Our Board

Our Board of Directors is appointed in accordance with the provisions of the Austsafe Pty Ltd Constitution and is made up of three Member Directors and three Employer Directors who are nominated by our four shareholders.

  • The Australian Workers Union of Employees Queensland (AWU) representing members
  • Queensland Fruit and Vegetable Growers Ltd (Growcom) representing employers
  • Queensland Industrial Union of Employers (AgForce) representing employers, and
  • Queensland Cane Growers Organisation Ltd (CANEGROWERS) representing employers.

Each Director is appointed for a three year term. The Constitution allows for the appointment of one or more independent Directors and also allows for the appointment of an additional Member Representative in circumstances where the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has formally approved the appointment. All Directors are non-executive.

The AWU nominates Member Directors.

Growcom, Agforce and CANEGROWERS each nominate one Employer Director.

The Trustee Board takes its prudential and governance responsibilities very seriously and has in place a Board Charter which clearly sets out its role and responsibilities.

The independent Director, Mr Henry Smerdon AM, is the Chair of the Board. See below for a full list of our Board of Directors.

austsafe 268 Henry SmerdonHenry Smerdon AM

Independent Director

Henry is the Chair of the Austsafe Pty Ltd Board of Directors and was appointed on 8 December 2011. He is an Independent Director and Chair of both the Investment Committee and the Nomination & Remuneration Committee.

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austsafe 191 Charles BurkeCharles Burke

Deputy Chair Director

Charles was appointed to the Austsafe Pty Ltd Board as an Employer Representative Director on 18 December 2007. He is the Deputy Chair and Chair of the Risk, Audit & Compliance Committee, and a member of the Investment Committee and the Nomination & Remuneration Committee.

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austsafe 204 Charis MullenCharis Mullen

Member Director

Charis was appointed to the Austsafe Pty Ltd Board as a Member Representative Director on 31 October 2013. She is currently the Chair of the Insurance Management & Claims Committee and a member of the Investment Committee and Nomination & Remuneration Committee.

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austsafe 231 Tracey SharpeTracey Sharpe

Member Director

Tracey was appointed to the Austsafe Pty Ltd Board as a Member Representative Director on 13 February 2014 and is the Deputy Chair of Insurance Management and Claims Committee, and a member of the Risk, Audit & Compliance Committee.

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austsafe 213 Craig SellCraig Sell

Member Director

Craig was appointed to the Austsafe Pty Ltd Board as a Member Representative Director on 11 December 2015 and is a member of the Risk, Audit & Compliance Committee.

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austsafe 173 Brendan StewartBrendan Stewart

Independent Director

Brendan was appointed to the Austsafe Pty Ltd Board as an Independent Director on 9 December 2016 and is a member of the Investment Committee.


Sharron Windolf

Employer Director

Sharron was appointed to the Austsafe Pty Ltd Board as an Employer Representative Director on 9 December 2016 and is a member of the Risk, Audit & Compliance Committee.


Dan Galligan

Employer Director

Dan was appointed to the Austsafe Pty Ltd Board as an Employer Representative Director on 9 December 2016 and is a member of the Insurance Management and Claims Committee.


Director and Executive Management Remuneration

Details of the remuneration paid to the Directors and the executive managers for the past two completed years or the period during which they have been in the role are available here.