Debbie Sterrey, General Manager, Business Development, Statewide Super
Corporate Partner of LG Professionals, SA
What services do Statewide Super offer to clients?
Statewide Super prides itself on being an award-winning South Australian super fund who have been safeguarding our members’ wealth for over 30 years.
Managing more than $8 billion in funds under management, our investment returns have been one of the best in Australia according to independent rating agency SuperRatings, outperforming other retail and industry super funds across the country.
With award-winning super and pension products, expert financial advice for all stages of life, value additions including seminars, our online learning hub and a range of articles and videos – we pride ourselves on being your super team, here to build your wealth for retirement.
What is your role at Statewide Super and what does it involve? Where were you prior to Statewide Super?
As General Manager for Business Development, my focus is growing Statewide Super’s employer partnerships, leveraging new business opportunities while ensuring our employers have the best possible experience.
As a member of the leadership team at Statewide Super, my role is to ensure implementation and achievement of our overall strategic plan, with the goal of doing more for our members and continuing to be the leading South Australian industry fund.
Before joining Statewide, I was Adelaide Bank’s National Sales Manager for the Wealth Management Division and prior to this I held the role of SA/NT Regional Manager for ING from 2001-2007. Earlier in my career I held various senior positions at ANZ Bank which included providing advice to clients as one of their leading Certified Financial Planners.
You have received several awards throughout your career for recognition of customer service, professionalism and leadership. Can you tell us more about these? Why is leadership important?
As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) at ANZ I received the 'Peter Wilson Award' for SA/NT (outstanding achievement of results, customer service and overall professionalism) for 3 years running. I also received the District Managers Award for SA/NT 2 years in a row with the assessment criteria including professionalism, sales results and displaying strong values including ‘leading by example’.
I believe that using the right type of leadership is essential for every organisation and more importantly adaptive leadership. This is critical to any organisation, community and society overall to thrive in a changing world. Adaptive leadership is a practical leadership framework that helps individuals and organisations adapt and thrive in challenging environments and make progress on daunting or complex challenges.
If you had one piece of advice, what would it be?
My one piece of advice is focused around how to maximise you career opportunities. Always be passionate about the industry you wish to work in and believe in its purpose. Your genuine enthusiasm will always show through.
In relation to the financial services industry, in which I work in, it is very broad with regards to opportunities. My advice is to work hard, demonstrate your commitment to both the business and the customers and undertake required studies. This will form the basis for your progression and career trajectory.
What is an interesting fact about you that not many people know?
From a young age I had a passion for tennis and since then it has always been a large part of my life.
My parents enrolled me in professional coaching at the age of 8, which over the years that followed, it not only taught me the skills of the game but also what it took to play at the elite level.
My ability saw me undertake extensive travel along with moving up the State rankings which I am proud to have achieved a State Ranking of 2 at the age of 13.
How do you spend your leisure time outside of work?
Spending time with family is my number one priority, especially in relation to my husband and 9 year old daughter. We share the love of travel which has seen us visit great destinations and experience things that I would never have imagined.
I also enjoy keeping fit, renovating our home, spending time with friends and I am excited this year to be dedicating time to community work as a participant in the Governor’s Leadership Program (GLF).