AusSuper exec joins SuperFriend board

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Workplace mental health organisation SuperFriend has appointed a new representative from AustralianSuper to its board.

Rose Kerlin

Rose Kerlin, group executive, membership at AustralianSuper has joined SuperFriend’s board. 

Ms Kerlin has replaced AustralianSuper chief risk officer and longstanding SuperFriend director Paul Schroder, who stepped down in April after being on the SuperFriend board for 10 years.


SuperFriend chair and Cbus chief executive David Atkin said Ms Kerlin’s “deep knowledge of the complex superannuation sector” and passion for members are assets for the board.

“We welcome her strategic and practical perspectives and commitment to improving Australian workers’ mental health and wellbeing,” Mr Atkin said. 

Ms Kerlin joined AustralianSuper in 2010 and worked in a variety of member-focused roles across three states before joining the executive team in December 2016. 

She was previously a national director at the Finance Sector Union.

SuperFriend chief executive Margo Lydon said: “Rose is well known in the industry for her intelligence and tenacity and brings fantastic insights into the needs of the 300,000 workplaces her fund supports.”

Ms Kerlin added: “The health and economic impacts of COVID-19 are bringing renewed urgency to supporting workplace mental health and I look forward to being part of the solution."

SuperFriend also recently also appointed Zurich and OnePath’s head of mental health and wellness, Maria Falas and LUCRF Super executive manager of distribution, Chris Deakin, to its expert advisory committee. 

The committee provides advice on the design of the organisation’s mental health solutions and research.


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Sarah Simpkins

Sarah Simpkins

Sarah Simpkins is a journalist at Momentum Media, reporting primarily on banking, financial services and wealth. 

Prior to joining the team in 2018, Sarah worked in trade media and produced stories for a current affairs program on community radio. 

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