Our Story & Team

Why we created Future Super

Our story

We created Future Super so you can invest your super in a fossil fuel free future.

Before Future Super arrived, every super fund in the country invested its members’ life savings in fossil fuels. Australians collectively have over $2 trillion in super, and research shows over 50% could be exposed to polluting companies. How much is in climate solutions like renewable energy? Just 2%.

Superannuation is mandatory but investing in fossil fuels shouldn’t be. Australians deserve a choice, because fossil fuel companies pose too many risks from an environmental, social and financial perspective.

This understanding inspired our cofounders, Simon Sheikh and Adam Verwey, to build Australia’s first ethical, diversified portfolio that completely excludes fossil fuels. No coal, oil, or gas. No banks that finance fossil fuels. No companies that provide polluters with essential services. Instead of investing in climate polluters and other harmful industries (like tobacco, gambling, detention centres and live animal export, to name just a few), we invest in exceptional companies whose activities are making the world a better place.

Since our launch in September 2014, thousands of Australians have switched to Future Super. Already hundreds of millions of dollars has been moved away from super funds that are funding the fossil fuel industry. As more and more people make the switch, the pressure on other super funds to divest from fossil fuels and other harmful industries keeps on increasing.

The transition to a clean energy future is an unprecedented opportunity to benefit people and the planet. Future Super members are investing millions in new renewable energy projects across Australia and around the world. We’re continually developing new ways to track the financial impact of fossil fuels in local and global markets. And, most importantly, we’re connecting everyday Australians to their super power (pun intended) with the knowledge that our retirement savings can make a real difference in the real world, right now.

Our team

We created Future Super so you can invest your super in a fossil fuel free future.

Simon Sheikh
Founder & Managing Director

Simon understands the power of Australians coming together to create change. In his 5 years as National Director for GetUp!, Australia’s leading progressive advocacy group, Simon tripled the organisation’s membership to 640,000. Simon also sat on the inaugural board of the now 100,000 strong Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and was named NSW Young Professional of the Year. In addition to leading large organisations working for progressive change, Simon has worked as a Financial Analyst at NSW Treasury and consulted for organisations as diverse as Bendigo Bank, Asset Owners Disclosure Project, major unions and community groups.

Adam Verwey
Founder & Executive Director

Adam has a long history in ethical investment, with an expertise in superannuation, ESG (environmental, social and governance) research and constructing ethical sharemarket indices. He leads the ethical investment team at Future Super and is a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to founding Future Super, Adam had spent almost 10 years at Australian Ethical Investment as a senior manager in business development and marketing. He is a director at the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, an organisation dedicated to shareholder advocacy and engagement. Adam is also portfolio manager for the Thomson Reuters Australian Fossil Fuel Free Index, and a member of the Responsible Investment Committee for the Betashares Global Sustainability Leaders ETF and Betashares Australian Sustainability Leaders ETF.

Christina Hobbs
Non-Executive Director

Christina Hobbs is a former Management Consultant with expertise in the financial services industry. She has worked for over ten years as an economic and humanitarian advisor to the United Nations and is a former Deputy Manager of WWF's Earth Hour. Christina is passionate about the economic empowerment of women and is a former Board Director of the Global Women's Project, a co-founder of Young-UN Women and is a published author on gender equality.

Dan East
Chief Investment Officer
Dan has over 30 years of experience in financial markets, including equities, money markets, currencies, fixed interest and derivatives. Coming from a commercial banking environment specialising in financial products and risk control, Dan has been the Investment Manager and CEO of boutique investment fund, Grosvenor Pirie, since 2002. Between 1985-1994 Dan worked with Banque Indosuez in Sydney and Paris. He was primarily involved in the proprietary trading of derivatives, interest rate futures and currencies in the Australian, American and Asian markets. In 1995, Dan joined the Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank Limited (now Mizuho Corporate Bank) in Sydney, where he worked as Chief Trader then Treasurer, focusing on the development of the treasury business and established the bank’s Risk Control Department.
Kirstin Hunter
Chief Operating Officer

Kirstin joined Future Super in 2017 from Bain & Company where she specialised in financial services strategy and operations in Australia and Canada. Kirstin is the chair of the Youth Food Movement Australia, founded Aussie Babywearers for Refugees, and previously worked as a lawyer at Freehills where she got her first taste of clean energy project finance.

Andrew Sellen
Chief Marketing Officer

Andrew joined Future Super in early 2017 having previously held senior marketing roles at Australian Ethical Investment and REST Superannuation. Leading the marketing team at Australian Ethical, Andrew helped double funds under management to over $1.4 billion in 3 years. Andrew also has a long history of social and environmental advocacy, and started his marketing career at Opportunity International - a global microfinance organisation that has helped over 9 million families work their way out of poverty.

James Thier
Board Director & Investment Committee Member
James is a pioneer of ethical investment in Australia. He was a co-founder of Australian Ethical Investment and Superannuation, serving as an Executive Director from 1991 to 2011. James also was a founder and inaugural board member of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (formerly the Ethical Investment Association). James previously held senior positions in local government and within peak bodies of the credit union movement and taught at the University of NSW in several schools. In 2007 James was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study shareholder advocacy mechanisms in the United States and Europe, in particular resolutions proposed at annual general meetings.
Mark Woodall
Chair of Future Investments

Mr. Woodall has been a leader in the development and financing of renewable energy and clean technologies for nearly 25 years.  He founded and led two specialist investment banking firms focused on the low carbon economy: Impax Capital (1994) and Climate Change Capital (2002).  He has been the adviser, investor or principal in over 90 cleantech transactions with total capital deployed of over US $4.5 billion.  Mark has an MBA (Dean’s List) from Cranfield University and was an officer in the British Army. He currently also serves on the board of Carnegie Clean Energy (ASX: CCE) and GreenSync Holdings Pty Ltd.

Anita Grummels
Head of Product Marketing
Julia Bartlett
Fund Operations Manager
Tom O’Connor
System Architect and Senior Developer (Technology for Members)
Luke Gensler
Head of Finance and Business Operations
Michael Bones
Head of Engagement
John Billington
Head of Risk and Compliance
Angus Cooper
Securities Dealer
Mark Forstman
Portfolio Manager
Lee Brennan
Renewable Energy Investment Specialist
Farah Muharam
Business Operations Specialist
Doreen Goh
Fund Accountant/Fund Analyst
John Brookes
Head of Member Advocacy
Freya Brent
Marketing Officer
Mel Hagarty
Member Advocacy
James Wanjura
Member Advocacy
Liv Campbell
Member Advocacy
Noelle Greenwood
General Manager (Cruelty Free Super)

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