Kara Keys is a proud First Nations woman as a descendant of the Yiman and Gangulu peoples of central Queensland.
Kara has extensive experience in developing and leading a range of strategic campaigns, policy development and stakeholder engagement programs with over 15 years’ experience working in unions and the ACTU.
Kara joined the board of Cbus in 2018 and sits on the Investment Committee and is the Chair, People Culture & Renumeration Committee. She joined the AIST Board in 2020 and on 23 November 2020, was elected chair of Women in Super.
Kara is passionate about First Nations justice, gender equality and building and empowering communities for a better Australia. Outside of her roles in superannuation, Kara puts these passions into practice via her consulting firm KTL Collective and volunteering with community organisations and community projects such as Welcoming Australia, Gari Yala Project and The Justice Map.
Nikki Brown is a Principal in Mercer’s Institutional Wealth business and focuses on client growth and business development across all client units. Prior to joining Mercer in January 2017, Nikki gained over 18 years of experience in institutional business development and relationship management, primarily advising on capital-raising strategies for private markets fund managers (private equity, private debt, infrastructure and agriculture). She worked for Shed Enterprises in Sydney, and prior to that spent over 10 years with MVision Private Equity Partners. She has also held roles with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers in London and began her career in operational and managerial positions within the cement, quarrying and gold mining industries in Australia and New Zealand, and has advised a number of small businesses, entrepreneurs and not-for-profit organisations on their funding strategies.
Nikki joined the Women in Super NSW Committee in 2017 and became Deputy Chair at the start of 2018. It was Nikki’s interest in working with a group of strong and committed women, who share a common goal to improve women’s outcomes – and like to have fun while they’re doing it, that drove her to become part of Women in Super.
Sandra is CEO of Women in Super, and represents WIS on the AIST Policy Committee, ISA Policy Working Group and Indigenous Super Working Group and is regularly asked to participate in roundtables and forums on issues relating to gender equality, women’s workforce participation and the gender super gap. Sandra was also an advisory committee member of the seminal ‘Small Claims, Large Battles’ project undertaken by Women’s Legal Services Victoria which highlighted the legal and other issues faced by women in separation and divorce cases.
Sandra was appointed to the Australian Gender Equality Council Board in July 2019 and Deputy Chair in November 2020.
In 2018 Sandra was the recipient of a Women’s Board Leadership Program scholarship from the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet which enabled her to attend AICD’s NFP Foundations of Directorship program. In 2015 Sandra completed Leadership Victoria’s Orientation to NFP Board program.
Previously Sandra spent 18 years in relationship management roles in the investment management industry including 6 years at Goldman Sachs Asset Management where she founded the London division’s Women’s Network and was a founding member of the Maternity Buddy program. Sandra holds a BA in International Business Studies & Languages from Dublin City University and has undertaken postgraduate studies in International Law and Arbitration at the Copenhagen Business School and Sports Law at King’s College, London.
Robbie is the Group Executive – Brand, Advocacy, Marketing and Product at Cbus. She has worked for almost two decades in industry super including previously as Deputy Chief Executive at Industry Super Australia.
She has extensive experience in marketing, brand, communications, strategic policy and advocacy, risk and compliance and financial advice.
She is a current Non-Executive Director and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at Victoria Legal Aid, and is also a Director of Women in Super and the Chair of WIS’ Policy Committee.
Katie Frazer is a Product Manager at UniSuper and the Chair of the Women in Super Victorian committee. Katie has worked in the superannuation industry for over 20 years, and has a strong belief in the profit to members philosophy. Her broad experience across a number of client and people management roles means she has extensive expertise at both operational and strategic levels. She enjoys working in roles that focus on ensuring the best retirement outcomes for members.
Outside of super, Katie has experience serving on boards for not-for-profit organisations that are focussed on high quality and affordable early years education. She is currently the Secretary and board member for GEKA Inc., having previously been the President for a local community-based child care centre, as well as the President of her daughter’s local kindergarten.
Katie holds a Diploma of Financial Services (Superannuation), a Diploma of Financial Planning and a Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits.
Sophie has worked in marketing and communications for over 15 years and holds a Masters of Marketing, Diploma of Advertising and Bachelor of Professional Writing and Communications.
Over the past decade, Sophie has been managing marketing, communication and engagement activities for industry super funds NGS Super and most recently, Statewide Super.
As a highly motivated and results-driven leader, passionate about improving the lives of others, Sophie also uses her skill-set in a voluntary capacity. She is presently a Director of Spence Club Inc. as well as being the Chair of the Women in Super SA Committee and has previously held leadership positions with the Mother’s Day Classic SA Committee and UN Women.
Ann Janssen is special counsel and the divisional head of Estate First Lawyers which she founded in 2009. Estate First Lawyers was established on Ann’s vision to provide best quality estate planning to a broad range of people who may otherwise not be able to afford it. She saw super funds and their advisory teams as the ‘voice’ to share the importance of comprehensive estate planning for its members. In the 10 years since its inception, the firm has grown to be the largest of its type servicing thousands of super fund members across Qld, NSW and Vic.
Ann has an Arts degree (Economics major), Law degree with Honours and a Master of Business Administration (Distinction). Ann is one of 44 accredited specialists in succession law in Queensland. She is also a registered Trust and Estate practitioner with the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (known as STEP) and is a member of the Australian Tax Institute.
Ann joined Women in Super several years ago because she wanted to contribute to Women in Super’s goal to make a real difference to the retirement outcomes for women.
Karen Lauf is the Chair of the National Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of Women in Super, and an experienced senior finance manager bringing over two decades of experience in finance, risk, compliance and governance in both South Africa and Australia. Karen is passionate about achieving outcomes, and in particular about seeing women’s retirement outcomes improved. She joined EY in 2018 as a Director in Financial Services and was previously the Finance and Commercial Manager at AustralianSuper. Prior to this, Karen was the National Manager, Client Finance at Superpartners and following Link’s acquisition of the Superpartners business in late 2014 Karen led the finance team and clients through the significant and successful transition onto Link’s platforms. Karen has also worked at Deloitte Australia for a number of years as a Client Director. She was a member of the Deloitte Australia IFRS Centre of Excellence forming part of the Deloitte Global IFRS Leadership Team. Karen is a registered Chartered Accountant in both South Africa and Australia.
Natalie is a Finance Manager at Industry Fund Services and the Deputy Chair of the Women in Super Victorian Committee. She started her career as a Chartered Accountant, and moved to the Financial Services Industry over 20 years ago. In her current role she helps develop and deliver the strategic and financial objectives of the Advice Solutions team, a leading provider of advice licensee services that has been partnering with Industry Super Funds for over 25 years. She wants to see more members receive high quality, low cost financial advice and has a strong belief in the Industry Super philosophy of all profits to members.
Natalie holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting, and Masters of Applied Finance.
Natalie joined Women in Super because she is passionate about Women’s financial independence and economic security. She also publicly advocates to increase awareness of Financial Abuse.
Lata McNulty is the Chair of Women in Super NSW and is a Wealth Management Executive experienced in strategy, business management, governance, risk and compliance. Lata is currently a Director at RBC Investor and Treasury Services in the Global Client Coverage team. Previously, Lata was the Head of Compliance at Link Group, an ASX100 company. She has over 15 years’ experience in the wealth management industry and during her time at Link she was the Transition Risk Assurance partner across the largest transition program in the superannuation industry. Prior to her role at Link Group, Lata was a Principal Consultant at Sequential where she lead client engagements to implement strategic plans and initiatives covering regulatory and governance changes, product rationalisation, business integration and transformation initiatives. Lata holds a Degree in Commerce (Banking and Finance) from Canberra University and has undertaken further studies in superannuation, project and program management. Lata is a certified Prince2 practitioner and provides a balanced and proactive approach to strategy, governance, risk and compliance management. Lata recently joined the West Harbour Rugby Board, as a Special Advisor focussed on Community Engagement and Governance Advisory. The West Harbour Rugby Football Club is a team in the Shute Shield, the premier rugby union competition in New South Wales.
Teika is an Employer Relationship Manager at First State Super, specialising in member education, member growth, retirement planning discussions, financial wellness, support and understanding of the specialised government superannuation schemes and strategies surrounding maximising wealth in retirement. She has a strong background in both public and private superannuation, with her previous roles as Key Account Manager at leading organisations GESB and Asgard. Teika uses her strong networks within the industry, employers and the community to reinforce the benefit of financial literacy for women to improve their retirement outcomes, believing in the power of financial advice which can assist in supporting every day Australians in achieving their dream retirement.