About us

FINSIA recognises the current challenges facing the financial services sector, the appetite for change and the need for a professional industry body to help restore pride and trust in the financial services community by raising standards of professionalism.  

FINSIA is the right vehicle to drive change. 

This is a great opportunity to be a part of this change and the change starts with you.

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CEO and Managing Director

Chris Whitehead F Fin

Chris was appointed Finsia CEO in September 2016. He has been associated with the Australasian financial services industry for nearly 30 years. Previously, he was CEO of CUA, Australia's largest customer-owned financial institution, Regional Director, Bank of Scotland and CEO, BankWest Retail Bank. 

He has extensive experience as a non-executive director including in the payments, wealth management and insurance sectors.

Commencing his career in IT, Chris maintains a keen interest in the ongoing impact of technology on financial services. 



Finsia Board

A team with outstanding talent and experience, Finsia’s Board of Directors has embraced the challenges and changes that face our industry to deliver services to members that are of enduring relevance and value.

President
David Gall SF Fin
National Australia Bank
NSW and ACT

David was appointed board director in January 2010 and was appointed President of Finsia’s Board in May 2015. He has been a member of Finsia and the Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance since 1991.

Vice President
Victoria Weekes SF Fin
Non-executive director
NSW and ACT

Victoria was appointed board director in March 2013 and was appointed Vice President of Finsia’s Board in May 2015. She has been a member of Finsia and the Securities Institute of Australia since 1996.
Cathy Aston F Fin
Non-executive director
NSW and ACT

Cathy was appointed board director in August 2015.

Bruno Bellon SF Fin
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
SA and NT

Bruno was appointed board director in February 2015. He has been a member of Finsia since 2011.

Warwick Negus SF Fin
Non-executive director
NSW and ACT

Warwick was appointed board director in March 2010 and is a former Vice President of Finsia (2010–2014).

Mark Spiers F Fin
BT Financial Group
NSW and ACT

Mark was appointed board director in March 2013. He has been a member of Finsia since 2013.

Loretta Venten SF Fin
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Victoria and Tasmania

Loretta was appointed board director in June 2005. She has been a member of Finsia and the Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance since 1985.

Robina-XavierProf Robina Xavier SF Fin
Executive Dean of the QUT Business School
QLD

Robina was appointed board director in June 2017. She has been a member of Finsia and the Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance since 1992.

Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee

  • Victoria Weekes SF Fin (Chair)
  • Cathy Aston SF Fin
  • Bruno Bellon SF Fin
  • Mark Spiers SF Fin
  • Loretta Venten SF Fin

Nominations and Remuneration Committee

  • David Gall SF Fin (Chair)
  • Alasdair Jeffrey F Fin
  • Warwick Negus SF Fin
  • Victoria Weekes SF Fin