Andrew Fairley AM

21 November 2021

Andrew is the independent Chair of the Qualitias Board, effective 1 November 2021. Prior to this role, he was an Independent Director of Qualitias Securities Pty Ltd, the trustee for various Qualitas funds since July 2017.

He has more than 40 years of experience as an equity and commercial lawyer, including in superannuation, trusts, estate, and succession planning. He founded Australia’s first specialist superannuation law firm, IFS Fairley in 1993, having built a reputation as a leading practitioner in superannuation law and practice since 1980. He was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s best superannuation lawyers every year from 2013 until 2021. He specialised as a legal adviser to trustees of industry, corporate and public sector superannuation funds.

Andrew founded and then chaired the Law Council of Australia’s superannuation committee for 10 years and maintains close interest in the development of superannuation law and policy.

He served as Chair of Equipsuper, a $30 billion industry superannuation fund for 12 years until 2022. He also served as an industry director of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority until December 2023.

His previous roles have included Chair of Zoos Victoria, Chair of Parks Victoria, and Deputy Chair of Tourism Australia. He is currently a Director of Goulburn Valley Water.

In addition, he is involved in the philanthropic sector as Chair of the Sir Andrew Fairley Foundation, and Deputy Chair of the Mornington Peninsula Foundation. He also served as Chair of the Luke Batty Foundation until 2019.

Andrew completed his law degree at the University of Melbourne, and in 2022 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Deakin University. He currently practices as a Consultant to Hall & Wilcox Lawyers in Melbourne.