AMP Capital and Fund Executive Association Limited (FEAL) have announced Damian Hill, REST Industry Super Chief Executive Officer, is the 2015 winner of the FEAL Fund Executive of the Year award.

Mr Hill, who has been CEO of REST since 2006, was presented with the award at the FEAL members’ dinner held in Melbourne last night.

Mr Hill has more than 25 years’ experience across the superannuation and life insurance industries, joining REST in 1999 as Administration Manager. Under his leadership, REST has grown significantly and is now one of the largest superannuation funds in Australia by membership, with more than 1.9 million members and more than $37 billion in funds under management as at 30 June 2015.

AMP Capital Head of Institutional Business John Meagher said: “The FEAL Fund Executive of the Year award recognises the work of outstanding leaders in the Australian superannuation industry and Damian epitomises what it means to be a true leader. He has taken REST from strength to strength and also contributed to the industry’s development through his participation in many working groups and consultation committees, with a particular focus on legislative changes to superannuation and disclosure to superannuation members.”

FEAL Chief Executive Officer Joanna Davison added: “I’m delighted to recognise Damian’s extensive contribution to the industry. He works tirelessly for REST’s members and the superannuation sector more broadly, and his passion for improving member mental health and wellbeing as Chairman of mental health foundation SuperFriend is another sign of his commitment and dedication.”

As part of his prize, Mr Hill receives a $20,000 executive education grant to be used at one of the world’s most renowned business schools.

Mr Hill said: “I’m thrilled to have been named FEAL’s 14th Fund Executive of the Year. I feel fortunate to work in our industry and to have been a part of its ongoing development. I’d like to thank AMP Capital and FEAL as well as the many people I have worked with over the years.”