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2023 judges

With a judging panel including academics, business executives, entrepreneurs and innovators, the Super Fund of the Year Awards is peer-reviewed recognition of your capabilities in finance and passion for driving the industry forward.

Angela Ashton
Angela Ashton
Co-Founder ,

Angela founded Evergreen in 2016 and is ultimately responsible for all investment activities at Evergreen

Angela has 30 years’ experience in investment markets. She has held senior investment roles at QIC, was Head of Ratings at van Eyk Research and General Manager, Managed Funds Research at IWL Ltd. She has contributed to the industry through serving on a number of education committees with groups such as Kaplan and the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA).

Angela holds a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Economics, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance, Master of Commerce (Finance) and has completed the Certified Investment Management Analyst course. She is a Fellow of FINSIA

Julie Dolan
Julie Dolan
Partner, Head of SMSFs and Estate Planning, Enterprise,

Julie Dolan is a Partner of KPMG Enterprise, CA & CPA qualified, with over 30 years’ experience providing taxation, superannuation legislative and estate planning advice to many sectors of the wealth industry, mid-market and private clients. She is the national lead for the SMSF & Estate Planning business for KPMG Enterprise as well as the Asset Wealth Management Sector Lead.

Having worked in the industry for many decades, Julie has extensive experience in Self-managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF’s), superannuation, taxation, accounting, compliance, estate and succession advisory to the wealth management industry, many sectors of the mid-market private clients and family offices. Due to her experience, she has the unique ability to work through complex problems and collaboratively work through tailored solutions with and for the family being advised.

Julie has had many varied roles in the wealth management industry and has been consulting on SMSF’s and the legislative rules and application since 1993. She is also one of the main educators to the financial services industry and has provided strategic / technical support, education, and consulting services to a significant number of accountants, advisers and lawyers around Australia. She also regularly writes for industry publications, has had the pleasure of educating thousands of SMSF Trustees as well as being on several industry technical committees.

Prof Rahat Munir
Prof Rahat Munir
Head Accounting and Corporate Governance,
Macquarie University

Professor Rahat Munir is the Head of Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University. He is FCA (Chartered Accountants Australian & New Zealand), FCPA (Certified Practising Accountant Australia) and PhD (Macquarie University, Sydney). With his extensive experience in administration and leadership, both corporate and academic, Professor Munir is recognised for his engagement with industry and academia and has been at the forefront of leading development and change initiatives. He is also forensic accounting specialist with financial crime investigative skills to analyse financial information for a court of law.

He is internationally renowned for curriculum development, pioneering innovative learning and teaching (L&T) practices and academic standards & accreditation. Since his appointment as Head, Professor Munir has been responsible for academic leadership of the Department and maintaining strong ongoing relationships with external stakeholders, including professional associations, universities and communities - Universities in China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Europe. He has served on the panel for Faculty/Course Reviews of various Universities in Australia and New Zealand. With his strong engagement with industry, he leads CFO Forum, Industry Academic Series, Thought Leadership and Business Leaders Roundtables.

He has written over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, conference papers, books, book chapters, monographs and commissioned reports, and over 50 publications for professional and lay audiences. Although the bulk of his research focuses on management accounting and controls, he has also published in important cognate areas such as education, CSR, corporate governance, corporate culture and research expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Professor Munir has delivered scores of invited/keynote presentations and his expert opinions has been featured in radio, television, newspapers, newsletters, and web outlets. He has considerable experience in supervising Master of Research, M. Phil and Ph.D. students.

He is affiliated with several professional bodies including the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, Professional Risk Managers International Association, USA, American Accounting Association and European Accounting Association. Professor Munir serves on various high-level Committees and Advisory Boards. Professor Munir has also served on the TAFE NSW Higher Education Academic Board. He has served as guest editor and referee/scientific program committee of various international journals, and organised conferences & workshops.

Professor Munir’s sustained excellence in teaching and research has been recognised through international awards, including:

Two Macquarie University Vice Chancellor’s awards for developing programs and outstanding contributions to student learning,
Dean’s teaching excellence award,
Two CPA Australia’s awards for achievement in academia, and
Business/Higher Education Roundtable Award for excellence in accounting teaching collaborations.
Professor Munir's contribution has also been acknowledged for his projects in 2015 and 2021 for the Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards at the University of Pennsylvania in the Nurturing Employability Award category for the most innovative pedagogical approach to learning and teaching. He has served on the judging panel of the Momentum Media and Accountants Daily’s Australian Accounting and Australian Digital Technology, Women in Finance and 30 Under 30 Awards. Professor Munir's case study - The Ethics of Profit in the Australian Retail Industry was amongst the top 4 teaching cases globally by the Decision Sciences Institute, Washington DC for the ‘Best Teaching Case Studies Award’ competition.

Sarah Penn
Sarah Penn
Mayflower Consulting

Sarah founded Mayflower Consulting in 2014, to help super funds and investment managers succeed, with a focus on the intersection between customer experience, regtech and business strategy. Prior to this Sarah was a Division Director at Macquarie Bank, and held numerous roles across marketing, product and strategy. Sarah has a marketing and information management degree from the University of Western Australia, and is a known industry commentator with articles appearing in most major industry publications.

Sarah is Chair of the ASFA NSW Legislation Discussion Group, Managing Director of CREW (Compliance and Risk Executive Women) and Co-chair of the Technology and Innovations Expert Group for the Financial Services Council.


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