ASIC super specialist joins AIST

The Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees has hired from ASIC to fill the role of head of advocacy as the incumbent joins a $53 billion industry fund.

AIST has confirmed the appointment of Melissa Birks as its new head of advocacy, joining from the corporate regulator where she was senior superannuation specialist.

She replaces Ailsa Goodwin who joined AIST in the role in 2017. Goodwin has now joined Cbus as its new strategic public policy advisor.

Birks joined ASIC in September last year from Link Group where she served as industry initiatives manager. She initially joined Link as client partnership manager when it acquired Superpartners in 2015.

Birks has also previously held senior roles with HESTA, the International Women's Development Agency, Hostplus, ME Bank and Industry Fund Services.

AIST chief executive Eva Scheerlinck said Birks' depth of experience working with regulators and across the profit-to-member super sector would ensure AIST's advocacy continues to be effective and targeted to improve retirement outcomes.

"Melissa's broad skillset and her deep understanding of policy and regulatory landscape will be critical in this time of increased regulatory and public scrutiny of superannuation," Scheerlinck said.

Scheerlinck thanked Goodwin for her contribution to AIST, saying she looks forward to working with her in her new role at Cbus.

Goodwin will continue her involvement with the AIST policy committee.

Read more: AISTASICAustralian Institute of Superannuation TrusteesCbusMelissa BirksAilsa GoodwinEva ScheerlinckHostplusIndustry Fund ServicesInternational WomenLink GroupME BankSuperpartners
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