Challenger hires board director

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A former government secretary has joined the Challenger Group and Challenger Life Company boards. 

Heather Smith has been named as an independent non-executive director on the two boards, after most recently being secretary of the federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. 

Dr Smith reportedly has more than 20 years’ experience in government. 


Previously she had been secretary of the Department of Communication and the Arts and deputy secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. 

Challenger chair Peter Polson commented: “She has performed at the highest level in support of the Australian government and Prime Ministers on economic reform, innovation and technologic change, foreign policy, national security and intelligence matters.”

Dr Smith will offer herself for election at Challenger’s annual general meeting on 28 October.


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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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