Our Board

The role of our Board

Our Board is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and management of our global investment portfolio of over $29 billion as at 30 June 2019. In carrying out their responsibilities, the Board:

  • Oversees the management of the GES Fund and administration of our GESB schemes under the State Superannuation Act 2000
  • Monitors achievements against declared objectives and ensures that we comply with superannuation related legislation and policies
  • Sets high standards of governance, with a focus on risk, return, diversification, liquidity and sustainability to meet the needs of our members
  • Undertakes continuous education to achieve best practice operating standards outlined by the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA)
  • This ensures they meet and maintain educational and technical competencies that enable them to effectively discharge their duties in a knowledgeable and prudent manner.

Our operations include investment management, administration of the defined benefit, accumulation and retirement schemes. This takes a high and varied level of Board expertise and experience, gained across diverse industry and government environments.

Our Board members

As at July 2018

Seven directors sit on our GESB Board, including and led by John Langoulant who was appointed as our independent Chair in March 2011.

Our Board also consists of three employer directors appointed by the Governor of the State of Western Australia, and three member directors, who are appointed through elections conducted by UnionsWA.

Currently, all of our Board directors are non-executive directors, appointed for a maximum of five years and eligible for reappointment.

John Langoulant - ChairJohn Langoulant - Chairman

Mr Langoulant was first appointed as Chair of the Board in March 2011, for a five-year term. Mr Langoulant's appointment was renewed for a second five-year term, effective 7 March 2016.

Mr Langoulant has extensive experience in government and the private sector, including as Under Treasurer of Western Australia.

Mr Langoulant served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Oakajee Port & Rail until 30 June 2013. His previous Chief Executive positions were at Australian Capital Equity, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia.

Mr Langoulant holds several other board positions, including Chair of the Telethon Kids Institute and Chair of the Dampier Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline. In addition, Mr Langoulant consults to Curtin University, Westpac and Deloitte.

Scott Ellis - Employer DirectorScott Ellis - Employer Director

Mr Ellis was first appointed to the Board in November 2010. He was re-appointed for a third three-year term on 1 November 2016 as Employer Director.

Mr Ellis is a Barrister at Francis Burt Chambers and specialises in commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Mr Ellis commenced practicing as a lawyer in 1983 and was a partner at Freehills for more than a decade. Mr Ellis holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence, a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws from the University of Western Australia. He also holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from Queen Mary College, University of London.

Mr Ellis is a Chartered Arbitrator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.

He is currently a Senior Sessional Member of the State Administrative Tribunal, a member of the Commonwealth Anti-dumping Review Panel and the Acting Commissioner of the Crime and Corruption Commission.

Anne Gisborne - Member DirectorAnne Gisborne - Member Director

Ms Gisborne was appointed to the Board as Member Director in February 2017, for a period of three years. This is her first term serving on the Board.

For more than 15 years, Ms Gisborne was an executive member of the State School Teacher's Union (SSTUWA), which looks after WA teachers in the workplace and promotes public education to the wider community.

Ms Gisborne was President of SSTUWA from 2008 to 2013, and was appointed trustee of the organisation as part of this role. While at SSTUWA, her responsibilities included executive board compliance, financial management, appointments and management of staff, policy development, and strategic planning.

Between 2005 and 2013, Ms Gisborne completed two one-year terms as President of UnionsWA. During this time, she was also an executive member of the Australian Education Union.

Ms Gisborne is currently employed as a teacher at the Education Department of Western Australia, and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education from the University of Western Australia.

Photograph of Bruce Hawkins - Member Director

Bruce Hawkins - Member Director

Mr Hawkins was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2018, as Member Director. This is his first term serving on the Board.

Mr Hawkins graduated from TAFE with a Diploma of Management (Business).

His professional experience includes working in the public sector in a number of different roles. Mr Hawkins is currently the Treasurer for Community and Public Sector Union – Civil Service Association (CPSU/CSA) and is an Executive Committee member of Unions WA.

Previously, Mr Hawkins worked as a Principal Compliance Officer for the Department of Health. He is also President of the North Suburban Community Cricket Umpires Association, in a voluntary capacity.

Naomi McCrae - Member DirectorNaomi McCrae - Member Director

Ms McCrae was appointed to the Board in August 2018, for a period of three years. This is her first term serving the Board.

Since 2015, she has been the Director of Legal and Industrial at the WA Branch of United Voice - a large, active Australian union with members from a wide range of occupations.

Prior to United Voice, Ms McCrae worked at the law firm Squire Patton Boggs, where she provided legal advice and representation on employment matters for a number of corporate and government clients.  She also performed a range of advisory and management roles at the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from Murdoch University, and a Master of Art Administration from the University of New South Wales.

Catherine Nance - Employer DirectorCatherine Nance - Employer Director

Ms Nance was appointed to the Board in March 2011 for a period of five years. She was re-appointed on 7 March 2016 for her second five-year term as Employer Director.

Ms Nance is a Partner and Actuary at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), where she heads the national Retirement Incomes and Asset Actuarial Consulting Group.

Ms Nance has more than 20 years' professional experience advising governments, companies and superannuation funds in superannuation, employee benefits, investment consulting, aged care, finance and investment-related work.

Ms Nance is also Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Western Australian Treasury Corporation. Ms Nance has a BSc in Pure and Applied Mathematics and Physics and a BA in Statistics from the University of Queensland. She is an Affiliate of the Institute of Actuaries (London), a Member of the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute of Australia.

Frank Sciarrone - Employer DirectorFrank Sciarrone - Employer Director

Mr Sciarrone was appointed to the Board on 21 February 2016 as Employer Director for a term of five years.

Mr Sciarrone holds a Bachelor of Business Degree (Economics and Finance) from Curtin University.

He holds a number of memberships including the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Financial Planning Association, and Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA).

Mr Sciarrone has extensive experience in the investment and wealth management industries, and as a trustee director of private and public sector superannuation funds.

Mr Sciarrone is currently the Managing Director of Vantage Wealth Management, Chair of the Fire and Emergency Services Superannuation Fund and 12 Buckets Inc. (a charitable organisation), as well as a director of several other private companies.

Philippa Clarke - Member DirectorPhilippa Clarke - Member Director

Ms Clarke was first appointed to the Board on 2 April 2015 as Member Director, and was re-elected for a second term on 2 April 2018. Her appointment concluded on 4 July 2018.  

Ms Clarke graduated from the University of Notre Dame, with a double degree in Law (honours) and Human Resource Management.

Ms Clarke is currently Senior Organiser, Research & Policy for United Voice WA.

Her professional experience includes working in both the public and private sectors. Previously, Ms Clarke worked as a lawyer for Ashurst Australia and held various human resources positions at Legal Aid WA and the Department for Planning and Infrastructure.

Glen Townsing - Member DirectorGlen Townsing - Member Director

Mr Townsing was appointed to the Board as a Member Director on 4 July 2012, for a period of three years. His appointment was renewed for a further three-year period and concluded on 3 July 2018.

Mr Townsing is a Senior Developer at the Department of Transport, where his experience extends across systems analysis and design, application development, database administration and design and capacity planning.

With more than 20 years' experience in information technology, Mr Townsing has designed, developed and implemented a range of computer systems while at the Department of Transport, including the Private Boat and Mooring Registration system and its associated revenue management system.

Mr Townsing holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree and is also a former councillor for the Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association.

Page last updated 02 September 2019