Rest appoints public policy head from HESTA

21 November 2023
| By Laura Dew |
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Rest has appointed Enrico Burgio as head of public policy to support policy and regulatory outcomes in the best interests of the fund’s members.

Burgio joined Rest in early November and reports to Tyrone O’Neill, chief people, strategy and corporate affairs officer at the fund. 

He will be responsible for delivering Rest’s public affairs strategy through central coordination of Rest’s public policy positions, including strategic government and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining Rest, he was senior manager for policy and advocacy at HESTA.

He has also spent time in government, working in the office of former Victorian premier Daniel Andrews as deputy director of policy and cabinet and later in the Victorian government as chief of staff for the minister for early childhood education, workplace safety and environment.

O’Neill said: “Enrico’s strong track record navigating complex policy environments and cultivating positive productive relationships with government and industry stakeholders are a welcome addition to Rest’s corporate affairs function.

“Enrico’s skill and experience will prove enormously valuable as we continue our work to champion the best financial interests of our almost 2 million members and seek to represent their interests in our public policy engagements and activity.”

Burgio added: “Our superannuation system should work for all Australians. Rest uniquely represents more than a million members under the age of 30 and 1 million women and I look forward to working to ensure the interests of all Rest members are properly considered in public policy decision making.”

This is the second senior hire Rest has made this month as it also appointed a head of its new internal global equities team in Richard Mercado. 

Mercado will establish and build a dedicated internal global equities management capability as the $75 billion fund embarks on its internalisation strategy.

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