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 01/01/2021)

Nicola Roxon

Independent Chair

Mark Burgess

Independent Director
Employer Appointees

Dr Deborah Cole

(Deputy Chair)

Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA)

Stephen Cornelissen

Aged and Community Services Australia 

Catherine Smith

Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)

Alan Morrison

Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA)

Gary Humphrys

Catholic Health Australia (CHA)

Dr Saranne Cooke

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)
Employee Appointees

Kate Marshall

Health Services Union (HSU)

Brett Holmes

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF)
Emeline Gaske Australian Services Union

Helen Gibbons

United Workers Union

Lori-Anne Sharp

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF)

Ben Davison

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)



CEO and Executive Management



Debby Blakey

Executive Management Team

Lisa Samuels

Chief Experience Officer (CXO)

Stephen Reilly

Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Joshua Parisotto

Chief Advice Officer (CAO)

Andrew Major

Chief Risk and Compliance Officer (CRCO)

Sonya Sawtell-Rickson

Chief Investment Officer (CIO)

Sally Collins

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Sam Harris

Chief Growth Officer (CGO)