Leadership team

Leadership Team

Richard Howes

Richard Howes

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Richard was appointed Managing Director and CEO of Challenger Limited in January 2019 and has previously held a number of senior executive roles at Challenger since joining in 2003, including Chief Executive of Distribution, Product and Marketing, Chief Executive of Life and Chief Investment Officer. 

Chris Plater

Chris Plater

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Chris was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in August 2021. Chris is also Chief Executive, Operations and Technology, and Chair of the Challenger Life Investment Committee. Chris has held several executive roles at Challenger including Chief Executive and Chief Investment Officer for the Life business.

Tony Bofinger

Tony Bofinger

Chief Risk Officer

Tony joined Challenger in 2004 and was appointed Chief Risk Officer in 2018. Prior to this, Tony was Chief Financial Officer and Appointed Actuary for the Life business.

Rachel Grimes

Rachel Grimes

Chief Financial Officer

Rachel joined Challenger in May 2021. Prior to this, Rachel was General Manager, Finance at Westpac Banking Corporation, having previously held several senior roles at the bank. Rachel was also President of the International Federation of Accountants until 2018 and is a Director on the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board.

Nick Hamilton

Nick Hamilton

Chief Executive, Funds Management

Nick joined Challenger in 2015 and was appointed Chief Executive, Funds Management in September 2019. Prior to this, Nick held senior leadership roles at top tier global equity and multi-asset businesses in Australia and the UK.

Angela Murphy

Angela Murphy

Chief Executive, Life

Angela was appointed Chief Executive, Life in March 2021, having previously held the role of Chief Executive, Distribution, Product and Marketing (DPM). Angela joined Challenger as the Executive General Manager, Human Resources in 2012.

Michelle Taylor

Michelle Taylor

Chief Executive, People, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability

Michelle joined Challenger in 2016 and was appointed Chief Executive, People, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability in December 2018. Prior to this, Michelle held senior roles in corporate affairs, sustainability and strategy.

Michael Vardanega

Michael Vardanega

Head of Bank Transition

Michael joined Challenger in 2006 and was appointed Head of Bank Transition in January 2021. Prior to this, Michael held the role of General Counsel and Chief Executive Group Strategy.