Management Team

The management team oversees the operations of legalsuper, monitors its service providers and advises and supports the Board and its Committees.

Andrew Proebstl

Chief Executive
Phone:
03 9602 0101

Andrew was appointed in January 2003. He reports directly to the Board and has more than 25 years of superannuation industry experience.

Academic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Melbourne University)
  • Professional Year - Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Diploma of Superannuation Management - Macquarie University
  • Financial Planning Proper Authority Course - Securities Institute/Institute of Chartered Accountants

Experience:

Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant while working with Arthur Andersen, Andrew has broad experience across the superannuation industry with fund administrators, investment managers, custodians and other superannuation funds.

Andrew is a member of the Policy Committee and former Director of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. He is also a former member of the Victorian Executive of the Associations of Superannuation Funds of Australia.

He regularly presents at superannuation industry conferences and writes regular superannuation columns for the law societies across Australia.

David Eastwood

Executive Manager, Operations and Member Services
Phone:
03 9602 0103

David was appointed in November 2006. He reports directly to the Chief Executive and has more than 15 years of superannuation experience.

He is responsible for managing legalsuper's national service and development team.

Academic qualifications:

  • Diploma of Financial Planning (Deakin University/Financial Planning Association)
  • Certificate of Superannuation Management (Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia)
  • Certified Financial Planner Education Program (Deakin University/Financial Planning Association)
  • Master of Business Administration (Deakin University)

Experience:

Commencing his financial services career as a financial adviser at Westpac Bank, David worked for 6 years with VicSuper the superannuation fund for Victorian public sector employees in a range of advisory and management roles prior to joining legalsuper.

Edward Smith

Chief Investment Officer
Phone:
03 9602 0121

Edward was appointed in July 2015. He reports directly to the Chief Executive and has more than 25 years of experience in financial services and investment management.

Academic Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science (Auckland University)

Diploma of Teaching (Auckland Teachers College)

Diploma of Business Studies endorsed financial planning (Massey University)

Master of Business Administration with distinction (Waikato University)

Experience:

Ed entered the financial services industry as a trainee actuary for a British life insurer. He switched to investment management in 1992 and has been an investment professional ever since. Ed has worked in wealth management, funds management and asset consulting and has experience in both retail and institutional investment management.

Ed is a former member of the Investment Committee for the Financial Services Council. 

Patsy Mullen

Executive Manager, Member Experience
Phone:
03 9602 0120

Patsy was appointed in August 2016. She reports to the Chief Executive and has 20 years experience in financial services customer experience, marketing and digital.

She is responsible for managing legalsuper's member experience and communications team.

Academic qualifications:

• BSc Computer Science with First Class Honours (University of Westminster, London)

• Certificate in Customer Focused Innovation (Stanford Graduate School of Management, California)

Experience:

Patsy began her career in financial services marketing and communications in London in 1997 and spent 9 years in communications roles with global investments banking groups including Credit Suisse, JPMorgan and Societe Generale. Since returning to Australia in 2006 Patsy has managed marketing, customer experience and digital teams within superannuation and funds management. 

Mel La Brooy

Operations Manager
Phone:
03 9602 0118

Mel was appointed in August 2015.  He reports directly to the Executive Manager, Operations and Member Services and has more than 24 years of superannuation experience.

Academic Qualifications:

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) (University of Melbourne)

Diploma of Superannuation Management (Macquarie University)

ASFA 146 (Distinction) (The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia Limited)

Master of Business Administration (Technology Management) (Deakin University)

Experience:

Mel has extensive experience in both the Trustee Office and in-house and outsourced administrator spaces gained in diverse superannuation organisations ranging from The Hospital Superannuation Board, The State Superannuation Fund, The Victorian Superannuation Board, Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Equipsuper, The Trust Company, Perpetual Limited and The Trust Company (Superannuation) Limited.  His experience encompasses operational, relationship and project management.

Julieanne White

Manager, Product and Member Service
Phone:
02 8223 4002

Julieanne was appointed in March 2016 and  reports directly to the Executive Manager, Operations and Member Services. Julieanne brings with her more than 20 years of superannuation experience.

Academic Qualifications:

• Diploma of Financial Planning

Experience:

Julieanne has extensive experience in delivering quality solutions to clients in both corporate and personal capacity. Julieanne has a diverse financial services background derived from her experience in organisations such as Macquarie Bank, Commonwealth Bank and Kinetic Super. Her experience encompasses operations, product, relationship management and business development.

She is also currently studying her Masters in Business Administration.

Dusan Petrovic

Manager, Marketing and Communications
Phone:
03 9602 0110

Dusan was appointed in August 2010. He reports directly to the Chief Executive and has more than 10 years of superannuation experience.

He is responsible for legalsuper’s marketing and communication and campaigns.

Academic qualifications:

• Bachelor of Commerce (Deakin University)

• Diploma of Superannuation (Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia)

Experience:

Commencing his financial services career as a customer service officer at Australian Administration Services, Dusan has broad experience in the operational aspects of superannuation funds.

Denise Vanderwert

Insurance Manager
Phone:
03 9602 0116

Denise was appointed in November 2012. She reports directly to the Operations Manager and has more than 18 years of superannuation experience. 

She is responsible for helping legalsuper’s members better understand their superannuation options. 

Academic qualifications:

• Diploma of Superannuation Management (Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia) 

• Advanced Diploma of Financial Services – Superannuation (Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia)

Experience:

Has a wide range of experience with both Corporate and Industry superannuation funds particularly in the areas of trustee services, group insurance & claims and client relationship management.