Trudy Skilbeck – 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?

My core law and governance skills bring to the table understanding and capability in international development, education and banking, with Board experience in all 3 sectors. I signify diversity, which is a governance target of increasing importance.  Boards strategise, plan, forecast, innovate, discern and decide better if they are diverse.  Increasingly, Members will not choose Christian Super because it is a default fund for their employer; they will choose it and will carry it into highly varied employment settings because it is the standout fund for Christian values in action and Member engagement.  I will advocate for diverse perspectives.

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

My Director experience includes the Australian Baptist Retirement Fund, Strathcona Baptist Girls’  Grammar School and a Bendigo Bank Community Bank.  I have recently completed Grad Dip studies for the Chartered Company Secretary credential, which has strengthened my financial acumen. I am an experienced meeting Chair and understand how to create interactions that bring optimal buy in and drive for efficient, clear, outcomes.  I value listening, with judgement suspended, very highly; listening is the platform for really understanding, not just ‘interpreting’, people’s needs, and the rapid shifts in trends, risks and opportunities.

Which church do you attend and how are you involved?

I am not currently a conventional Church attendee, for family reasons.  I am connected to Box Hill Baptist, Forest Hill Uniting and Forest Hill Anglican. There is a richness in this season where I am less connected to any one place.  I am certainly a keen observer of changes in the way people engage with the Church and  find fulfilment and accountability.  I have been on Church leadership teams, including as Treasurer at one point, in a variety of Baptist Churches between 2000 and 2015.  I am currently a member of the Baptist Union of Victoria’s Professional Standards Group.

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

There is strong resonance, personally and professionally, in mind and soul.  I believe we are called to model a healthy life, as good stewards of the ample gifts given to us, including our finances. The key to this is understanding. The better we understand, and operate mindfully, the more authentic this health can be.  This is why engagement with Members is so important to me as a candidate. Engagement does not have to mean lots of time, nor a detailed understanding of share markets or insurance markets; it just needs to be  genuine engagement with simple, contextualised, information.

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

Investing based on the values woven throughout the Bible is a wonderful approach to investing for measurable ethical/social impact without diminishing returns. Social and environmental stewardship requires deliberate energy, and, yes, can be very complex to order, but it also encourages biblical reflection and the building of trust.  Trust is the antithesis of fear. Trust is the only basis for moving beyond mere economic transactions or even accessing services, to see an holistic, integrated, picture of sustainable change and progression.  Christian Super Members have a continued, tremendous, opportunity to be agents of a better reality for all.

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