Trustee Board

The Trustee Board for Catholic Super consists of 9 directors: 3 member directors, 3 employer directors and 3 independent directors.

The Board appoints one of the independent directors as Chair. The directors must be qualified to hold office in accordance with relevant legislation. The maximum tenure for a director is 12 years (four terms).

Danny Casey, BCom, MEcon, CPA

Chair of the Board / Independent Director

Danny is the Chair of the Trustee Board, having previously served as the Independent Deputy Chair. Prior to this, Danny was the Catholic Super Board Chair for two years. Danny has extensive experience as a senior executive and management consultant with private and public sector organisations, as well as not for profits, in Australia and overseas. He has served on many boards and committees, including the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Sydney, the Board of the University of Notre Dame Australia, the Catholic Cemeteries Board and the Catholic Development Fund. Danny’s professional career includes senior executive roles with Energy Australia, Ernst & Young, Lend Lease as well as leadership of a commercial law firm. As a management consultant and advisor, he has assisted businesses and not-for-profit organisations on strategy and governance. Danny is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) with a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) from the University of NSW and a Master of Economics (MEcon) from Macquarie University.

Appointed: October 2019

Danny Casey
Penny Davy-Whyte

Penny Davy-Whyte

BA (Mktg & Comm), GAIST

Penny brings a focus on digital marketing strategy to the board. She has previously held a number of senior management positions, including her most recent role leading the Australian Federal Government’s media communications agency. Penny brings a breadth of expertise across traditional and digital communication and a thorough understanding of evolving technologies to the Fund.

Appointed: July 2018

Justine Hickey

Justine Hickey

BComm, FFin, GAICD

Justine is a professional non-executive director with over 24 years in investments, superannuation and corporate governance.  She chairs the board of fund manager, DNR Capital and is a director of Hastings Management.  Previously she was a director of the GPT Metro Office Fund, Australian Ethical Investment Ltd, Flagship Investments Ltd and an expert member of Sunsuper’s Investment Committee. Justine takes an active interest in the not for profit sector and is a director of RSPCA QLD and chair of YET Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm), is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of FINSIA (Financial Services Institute of Australasia) and an Associate of the CFA Institute. She is also a member of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA).

Member representatives

Jan Dekker

Jan Dekker

BSc, LLMEnv, GradCertAppFin & Investment, GAICD

Jan is an experienced director and CEO, with over 16 years of board level experience in the funds management and commercial sectors. As founder and managing director of Cleantech Ventures, Jan successfully raised and managed two venture capital funds - the Centre for Energy and Greenhouse Technologies Fund and the Cleantech Australia Fund. Previously he held various executive roles with the NSW Government. Jan has a Master’s Degree in law (Environmental) (LLMEnv) from Sydney University, a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Postgraduate 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 (GAICD).

Appointed: July 2016

David Doolan

David Doolan

BBus (Acc), MAICD, TFASFA

David holds more than 25 years’ experience in corporate treasury and finance, including extensive financial markets experience. He has worked for a number of global corporations across a diverse range of industries, including mining, automotive, financial services and manufacturing. David brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as Member Director, having previously been a Member Director of Rio Tinto’s former Superannuation fund. David has a Bachelor of Business in Accounting, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and an Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia accredited Trustee Fellow (TFASFA), for his former role with Rio Tinto’s Superannuation fund.

Appointed: October 2020

Employer representatives

Mark Cerche

Mark Cerche

B. Juris LLB (Hons)

Mark has more than 35 years’ experience in superannuation, estate planning and administration, elder law, funds management, corporate and securities law. He retired as a partner of Allens after 36 years and continues in practice as a sole practitioner. Mark is a Member of the Law Council of Australia's Superannuation Committee. He holds a B. Juris LLB (Hons) from Monash University, a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours.

Appointed: July 2017

Nominating Source: Rio Tinto

Sharife Rahmani

Sharife Rahmani

BCom, BEcon, GCertPA, GAICD

Sharife brings over 15 years’ experience in the banking and finance industries, with a large focus on life insurance and superannuation. In a range of senior Executive roles at Energy Safe Victoria, Sharife has delivered governance, stakeholder engagement and regulatory effectiveness and he has a strong interest in the optimisation of organisational culture. Sharife holds a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Statistics), Bachelor of Economics, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has undertaken a Senior Executive Integrity and Ethical Leadership Program with the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Appointed: June 2021

Nominating Source: Energy Safe Victoria

Simone Thompson

Simone Thompson

BA/LLB, FASFA, FGIA

Simone brings to the Trustee Board extensive experience in governance, risk management and compliance. She is Managing Director of ST Consult Pty Ltd, a boutique consultancy specialising in providing tailored and pragmatic governance, compliance, risk management advice and services to APRA and ASIC regulated entities.

Appointed: October 2019

Nominating Source: CSF Nominations Committee