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Australian Unity Investments (AUI) has strengthened its legal, compliance and governance capabilities with two senior appointments.

Liesl Petterd has joined AUI in the newly-created role of senior governance manager and Ronnie Lipp has been appointed senior legal counsel.  Both will report to Emma Rodgers, AUI’s head of legal and compliance.

Mr Lipp joins AUI from BlackRock Investment Management (previously Merrill Lynch Investment Managers) where he was general counsel and statutory director.  He has also worked at Trust Company of Australia as legal officer, and as a solicitor at Blake Dawson Waldron, Coudert Brothers and Godfrey Stewart Solicitors.

Mr Lipp holds a graduate diploma in applied finance and investment (majoring in investment management) from the Securities Institute of Australia, as well as a bachelor of laws and bachelor of economics (majoring in accounting) from Monash University.  He has been admitted as a legal practitioner by the Supreme Court of NSW and as a barrister and solicitor by the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria.

As senior legal counsel, Mr Lipp will support Ms Rodgers as head of legal and compliance, including management of the legal team, providing legal advice across the organisation, and managing relationships with external legal providers and other key stakeholders.

Ms Petterd has over 15 years experience in Australia and the UK, providing legal and tax advice to companies in the financial services industry.  Before joining AUI she was with Bell Asset Management, where she held the roles of financial controller, company secretary and company accountant during her nine years with the company.  Ms Petterd has also worked at Credit Suisse, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and MFI Furniture Group.

She holds a graduate diploma in applied corporate governance from the Chartered Secretaries of Australia and a bachelor of commerce and a bachelor of laws from the University of Tasmania.  Ms Petterd is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

As senior governance manager, her responsibilities including providing support and advice on corporate governance, risk, compliance and policy matters.

Ms Rodgers said the appointments ensure AUI continues to have the resources and expertise to meet the changing regulatory environment.

“Compliance and governance are key areas of focus in the financial services industry and AUI believes it is important to invest in this area.

“We are therefore expanding our capabilities and resources so we can not only discharge our responsibilities to investors and clients most effectively but also build a high quality risk management platform which supports our commercial and strategic aims into the future,” Ms Rodgers said.

Australian Unity Investments is the funds management arm of Australian Unity, a national healthcare, financial services and retirement living mutual organisation. 

Australian Unity Investments offers a range of investment funds in domestic and international equities, fixed interest, and property.  Its investment approach is to use its established in-house expertise in property and mortgages while also forming joint ventures and strategic alliances with boutique asset managers.

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For more information please contact:

Emma Rodgers – Phone: 03 8682 4406

4 September 2013