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The Protect Board of Directors

Governed by a Trust Deed and the regulation of the Australian Taxation Office, the Protect Board of Directors comprises independent representation, and nominees of the Victorian branches of the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) and National Electrical & Communications Association (NECA).

The Protect Board meets regularly to review the scheme’s operations, in consultation with external investment, legal and accounting experts. This ensures a responsible and balanced approach to both investment and the future direction of the scheme. The Protect Board and staff are committed to pursuing a wide range of initiatives to improve the benefits and operations of the scheme for both employers and workers.

Sue Carter

Sue Carter

Independent Director / Protect Chair

Sue joined the Board in February 2016 and in October 2019 took over as Board Chair.

A Chartered Accountant, Sue previously worked with KPMG in the UK and is a past ASIC Regional Commissioner for Victoria and past director of the Professional Indemnity Insurance Company Australia and Treasury Corporation of Victoria.

Sue is also a director of First State Super, ANZ Australian Staff Superannuation Pty Ltd and the Medical Indemnity Protection Society.

Sue is a past Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Director’s Course facilitator in directors’ duties, financial reporting, decision-making and Board processes.

A Fellow of the AICD (FAICD), Sue holds a Masters Degree in Organisation Psychology from RMIT and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.

Mark Engeman

Mark Engeman

Independent Director

Appointed to the Protect Board as an Independent Director in April 2019, Mark Engeman’s background is in financial markets. As of October 2019, Mark is Chair of Protect’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Mark’s experience comes from a range of market and technology roles with CRA Limited, State Bank Victoria, Australian Wheat Board and SunGard data systems. He is currently the Deputy Managing Director and Corporation Secretary at Treasury Corporation Victoria.

Holding both a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and an MBA from Melbourne Business School, Mark is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (GAIST) and a CPA.

Danny Filazzola

Danny Filazzola

ETU Representative

Danny was appointed to the Protect Board in October 2017, the same year he was elected President of the Electrical Trade Union Victorian Branch. Previously a shop steward, Training Officer and Organiser, Danny chairs the ETU State Council and serves as a Divisional and National Councillor.


Additionally, Danny is the Joint Chair of Future Energy Skills a not-for-profit industry led organisation serving and working in partnership with Victoria’s electro-technology, electricity generation and supply, gas supply and new energy technology sectors.

Dean Mighell

Dean Mighell

ETU Representative

Dean Mighell was an A Grade electrician, ETU Shop Steward and OHS Representative when he became a full-time ETU Organiser in 1988.

Dean was elected State Secretary of the ETU Victorian Branch from 1995 to 2013.

In 2015, Dean established a charity called 'The Path of the Horse' located in Trentham Victoria that provides therapy services to veterans, emergency service workers and those seeking better mental health. He utilises horses as assistants in his therapy model. Dean is a Gestalt Counsellor and is completing qualifications to become a Psychotherapist.

Maurice Graham

Maurice Graham

ETU Representative

The Training and Development Manager of the Electrical Trade Union Victorian Branch, Maurice was appointed to the Protect Board in April 2019.

Previously ETU Vic Organiser and President, Maurice also worked in the electrotechnology sector as CEO of 370 degrees for over 13 years. Executive Officer of EPIC ITB / Future Energy Skills, Maurice has managed several national VET projects including E-Oz Energy Skills, developing an electrical trade integrated competency-based training model.

Peter Smith

Peter Smith

NECA Representative

Peter has had fifty years’ experience in the Building and Construction Specialist Subcontracting Industry in the areas of electrical and fire protection services.

His experience has ranged from construction site to general management roles, he has also had responsibility for a business with sales in excess of $140 million and 400 staff. 

Mike Purnell

Mike Purnell

NECA Representative

Mike was appointed as a Director of Protect in July 2015. He is an experienced General Manager in the electrical contracting industry, with 13 years as General Manager of Nilsen (VIC) and is also a Life Member of the National Electrical Contractors Association Victorian Chapter.

Mike is an experienced Board Director in commercial and not-for-profit environments as well as experienced General Manager, Regional CFO and Corporate Advisor. He has a finance / accounting background being a CPA and is a member of the Australian Society of Accountants and Institute of Company Directors.

Michael Connolly

Michael Connolly

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed in April 2017, Michael has extensive experience in the worker entitlements industry, having previously been Company Secretary and Manager Corporate Strategy of CoINVEST Ltd for over a decade.

His experience covers corporate governance, strategy and information technology including leadership of several major projects.

Michael has previously held a management role in the finance team of an international manufacturer and has also worked in the investment industry.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Selene Sharp

Selene Sharp

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Selene joined Protect in January 2010 when Protect’s administration was brought in house. Selene holds a Bachelor of Business and is a Chartered Accountant. Prior to working at Protect, Selene worked for two of Australia’s top accounting firms achieving the level of Client Director.

Selene was appointed Company Secretary on 14 March 2017.