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Prime Super makes key changes to board

By Jessica Penny
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The super fund has announced the appointment of two non-executive board directors, effective 1 January 2023.

Gemma Dooley and Bev Durston have joined Prime Super as non-executive board directors. The appointment comes after the retirement of directors Gavin Watson and Brett Lazarides.

Ms Dooley joins the fund with three decades of experience in financial services in Australia and Asia, engaging with superannuation funds, regulators, investment management teams, institutional and retail investors, asset consultants and other industry experts.

Most recently serving as chief investment officer of Club Plus Super and being responsible for managing over $3.2 billion of members’ assets, Ms Dooley has held non-executive governance roles over the last decade with organisations including Golf NSW and the Australian Cricketers Association.


Ms Durston’s career similarly spans over three decades, previously worked for governments and long-term investing institutions in Australia, the UK and Singapore and has served as a trustee for a UK corporate defined contribution fund.

She has acquired a deep knowledge of risk management, investments and portfolio management across all asset classes and has specialised in alternative assets for more than 16 years. 

Moreover, Ms Durston sits as an independent expert on institutional investment committees and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Association of Superannuation Funds Australia.

Prime Super’s chairman, Nigel Alexander, acknowledged the contributions of Mr Watson and Mr Lazarides, and congratulated Ms Dooley and Ms Durston on their appointments. 

“Along with my fellow directors, I look forward to working with Gemma and Bev in the years ahead as we manage the hard-earned retirement savings of more than 135,000 members from the agriculture, recruitment, healthcare, aged care, education and other industries,” Mr Alexander said.

“It’s an exciting time to join Prime Super and the fund is in a strong position to continue delivering strong returns for our members over the medium and short terms,” he concluded.