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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

Get to know our team

Judith Downes

Judith was appointed Chair of the board of Bank Australia in March 2014, having been on the board since March 2012.

Judith’s most recent position was Chief Financial Officer at Alumina Limited, where she was responsible for finance, accounting, treasury, investor relations and taxation. She gained extensive financial experience during her career at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ), and previously in public accounting. Before joining Alumina Limited in 2009, Judith was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer (Institutional Division) at ANZ, and Group General Manager (Finance).

Judith is a past member of the Advisory Council of the International Accounting Standards Board.  Previous positions she has held include : member of G100 Executive (Australia), Director of ING Australia, member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board and the Australian Urgent Issues Group, and Director of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute.

Prior to working in finance and accounting, Judith was a teacher of secondary mathematics.

Judith is currently a member of the Financial Reporting Council of Australia and a non-executive director of ImpediMed Limited and The Spinal Research Institute.  She chairs the Governing Board Forum for the GABV.  Judith is also a member of the AICD Reporting Committee and an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne.

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Michelle Somerville

Michelle joined the board in December 2014. 

Michelle spent 14 years working as an assurance partner with KPMG, where she was responsible for the external audits of many companies across sectors (including financial services, not for profit, manufacturing and energy in both Australia and the United States). She also helped clients implement complex new legislation in their businesses.

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

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from RMIT and a Master of Applied Finance from the University of Melbourne.

Michelle is also a Director of Down Syndrome Australia, Save the Children Australia, Challenger Retirement and Investment Services Limited and The GPT Group.


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David Wakeley

David was appointed to the board on 1 January 2017 following the merger of Intech Bank with Bank Australia. Prior to the merger, David had been on the Intech Credit Union board for 4 years.

David’s career path started in finance functional roles and proceeded through sales and marketing positions to CEO roles over the next 30 years.

David has a diverse background and experience in a variety of industries including professional accounting, pharmaceuticals, motoring services, education and financial services. David was previously CEO of Autopia Management Pty Ltd, AIM NSW & ACT Pty Ltd and Virgin Money Australia Pty Limited.

David holds a Bachelor of Economics and is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. 

David is currently a Councillor on The Women’s College (within the University of Sydney) Council, a board member of Adviser Ratings Pty Ltd and an adviser to the CEO of Aunty’s House (a digital start up seeking to address challenges in the domestic and family violence space).


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Melissa Bastian

Melissa was elected to the board of Bank Australia in 2012.

Melissa has a diverse background and experience in a variety of industries including banking, health, local and federal government, insurance, law 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 the Managing Director of Just Better Care Gippsland and is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Gippsland Committee. She was previously the Deputy Chair of Latrobe Community Health Service and a Director of the Victorian Healthcare Association.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Adelaide, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Society of South Australia, and a Bachelor of Business (Management) from Monash University. She is also a former state registered nurse, a graduate of 2011 Gippsland Community Leadership Program, and a graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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Helen Gluer

Helen GluerHelen was appointed to the Bank Australia Board on 5 February 2018. 

Helen has a diverse professional background, having commenced her career with Commonwealth Bank and then moving into Corporate Recovery roles with Queensland Industry Development Corporation and Suncorp-Metway.  Helen then took up finance roles with Brisbane City Council and Chief Executive roles with Tarong Energy Corporation and Stanwell Corporation, Government of Queensland (Interim Chief Executive Officer), Under Treasurer for Queensland Treasury and Trade and Chief Executive Officer for Queensland Rail.  Helen is presently an Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology.

Helen also has over 15 years’ experience as a Non-executive Director including Gladstone Ports Corporation (Chair, Central Queensland Ports Authority), City Super, Queensland Resources Council and Translink Transit Authority (Chair of Audit Committee).

Helen has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, an MBA from University of Southern Queensland and is a Fellow of CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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Greg Camm

Greg has been on the board since February 2012.

Greg started his career in the credit union movement at PTTA (Vic) Credit Co-op (which later became Telecom Credit Union). From there, he moved to the Victorian Credit Co-op Association. He later served as a Director and Chair of Waverley Credit Union.

Greg has extensive experience in finance, working in mortgage insurance and securitisation, before joining the ANZ Banking Group in 1989 where he worked for 16 years, including roles as 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 holds an MBA from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Finance) from Monash University. He is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Senior Fellow of FINSIA.

Greg is currently a Trustee of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.


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Anne-Marie Corboy

Anne-Marie was elected to the board of Bank Australia in 2015.

Anne-Marie is also currently a member of the Australian Commonwealth Games Foundation Investment Committee.  She has over 20 years’ experience as a director for a range of organisations including Utilities of Australia, Mothers Day Classic Foundation, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Netball Australia, Victorian Superannuation Board and Australian Council for Superannuation Investors and was a trustee on the MCG Trust.

Anne-Marie is a former 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 Branch Secretary of the Australian Education Union and a teacher.

She holds Bachelors of Arts and Education, Diplomas of Education and Financial Services, and a Certificate of Super Practice from the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Damien Walsh


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


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


Rowan joined Bank Australia in 1994.

Rowan’s is responsible for the Bank’s strategy and planning, corporate affairs and marketing functions which aim to align the Bank’s approach to responsible banking with the expectations of all customers.

Rowan is a member of the Australian Banking Association’s Strategy Committee, a Director of Marriott Support Services, a social enterprise serving people whose lives are impacted by disability and an alternative Director for the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals.  

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


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


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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