The Fund Executives Association Limited (FEAL) has launched a mentoring program, drawing on the experience and expertise of industry leaders.

The initiative, in partnership with Franklin Templeton Investments, is a platform for senior industry executives in superannuation to guide the next generation of leaders. Executives who have signed up to offer mentorship include the chief executive of First State Super, Michael Dwyer, Unisuper’s CEO Terry McCredden, HESTA’s Anne-Marie Corboy and Hostplus’ David Elia.

“FEAL’s mentoring initiative has the capacity to enrich the professional lives of both mentors and mentees alike”, says Neil Cochrane, FEAL chair.

“It is our hope that this program may support the continuation of that unique collaborative culture that has long been a hallmark of our industry.”

Maria Wilton, managing director of Franklin Templeton Investments, notes significant change in the superannuation industry marks the need for professional development.

“It is critically important to provide key organisational talent with the appropriate training and support to ensure they are well armed for the challenges they face now and will face in the future.”

The program requires each executive to offer time and experience to support high-potential executives from other funds. FEAL expects the relationships to last for 12 to 14 months, with clearly defined mentoring objectives in place.

FEAL will be calling for applications from its members shortly.

Media partnership continues
Conexus Financial recently renewed its media partnership with FEAL, signing on for a three-year alliance.Conexus Financial chief executive Colin Tate said FEAL continues to acknowledge the increasingly important role of CEOs and senior fund executives.“It continues to provide a unique education offering, has left lobbying to other associations and, through Michael Baldwin’s leadership, comes up with innovative conference programs and lunch event themes, all while being a pleasure to deal with.”Michael Baldwin, chief executive of FEAL, said the association is able to broaden its industry reach through the alliance.
“Importantly, the partnership also provides our members with immediate access to news and information to assist them in navigating the rapidly changing financial and regulatory environment.”

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