Mercer strengthens its governance team

Mercer strengthens its governance team

Mercer strengthens its governance team in financial services sector with new Partner

  • 10-February-2014
  • Australia, Melbourne

Mercer has appointed Pam McAlister as a Partner to play a key role in the firm’s Governance and Legal Consulting Team.  Mercer has more than 20 governance consultants with multi-disciplinary backgrounds who specialise in advising boards and management of superannuation funds, other financial institutions, and companies on governance matters.


Ms.McAlister will be based in the Melbourne office from late March and will be responsible for the provision of governance and legal consultancy services to clients. 


Mercer Senior Partner and Leader for Governance & Legal Consulting in the Pacific Market, Rita Harris, said, “Governance, of super funds in particular, is an incredibly hot topic right now.  The industry is potentially facing a new governance landscape; Pam’s knowledge and experience as a trusted adviser will be a great asset to our already strong team. 


“Mercer is a major player in the governance consulting arena and Pam is a natural fit for what we are seeking to achieve.  Pam has established herself as one of Australia’s pre-eminent superannuation lawyers and we are very excited to welcome her back to Mercer,” said Ms Harris.


Most recently Ms McAlister has held the position of Partner in the Financial Services section and leader of the public offer superannuation practice at Hall & Wilcox.  However, Pam expanded her expertise in all aspects of superannuation at Mercer in 1990 and was there for eight years.


Pam was heavily involved in the implementation of the financial services reforms, as Deputy Executive Director of Financial Services Regulation at ASIC from 2002-2005, following which she was General Counsel and Group Executive Governance for Australian Unity.


Pam has also chaired and participated in a number of committees, including the Governance sub-committee of ASFA’s Regulatory Committee, the Law Council Superannuation Committee, the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal and Mercer’s Statutory Compliance Committee.


“Mercer has a unique breadth and depth of expertise in all aspects of governance and I am looking forward to contributing my experience and insights to this next governance chapter,” Ms McAlister said. 


“While I have enjoyed my role at Hall & Wilcox and hope to continue my connections with the firm, I am very excited to be returning to where my career in superannuation and governance really developed as my next professional challenge.”

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