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We'd like to introduce to you some of the people who guide our responsible approach to banking — our directors and our executive team.

Our board of directors

As owners of Bank Australia, our customers elect directors to the board. So, our directors are directly accountable to all customers.

From time to time, the board may appoint independent directors who bring specialist knowledge, skills and experience to help the board to meet its responsibilities.

Our directors are:

Judith Downes - Chair

Michelle Somerville

David Wakeley

Melissa Bastian

Helen Gluer

Greg Camm

Anne-Marie Corboy

Damien Walsh - Managing Director

 

Our executive team

Our executives are responsible for implementing the board’s strategy and achieving Bank Australia's vision. They lead and manage the bank’s operations.

Damien Walsh - Managing Director

Rowan Dowland - Chief Strategy Officer

Louise O'Brien - Chief Financial Officer

John Yardley - Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Ashkettle - Chief Risk Officer

Sonya Clancy - Chief People Officer

Brad Jordon - Chief Operating Officer

Get to know our team

Judith Downes

 BA (Hons), DipEd, GradDipBus (Acct), FAICD, FCPA, FCA

Judith joined our board as an independent non-executive director in March 2012 and was appointed chair in March 2014.

As well as sitting on our board, she also holds the following positions on the committees of the board:

  • member of the Nominations Committee; and
  • ex officio member of the Audit, Governance & Remuneration and Risk Committees.

Judith has worked in senior executive and non-executive roles in banking, finance, accounting, funds management, life insurance and property, and has over 25 years’ experience as a company director.

Previously, she worked in senior executive and non-executive roles at ANZ for 12 years, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer Institutional Division and Group General Manager Finance. Other past positions include Director, ING Australia, Director, Australian Mathematical Science Institute and member, Financial Reporting Council.  Prior to working as an accountant, Judith taught secondary mathematics.

Judith is the immediate past Chair of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values Governing Board Forum  and currently a Non-Executive Director for Clean TeQ Holdings Limited, ImpediMed Limited and The Spinal Research Institute.

 

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Michelle Somerville

 BBus(Acc), MAppFin, GAICD, FCA

Michelle joined our board as an independent non-executive director in December 2014.

As well as sitting on our board, she also holds the following positions on the committees of the board:

  • chair of the Audit Committee; and
  • member of the Governance & Remuneration Committee.

Michelle brings deep finance, risk and governance experience to the board, having worked with listed and non-listed clients in Australia and overseas.

Previously, she spent nearly 14 years working as an assurance partner with KPMG, where she was responsible for the external audits of many companies across various sectors (including financial services, not-for-profit, manufacturing and energy in both Australia and the United States).

Michelle is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for The GPT Group, IOOF Holdings Ltd, Down Syndrome Australia and Save the Children.

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David Wakeley

 BEc, FCA, FAICD

David joined our board as an independent non-executive director in January 2017.

As well as sitting on our board, he also holds the following positions on the committees of the board:

  • member of the Governance & Remuneration Committee; and
  • member of the Audit Committee.

David has a diverse background and over 30 years’ experience in a variety of industries including professional accounting, pharmaceuticals, motoring services, education and financial services.

Previously, he was CEO of Autopia Management Pty Ltd and prior to this, CEO of AIM NSW & ACT Pty Ltd and Virgin Money Australia Pty Limited.

David is currently engaged in a portfolio of activities including coaching, mentoring and an advisor to a number of private companies in the technology space. He is also a Non-executive Director of ParaFlare Holdings Pty Ltd, UrbanSurf Pty Ltd and Robert Menzies College at Macquarie University.

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Melissa Bastian

 LB(Hons), GDLP, BBus(Mgt), RN, FAICD, A Fin

Melissa joined our board as an independent non-executive director in November 2012.

As well as sitting on our board, she also holds the following positions on the committees of the board:

  • member of the Risk Committee; and
  • member of the Audit Committee.

Melissa has a diverse background and experience in a variety of industries including banking, law, health, local and federal government, education, insurance and leadership development. She has advanced leadership and communication skills and extensive management, business planning, compliance, strategy development, financial management and corporate governance experience.

Melissa is currently the Managing Director of Just Better Care Gippsland and a Member of the Gippsland Regional Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

 

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Helen Gluer

Helen Gluer

 BComm, MBA, FCPA, FAICD

Helen joined our board as an independent non-executive director in February 2018.

As well as sitting on our board, she also holds the following positions on the committees of the board:

  • member of the Audit Committee; and
  • member of the Risk Committee.

Helen has over 15 years’ experience as a company director, within organisations including Gladstone Ports Corporation (Chair, Central Queensland Ports Authority), City Super, Queensland Resources Council and Translink Transit Authority (Chair of Audit Committee).

Previously, she worked in senior executive and non-executive roles with the Brisbane City Council, Tarong Energy Corporation, Stanwell Corporation, Queensland Treasury and Queensland Rail.

Helen is currently an Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology.

 

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Greg Camm

 MBA, BBus, CPA, SF Fin, MAICD

Greg joined our board as an independent non-executive director in February 2012.

As well as sitting on our board, he also holds the following positions on the committees of the board:

  • chair of the Risk Committee; and
  • member of the Governance & Remuneration Committee.

Greg has extensive experience in the finance industry, working in credit unions, mortgage insurance, securitisation, retail banking and superannuation.

Previously, he worked in senior executive roles for 16 years at the ANZ Banking Group, including Managing Director Mortgages, Managing Director ANZ Bank (New Zealand) and Managing Director Australian Retail Banking. He later worked in New Zealand as Managing Director of AMP Financial Services (New Zealand) and in Australia as CEO of Superpartners Ltd.

Greg is currently Chair of AMIST Super Fund, a Member of AusNet Services Customer Forum and a Trustee of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

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Anne-Marie Corboy

BA, DipEd, BEd, Diploma of Superannuation Management (part), GAICD

Anne-Marie joined our board as an independent non-executive director in November 2015.

As well as sitting on our board, she also holds the following positions on the committees of the board:

  • chair of the Governance & Remuneration Committee; and
  • member of the Risk Committee.

Anne-Marie has extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate governance, financial management, stakeholder management and the ability to manage growth in a competitive environment. She has over 30 years’ experience as a director and chair for a range of organisations including the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Netball Australia, Northern Health, Kangan Batman TAFE, Victorian Superannuation Board and was a trustee on the MCG Trust.

Previously, she was CEO of HESTA, the industry superannuation fund for health and community services, and Company Secretary to its trustee company H.E.S.T. Australia Ltd. Prior to this role she was Victorian Branch Secretary of the Australian Education Union and a primary school teacher.

Anne-Marie is currently Chair of TelstraSuper and TelstraSuper Financial Planning, Deputy Chair of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and a member of the Australian Commonwealth Games Foundation Investment Committee.  

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Damien Walsh

B.BUS (Acct), MBA, FCA, FCPA, FAICD,  FFIN

Damien was appointed Managing Director of Bank Australia on 1 September 2011 after serving as General Manager of Corporate Services and Company Secretary. Damien has over 20 years of experience in the customer owned banking sector. 

Damien is responsible for bank operations. He works with the board to set strategy, monitor performance and budget and to ensure the bank adheres to all prudential, legal and compliance matters. 

Damien has been instrumental in shaping the bank’s response to sustainable development and responsible business practices. 

 

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John Yardley

MBA, GAICD

John was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in March 2016. He has spent more than a decade with Bank Australia after working for many years in politics and management consulting. 

John has responsibility for lending, business banking, mortgage brokers, retail network and insurance. 

John has an MBA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

 

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Louise O'Brien

BComm, MAppFin, CA, MFTA

Louise has over 25 years experience in banking and finance in both Australia and the UK.  She joined the bank in 2014 as the head of Treasury and has been Chief Financial Officer since 2016.  

Louise is responsible for the bank’s financial management and treasury operations.

 

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Rowan Dowland

GAICD

Rowan joined Bank Australia in 1994 and has worked in a number of executive roles since this time.

Today Rowan is responsible for the Bank’s strategy and planning, impact finance, corporate affairs and marketing functions. 

Throughout his career Rowan has sought to demonstrate that the business of banking can inspire and empower people to use their money to improve their lives, the lives of others and our planet. 

Rowan and his partner have a passion for Italy regularly returning to their local community and la dolce vita. 

He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Development.

 

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Patrick Ashkettle

BCA, MBA  

Patrick was appointed Chief Risk officer in March 2014. He previously spent 22 years working across superannuation, institutional and retail banking. 

As Chief Risk Officer, Patrick is responsible for ensuring Bank Australia is on top of its business risks, including day to day issues, emerging risks and business strategy risks. 

Patrick has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (NSW) and has studied at London Business School.  He is a member of the Risk Management Institute of Australasia.

 

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Sonya Clancy

BA, FAICD, FAIM, FAHRI

Sonya was appointed Chief People Officer in July 2018. Sonya is an experienced senior leader having previously held executive roles in human resources, marketing and communication.

Sonya is responsible for the people and culture strategy and initiatives across Bank Australia.

Sonya is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of AHRI. Sonya currently holds the positions of Chair of the Board for both The Big Issue and Homes for Homes.

 

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Brad Jordon

BEc (Hons)

Brad was appointed Chief Operating Officer in October 2019. He is an experienced executive having held senior roles across the social welfare, banking and finance sectors with VincentCare, Computershare, and ANZ Bank.

Brad is responsible for Bank Australia’s operations, technology, product and project management functions.  

Brad holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Monash University and is a member of the AICD , and Deputy Chairman of CSV Ltd.

 

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