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Fraser takes over at ART: Executive and board appointments

Australian Retirement Trust looks to Fraser as its new chair, Suncorp loses its agribusiness boss, the ALP opts for Ryan and more

Oct 21, 2022, updated Oct 21, 2022
April Cavanagh

April Cavanagh

Fraser to replace Luke as ART chair

Former Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser has been made chair of the Australian Retirement Trust, Australia second biggest superannuation fund.

It follows his recent appointment as chancellor of Griffith University.

Fraser, who was an existing ART director, replaces Don Luke at ART who decided to step down from the role.

Fraser was chair of Sunsuper before its merger with QSuper to create ART.

“It is a great responsibility to chair the board of ART,” he said.

“I am grateful for the trust and confidence of my fellow trustee directors and I very much look forward to continuing to work to grow and guard the retirement savings of 2 million Australians who entrust us with their superannuation.”

Suncorp loses agribusiness boss

April Cavanagh has announced she would be leaving as head of Suncorp’s agribusiness.

Cavanagh posted on social media that should would be leaving after 13 years, seven of which was has the head of agribusiness.

She would continue as a non executive director at the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise and Toowoomba Grammar. She has also joined the board of Cotton Australia.

Cavanagh said she had yet to decide on her next executive position.

Verbrec seeks new MD

Engineering company Verbrec has started succession planning to replace managing director Linton Burns, in line with the terms of his employment contract.

While Burns still had a year to run on the contract, the current labour market meant Verbrec’s board had to start the search early.

Burns has confirmed he would work out the term of his contract.

Davidson expands

Recruitment and advisory firm Davidson has expanded its technology consulting division with the appointments of Christopher Stone as practice director and Joe Gardiner as delivery partner.

The company said the the hirings were a reflection of its focus on helping companies use technology more efficiently.

Stone will join Davidson’s Sydney office and was previously from ELMO Software.

Gardiner is from Bank of Queensland were he was project director for technology transformation.

Qantas picks up McGregor

John McGregor has been appointed as the business development officer at the Qantas Pilot Academy.

He was previously the business development manager at Sandhills Pacific.

Conlon replaces Lay

Patrick Conlon has been appointed to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Board, filling the vacant position created after the resignation of Ken Lay in June.

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Deputy Chairperson Julie Russell and fellow board member Catherine Scott have been re-appointed for a second term. Duncan Gay will continue on as NHVR Board Chairperson until October 2024, as will board member Robin Stewart-Crompton.

RPS boosts infrastructure team

Ulrike Dorsman has joined the infrastructure management team at Brisbane’s RPS.

She will be assistant project manager.

Dorsman previously worked with Sonic Healthcare.

ALP goes for Ryan

Louise Ryan has started as project manager for the Australian Labor Party’s national secretariat.

Ryan was previously self employed as a consultant in Brisbane.

She has also worked as a campaign manager for the Nurses Union.

Metarock looks to Green

Mining contractor Metarock has appointed Paul Green as its new managing director after the resignation of Tony Caruso.

The change marks a significant transition for the company after Caruso’s 15 years with the company.

Green was previously the chief executive of Metarock.

 

 

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