Senior lawyer named executive GM at Australian Unity
Mutual company Australian Unity has appointed a senior corporate counsel with extensive in-house experience as its new executive general manager for trustees.
Kirstin Follows has been appointed as the new EGM – trustees at Australian Unity, within its wealth and capital markets platform. She had been acting in the role since July.
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She has served at the mutual company since early 2018 in the role of general manager of legal, risk and quality for independent and assisted living.
Prior to this, she was a senior corporate lawyer at IAG for nearly four years and legal counsel at Wesfarmers for six and a half years.
Speaking about the appointment, Australian Unity wealth and capital markets chief executive Esther Kerr said that Ms Follows’ leadership will be crucial in the ongoing growth of Australian Unity Trustees.
“The rise in ageing Australians and increase in blended families has created unprecedented demand for trustee services. This year, our trustees business has seen solid growth and helped more individuals and families achieve better wellbeing,” she said.
“As we embark on delivering the next phase of our trustees business strategy, Kirstin’s strong management experience, legal expertise and understanding of the business’s role in the community will be invaluable.”
Ms Follows added that she is excited to lead the business’s next phase of growth.
“Our business is based on the premise that trustee services should support the wellbeing of every Australian, rather than acting as a service exclusive to the wealthy,” Ms Follows said.
“I’m excited to continue leading our team to help Australians ensure their wishes are fulfilled after a death or loss of capacity.”