Super funds will be looking to reduce their home country bias further in the future and develop new strategies for illiquid investments, particularly overseas, the chief executive of REST, Damian Hill, will tell an AIST seminar later this month.

Hill is one of six super fund executives and trustees to present at the next series of AIST ‘Superheroes’ lunches in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. He said that the landscape for super funds in 10 years is likely to be even more competitive than it is today, particularly for attracting and retaining good staff. He said super funds would need to invest more, too, in their service models as they became more customer-centric. The ‘Superheroes’ lunches will look at the future for investments, membership, corporate governance and compliance. Speaking at the Sydney lunch on October 23, are: Hill, Naomi Steer, a trustee of ASSET, and Mark Sainsbury, chief investment officer for First State Super. At the Melbourne lunch, on October 31, are: John Burge, trustee of CARE, Andrew Whiley, trustee of Cbus, and Anne-Marie Corboy, chief executive of HESTA. The Brisbane lunch is on November 8, featuring Celia Paul, trustee of City Super, David Whiting, trustee of AUS(Q) and Ian Robertson, trustee of Local Government Super Scheme. Information and bookings: Ayan Hussein on (03) 9657 4301.

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