Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer of TelstraSuper, Chris is responsible for the strategic direction of the fund and overseeing its operational management to meet the needs of our members. Chris attends the Investment Committee, is a member of the Claims Assessment Committee and is a director of Telstra Super Financial Planning Pty Ltd.
Chris joined TelstraSuper in October 2013, having previously been Executive Manager, Member and Employer Solutions at UniSuper.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and a Bachelor of Laws and started his career practising law in a national firm, before moving to the financial services sector. Chris’ experience in the financial services industry has developed over 30 years with senior roles at BT Financial Group and Colonial First State.
Chief Finance Officer
Paul is responsible for all financial and taxation matters for TelstraSuper and TelstraSuper Financial Planning. He oversees the operation of the Finance, Strategy, Projects and the Investment Operations teams. Paul is also a member of the Fund’s Valuation Committee.
Paul was appointed to his role with TelstraSuper in February 2013. He was previously the Chief Financial Officer for industry superannuation fund, Vision Super, and has also worked in the Financial Services practice of KPMG.
Chief Customer Officer
As Chief Customer Officer, Tim is responsible for leading the provision of products and services to members. This includes responsibility for Marketing, Digital, Member Services, Product Management, Growth and Retention functions including the Fund’s Smart Income program.
Tim has held senior management positions at national, regional and global levels in a wide range of sectors including superannuation, telecommunications and technology companies. He brings more than 18 years’ experience in superannuation and has a deep understanding of accumulation, retirement and defined benefit products.
Tim was appointed to the role in February 2022. He previously held senior leadership positions at AustralianSuper, UniSuper and IOOF.
Chief People Officer
As Chief People Officer, Krithika is responsible for all people and culture initiatives within TelstraSuper. This includes creating employee-focused programmes aimed at people development and building practices, strategies, and operations that drive impactful employee engagement and create strong cultures.
Krithika is a dynamic and experienced senior executive with deep expertise in People and Culture functions and broader business general management roles in both large and medium sized organisations across America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Krithika was appointed to her role at TelstraSuper in October 2021. She previously held roles at Pitcher Partners and BHP Billiton.
Chief Risk Officer
Bryony is TelstraSuper’s Chief Risk Officer and has accountability for the Risk Management Framework. She leads the Risk and Compliance team, and manages the relationships with key regulators, including APRA and ASIC. Bryony is also the Fund’s AML/CTF Compliance Officer.
Bryony was appointed to the role in February 2020. An experienced executive in managing governance functions across global locations, through strategic expansions and operational transformations. She was previously the Chief Risk Officer at VFMC, was the Head of Risk and Compliance with Hastings Funds Management and held senior compliance roles with Capital International, and prior to that was in private legal practice. Bryony holds a Bachelor of Arts/Laws (Hons).
Executive General Manager, Financial Planning
Melinda is responsible for leading the teams that support members seeking financial advice about their superannuation, investment, insurance and retirement needs through TelstraSuper Financial Planning.
Melinda joined TelstraSuper in 2023 and holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in politics from the University of New England.
She has more than 30 years of experience in senior roles across the financial services industry, including ANZ, AMP, Perpetual and Macquarie Bank.
Chief Investment Officer
Graeme leads the TelstraSuper investment management team that manages around $24 billion in retirement savings for members. This includes a diversified range of investments, managed by internal and external investment professionals.
Graeme works closely with the Investment Committee to set investment objectives, formulate investment strategies and implement investment portfolios. Graeme’s team includes specialists in investment strategy, equities, fixed interest, real assets and alternative investments. It also includes a specialist sustainable investment team.
With more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Graeme is a proven leader who has a history of generating strong, long-term returns. Graeme joined TelstraSuper in May 2016 having previously held senior roles at Mercer and Willis Towers Watson.
Chief Legal Officer
Steve is responsible for providing advice to the Board, CEO and Executive team as well as providing legal counsel and policy advice. He is responsible for ensuring that the Fund operates within a robust legal and governance framework, with overall carriage of legal matters impacting on every operational area of TelstraSuper and TelstraSuper Financial Planning. Steve is also the Fund’s Privacy Officer.
Steve joined TelstraSuper in 2002 and was appointed to the Executive Team in 2008. He has over 25 years of superannuation legal experience across in-house and private practice environments in Australia and the UK, and has been admitted in both jurisdictions. Prior to joining TelstraSuper, Steve practised in the Melbourne office of a national law firm.
Chief Technology and Operations Officer
Karen is responsible for leading the technology and operations functions within TelstraSuper. This includes contributions processing, benefit payments, solution design, risk and security, service management and infrastructure services.
Karen joined TelstraSuper in January 2018 and brings over 25 years’ experience in leading Technology functions within the financial services sector both in Australia and UK and is also skilled in implementing new ways of working based on Agile, LEAN and Innovation practices.
Her most recent role was Chief Information & Innovation Officer at Guild Group Holdings with similar executive and senior roles held at Equity Trustees and ANZ Bank. Karen also served on the board of Early Childhood Management Services Inc. from 2006 to 2011.