Circular 30/21 Appointment of two new Board Directors

I am pleased to share news with sub-Branches of the appointment of two new Directors to the RSL NSW Board, following the vacancies noted in Circular 22/21.

The selection committee, which included two members of the District President’s Council, interviewed candidates after receiving more than 30 applications. As noted in the most recent Board Communiqué, the Chair of the selection committee said it was pleasing to see the calibre of applicants, particularly given that the RSL NSW Directors are not paid.

RSL NSW State President Ray James and Board Chair, Sophie Ray welcomed the diversity brought by these new Board appointments and the recent independent member appointments to the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee. They noted that the Board and Committee members’ range of age, service experience (including several reservists) and employment backgrounds, and the increasing number of women on the Board and Board committees, were important steps towards better reflecting the makeup of the veteran community, and ensuring that a diverse range of views are represented at Board level.

Louise Sullivan

Louise is a member of RSL NSW and graduate of The Royal Military College, Duntroon (GSO Reserve – 2006) and served for 13 years in both the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police and Australian Army Legal Corps obtaining the rank of Captain.

Louise has over 20 years of experience as a business adviser, leader, Board Chair and Director with broad management skills leading diverse teams in professional (legal), heavy industry, sporting and military environments. A qualified lawyer, risk and governance professional, Louise currently works as an Executive Director (Chief Operating Officer) of a leading independent construction materials business.

From 2015 Louise has been a Director and since 2018 the President (and Chairperson) of Netball NSW, one of Australia’s largest state sporting bodies supporting the highest participation team sport for women and girls in both NSW and across the country. Through that voluntary position Louise also serves as Chair of the NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball Clubs playing in the largest professional women’s sports league in Australia.

Louise is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, the Chartered Governance Institute and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jason Hazell

Jason is a member of RSL NSW at the Mosman sub-Branch.  He served with the Australian Ready Reserve from 1995 to 1998 as an infantry soldier, with postings to the 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment and 2/17 Royal New South Wales Regiment.

Jason has over two decades of experience in the superannuation and investment management industry.  He is currently General Manager of Investments at State Super and was previously the Chief Investment Officer of the Crescent Wealth Super fund.  Prior to this he held senior investment and leadership roles within the MLC Asset Management business over a tenure of 18 years.

Jason holds a Master of Finance from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney, a Diploma of Financial Services from the Financial Planning Association and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).