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Sam Riley

General Manager Media Relations and Corporate Affairs

Phone: +61 3 8660 1684 


  • More than 1 million members (more than 80% are women).
  • $83 billion in assets invested globally on behalf of members.
  • National industry super fund dedicated to people working in health and community services.
  • HESTA is a public offer fund.
  • HESTA has both accumulation and income stream (pension) products.
  • HESTA is run by a Board of 13 Trustee Directors including an Independent Chair.

In 1987, HESTA was formed for people working in health and community services, to accommodate the 3% superannuation payment that employees were receiving for the first time.

As a regulated public offer super fund, HESTA is open to anyone eligible for super to join and is run only to benefit members.

We have regularly received recognition for our achievements in the form of rankings, ratings and awards.

Primary spokesperson

Debby Blakey, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Debby has been CEO of HESTA since February 2015, after joining the Fund in 2008 as an Executive leading the Member Advice Unit and assuming the role of Deputy CEO in 2012.

A proven leader with more than 25 years' experience in super and financial services, Debby has a wealth of experience having held a range of senior positions within a number of financial institutions.

Debby leads an active and hands-on team of Executives who are focused on helping members enjoy a retirement they've worked hard for.

Debby is President of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors and holds directorships at The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia Ltd and the International Corporate Governance Network.

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For information about HESTA our annual report is a great place to start.

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We're proud supporters of the individuals and organisations in health and community services. But, we’re also trusted custodians of our members’ money and we pride ourselves on our wise financial and investment decisions. Sponsorship requests undergo rigorous vetting by our partnerships team.

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HESTA aims to be a gutsy advocate for a fair and healthy community. We use our collective voice to help address inequities impacting our members and those we see falling behind.

We are actively involved in public policy debates that affect our members and women more broadly.

HESTA policy submissions are available here: HESTA policy submissions.

For any policy-related questions, please contact Karen Volpato on 03 7065 1475 or


media releases


17 May 2024

Winners announced for the 2024 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards

A nurse and midwife from Victoria and a New South Wales-based organisation were crowned winners at the prestigious HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards in Melbourne last night.

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14 May 2024

HESTA welcomes Federal Budget funding for super on paid parental leave and cost-of-living relief, but reform still needed for a fairer super system

HESTA welcomed key measures in tonight’s Federal Budget, including funding to pay super on the Commonwealth Parental Leave Pay scheme, cost-of-living relief, and support to encourage investment in Australia’s energy transition.

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06 May 2024

HESTA appoints Natalie Kelly as Chief Financial Officer

HESTA is delighted to announce Natalie Kelly has joined the Fund’s Executive team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

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16 April 2024

Extraordinary work of nation’s nurses and midwives on show as HESTA announces annual Nursing and Midwifery awards finalists

Nine of Australia’s most outstanding nurses, midwives and organisations have been announced as finalists in the 2024 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards.

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12 April 2024

Statement on HESTA’s voting positions at the Woodside AGM

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12 April 2024

HESTA statement on Santos voting position

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18 March 2024

Nominations open for national HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards

From today, early childhood professionals have the chance to be recognised nationally as nominations open for the 2024 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards.

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13 March 2024

HESTA appoints Sophie Jelleff to the role of Head of Investment Execution

HESTA is pleased to announce that Sophie Jelleff has been appointed as the new Head of Investment Execution, effective 8 April 2024.

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07 March 2024

HESTA welcomes super on paid parental leave reform

Attributable to HESTA CEO Debby Blakey: It’s fantastic to welcome today’s Federal Government announcement that super will be paid on the Commonwealth Parental Leave Pay scheme, addressing a longstanding gender-blind spot in our retirement system.

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04 March 2024

Nominations now open for HESTA’s national Excellence Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2024 HESTA Excellence Awards, providing health professionals in the aged care, allied health, community services, and disability services sectors with the opportunity to gain national recognition for their work.

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17 January 2024

Companies committed to 40:40 Vision see benefits of gender diversity in leadership

Three years after its launch, 40:40 Vision has released its inaugural progress report. The report reveals companies that are signatories to 40:40 Vision are advancing towards gender balance quicker than the overall ASX and see the benefits of gender diversity in driving their success.

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23 November 2023

HESTA welcomes expanded Capacity Investment Scheme

Today’s announcement by the Federal Government opens the door to investors like HESTA to play a more significant role in Australia’s energy transition.

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