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Board candidate details

Candidates for election

Nominations for the Finsia Board elections closed on Wednesday, 5 April 2017. In accordance with Finsia’s constitution, two (2) directors will retire at the end of the 2017 Annual General Meeting. One director has offered himself for re-election. In total, nine (9) nominations were received for the two (2) vacant positions on the Board.


Election process

Therefore in the election process there are nine (9) candidates for two (2) vacant positions.

An online ballot will be conducted by KPMG, acting as the Returning Officer.

Voting is due to open on Monday, 8 May 2017 and will close on Friday, 19 May 2017.

In accordance with FINSIA’s By-Laws, the candidates are listed in alphabetical order:

• Daniel Biondi
• David Gall *
• Parames Ghosh
• Susanna Gorogh
• Leon Grandy
• Ian Pollari
• Peta Tilse
• Ida Wong Taylor
• Robina Xavier

The Board recommends the re-election of David Gall (President) and the election of Prof Robina Xavier.

*Denotes current Director.

The candidates elected will be announced by the Chair at the upcoming Annual General Meeting in Sydney on 31 May 2017 and the persons elected will take office from the conclusion of that Annual General Meeting. A brief biography and candidate statement for each of these candidates is set out below.

KPMG Statement
FINSIA has received a statement from KPMG advising that it has controls in place to cover a perceived conflict of interest given that KPMG is providing the returning officer services and Mr Ian Pollari (KPMG Partner) is standing in the election. KPMG has in place strict policies and procedures to manage confidentiality and conflict management.

Mr Daniel Biondi, MBA (International Business), BInfoSys, SF Fin, HPE Fellow, AAICD, AIIA
Nominated by Senior Fellows, Paul Travers and Keri Pratt

Daniel Biondi is the CTO of Financial Services for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), South Pacific, responsible for helping clients shape their IT strategy for business innovation and growth, and for delivering technology-enabled business solutions that reduce cost and complexity.

Biondi has 22 years of experience in leading and managing the application of advanced IT solutions for organisations within financial services. His experience embraces strategy & execution, customer-centric solutions, retail banking, cards & payments, lending, digitisation, business & IT transformation, business process outsourcing, business turnaround and organisational change management. He has worked with multinational organisations in more than 17 countries with clients including CBA, Westpac, BOQ, Banco Santander, Standard Bank, HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Macquarie Bank.

Biondi is an HPE Fellow & Thought Leader, a FINSIA Senior Fellow, FSI Deputy Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association, FINSIA Chairman for Retail and Business Banking Industry Council, and a member of UTS Bachelor of IT Steering Committee. He also serves as technical advisor to startups, accelerators (e.g. Stone & Chalk) and venture capital funds globally.

Biondi holds a B.S. in Information Systems from Universidad del Salvador, Argentina, an MBA in International Business from L’Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC), France, and completed the General Management Executive Education program at Harvard Business School.

Mr David Gall, President, BSc, BBus (Banking and Finance), MBA (Exec), SF Fin

David Gall has been a Director of FINSIA since 2010 and President since 2015. Over his 25 years as a member of FINSIA he has been an active contributor to FINSIA/AIBF publications, Speaker and MC at FINSIA events and strong advocate for FINSIA in the Financial Services marketplace.

As President, David has overseen the recruitment of a new CEO, a significant reduction in the operating expense base and commensurate improvement in Operating performance of FINSIA. In addition he has been highly involved in the development of a new Strategic Plan which will commence implementation in 2017. David has been instrumental in increasing FINSIA's profile with key stakeholders including APRA, ASIC, the ABA and CEOs of the major Banks.

David has been the Group Chief Risk Officer of NAB since 2014 and has held several senior executive roles at NAB and St George over the past 25 years.

David is passionate about Financial Services and its positive impact on the Community. He believes that FINSIA has an important role to play in supporting the improvement in professionalisation of the sector leading to better outcomes for Australians and Australian Business.

Dr Parames Ghosh, F Fin, PhD
Nominated by Senior Fellows, Dr Shyam Bhati and Anjan Das

As a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors [MAICD], I am skilled in designing Board Agendas, Papers to incrementally implement the strategies to fulfil FINSIA’s vision and mission, in making the right choices between national vs. global interest, outsourcing vs. skilling Australians, automation vs. intellectualisation, equal opportunities vs. capabilities, and so on.

I am a FINSIA Fellow, have served Banks, Insurance Companies and ATO. As a FIDELITY consultant, I introduced multichannel integrated core banking in Warsaw, Bangkok, Jakarta, Glasgow, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney. I have worked in retail and wholesale banking – Share Portfolio Management, Analysis of Annual Reports, Doubtful Debts, Credit Card Processing, General Ledger, Demand Deposit, Loans, Letter of Credit, Collection Processing, Nostro accounting, SWIFT.

My recently published book ‘No Boundaries’ shows the vision of coming decades. My visions for FINSIA:

• Win trust & confidence of business, government, society, members, and professional organisations internationally;
• Re-establish pre-eminence in postgraduate courses; 
• Collaborate with universities, academics & practitioners; 
• Organise mentoring graduates for the industry; 
• Encourage employers to advertise directly on FINSIA websites for matching talents; 
• Organise seminars, webinars for members using employer resources to facilitate continuous professional development; and 
• Redesign short-term & long-term memberships at affordable fees.

Ms Susanna Gorogh, GAICD, SF Fin
Nominated by Senior Fellows, Mark Thomas and Keri Pratt

Recent graduate of AICD and Senior Fellow at FINSIA. Member and active participant of FINSIA and its predecessors since mid-1990s. Currently, active member of the Funds and Asset Management Industry Council. Extremely excited about the opportunity to contribute to shaping the future strategic direction of FINSIA.

Currently Portfolio Manager for MTAA Super, responsible for the management of AUD 10 billion portfolio of global investments. Role encompasses management of both listed and alternative (unlisted) assets. Represent MTAA Super on Investment Advisory Boards of investee funds and act as Shareholder Representative on directly held private companies. Participate in MTAA Super’s Investment Committee meetings and provide reporting to it.

Prior experience includes a period consulting to a range of major financial services firms in areas of product/distribution/pricing strategy. Firms included Standard & Poor’s, AXA and AMP. This was preceded by an extensive career in investments, ranging from manager research, investment committee/trustee board work and responsibility for approved investment lists, to both internal and external relationship management. Have strong strategic overview of the industry, regulatory environment and the value chain. Enjoy a broad network of industry contacts, and have first class Masters level finance qualification from Macquarie University.

Originally from Hungary, have lived, studied and worked in Australia since 1983.

Mr Leon Grandy, FRSA, SF Fin, GAICD
Nominated by Senior Fellows, Chris van Aahnholt and David William Lethbridge Tripe

A long term member of FINSIA, I was a fellow of BINZ and AIBF, before my SF FINSIA. I have been on the NZ Council for four years, and have mentored two other members.

An experienced director and executive: I currently chair two large family companies in NZ, with aggregate turnover of over $150m, employing over 250 staff. I also co-own and have run a well known boutique investment bank for the last 15 years. Prior to that I was a General Manager with HSBC; AXA, and ABN AMRO. Earlier still, I held a Commission in the NZ Army, graduating from OCS in 1987.

I want to work with the board to improve FINSIA’s relevance; and provide better opportunities for its members. I know we need to set new performance metrics and achieve them, especially for members outside the Sydney and Melbourne metro areas.

I am passionate about professional development, networking, and serving member needs. I want to make FINSIA relevant and valuable for all its members, and its post nominal awards aspirational goals for industry participants.

I hold postgraduate qualifications in banking and finance, am a GAICD, please support my candidacy.

Mr Ian Pollari, F Fin, MBA
Nominated by Senior Fellows, Kevin Smout and Paul Travers

Ian Pollari (F Fin) is a partner at KPMG and Head of KPMG's Australian Banking Sector. He is the Head of KPMG's Global Fintech practice and a KPMG partner for 5 years. During that time Ian has been the Industry Leader for the Banking Sector with responsibility for the practice across Audit, Tax and Advisory. Ian is also a Board Director at Stone & Chalk (since 2015).

Ian has over 16 years' experience servicing clients in the financial services industry, bringing knowledge and insights into the experiences banks, payment providers and fintech start-ups/companies in areas such as strategy development, market entry, digital innovation, regulatory change and risk management.

He has also advised Governments and regulatory agencies, in Australia and internationally, relating to financial services and digital technology developments. Ian has been a member of Finsia since 2010 and has been part of the NSW Regional Council since 2013. He brings a deep understanding of the financial services industry (both locally and globally) and the role digital and technology innovation will increasingly play, coupled with the critical need to enhance the industry's trust and professionalism, to enable the successful transformation of the industry.

Prior to joining KPMG (in 2005), Ian worked at Telstra Corporation in Strategy for Business & Government.

• INSEAD International Banking School Programme, Fontainebleau, France
• MBA, AGSM, University of NSW
• Bachelor of Commerce (with Merit), University of Wollongong

Ms Peta Tilse, SF Fin, BBus, MAF
Nominated by Senior Fellows, Maxwell Morley and Kerry McGowan

Peta is a Financial Services professional with over 20 years’ experience and a passion for helping professionals and investors make sense of investment market opportunities. She is the driving force behind the creation of Fintech Cygura, and associated development of industry awareness around the protection of investors.

Peta’s career spans Retail and Wholesale Financial Markets, and Wealth Management. She was a top quartile Fund Manager for 8 years with Suncorp Investment Management, managing $5b in Cash and Fixed Interest Funds. She has worked with top firms NAB, Westpac, Suncorp, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, UBS, and GSJBW.

Peta is also a member of the Financial Advice and Services Council, and Qld Regional Council of FINSIA. Peta is a Director of private wealth group Levantine Wealth, provides weekly finance commentary on ABC Radio, and has been a guest lecturer and mentor of students at Griffith University. Peta is driven by a genuine passion for the broader Financial Services sector and would be a strong contributor as a FINSIA Board member.

Ms Ida Wong Taylor, BIntSt, MAICD, SA Fin
Nominated by Senior Fellows, Amanda Heyworth and Bruno Bellon

Ida Wong Taylor has over 15 years banking and finance experience across Sydney and Adelaide at Credit Suisse in its Private Banking and Alternative Investments (Private Equity) businesses, Commonwealth Bank of Australia & Westpac Retail Banking (Bank Manager), and Westpac Commercial Banking (Relationship Manager).

Ida holds a Bachelor of International Studies with majors in Economics and International Relations, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

She volunteers to the AICD Tomorrow’s Director’s Committee, FINSIA Regional Council SA/NT and Migration Museum Foundation. At work, Ida contributes to the Westpac Cultural Diversity Employee Action Group (SA).

Originally from Brunei, Ida speaks Mandarin, Hokkien, and Bahasa Melayu.

Prof Robina Xavier, SF Fin, FPRIA, GAICD
Nominated by Senior Fellows, Tim Crommelin and Maxwell Morley

Professor Robina Xavier, SF Fin, GAICD, is Executive Dean of the QUT Business School. She has more than 25 years’ experience in corporate consulting and education with specialist expertise in investor relations and crisis management. She currently works with more than 350 staff to oversee program portfolio (including a number of significant finance-related offerings) for more than 12,000 students. She also oversees an executive education portfolio offered throughout Australia.

Robina has worked as a consultant to both the private and public sectors in Australia, specialising in corporate and financial relations. Her qualifications include Bachelor of Business and Master of Business (Research) in investor relations and she hold PhD in crisis management. She completed the Graduate Diploma (Applied Finance and Investment) from SIA in 1992 as State Dux has been a member of SIA/FINSIA since.

Robina has sat on a number of association/government/NGO advisory groups and has significant membership body experience as a former National President of the Australian peak industry body, the Public Relations Institute of Australia. She sits on the EQUIS Committee of the European Foundation for Management Development in Brussels. Robina is a director of Creative Enterprise Australia, Australia’s only dedicated creative industries accelerator.