TelstraSuper hires AMP advice exec

Melinda Huggins
Telstra Superannuation Scheme - Executive General Manager - Financial Planning
Date: 24 February 2023
Position: Executive General Manager - Financial Planning
By Elizabeth Fry

The telecommunications super fund has hired Melinda Huggins executive general manager of its financial planning business.

Huggins has extensive experience in leadership, change management and financial services, with previous senior roles at Perpetual, Macquarie Bank, E*Trade Australia, ANZ and AMP.

TelstraSuper chief executive Chris Davies said Huggins has a genuine passion for quality advice.

"When combined with her depth of experience in financial services, we're confident that she's the right person to guide TelstraSuper financial planning into the future," he said.

The financial planning arm was launched in 2001 to provide advice exclusively to members of the $23 billion fund.

This includes providing comprehensive financial advice on debt management, insurance adequacy, complex super contributions and more. Advice can be on an ongoing or once-off basis.

Membership was originally only open to current and former Telstra group employees, but in 2022 the fund dropped entry requirements to allow anyone to join.

"It's an exciting time for TelstraSuper and TelstraSuper financial planning," said Davies. "As we look to expand the fund having the right people with the right values, skills, and experience will be vital."

Speaking of her appointment, Huggins said that she was looking forward to joining the profit-to-member super sector.

"TelstraSuper financial planning has a strong reputation and offering," said Huggins. "I'm looking forward to leading such a high-performing and renowned team."