Meet our Board of Directors

The board is responsible for the overall corporate governance of the fund, including determining its strategic direction and financial wellbeing, as well as guiding and monitoring its business and affairs on behalf of the members to whom it is accountable.

Julie Pascoe


Member, Audit and Risk Committee
Member, Business Development Committee
BA (Syd), Grad Dip Mktg, FAICD, QPMR (AMSRS), GIA (Cert)

Julie Pascoe

Julie was appointed to the rt health fund board in 2011, was elected as Chair in November 2015 and serves on the Audit and Risk and Business Development sub committees.

Julie is a fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, a certified member of the Governance Institute of Australia, a member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society and is a qualified practicing market researcher. She holds an arts degree from the University of Sydney and a post graduate diploma in Marketing from Charles Sturt University.

In addition to her role as Chair of rt health fund, Julie serves on the Board of Stuart Alexander Pty Limited and Barnardos Australia where she sits on the Finance subcommittee and chairs the Marketing subcommittee.

Julie has more than 30 years’ experience in consumer goods marketing with international companies including Unilever, Kellogg’s and SC Johnson where she was responsible for the strategic development and long term profitability of large portfolios of brands in highly competitive markets. For the past eight years, Julie has been working with CEOs and management teams across a broad range of businesses and industries to develop strategies for sustainable growth.

David Pegley

Deputy Chair

Member, Business Development Committee
BSc (Hons), CEng, MBA, GAICD

David PegleyDavid was appointed to the rt health fund board in 2015. David has more than 25 years’ management experience in the financial services industry where he has held several key roles at the Commonwealth Group, Citibank and Fuji Bank across corporate finance, retail banking, superannuation, insurance, funds management and intermediary based distribution.

His work has encompassed a wide range of management disciplines including distribution, marketing, project management, business management and information technology.

David was appointed CEO of Cash Services Australia in 2002. An organisation that provides efficient cash management solutions to Australia’s largest banks and financial institutions.

Michael Scanlan


Member, Business Development Committee
Member, Governance, Remuneration and Nominations Committee 


Before becoming a consultant, Mike enjoyed 34 years with Queensland Rail where he held a variety of business unit executive positions. He was appointed to the rt board in 2009 and is a member of the board's audit and risk committee.

Mike holds a degree in engineering and post-graduate management qualifications, including a Master of Business Administration. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Marketing Institute and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He is also a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Mike is also the current chair of the Westwood Superannuation Fund and a director of the Railways Credit Union. His board experience extends to previous directorships with the Heritage Train Company (Great South Pacific Express), the TransLink advisory board, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council board, the City Trans Management Committee and the UITP ANZ board (International Public Transport Association).

Mike has a passion for helping rt to remain a sustainable fund, while delivering the best value to its members.

Kirsten Mander


Chair, Business Development Committee

Kirsten is an experienced non-executive director with substantial and broad experience both within Australia and internationally. She brings over 20 years’ governance experience to rt – 10 years’ as a director and over 20 years as a senior manager and executive for major Australian companies; Australian Unity, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, TRUenergy, Smorgon Steel Group and Western Mining Company. Kirsten has developed strong functional skills in law, strategy, risk and governance, as well as strong general board skills and commercial acumen.

Part of her recent career included employment within the Private Health Insurance industry – with an open retail fund a fund providing tailored health plans to some of Australia’s leading corporations.

She is currently chair of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority and the International Women's Development Agency and a director of Swinburne University and the Australian Centre for Health Research.

Kirsten is looking forward to contributing her skills and experience to rt health fund doing what it does best; delivering great value private health cover at competitive prices for the benefit of its members.

Claire Higgins


Member, Audit and Risk Committee
FAICD, FCPA, FIPAA, B.Comm. (Acctg., Econ. & Comm. Law)

Claire is an experienced professional company director, being a Board and Committee Chair in both Australia and New Zealand and across both private sector and government organisations – particularly health and aged care, property investment and development, professional services, and emergency services.

She brings practical executive expertise with deep and broad experience gained with over 26 years’ experience with Australian Listed Companies - OneSteel Limited and The Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited, and Belgian major corporate – NV Bekaert SA. She possesses demonstrated ability as Board Chair to build an effective team and work closely with the Chief Executive Officer in building clear accountabilities and expectations. She has extensive experience in audit and risk, particularly as Audit Committee Chair as both a Board member and as an independent member.

Claire has highly developed commercial acumen combined with substantial experience in financial management and reporting, strategic and business risk and change management, lean manufacturing, occupational health and safety, strategic planning, and corporate governance.

Competencies include with an extensive background in financial reporting, financial management, interpreting financial information, delivering value for money, funding negotiations, ASX/NZSX reporting, business budgeting, forecasting and interest rate and foreign exchange management.

Claire is looking forward to contributing her skills and experience to rt health fund doing what it does best: delivering great value private health cover at competitive prices for the benefit of its members.

Alan Bardwell


Member, Business Development Committee
BA (Hons) Economics (Accounting), CA, SF Fin, GAICD

Alan Bardwell

Alan was appointed to the rt health fund board in August 2017.  Alan is a senior finance and risk executive, with 35 years Australian and global experience in the Banking, Finance and securities Industry including 16 years at Citigroup and, most recently, 10 years with the Australian Securities Exchange where he served as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Risk Officer.  Alan has expertise in strategic planning and business transformation, capital, liquidity and financial management, enterprise risk management, corporate governance, regulatory change management, internal audit and executive leadership, mentoring and coaching.

Alan is a Chartered Accountant, Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an honours degree in economics.

Alan is also Chair of Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited, that owns the franchise to operate the Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank® Branches of Bendigo Bank, and a consultant to The Risk Board, a small group of senior risk specialists that provide risk management advisory services to boards and executive management.  Previously, Alan has served on many subsidiary boards at both Citigroup and ASX covering a range of banking, insurance, and superannuation services.

Jane Paskin 


B Laws (Hons), GAICD

Jane Paskin

Jane was appointed to the R T Health Fund board in August 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Technology, Sydney, is a Fellow Trustee and Accredited Investment Fiduciary of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jane has over 25 years financial services experience and has advised a wide range of clients including financial institutions and trustees on the full breadth of board governance, functionality, administration and commercial issues.
She is a Consultant at Clayton Utz (formerly a Senior Partner heading up their superannuation practice area), Chair of Rice Warner (an actuarial and financial software provider), Director of ClearView Life Nominees Pty Limited (the trustee of the ClearView Retirement Plan), and a Director of Barnardos Australia (a not for profit child welfare agency).