Louise Davidson AM
Chief Executive Officer
Louise is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI). ACSI is a collaboration of Australian and international superannuation funds that collectively manage more than $2.2 trillion in assets. ACSI’s objective is to improve the environmental, social and governance performance of the companies in which our members invest.
Appointed CEO in April 2015, Louise has more than 20 years senior expertise 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 $37m 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, a Director of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and a Director of the Board of the International Integrated Reporting initiative.
Executive Manager, Governance, Engagement and Policy
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, Public Policy and Advocacy
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 focussed his career on public advocacy and financial services. Nathan was formerly an Adviser to Senator Jenny McAllister, and, prior to that, held roles at Industry Super Australia and Essential Media.
Nathan holds a Bachelor of International Relations from La Trobe University.
Executive Manager, Finance and Corporate Services
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.
Jodie joined the governance research, voting and company engagement team at ACSI in 2016. Jodie has a Bachelor of International Studies from Deakin University, a Bachelor of Strategic Communication from La Trobe University, a Diploma of Superannuation and is currently working towads a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance.
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.
Manager, Equities Research and Engagement
Mike plays a leading role in ACSI’s engagement with ASX listed companies, as well as providing voting advice to members and undertaking research.
Mike first joined ACSI as an analyst in 2012 and recently re-joined the team after working at the Future Fund, Australia’s sovereign wealth fund. Mike’s career started with mergers and acquisitions roles at KPMG and UBS.
Mike has degrees with Honours in Commerce and Law from the University of Melbourne and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Governance and Engagement Analyst
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%.
Claire has 10 years experience working in sustainable investment. Prior to joining ACSI in November 2018, Claire worked as ESG Governance Strategist at QSuper and as ESG Analyst at London-based global equities manager Sarasin & Partners.
Claire has a Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a DPhil (PhD) from Oxford. Her thesis examined the legal framework around sustainable investment, with a focus on fiduciary duty and intergenerational equity. She has published peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and professional reports in the field. Claire qualified as an Australian Lawyer in 2007.
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.
Events and Communications Officer
Dylan joined ACSI at the beginning of 2020 as a member of the communications team. Dylan has a long history of employment in events and marketing, and holds a particular interest in ethical investment.
Alistair is part of ACSI’s company engagement and voting program. Prior to joining ACSI, Alistair was an investor relations manager at ASX-listed companies in the natural resources, infrastructure and insurance sectors. Prior to that, Alistair was an equities research analyst at JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank. Alistair holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Investor Relations from the Australasian Investor Relations Association.