Board and leadership team

Bringing together experts, innovators and thought leaders from across the SMSF industry.

Board members

Richard Grellman
Chairman - independent

Richard GrellmanRichard brings decades of experience from his previous role as partner at accounting firm KPMG. Serving on KPMG’s National Board and National Executive Committee, as well as a non-executive director for a number of public, private and not for profit companies, Richard is passionate about providing strategic advice to the financial services sector. 

In 2007, Richard was appointed a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his service to the community and leadership role in a number of charities. Since 2014, he has held office as Tribunal of the Statutory and Other Officers Remuneration Tribunal (SOORT).

Alex Wade
Director

Alex WadeAlex is CEO of AMP's newly formed Australian Wealth Management business. In this role, Alex has end-to-end responsibility for customer offers and outcomes, including the provision of compliant, quality advice, delivered efficiently through a range of channels. Prior to this, he was Head of Developed and Emerging Asia for Credit Suisse Private Banking with responsibility for all aspects of the domestic Private Banking businesses for Australia, Japan and India.

Lara Bourguignon
CEO

Lara BourguignonLara is responsible for the management of SuperConcepts. She is also responsible for ensuring that the Board has been provided with expert advice and that decisions made are implemented across SuperConcepts. An accomplished leader with over two decades’ experience running end-to-end businesses designed around customer experience for NAB, MLC, and Merrill Lynch, including directing corporate superannuation funds, leading high-performance sales and finance teams, and driving substantial transformation programs that most benefit customers.

Stuart Forsyth
Director - independent

Amanda Johnston-PellStuart has extensive SMSF experience from his previous role as Assistant Deputy Commissioner Superannuation and, more recently, the non-executive director of SuperIQ Pty Ltd. Stuart is a director of a Brisbane based superannuation and consulting business. With his unique background across the industry, he brings a broad skill set spanning large organisational experience, current consulting knowledge and high level technical skills to the board.

Amanda Johnston-Pell
Director - independent

Amanda Johnston-PellAmanda is Board Director, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief of Startups of IBM Australia and New Zealand. With over 20 years’ experience working as a senior executive in Fortune 500 companies in the US and Asia Pacific, she brings extensive strategic marketing, business transformation and innovation experience to the board. As a co-founder and Founding Co-CEO of a New York based social media and big data startup, Amanda is passionate about using early stage technology to bring about significant transformational change, a growth mindset and disruption to traditional business models.

Leadership team

Lara Bourguignon
CEO

Lara BourguignonLara is responsible for the management of SuperConcepts. She is also responsible for ensuring that the Board has been provided with expert advice and that decisions made are implemented across SuperConcepts. An accomplished leader with over two decades’ experience running end-to-end businesses designed around customer experience for NAB, MLC, and Merrill Lynch, including directing corporate superannuation funds, leading high-performance sales and finance teams, and driving substantial transformation programs that most benefit customers.

Mark Bailey
Chief Financial Officer

Mark BaileyMark is responsible for leading the finance function to deliver future focussed insights, improve productivity, and drive accelerated growth in services to the SMSF market. He has been leading change in businesses in financial services for nearly 20 years. His industry experience ranges from retail banking, institutional banking and structured finance to equities broking and SMSF administration. He also has deep experience in leading teams and proactively managing operational and regulatory risk. 

Brad Ackermann
Chief Technology Officer

Brad AckermannBrad heads up the technology division of SuperConcepts, leading a dedicated team of product experts, designers, developers and analysts in managing and innovating the SuperMate platform. Brad has held previous senior roles with TechnologyOne, Australia largest enterprise software company, as well as Supercorp, the original manufacturer of SuperMate.

Grant Christensen
Chief Information Officer

Grant ChristensenGrant leads our information technology teams with responsibility for strategy, design, implementation and management of SuperConcepts' IT environment, including our customer focused hosting operations, corporate IT and IT security. Additionally, Grant has responsibility for the projects function. With over two decades’ experience in IT roles and the last 13 years within the financial services sector, Grant has broad experience in a mix of large corporate, government and overseas organisations.

Michael Pease
General Manager, Operations

Michael-PeaseMichael has a strong accounting and legal background with over 20 years' experience in the SMSF industry. He established and ran the business MORE Superannuation for 15 years prior to merging it with SuperConcepts in January 2018. He brings a depth of knowledge to the role and a strong track record for delivering large scale offshore resourcing solutions. He is currently the general manager of operations.

Stuart Develyn
General Manager, Customer Service

Stuart DevelynA strong and dynamic team leader, Stuart is responsible for our customer service function, as well as process improvement and IT support. He brings a depth of knowledge to the role and a strong track record for delivering large change programs and operational management — most recently holding senior leadership roles at Perpetual. His broad skill base spans financial services, technology, operations and program management.

Peter Burgess
General Manager, Technical Services & Education

Peter BurgessPeter and his team are responsible for the delivery of education and technical support services to our customers and staff. A highly regarded expert on SMSF government policy, regulation and technical issues, Peter also acts as our SMSF media spokesperson. Before joining SuperConcepts, Peter was National Technical Director for the SMSF Association, previously known as SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia (SPAA).

Yasmin Omar-Meer
General Manager, Strategy, Product and Price

yasminYasmin was an equity partner in MORE Super for over 10 years where she helped develop the product strategy and sales and marketing functions before being acquired by SuperConcepts. Prior to SuperConcepts and MORE Super, Yasmin held director positions at retail and healthcare and property development groups in her native South Africa. An experienced board director, Yasmin has been intimately involved in creating business strategy around products that serve market needs.   

Annette Sheppard
General Manager, Growth

AnnetteAnnette’s primary role is to ensure that clients receive the best possible service from our specialised services suite. Annette has worked exclusively within the Self-Managed Super Fund industry for more than 13 years after previously holding various positions with Accounting and boutique Administration firms that serviced both SMSF’s and Corporate and Industry Super Funds and formed the foundations where she developed her skills and passion for Superannuation.

Sherry Midgley
General Manager, People & Culture

SherrySherry has worked in the Human Resources sector in various different industries for over 25 years. Sherry is currently responsible for managing the people strategy and overseeing all aspects of the Human Resources function. Outside of work Sherry also sits on the board for the Northern Beaches Women's Shelter and is passionate about achieving equality for women in all areas of life.