HCF Councillors


The Elected Councillor Election is an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the future of HCF.

Nominations for the role of Elected Councillor are invited from Thursday 2 April 2020 until 5pm on Friday 29 May 2020.

The position of Elected Councillor is voluntary – there is no remuneration or fees payable – however, we cover reasonable travel expenses to attend meetings. Elected Councillors attend four meetings a year, including the Annual General Meeting.

Learn more about the role and responsibilities of an Elected Councillor

Read our Councillor Charter


You should have a strong understanding and experience of high-level corporate governance and the skills to support the strong governance of HCF.

You must also meet the following criteria:

  1. be an HCF Voting Policyholder.
  2. meet eligibility and independence criteria for Elected Councillors.


If you have any questions, or if you satisfy the eligibility criteria and wish to nominate, please email the Company Secretary at companysecretary@hcf.com.au with your full name, HCF membership number, address and phone number.

A Nomination Pack will be provided which must be completed and received by HCF before 5pm on Friday, 29 May 2020.


Key dates to note for the 2020 election:


Opening date for nominations  

2 April 2020


Closing date for nominations

29 May 2020 at 5pm


Nomination Committee determines shortlist of candidates

18 June 2020


Interview Committee interviews shortlisted candidates

6 July–17 July 2020


Interview Committee to make recommendations on potential candidates to Nomination Committee

20 July 2020


Nomination Committee to determine final candidates and make recommendations to the Board

6 August 2020


Advise interviewed candidates whether successful or unsuccessful

7 August 2020


Election held

14 September–12 October 2020


Results advised to final candidates, Board and Councillors

28 October 2020


Results declared at AGM

17 November 2020


HCF Policyholders notified of results

18 November 2020



What is a ‘Councillor’?

Councillors play an important role within our governance framework. The eligibility criteria, term of office, along with the role and responsibilities are set out in the HCF Constitution and Councillor Charter. There are two types of Councillors:

  • Elected Councillors – 16 individuals elected by policyholders eligible to vote (see Nomination for Elected Councillor positions below for information about the next election)
  • Board Councillors – 8 individuals consisting of the Chair of the HCF Board and seven HCF Directors

Role of Councillors

Councillors are the members of HCF. Policyholders are not members of HCF and have no rights or entitlements under the Constitution, beyond the right, for those Policyholders who are Voting Policyholders, to participate in the election of Elected Councillors and vote on a scheme of arrangement.

The primary role of the Councillors is to see that:

  • accepted governance standards are properly implemented and maintained;
  • the organisation is professionally governed and managed for the benefit of all policyholders; and
  • the Board is held to account for its leadership and management.

As the Members of the Company for the purposes of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), Councillors also exercise powers that either the Act or the Constitution require are reserved for a general meeting. These include:

  • electing and/or removing directors;
  • appointing and/or removing the auditors;
  • approving amendments to the Constitution;
  • changing the company type; and
  • setting the director remuneration pool and approving certain financial transactions (such as related party transactions).

Councillors must also attend information briefings convened by the Company.

As HCF is a company limited by guarantee, in the event it is wound up each Councillor undertakes to contribute up to $2 towards the property of the Company where required.

The Constitution prohibits the distribution of any property or profit of the Company to Councillors and requires that all surplus upon winding-up is given or transferred to a person or entity with similar objects to that of HCF.

List of Councillors

At the 2017 HCF Annual General Meeting, Ms Sonia Casanova, Mr Malcolm Fisher, Ms Cindy Hansen and Ms Susan Neill were welcomed as Elected Councillors.

Elected Councillors

  • Ronda A. Bramble
  • Sonia J. Casanova
  • Penelope A. Coombes
  • John A.B. Dunlop
  • Malcolm M. Fisher
  • Cindy L. Hansen
  • William H. Hardman
  • Susan L. Neill
  • Anthony W. O’Hare
  • Richard K.S. Phoon
  • Vivek Prabhu
  • David S. Reid
  • Denise M. Robinson
  • Juliet Seifert
  • Anthony E. Stephenson

Board Councillors

  • Michael J. Bassingthwaighte
  • John M. Barrington
  • Catherine M. Hallinan
  • Claire L. Jackson
  • Mark G. Johnson
  • Lisa M. McIntyre
  • Chris E. Wright
  • Jane T. Southwell

Nomination for Elected Councillor positions

The next election for Elected Councillor positions will be held in 2020.