Louise Davidson AM
Chief Executive Officer
Louise is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI). Appointed CEO in 2015, Louise has more than 25 years senior experience in the financial services and superannuation industry. She joined ACSI from Cbus, where, as Investment Manager, ESG, she was responsible for the integration of ESG into the Cbus’ investment portfolio.
Louise is the co-founder of the Mother’s Day Classic Walk/Run for Breast Cancer Research. Established in 1998, this national event has raised almost $41.5m for breast cancer research. In 2015 Louise was named Victoria’s Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards in recognition of this work and in 2019, Louise was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the superannuation and funds management sectors, and to breast cancer research.
Louise is a Director of the Mother’s Day Classic Foundation, a Director of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Deputy Chair of the Federated Hermes Client Advisory Board.
Executive Manager, Stewardship
Ed has over 10 years’ experience advising ACSI members on responsible investment issues. Ed is responsible for ACSI’s engagement with ASX-listed boards, policy formation and proxy voting research. With a background in law and financial services, Ed has extensive experience producing research and engaging with the boards of Australia’s largest companies on a range of ESG investment issues.
Ed holds a Bachelor of Laws with honours, Master of Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma in Financial Services (Financial Planning). He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Executive Manager, Research and Policy
Kate is responsible for leading the team that delivers for ACSI’s research and policy program, working with our members to cover a range of financially material ESG issues and provide guidance on good corporate practice and regulatory reforms that contribute positively to the sustainability of markets.
Kate was formerly the Head of Governance, Risk and Audit Committee and Disclosure and a Company Secretary at BHP, and, prior to that, a senior associate at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst). Kate was also previously a non-executive director and Chair of ShareGift Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that facilitates the donation of shares to community organisations.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Laws (with honours) and a Bachelor of Arts. She is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course and a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Executive Manager, Corporate Affairs
Nathan is Executive Manager, Corporate Affairs of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) and is responsible for leading the team that delivers for ACSI’s government relations, media advocacy, communications and events, and member engagement programs. Nathan focuses on highlighting the benefits of active ownership and promoting regulatory reforms on ACSI’s priority areas to government and the media.
Nathan has worked in media relations, public policy and communications roles in a number of sectors including financial services. Nathan was formerly a parliamentary adviser, and, prior to that, held roles at Industry Super Australia and Essential Media.
Nathan holds a Bachelor of International Relations from La Trobe University.
Chief Financial Officer / Chief Operating Officer
Karen is responsible for overseeing ACSI’s finance, risk, and HR function, our strategic and business planning processes as well as managing our office facilities.
Karen’s extensive career in finance and governance includes audit and assurance at Ernst & Young and over 14 years at Aviva and the National Australia Bank both in Melbourne and the UK where she held roles in accounting policy, group financial governance and CFO business partnering.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and a Bachelor of Business in Banking & Finance from Monash University. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Manager, Member Communications and Events
Kim joined ACSI in July 2008 to coordinate the organisation’s communications needs. Her primary responsibility is to manage ACSI’s member information, website, publications, marketing materials and events.
Prior to ACSI, Kim was based in the UK for seven years working for international oil and gas company Statoil, as their Public Affairs Consultant.
Romy is a Senior Analyst in the public policy and advocacy team at ACSI. She works across a range of ACSI’s focus areas, including human rights, First Nations issues, biodiversity, just transitions and others.
Prior to working at ACSI, she was an Advisor to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, focusing on new models of financing humanitarian work.
Romy holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law (with honours) from The University of Melbourne, a Masters in Migration Studies from Oxford University and a Masters of Law from Harvard University. Her Masters of Law focused on business and human rights, particularly corporate- community engagement.
Jordan is an analyst in ACSI’s stewardship, proxy voting and equity research team. She works across a range of ACSI’s focus areas, with a particular focus on environmental issues including climate change and biodiversity.
Prior to joining ACSI, Jordan worked as a commercial lawyer at Clarendon Lawyers primarily in mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions and providing company law and governance advice to Australian-based and foreign companies.
Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law (with honours) from Monash University and is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. She is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance at the University of New South Wales.
Manager, ESG Engagement (Climate)
Having joined the investment industry in 1999, Fiona has a diverse background with experience across multi-asset and multi-manager investment strategies, climate change and ESG research, equity analysis, investment communications and liability-driven investment.
Prior to joining ACSI, Fiona had most recently been a portfolio manager of diversified, ethical and impact funds at AMP Capital and Apostle Funds Management. She was an equity analyst with clean energy fund manager Arkx Investment Management and an investment analyst at The Climate Institute.
This was preceded by five years in the UK with Insight Investment where she focussed on liability-driven investment and, in Australia, working within the investment team at the Government Employee’s Superannuation Board (GESB) of Western Australia and as an investment reporting analyst with MLC Implemented Consulting. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance from the University of Technology, Sydney, and is also a CFA Charterholder.
Manager, Engagement Implementation and Reporting
Ian is part of ACSI’s governance research, voting and company engagement program. An experienced business journalist by background, he is leading ACSI’s drive to increase the amount of women on company boards to a minimum 30%.
Quyen provides assistance to the CFO/COO. Quyen joined ACSI in 2017 and her diverse career in finance ranges from roles in public practice, to commercial and non-profit organisations.
Quyen graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Engagement Team Assistant
Chris has been with ACSI since its formation in 2001, providing overall administrative support to the organisation. In addition to her responsibilities with ACSI, Chris also worked for IFS Legal, as executive assistant to the partners of the firm. After a short break, Chris re-joined ACSI providing administrative support to the governance research, voting and company engagement team.
Manager, Media and Public Affairs
Cath joined ACSI after a career largely spent in television news and current affairs, including as interview producer for the ABC’s Lateline program and stints at Channel 7 and BBC World Service TV.
She has also been a parliamentary advisor, a writer and a copy editor, among other things.
Christine joined ACSI in 2022 as an analyst in the stewardship, proxy voting and equity research team.
Prior to joining ACSI, Christine worked in the financial services assurance team at PriceWaterhouseCoopers as well as in performance audit of the Victorian government at the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office.
Christine holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Finance from the University of Melbourne.
Phoenix joined ACSI in 2022 and has worked in finance roles in a number of industries. Her primary responsibility is to provide assistance to the finance manager.
Phoenix graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce.