leadership team

Our CEO, Executive Management and committed team of professionals are dedicated to helping members achieve their best retirement outcomes. Our executives report to a Board of Trustees - who are leaders in health and community services.

HESTA is run by a trustee company called H.E.S.T. Australia Limited.


Trustee Board


HESTA Trustee Directors (as at 01/01/2024)

Nicola Roxon

Independent Chair

Susanne (Sue) Dahn

Independent Director
Employer Appointees

Dr Deborah Cole

(Deputy Chair)

Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA)

Catherine Smith

Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)

Alan Morrison

Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA)

Gary Humphrys

Catholic Health Australia (CHA)

Emma Maiden

Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA)

Jacqueline Bennett

Early Childhood Australia (ECA)
Employee Appointees

Helen Gibbons

(Deputy Chair)

United Workers Union (UWU)

Kate Marshall

Health Services Union (HSU)

Angela van Vorst

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF)

Emeline Gaske

Australian Services Union (ASU)

Ben Davison

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

Robert Bonner

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF)



CEO and Executive Management



Debby Blakey

Executive Management Team

Lisa Samuels

Chief Experience Officer (CXO)

Stephen Reilly

Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Joshua Parisotto

Chief Engagement and Growth Officer (CEGO) 

Andrew Major

Chief Risk Officer (CRO)

Sonya Sawtell-Rickson

Chief Investment Officer (CIO)

Sam Harris

Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)
Natalie Kelly Chief Financial Officer (CFO)