Graeme Janes – Candidate Information

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How do you believe your skills can be used as a director of Christian Super if you are elected?

Having now served 4 years as a Director of Christian Super I believe that being reappointed will assist the Fund to continue the excellent work that is being undertaken.

I have strong marketing skills as well as strong financial acumen, both of which are critical to the ongoing success of the Fund. Marketing knowledge is important as we need to ensure that the communications the fund undertake are not only accurate but expressed in a relevant and meaningful fashion. These communications must also reach both the current and potential membership in a timely and efficient way. Financial acumen is obviously critically important for a Director of a financial services organization.

Additionally, Directors need to be able to have vision and be able to contribute to the setting of the direction of the fund, and then allow management to work towards these goals. Being a CEO myself, I have an excellent understanding of the responsibilities of both Directors and senior managers and work to ensure that the Board allows management room to implement the direction and vision.

What experience do you bring to the role of Trustee Director?

As well as having been a Director of Christian Super now for four years, I have also served as a Director on a Board within the Baptist Association in NSW for 5 years and have reported to Boards for numerous years. I thus bring a strong understanding of the key responsibilities and skills needed to be an effective Director.

As well, bring the CEO of Christian Venues Association (CVA) I spend a large amount of my time working with and talking to CVA members. These individuals are very representative of who Christian Super serves, with many already members of Christian Super. Thus, I bring a strong appreciation of the needs of members through my work. CVA is the peak body that represents the interests of and advocates on behalf of all Christian Camping and Conference Centres throughout Australia.

Finally, having 3 children involved in the education sector I am close links to the demands of the teaching profession as well as a growing understanding of the role Superannuation and education into living a life with financial health and understanding can place within the education sector.

Which church do you attend and how are you involved?

Along with my wife and three adult children I attend The Salvation Army at Macquarie Park in Sydney, NSW.  I am a member of the worship team as well as being part of the church leadership team. We have worshiped at this church for the last 15 years.

How does Christian Super’s vision of seeing people living life with financial health and understanding resonate with you?

I have a firm conviction that a believer’s call to evangelise and to contribute to the ongoing work of the larger church is a lifelong calling, and not one that concludes upon retirement from paid work. With this in mind, building the knowledge of how to achieve financial health and understanding both during our working life and beyond is a critical part of a believer’s ongoing ability to continue within a ministry. My experience has been that financial pressures, especially as retirement looms can be a significant distraction to effective ministry.

I find few things sadder than someone who has dedicated themselves their calling and yet has not planned for the future ending up disillusioned in later years. I believe through the education Christian Super is delivering in this area we can provide excellent support to all our members and thus enable all to be effective in ministry regardless of age or circumstances.

Additionally, this message of financial health and understanding is also extremely relevant for those who are working towards a comfortable financially secure retirement. Christian Super is uniquely placed to be able to promote the values of generosity throughout life for this cohort.

What is your view on biblical investing and why it is important for Christian Super and its members?

I see that investing should be included in a whole of life approach to how we live out our faith. That is, we should ensure that we operate in a transparent and honourable way and with all resources be them time or money. I am proud to be a Director of a company such as Christian Super that aims to support other organizations that are aligned with this general view.

One of the areas I found most exciting about Christian Super’s investing philosophy is the increasing ability to not only “do no harm” (by ensuring we do not invested in ethically poor areas, e.g. Tobacco), but rather our increasing ability to “do good” by impact investing in areas that provide not only excellent returns for our members but an excellent outcome for those who businesses that Christian Super invests in. An example of this are the micro financing loans that have provided wonderful opportunities for the recipients of these loans without compromising the returns the members have received.  So, Biblical Investing is not an option for Christian Super. It is and must remain forefront in all that is planned for and enacted.

 

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