About Protect

We have a responsibility to safeguard the benefits of the scheme for all members
and participating employers


Board - Protect: Severance and Income Protection benefits

Protect is governed by a legally enforceable Trust Deed. The Protect Board of Directors is nominated by the ETU Victorian Branch and the National Electrical and Communications Association, Victorian Chapter.

The Protect Board meets regularly to review operations, consider specialist advice provided by investment, legal and audit professionals and to oversight a responsible and balanced.

The Protect Board is committed to pursuing a wide range of initiatives to improve the benefits and operation of the scheme for both workers and participating employers.

Protect Board Directors

Sue Carter
Protect Board Chairman

Sue Carter joined the Board as an Independent Director in February 2016 and appointed Board Chair on 30 September, 2019.

Sue is an Australian Institute of Company Directors core facilitator in directors’ duties, financial reporting, decision-making and Board processes.

A Chartered Accountant, Sue previously worked with KPMG in the UK and is a past ASIC Regional Commissioner for Victoria and past director of the Professional Indemnity Insurance Company Australia and Treasury Corporation of Victoria.

Sue is also a director of First State Super and ANZ Australian Staff Superannuation Pty Ltd.

Mark Engeman
Independent Director

Appointed to the Protect Board as an Independent Director in April 2019, and Chair of Protect's Audit and Risk Committee on 30 September, 2019.

Mark’s experience comes from a range of financial market and technology roles with CRA Limited, State Bank Victoria, Australian Wheat Board and SunGard data systems. He is currently the Deputy Managing Director and Corporation Secretary at Treasury Corporation Victoria.

Holding both a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and an MBA from Melbourne Business School, Mark is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (GAIST) and a CPA.

Danny Filazzola
ETU Representative

Danny was appointed to the Board of Protect in October 2017.

Danny is currently the Branch President of the ETU - Victorian Branch and Board Member and Joint Chair of Future Energy Skills Ltd.

Previously, Danny held the positions of Training Officer and Organiser at the ETU.

Dean Mighell
ETU Representative

Dean Mighell was an A Grade electrician, ETU Shop Steward and OHS Representative when he became a full-time ETU organiser in September 1988.

Dean was elected State Secretary of the ETU Victorian Branch in 1995. He is a passionate campaigner for workers' entitlements and lead the charge to create an independent and strong severance scheme in 1998, leading to the ultimate formation of Protect. Dean pioneered the establishment of Australia's best income protection and personal injury and illness insurance for electrical workers; administered by Protect.

He is a former President of the Victorian Trades Hall Council and is currently National President of the Communications Electrical Plumbing Union, Electrical Division.

Maurice Graham
ETU Representative
Maurice was appointed to the Board of Protect in April 2019.

Maurice has previously worked for the ETU Victorian Branch as an Organiser and as President. Maurice has worked in the electrotechnology sector as CEO of 370 degrees, EO of EPIC ITB and Future Energy Skills and has managed a number of national VET projects.

Peter Smith
NECA Representative

Peter has had forty years experience in the Building and Construction Specialist Subcontracting Industry in the areas of electrical and fire protection services.

His experience has ranged from construction site to General management roles, he has had responsibility for a business with sales in excess of $140 million and 400 staff. Peter is a Director of CBus and Protect.

Mike Purnell
NECA Representative

Mike was appointed as a Director of Protect in July 2015. Mike is an experienced general Manager in the electrical contracting industry, with 13 years as General Manager of Nilsen (Vic).

Mike is also an experienced Board Director in commercial and not-for-profit environments as well as experienced General manager, Regional CFO and Corporate advisor.

Michael Connolly

Appointed in April 2017, Michael has extensive experience in the worker entitlements industry, having previously been Company Secretary and Manager Corporate Strategy of CoINVEST Ltd for over a decade.

His experience covers corporate governance, strategy and information technology including leadership of several major projects.

Michael has previously held a management role in the finance team of an international manufacturer and has also worked in the investment industry.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.