9 June 2015
Vale Phil Spathis
It is with much sadness that the Board, Membership and staff of ACSI mark the passing of Phil Spathis, following a lengthy illness.
Phil was a driving force behind ACSI, working alongside the late Michael O'Sullivan to establish the organisation. Phil was the sole staff member of ACSI in the early years and his determined work and leadership built the organisation in to a recognised voice on corporate governance in Australia and internationally.
Phil’s contribution to ACSI and the superannuation sector was driven by a commitment to working people and he reminded us all of the great responsibility and care that must be taken by those entrusted to manage money on behalf of others.
Phil had a unique ability to connect with people from a wide range of backgrounds and to unite them behind a common cause. Phil’s quiet persistence and unassuming nature meant that he always put the issue first, which made him a modest and formidable advocate. He contributed selflessly to many of ACSI's successes and was a steady hand in numerous campaigns that lead to improved governance of corporate Australia.
In superannuation and corporate governance circles, Phil’s friendship was valued as well as his expert opinion. He provided counsel and mentorship to a wide range of people. He was warm, funny and generous with his time. He will be deeply missed.
On behalf of all at ACSI, we extend our deepest sympathy to Phil's wife Yvonne, his children Arthur and Athena, and his extended family.