Catholic Super Board

The Trustee Board’s directors are ultimately responsible for administering the Fund in accordance with the law and the Trust Deed.

The term of office for directors is four years. Elections are decided on a first-past-the-post basis, (the nominee who receives the most votes will be elected). The Chair is an Employer Director and elected by the Board.

Catholic Super is governed by a Corporate Trustee, CSF Pty Limited (ABN 30 006 169 286) (AFSL 246664).

Chair (Employer Director): Danny Casey

Danny was appointed by the Board in October 2017 as Chair and an Employer Director. Danny has extensive experience as a senior executive and management consultant having worked in and advised private and public sector organisations, as well as not for profits, in Australia and overseas.

Danny’s professional career includes senior executive roles with Energy Australia, Ernst & Young, Lend Lease as well as leadership of a commercial law firm. Danny was appointed as the Business Manager of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney in 2003 and in 2008, was the senior executive (COO) responsible for the planning and delivery of World Youth Day in Sydney - a major international event that involved over 130 nations and more international visitors than attended the Sydney Olympics. Over 500,000 people gathered at each of the major events which were broadcast to an estimated worldwide audience of in excess of 1.4 billion.

Danny is well experienced in corporate governance and has served on many Boards and Committees, including the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Sydney, the Board of the University of Notre Dame Australia, various Boards of Church owned entities, including the Catholic Cemeteries Board and the Catholic Development Fund.

In 2014, Danny was invited to assist the Vatican where he established new processes based on international standards and best practice. Since then, he has worked as a management consultant and advisor, assisting various businesses and not-for-profit organisations on strategy and governance. Danny is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW, and a Master of Economics from Macquarie University.

Member representatives

Debra James

Debra James

Deb has been a CSF Director since 2004. She has an extensive background in education, has had over 25 years in the union movement and is currently the General Secretary of the Independent Education Union Victoria Tasmania. 

Gregory Quinn

Gregory Quinn

Greg has a long history in teaching and extensive experience in the superannuation industry, including being a CSF Director since 2010 and previously served 22 years as a Director of the National Catholic Superannuation Fund. Greg is currently a teacher at St Stanislaus College, Bathurst, NSW.

John Connors

John Connors

John has been a CSF Director since 2008. He has a long history in teaching, holding various leadership positions throughout his career, including Principal, Religious Education Coordinator and Gender Equity Officer.

Peter Haysey

Peter Haysey (Deputy Board Chair)

Peter has a long history in teaching and has extensive experience in various senior roles in the superannuation industry. He has been a CSF Director since 2010 and previously served 2 years as a Director of the National Catholic Superannuation Fund. He also served for many years as Director/Secretary of the Diocese of Wagga Wagga Superannuation Fund.

Sheree Press

Sheree Press

Sheree has been a CSF Director since 2017, bringing extensive experience in Human Resources and Management. She has worked in roles such as Company Secretary and Human Resources Manager.

Employer representatives

Danny Casey

Board Chair: Danny Casey

Please see above for Danny's full biography.

Carolyn Harkin

Carolyn Harkin

Carolyn has been a CSF Director since 2014. She has extensive experience in administration, finance and resourcing, including providing strategic advice in relation to budget allocations, planning and reporting.

Marcia Clohesy

Marcia Clohesy

Marcia has been a CSF Director since 2003. She previously worked at the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne for a period of 20 years in the areas of finance, administration and human resources.  Marcia’s previous experience also includes 25 years as a Credit Union Director.

Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy

Paul has been a CSF Director since 2012. He has a wide range of professional skills, including Human Resource Management, Organisational Development, Senior Management and Leadership. Paul brings experience in aged care, retirement living and rehabilitation. He is currently Principal Advisor - Retirement Living and Seniors Housing at Leading Age Services Australia (LASA).

Simone Thompson

Simone Thompson

Simone was appointed as a Director in May 2019 and has extensive experience in governance, risk management and compliance. Simone is Managing Director of ST Consult Pty Ltd which is a boutique consultancy specialising in providing tailored and pragmatic governance, compliance and risk management advice and services to APRA and ASIC regulated entities.

Acting Chief Executive Officer: David O'Sullivan

In 2015, David joined CSF Pty Limited as the General Legal Counsel/Chief Risk Officer after winding up IFS Legal. As he explained at the time, “the opportunity to work as part of the executive team in meeting the business and strategic needs of Catholic Super, in addition to being responsible for the provision of legal advice, was an opportunity too good not to take up.”

Currently acting in the role of Chief Executive Officer for the fund, David’s calm and pragmatic approach to leadership is guiding the business into a new era. He believes that to be effective as a CEO you must lead by example and work with colleagues as a team. David expects there will be plenty of challenges along the way but ‘that is one of the appealing aspects of the position.

David has built his career servicing the legal needs of the superannuation industry. Commencing his articles at a large law firm, David moved in-house to Jacques Martin (then Superpartners) and then onto global consulting firm, Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson). Then seeking a change in 2003, David started with Phil Spathis a boutique legal firm, IFS Legal, which catered to the ever-growing needs of the industry superannuation fund clients.

As a member of the Law Institute of Victoria Superannuation Committee and the Corporate Lawyers Association, David’s qualifications include Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and he was admitted to practice as a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia in 1982.

David O'Sullivan