Andrew Fairley AM
21 November 2021
Andrew is the Independent Chair of the Qualitas Board effective 1 November 2021. Prior to this, he has been an independent Director of the Board of Qualitas Securities Pty Ltd, the Trustee for various Funds since July 2017.
He has more than 40 years’ 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 has been named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s best superannuation lawyers each year from 2013. He has specialised as a legal advisor 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 a close interest in the development of superannuation law and policy. He recently retired after more than 12 years as the Chair of Equip Super, a $30 billion industry superannuation fund. He is an Industry Director of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority, and previous roles have included Chair of Parks Victoria and Deputy Chair of Tourism Australia. He is also a Director of Goulburn Valley Water.
In addition, he is involved in the philanthropic sector as Chair of the Sir Andrew Fairley Foundation and is also Deputy Chair of the Mornington Peninsula Foundation.
Andrew completed his law degree at Melbourne University and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Deakin University.
He currently practises as a Consultant to Hall & Wilcox Lawyers in Melbourne.