Who we are

The Chairperson is the executive officer of the Tribunal and is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Tribunal's powers and functions. The position of Chairperson is appointed by the Governor-General.


Mr John Simpson

John took up his appointment as Chairperson of the Tribunal on 16 December 2019. Bringing extensive private and public sector experience to the role, John was Chairperson of ESSSuper for several years prior to joining SCT and held a senior executive role at National Australia Bank for four years.

Prior to working at NAB, John had a career in the energy sector working with Shell Australia and Shell International during the 1980s / 90s. He was appointed a Director of Shell Australia and Shell Energy Holdings Australia Limited in 2003. John holds a Degree in English from the University of Melbourne. He has a long standing interest in education and currently serves as a Member of Council at Monash University and as an adviser to Teach for Australia.  John is a Fellow of the Canberra based Centre for Strategy & Governance.

John has served as a director of a number of community and philanthropic organisations. He was Deputy Chair of the National Science & Technology Centre (Questacon) based in Canberra, a Director the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and a Director the Food Rescue charity, SecondBite.

Deputy Chairperson

Ms Ragini Rajadurai

Ragini was appointed as Deputy Chairperson of the SCT in April 2015 for a five year term and was appointed Acting Chairperson of the Tribunal in August 2019. She resumed her role as Deputy Chairperson on 16 December 201 and in April 2020 Ragini’s appointment as Deputy Chairperson was extended until 31 December 2020 to see the Tribunal through to closure. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Chairperson Ragini was a Tribunal Member for three years.

Ragini has a strong commitment to alternate dispute resolution and has extensive experience in the law and financial services. She has been a barrister practicing at the Victorian Bar, lecturer in law, Deputy Tolling Customer Ombudsman and has also held senior executive roles with each the General Insurance Ombudsman Service and the Financial Ombudsman Service. Ragini holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Business Administration, and is an experienced mediator.


The members of the Tribunal are variously drawn from superannuation, insurance, government, legal, medical and actuarial backgrounds. They are part time and appointed by the Minister. Click on the names below to view a more detailed profile of each of our current members.

Mrs Jane Abbott

1 February 2017 – 31 January 2021
Mrs Abbott has worked in corporate superannuation for more than 20 years as an administrator, consultant and trustee. She provided advice to trustee boards on legislative, administrative and member issues. She was involved with the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia's (ASFA) education program for 20 years, and has been a part-time member of the SCT since 2001.

Ms Brydget Barker-Hudson

14 December 2016-13 December 2020
Ms Barker-Hudson is an accredited facilitator, mediator, family dispute resolution practitioner, graded arbitrator and advanced construction adjudicator. For more than 20 years, she has conducted conflict resolution processes with individuals and representatives from federal, state and local governments, defence, and the commercial and community sectors both nationally and internationally. She has extensive tribunal experience, and has served as an Arbitrator for the Worker's Compensation Commission and Mining Minister's Panel and as an International Expert to the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group.

Mr Andrew Boxall

14 December 2016-13 December 2020
Mr Boxall is named as a leading finance lawyer in Chambers Global Guide, Asia Pacific Legal 500, Law Business Review, and Euromoney Expert Guides. He specialises in banking and finance transactions, particularly for infrastructure development projects, property financing, asset financing, and insolvency and restructuring. Mr Boxall is a consultant with Allens, where he was a partner for 30 years including seven years as the firm's Singapore resident partner. He is also a Senior Member (Legal) of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Dr Annette Carruthers

14 December 2016-13 December 2020
Dr Carruthers is an experienced non-executive director in financial services, health, infrastructure and aged care. In addition to her qualifications in medicine, finance, superannuation and corporate governance, she has 12 years' experience in health insurance and was previously Chair of the nib Risk and Reputation Committee. Her current appointments include National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Catercare Pty Ltd, Multiple Sclerosis Australia and Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia. She continues to work part-time as a general practitioner.

Mr Brian T Collopy AM

14 December 2019-31 December 2020
Mr Collopy has post-graduate qualifications in surgery and medical administration. His past appointments include Director of the Department of Colon & Rectal Surgery, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Associate Professor of Surgery at Melbourne University, Chairman of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS), Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the International Society for Quality in Health Care and World Health Organisation (WHO) consultant in Europe and Asia. He is Clinical Advisor to the ACHS and a sessional member at the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal.

Mr Stephen Duffield

5 August 2019 - 4 August 2021
Mr Duffield is a graduate of the law school of UNSW. He has worked in a variety of senior advisory positions on the personal staff of state and federal Liberal cabinet ministers. In 2001 he took a four year appointment as Director, Human Rights Unit, within the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. Over the last eleven years he has sat as a consumer panel member within two separate divisions of the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Mr Brian Frazer

14 December 2016-13 December 2020
Mr Frazer has 25 years' experience in the superannuation industry. He is a Fellow of ASFA, has a Diploma of Superannuation Management, is a former part-time member of the SCT and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Frazer worked for many years in senior positions in Victoria’s public sector superannuation funds, and has considerable business governance experience, particularly in relation to complaints and disputes resolution process management.

Ms Jocelyn Furlan

20 December 2018-19 December 2021
Ms Furlan has more than 30 years’ experience in superannuation, and was Chairperson of the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal for eight years between 2007 and 2015. She has since provided consulting services as the Principal of Furlan Consulting, and is a non-executive director of First State Super and Financial Counselling Australia, as well as Chair of the Board of Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School. Ms Furlan holds law and commerce degrees and a diploma of financial planning.

Ms Amanda MacDonald

5 August 2019 – 4 August 2021
Ms MacDonald has worked in administrative review for more than 25 years. She has variously held the positions of Merit Protection Commission for the Australian Public Service, Deputy Principal Member of the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal, and Senior Member of the Veterans' Review Board. Earlier in her career, she was also involved with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. Ms MacDonald holds a Masters of Administrative Law and Policy from the University of Sydney.

Prof. Justin Malbon

14 December 2016-13 December 2019
14 December 2019-13 December 2021

Professor Malbon is a professor at the Monash University Law School and holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales. He teaches and researches in the fields of commercial law, corporations law and international trade law. He has written many books and academic articles in those fields. He is a former part-time member of the SCT and a former tribunal member of the Financial Ombudsman Service. He has practiced as a barrister and solicitor in Adelaide and Melbourne.

Ms Pamela McAlister

20 December 2018-19 December 2021
Ms McAlister has worked in superannuation for more than 35 years. She has chaired the Superannuation Committee of the Law Council of Australia, been general editor of the Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin, lectured for tertiary institutions and been a director on superannuation trustee boards. She was a part-time member of the Tribunal between 1997 and 2004, was a member of its Advisory Council and is also a Superannuation Ombudsman with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority. Ms McAlister holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Melbourne, and Bachelors of Laws and Arts degrees from Monash University.

Ms Beth McConnell

5 August 2019 – 4 August 2021
Ms McConnell has more than 20 years' experience as a corporate, trust and superannuation solicitor, having worked at leading corporate law firms, in-house with superannuation funds and in management consulting specialising in corporate governance. She provides governance, facilitation and training services through her own consultancy, Beth McConnell Consulting. Ms McConnell has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from The University of Melbourne, a Master of Commercial Law from The University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Superannuation Management from Macquarie University. She is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Roderick John McRae

14 December 2016-13 December 2020
Dr McRae is a practicing consultant anaesthetist and intensive care physician, the principal of a legal practice and a Presiding Member of the Victoria Medical Panels. He is a past Member of the Melbourne Registry of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and is admitted to the Role of Solicitors of the Australian Capital Territory and Victorian Supreme Courts, and the High Court of Australia. He is the current Chairman of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Victoria's Council and a member of its Board of Directors, and a past Chairman of Council of the Federal AMA, remaining on its Federal Council.

Ms Catherine O'Sullivan

14 December 2016-13 December 2020
Ms O'Sullivan has extensive experience in laws relating to superannuation, insurance, managed investments, trusts, corporations and the financial services industry generally, having practiced in those areas for more than 30 years. Her legal expertise has been gained in private legal practice and as in-house legal counsel for a variety of financial institutions, superannuation funds and consulting practices. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws, and currently teaches law at the College of Law and Justice at Victoria University.

Ms Lynda Purcell

14 December 2016-13 December 2019
14 December 2019-13 December 2021

Ms Purcell is a Principal of Mercer and a practising lawyer. She has spent her entire working career in the superannuation industry, having commenced in 1973 with AMP in its corporate superannuation division. Ms Purcell has also managed defined benefit schemes, and developed Mercer's Claims Advisory Service, providing advice to trustees on the transfer of insurance arrangements, disputed underwriting decisions and non-disclosure, and disability and death claims. She holds a Bachelor of Legal & Justice Studies and a Bachelor of Laws.

Ms Lynn Ralph

14 December 2016-13 December 2020
Ms Ralph is a professional Non-Executive Director who has worked in the financial services industry for more than 30 years. She was most recently a Non-Executive Director of the Securities Exchanges Guarantee Corporation. She has formerly held positions with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Investment & Financial Services Association (now the Financial Services Council), the Private Health Insurance Administration Council, and BT Funds Management. She was co-founder of Cameron Ralph Pty Ltd, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Senior Fellow (Life) of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Ms Katie Valentine

14 December 2016-13 December 2020
Ms Valentine has been admitted to practice as a lawyer since 1998. She has worked as a solicitor in both administrative law and commercial litigation, and has worked at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Cth) and for more than six years as a Case Manager at the Financial Ombudsman Service in the Investments, Life Insurance and Superannuation Division, and as a Conciliator. Ms Valentine has a private mediation practice, and is a nationally accredited mediator (NMAS). She is also a volunteer and member of the Committee of Management of the Southport Community Legal Service.

Dr Laurie Warfe

14 December 2016-13 December 2020
Dr Warfe has been in full-time clinical general practice for more than 30 years. He has extensive professional experience and has held appointments in the fields of defence health, medical regulation, public health service provision and general practice education and accreditation. Dr Warfe has completed a Masters of Health and Medical Law and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine. He currently participates in medico-legal panel work and has an active interest in evolving health law and bioethics.

Dr Angela Williams

14 December 2016-13 December 2020
Dr Williams is a forensic physician, having practised clinical forensic medicine in Victoria for the last 17 years. She has a Masters in Forensic Medicine, a Graduate Diploma in Law, an MBA and a Masters in Public Health/Health Management. Dr Williams is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and sits on various child welfare- and health-related boards and committees.