Superpartners’ head of project delivery left last month – in the middle of running the largest superannuation system replacement project in Australian history. A Superpartners spokesperson said that Jane Collyer, an eight-year veteran of the firm who ran the massive project to integrate administration for the AustralianSuper merger, had left for personal reasons. Collyer confirmed she had quit to look after her ailing father, but that she had left Superpartners “on great terms” and remained available to take any questions over the phone.
She has been replaced by Kerry Crompton, an IT integration consultant who has accepted a 12-month contract. Crompton has previously been chief information officer at Bank of New Zealand, Medibank Private and, for three years in the early 2000s, Members Equity Bank. Sources within Superpartners’ industry fund owners and clientele said the departure of Collyer would almost certainly disrupt the timely delivery of its new administration platform, known internally as ElectSP, which is based on Synchronised Software’s CapitalX engine and aims to replace 20 legacy systems at a stroke.
India’s Tata Consulting won the contract to provide systems integration, a decision in which observers say Collyer was instrumental, although she rejects this, calling the appointment of Tata “a steering committee decision”. Superpartners’ working relationship with Tata is said by some to have been problematic.