance advice, liability driven investment solutions, and benefit redesigns including defined benefits to defined contribution conversions, successor fund transfers and transfers resulting from mergers and acquisitions. Keith has a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Patricia Montague joined the Board on 1 October 2020. Patricia has a diverse career in growing and transforming financial services through customer-first strategies and has considerable member services experience, gained at CBA, Genworth, AMP and BT Financial Group. She is passionate about the role financial services plays in supporting the Australian economy and its people and the need for financial services companies to have a relentless focus on their customers/members. Patricia has a Bachelor of Arts (Pure Mathematics and Economics) from Queens University of Belfast and has undertaken additional education through institutions including the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Luan Atkinson has a Master of Laws / International Tax Program Certificate from Harvard Law School (where she was a Menzies Scholar and Australian Law Council Business Law Fellow), and a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. She is a CFA charterholder and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Luan has more than 20 years’ experience in the funds management industry. She was previously a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of SouthPeak Investment Management, a systematic fund manager investing across asset classes and global markets. She has also worked at Deutsche Bank, Perpetual Limited and McKinsey & Company.

Magali Azema-Barac has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from University College London, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors (AICD), and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Magali has over 30 years’ experience in the investment industry having worked in a range of financial organisations such as PineBridge Investments, AIG, Citibank and Warburg in Sydney, New York and London.