FEAL appoints director as Hostplus’ Watson retires

19 December 2023
| By Laura Dew |
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The Fund Executives Association Ltd (FEAL) has appointed a director to the board to replace Hostplus’ group executive of member experience Paul Watson.

Watson will step down as he departs from Hostplus and has served two terms at FEAL as well as chair of the FEAL program committee. 

He spent almost 13 years at the industry super fund until November 2023 in a variety of roles including group executive of retirement solutions and advice and group executive of business growth and client relationships.

The organisation has now appointed Ian Patrick, chief investment officer of Australian Retirement Trust (ART). He was initially CIO of Sunsuper from 2015 until the fund merged with QSuper in 2022 to form ART.

Patrick will be joining existing directors on the FEAL board:

  • Damian Wills, CEO of BUSSQ.
  • Lisa Samuels, chief experience officer at HESTA.
  • Chris Davies, CEO of TelstraSuper.
  • Belinda Ray, chief audit executive at AustralianSuper.
  • Steve Hill, group executive, people and workplace at Aware Super.
  • Natalie Previtera, CEO of NGS Super.
  • Gemma Kyle, chief risk officer at Rest.

Brian Delaney, FEAL chair, said: “Ian’s extensive experience across more than two decades in the institutional investment industry will provide valuable input into the FEAL board.

“FEAL is committed to serving executives across an array of specialist roles and having someone of Ian’s calibre, who currently oversees a $260 billion fund, join our board of directors will contribute to FEAL’s ability to provide events and programs that are meaningful in developing leadership skills across the fund executive cohorts.

“Paul has been a valued and dedicated member of the FEAL community through each of his two terms as director and in steering FEAL’s events in his role as chair of the program committee. Paul’s experience and commitment to FEAL as well as to the wider super industry, has been instrumental in FEAL delivering to its purpose to empower world-class leaders in our industry."

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