Former WorkCover NSW head of risk management and compliance Melanie O’Rourke has joined NSW State Super as manager of investment operations.

O’Rourke joined the $32 billion superannuation fund in mid-February and is tasked with ensuring the contractual duties of its external investment managers and custodian are fulfilled, say people familiar with the matter.

The defined benefit fund uses managers to invest in Australian and global equities and fixed interest, unlisted property, alternative assets such as infrastructure and private equity, and domestic cash. Its custodian is J.P. Morgan Worldwide Securities Services.

O’Rourke joined WorkCover NSW – the state government body overseeing workplace health and safety and workers compensation – in July 2007 as co-director of investment operations for its $12-billion insurance fund.

Simon Mumme became a fnancial journalist through a stroke of luck. Upon graduating with a Master of Journalism from The University of Queensland in 2006, he set out to fnd a news organisation that would employ him as an overseas correspondent or business reporter. Or both, ideally. Conexus Financial hired the bright-eyed cadet, and in the ensuing years he wrote for all of its titles until being appointed editor of Investment Magazine in June 2010. Under his guidance, the magazine continues to dominate the Australian institutional investment media through its authoritative, insightful and engaging feature stories and analysis. Outside of work, Simon trains keenly in Muay Thai kickboxing, revels in the surf breaks fringing the Sydney coastline and reads as much high-quality journalism and non-fiction writing as he can. Committed to his role as a niche business reporter, Simon is aware that an overseas posting as a correspondent still eludes him. He hopes Conexus can help him with that career goal too.
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