Board

Stacked white foldersOur Board is responsible for strategic direction and overseeing the management of
Funds SA; 
comprising seven directors, each brings diverse corporate experience and skill sets.

Paul Laband Mr Paul Laband - Chair

Paul Laband has worked extensively in investment management and asset consulting throughout his professional career, bringing significant leadership skills and portfolio and investment experience to the Funds SA Board.

Mr Laband has held management positions across the investment management and asset consulting sector. He served as Managing Director of National Asset Management, Head of Asset Consulting at both Towers Perrin Australia and Russell Investment Group (Australia), and as the Managing Director of Abbey Life Investment Services in the UK. At UniSuper, he held senior roles including Head of Public Markets (listed asset classes both domestically and globally) and Head of Strategic Tilting.

Dr Bill Griggs Dr Bill Griggs, AM, ASM

Bill Griggs has significant leadership and board experience, with highly developed skills in corporate governance, people and culture, superannuation, investment, and insurance.

Dr Griggs is widely respected in government and the private sector and is also known for his military and medical experience as a trauma specialist. As a result of his extensive career, he has been able to share his experience in managing and coping during times of uncertainty and stress, and in evidence-based decision making.

He has held several Board and Chair positions in government and the not-for-profit sectors and is currently serving as a Director of Griggs EMS Pty Ltd, Director and Investment Committee member of ReturnToWorkSA, Director of St John Ambulance (SA), Director of Super SA, Director of Southern Select Super Corporation and member of the SA Government Superannuation Federation.

Mr Christopher Hall Mr Christopher Hall

Christopher Hall brings extensive knowledge and expertise in investment and funds management, gained through 30 years professional experience in the industry.

During his career he has held a range of senior portfolio management and business leadership roles in Australia and Asia, most recently with Argo Investments, Blackrock Asset Management, and Ellerston Capital.

Mr Hall is currently Chair of BiomeBank, Investment Committee Chair of Perks Private Wealth, Independent Non-Executive Director of AMP Superannuation Ltd, Independent Non-Executive Director and Investment Committee Member of N.M. Superannuation Pty Ltd, Director of CC Hall Consulting Pty Ltd, Member of the Investment Committee – Bedford Group, Director of the International Centre Financial Services – University of Adelaide, and a Director of the Prince Alfred College Foundation.

Ms Jane Jeffreys, AM

Jane Jeffreys is a long-standing company director, working principally in her career with boards and senior executives to address strategic business issues. She has significant board, executive and consulting experience across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Ms Jeffreys has a strong background in corporate strategy, financial management, people and culture, technology, marketing, and communications.

She is currently also a Director of Jane Jeffreys Consulting and Iocane Pty Ltd, and Chair of the West Beach Trust, Gaming Care and Brand SA.

Ms Judith Smith Ms Judith Smith

Judith Smith has had a strong governance and risk focus throughout her career, with extensive knowledge and experience in funds management.

Ms Smith has worked in senior investment management roles in the funds management industry where she has been responsible for evaluating and investing in listed and unlisted companies.

Ms Smith serves as a Committee Member on the South Australian Venture Capital Fund, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Risk & Audit Committee of Universal Biosensors Inc and Acorn Capital Investment Fund Ltd, and a member of the Finance and Risk Committee for Breast Cancer Trials.

Adj Assoc Professor Elizabeth Dabars, AM

Elizabeth Dabars has broad leadership experience within the medical and industrial sectors combined with extensive qualifications in nursing, education, management and law.

Adj Assoc Professor Dabars has worked in a diverse range of settings in metropolitan and rural settings and is widely recognised for her significant service to medical administration, and community and mental health organisations.

She is currently the Chief Executive Officer/Secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch), CEO of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Education Centre, Secretary and committee member of the SA Government Superannuation Federation. Adj Assoc Professor Dabars is also a Director and Trustee of Union Legal, Director of the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre and Rosemary Bryant Research Centre Foundation.