Mr Dwyer has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, including as chief executive officer of First State Super between 2004 and 2018. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2011 for service to the superannuation industry through leadership and executive roles, and to the community as a director of Australia for UNHCR (the private sector partner of the UN Refugee Agency). Two industry scholarships have been established in his name – the Aware Super Michael Dwyer Scholarship for Emerging Leaders and the FEAL Michael Dwyer Leadership Scholarship.
Craig Bingham, chief executive officer of Bennelong Funds Management, said Mr Dwyer’s extensive industry experience and understanding are highly valued by the boards.
“Michael brings a broad skillset to Bennelong, built over three decades in the superannuation industry across a variety of senior roles and responsibilities.
“His proven success in driving growth will augment the existing experience and knowledge of our board as we position the business for the next phase in its growth – both here in Australia and overseas through our UK and US-based arm, BennBridge.
“Michael is well-known and respected in the industry for the value he places on people, and his work in mentoring and supporting others. This aligns perfectly with our own values and culture, and I am delighted he will be joining us,” Mr Bingham said.
Mr Dwyer holds a number of other directorships, including Chair of NSW TCorp, Director of ASX-listed Iress, and Chair of Australia for UNHCR. He is a member of the ASIC Consultative Panel and a member of the Global Advisory Council Tobacco Free Portfolios, as well as a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA).