Sarah Woodhouse B.Sc (Hons), FCA, GAICD
Sarah Woodhouse has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having worked as an external audit partner, served as a board member and held number of leadership roles.
Sarah has led engagements for some of the largest financial services firms on areas such as regulation, financial advice, superannuation and asset management. She has also led engagements to design conduct frameworks to enhance governance and compliance practices and build superannuation risk and regulatory frameworks.
In the superannuation field, Sarah acted as External Audit partner for two of Australia’s largest industry super funds. Sarah was the leader of Deloitte’s wealth management industry group for 10 years and hosted a series of events with the Financial Services Council which helped influence the strategic direction of the wealth management industry. Sarah’s notable achievement was her appointment as the first female partner at Deloitte, New South Wales.
Fiona Rowland LLB (Hons), BA, Melb. GAICD
Fiona Rowland has over 25 years’ experience in financial and trustee services, professional services/law, infrastructure/utilities, the public sector and in medical research.
Fiona has broad experience in the areas of wealth, asset management, banking, superannuation and trustee services, well developed skills in key corporate functions such as customer engagement, strategy, product and platforms, investment governance, risk, compliance and technology.
Fiona currently holds directorships with Melbourne Water Corporation, Commonwealth Financial Planning Limited, Commonwealth Private Limited, Infrastructure Specialist Asset Management Limited, Macquarie Life Limited and St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research. Fiona was a panel member of the ASIC Financial Services & Credit Panel.
Prior to her non-executive career, Fiona was the past CEO and Managing Director of Bennelong Wealth Partners and the Bennelong Foundation, part of The Bennelong Group. Fiona has held executive roles with National Australia Bank and JBWere Limited leading the product and platform solution for the business’ technology and platform transformation in 2012/13. As Executive Director at UBS AG, UBS Wealth Management Australia she headed Business Management and Strategy, Wealth Planning and Philanthropy and Not for Profit Services divisions.
At the ANZ Banking Group, after her role as Head of Product Development, ANZ Funds Management, Fiona was appointed the Head of ANZ Bank’s Charitable Foundations Business, ANZ Trustees. Fiona began her legal career as an Articled Clerk & Solicitor at Holding Redlich moving to Minter Ellison as a Senior Solicitor practising in financial services and funds management.
Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Beth McConnell B Com, LLB (Hons), Dip SM, MCommrclLaw (Ceased 9 November 2020)
Beth McConnell has 25 years’ experience in the financial services sector as a solicitor and consultant specialising in superannuation law and corporate governance. Beth started her career with Freehills as a solicitor, before moving into in-house counsel roles at AXA and Mercer, then returning to Freehills and later moving to Lander & Rogers.
She currently holds directorships on the Boards of CatholicCare Melbourne and NULIS Nominees (Australia) Pty Ltd. At CatholicCare Melbourne, Beth is a Member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Beth was a former director at Xavier College where she also chaired the Risk and Compliance Committee.
Beth is also a Part-Time Member on the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal, responsible for the formal review of complaints, drafting and issuing binding determinations, and a Panel Member (Industry Representative) on the Australian Financial Complaints Authority.
Beth holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), a Diploma in Superannuation Management and a Master of Commercial Law.