Vision Super media release
6 July 2021
Industry super fund Vision Super welcomed a new Chair, Lisa Darmanin, at the start of the new financial year. Lisa replaces Geoff Lake, whose three-year term was complete.
Lisa has been a Director of Vision Super since March 2018 as a member representative nominated by the Australian Services Union – Victorian and Tasmanian Authorities & Services Branch (the ASU). She has served as Deputy Chair for the last three years.
Outgoing Chair Geoff Lake praised the appointment of Lisa Darmanin as his replacement, saying “Lisa could not be more passionate and committed to serving Vision Super’s members. She brings a wealth of leadership experience to the role, and I look forward to seeing Vision Super continuing to achieve great things under her direction.
“It was a great privilege to serve as the Chair of a Fund that truly puts the best interests of members at the centre of all we do. Lisa has been a great support to me as Chair, the Board unanimously endorsed her taking over as Chair – and it is very reassuring to be able to finish my term knowing that the leadership of the Board is in very capable hands.”
Lisa Darmanin said she was very proud to be appointed Vision Super’s first female Chair.
“My career has been focused on supporting workers, and particularly women, when it comes to their workplace rights,” Lisa said.
“Vision Super has a long history as a fund that also supports workers, through their working lives as they save for retirement to achieve the best possible outcomes – and the majority of those members are women.
“I could not be more delighted to be leading a Fund that shares my commitment to improving outcomes for working women and men – I know everyone on the Board, the executive team and our very capable staff shares that passion and commitment.”
Lisa brings a wealth of experience to her role as Chair of the Vision Super Board. Her association with the ASU began as a member and active workplace delegate, from Berry Street Victoria in 1997. Lisa became Branch Secretary of the Australian Services Union, Victorian and Tasmanian Authorities and Services Branch in June 2018. Prior to this, she was the first female Branch Executive President elected in 2014.
She was first elected as ASU Assistant Branch Secretary in 2007, with responsibility for Organising and Campaigning and co-ordination of the Social and Community Services Division. Lisa had worked as an ASU organiser since 2000.
Lisa was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll for Women in 2016 in recognition of her significant contribution to the Victorian Community, specifically in achieving gender equity for women. She was the inaugural winner of the Zelda D’Aprano Activist Award by Victorian Trades Hall Council in 2015 as most outstanding female activist for her work in the Community Services Equal Pay case and leadership in delivering world-first family violence workplace entitlements.
Lisa has spent time seconded to various roles including in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, working on Victorian Government initiatives in gender equality and family violence prevention, and Victorian Trades Hall Council, where she coordinated the Your Rights at Work campaign in Victoria in 2006.
Lisa was appointed to the Vision Super Board in March 2018. Prior to her role with Vision Super, Lisa was previously a trustee director of HESTA from 2013 to 2017.
Media contact: Rebekka Power