Louise Davidson AM
Chief Executive Officer
Louise is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI). Appointed CEO in April 2015, Louise has more than 20 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 issues within Cbus’ investment processes. In 2015 Louise was named Victoria’s Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards for her work as the co-founder of the Mother’s Day Classic Walk/Run for Breast Cancer Research. Established in 1998, this national event has raised over $38m for breast cancer research. 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 the Chair of the Mother’s Day Classic Foundation and a Director of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
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 ACSI’s public policy and advocacy program. Kate was formerly the Head of Governance, Risk and Audit Committee and Disclosure at BHP, and, prior to that, a senior associate at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst).
Kate holds a Bachelor of Laws (with honours) and a Bachelor of Arts. She is 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 responsible for ACSI’s corporate affairs, communications, media relations and events.
Nathan has worked in media relations and communications roles in a number of sectors. 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 function, risk and compliance matters, strategic and business planning processes, internal policies and procedures as well as managing our office facilities.
Karen’s extensive career in finance and governance includes audit & assurance at Ernst & Young and over 14 years at Aviva / 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 in Banking & Finance from Monash University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Carole joined ACSI in 2018 to provide corporate governance and company secretarial support to the ACSI Board, its Committees and the Member Council. Prior to ACSI, she was a Company Secretary in the financial services and health sectors; most recently at ANZ Banking Group Limited.
Carole holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and is also qualified in Business, Health and Education. She is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and facilitator at the Governance Institute of Australia.
Manager, ESG Engagement
Jodie has been a part of the company engagement, proxy voting and equity research team at ACSI since 2016 and leads ACSI’s climate change engagement program with ASX-listed boards.
Jodie is currently undertaking a Master of Applied Finance (Macquarie University) and has a Bachelor of International Studies (Deakin University), Bachelor of Strategic Communication (La Trobe University), Diploma of Superannuation and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance. During university her final year research projects were focused on sustainable economic development and the governance of multinational companies operating in developing nations.
EA to the CEO/Team Assistant
Andrea is the Executive Assistant to ACSI CEO Louise Davidson, as well as providing a range of administrative support to the ACSI team. A highly capable office manager, Andrea has experience supporting a range of senior executives. Originally from the United Kingdom, Andrea has lived and worked in Australia since 2007.
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 an analyst in ACSI’s public policy and advocacy team. Most recently, she was an Advisor to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva. Her work involved identifying new models of financing humanitarian work, strengthening corporate partnerships, and designing organisational policies.
Romy holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law from The University of Melbourne, a Masters in Migration Studies from Oxford University and a Masters of Law from Harvard University. Romy’s focus in her Masters of Law was on business and human rights, particularly corporate-community engagement.
Jordan is an analyst in ACSI’s company engagement, proxy voting and equity research team. Prior to joining ACSI, Jordan worked as a commercial lawyer 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.
Manager, Engagement Implementation & 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 executive manager of finance and corporate services/company secretary. Quyen joined ACSI in 2017, and her diverse career in accountancy ranges from roles in public practice, commercial and non-profit organizations.
Quyen graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) with distinction and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
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 has re-joined ACSI providing administrative support to the governance research, voting and company engagement team.
Manager, ESG Engagement
Nick is part of ACSI’s company engagement and voting program. Nick joined ACSI from UniSuper where he was a Senior Investment Analyst in the Global Strategies & Quantitative Methods team.
Nick holds Master of Applied Finance and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) degrees from Monash University. He is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute.