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 03/04/2017)

Angela Emslie

Independent Chair

Mark Burgess

Independent Director
Employer Appointees

Klaus Zimmermann

(Deputy Chair)
Aged and Community Services Australia 

Catherine Smith

Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)

Daniel Sims

Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA)

Dr Deborah Cole

Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA)

Gary Humphrys

Catholic Health Australia (CHA)

Valerie Lyons

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)
Employee Appointees

Lloyd Williams

(Deputy Chair)
Health Services Union (HSU)

Anna Claude

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF)

Helen Gibbons

United Voice

Lisa Darmanin

Australian Services Union (ASU)

Michael Borowick

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

Pip Carew

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF)


CEO and Executive Management




Debby Blakey

Executive Management Team

Justin McMinn

Executive - Advice Strategy

Lisa Samuels

Executive - Marketing Strategy

Megan Bolton

Executive - Finance and Investment Operations

Neil Saxton

Executive - Engagement Strategy

Robert Fowler

Executive - Investment Execution

Sophie Sigalas

Executive - People Strategy

Stephen Reilly

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Sonya Sawtell-Rickson

Chief Investment Officer (CIO)