Notable women

Celebrating our Women in Super

Learn more about the Women in Super members who have played no small part in advocating for better outcomes for women and ensuring that women's voices are included in national superannuation debates.     

Our Founder


Mavis Robertson, AM (1931-2015)

Mavis founded Women in Super and co-founded the Mother's Day Classic. She was fiercely passionate about women's rights, economic justice, civil and political rights and peace and security in Australia and across the world. An architect of Australia's compulsory super system and a leading figure in industry superannuation for over three decades, she served on many boards and her passion for the role that women could play in the industry, led her to mentor and support many of the industry's leading women of today. She also founded AIST, ACSI and was a foundation member of Emily's List which continues to drive women's increased representation in parliament.

Life Members


Anne-Marie Corboy

Anne-Marie became a Life Member of WIS in 2015 in recognition for the many years of support she has given WIS, especially while CEO of HESTA. Passionate about improving retirement outcomes for women, Anne-Marie has ensured that women have not been forgotten in national debates on superannuation policy and reform. Anne-Marie was recognised as one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence in 2013 and is currently a board member of the Mother's Day Classic Foundation.

 

Cate Wood

Cate Wood joined the Board of Women in Super in 2007 and was appointed Chair in 2011 following the retirement of Women in Super founder, Mavis Robertson. She served as Chair until 2019, during which time, Cate re-established the WIS ACT network and was the inaugural Chair of the Canberra Mother’s Day Classic Committee. She is currently a director of the Mother’s Day Classic Foundation and is an experienced Director and Executive. Cate has worked in the profit-to-member superannuation sector for over 20 years, is a past President of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), was the Chair of CareSuper, a director of ISPT Pty Ltd and ISA and a member of the Victorian Legal Services Board and IFM Shareholder Advisory Board.

She was recognised as the AIST 2017 Trustee of the Year. Cate was Assistant Secretary of the Australian Services Union, Victorian Branch, CEO of The Trade Union Training Authority and Executive Officer of AGESTSuper. Cate has worked to improve diversity and equity throughout her career and is a past Chair of the ACTU Women’s Committee, and past Member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Women’s Employment (Victoria) and the National Women’s Consultative Council.

In 2020, Cate was awarded a Queen’s Birthday honour (Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia), and is currently a director of SunSuper and a member of the Professional Standards Councils.

 

Australian of the Year Nominations


Louise Davidson

Louise was a National Finalist in Australia's Local Hero 2015 awards in recognition of her work on the Mother's Day Classic, Australia's largest national fun run and breast cancer fundraising event. Louise co-founded the Mother's Day Classic after her mother passed away from the disease and what started as a 'walk in the park' in 1998 has since grown into a major national community event, attracting 135,000 participants and raising $27.4 million to date.

Louise is CEO of ACSI (Australian Council of Superannuation Investors), Chair of the Mother's Day Classic Foundation, a past recipient of the Women in Super Fiona Reynolds Global Dialogue Scholarship and was recognised as one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence in 2013.

 

Fiona Reynolds Global Dialogue Scholarship


Fiona Reynolds

The Fiona Reynolds Global Dialogue Scholarship, valued at $10,000, allows a member of WIS to attend the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) Global Dialogue conference overseas.

The scholarship was named after Fiona Reynolds in recognition of her almost twenty year contribution to Women in Super. Fiona was first employed to assist Mavis Robertson organise the Conference of Major Super Funds (CMSF) and also organised the WIS conference breakfast and other events. She became CEO of CMSF which continued to support and fund Women in Super. When CMSF and AIST merged in 2007 Fiona was appointed CEO of the merged entity and continued to support WIS through cash and inkind contributions. Fiona was a strong advocate of policy to improve women’s retirement outcomes and worked with WIS to promote these policies and lobby Government. In September 2012 she was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s top 100 women of influence for her work in public policy.

Fiona worked with Mavis Robertson to develop and organise international study tours and the Global Dialogue. Fiona left AIST in 2014 to become Managing Director of the Principles for Responsible Investment in London. The PRI is a global organisation which includes more than 1350 signatories representing over US$59 trillion in assets under management, across 50 countries. Fiona was the WIS National Roadshow speaker in 2015.

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