Rest hires public policy head from HESTA

Enrico Burgio
Retail Employees Superannuation Trust - Head of Public Policy
Retail Employees Superannuation Trust
Date: 16 November 2023
Position: Head of Public Policy
By Elizabeth Fry

The $75 billion industry fund for retail workers has appointed an executive to play a key role in public policy as regulatory scrutiny of the sector intensifies.

As head of public policy, Enrico Burgio will support policy and regulatory outcomes in the best interests of the super fund's growing membership.

Reporting to Tyrone O'Neill - Rest's chief people, strategy and corporate affairs officer - Burgio is tasked with delivering Rest's public affairs strategy through coordinating policy positions, including strategic government and stakeholder engagement.

Burgio brings extensive experience in public policy development, stakeholder engagement, government relations, and strategic communications.

He joins from HESTA, where he managed policy and advocacy.

The industrial relations lawyer previously held a chief of staff role in the Victorian government.

He also spent three years working for former Victorian premier Daniel Andrews as deputy director of policy and cabinet.

"Enrico's strong track record navigating complex policy environments and cultivating positive productive relationships with government and industry stakeholders are a welcome addition to Rest's Corporate Affairs function," said O'Neill.

"Enrico's skill and experience will prove enormously valuable as we continue to champion the best financial interests of our almost 2 million members and seek to represent their interests in our public policy engagements and activity."

For his part, Burgio noted that the superannuation system should work for all Australians.

"Rest uniquely represents more than a million members under 30 and one million women, and I look forward to working to ensure the interests of all Rest members are properly considered in public policy decision-making."