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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. 

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Director Nominations Committee

The Finsia Board has established a process to assist the selection and election of Directors to the Board. The Director Nominations Committee has been established, as a sub-committee of the Nominations & Remuneration Committee.

The objectives of the Director Nominations Committee are to fairly and objectively seek and nominate qualified candidates for election or appointment to the Finsia Board, who best serve the strategic imperatives of the Institute.

The Committee’s role is to determine whether a candidate’s skill, experience, industry sector, competencies and qualities – as set out in the criteria in the Board Charter and the Board matrix –meet the identified skills gaps that the Board is seeking to fill at this current time.

Following the director nomination process, the Committee may interview members who have nominated as candidates in the board election. The Committee then advises the Nominations & Remuneration committee whether the Board should recommend each candidate to members for election as a director. After considering the Committee’s advice, the Board then decides which candidate(s) it will recommend to the membership for election as a director in the ballot process.

Click here for the Director Nominations committee’s Terms of Reference.

David Gall BSc BBus (Banking and Finance) MBA (Exec) SF Fin
President of Finsia

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. David is Group Chief Risk Officer at NAB.

Marianne Birch Marianne Birch BEcon MEcon GDipAppFin (SecInst) FCA FAICD SF Fin
Immediate Past President of Finsia

Marianne Birch is the President of Finsia, was appointed as a director in 2005 and has been a member of the institute since 1992. Ms Birch is Chair of the Nominations & Remuneration committee, as well as the Chair of the Directors Nominations committee. Marianne is an Executive Director and the Head of the Australian Financial Institutions Group at Macquarie Capital (Australia) Limited. Ms Birch has more than 23 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings, working at Macquarie Capital for 14 years and Bankers Trust Australia for nine years. Prior to that, Ms Birch was an auditor, specialising in the banking and finance industries at Pricewaterhouse.

 

Eva Skira, MBA (Geneve), BA (1st Hons), SF (Life member) FINSIA, FAICD, FAIM, FGIA, FICS

Eva Skira is a senior professional, now based in Western Australia.  She has held positions as an economist and finance professional in corporate banking, institutional stockbroking, capital markets and derivatives. She joined the Commonwealth Bank and subsequently worked with BZW Australia, a stockbroking subsidiary of Barclays Bank.  Her clients included Australian and Asian organisations.

Eva has a number of years’ experience as a Non-executive Chairman and Director, serving on more than 20 business, commercial, government and not-for-profit boards, across a wide range of industries including superannuation, utilities, water, transport, health, education, engineering, mining services, construction, and insurance.

Eva is currently a non-executive director at ASX listed entities RCR Tomlinson Ltd and Macmahon Ltd and Chairman of Trustees of St John of God Health Care Inc..  In addition she is the immediate past Chairman of the WA Water Corporation. 

Eva’s previous positions include Chairman of Westscheme, where she oversaw the merger with AustralianSuper and the Forest Products Commission; Deputy Chairman of Metrobus (formerly Transperth); Deputy Chancellor of Murdoch University and a non-executive director of MDA National Insurance and Doric Construction Group.

Eva is a graduate of Finsia’s predecessor organisation (the Securities Institute).  She was Chairman of the Western Australian arm, a member of the National Board and chaired the National Education/Academic Committee for some 5 years.

Born and schooled in Tasmania, Eva completed her 1st Class Honours Degree in Economic History at the University of New South Wales, and went on to achieve a distinction in her Masters of Business Administration, graduating Dux of her class at IMI, forerunner to IMD International, an internationally ranked tier one business school based in Switzerland. 

Michael Willis FAICD, SF Fin (Life Member)


Michael Willis is a board chair, company director and governance consultant. He has over 25 years' experience in corporate governance in industry, financial services and the not-for-profit sector.

His current board roles include:
• Chairman of Boyce Chartered Accountants, an industry leading professional services firm with offices in several major regional centres of NSW, Australia; 
• Board Chair of the West Moreton Hospital & Health Service, which provides healthcare services to the fast-growing West Moreton region of Queensland, Australia;
• Director and Audit/Finance Committee Chair of peak industry body Independent Schools Queensland; and
• President of the Queensland Rugby Referees Association, which develops and represents match officials in one of the major unions within the global rugby community.

He is also a Specialist Advisor with Effective Governance, Australia's leading governance advisory firm. 

A Past-President of FINSIA, he led the organisation’s involvement in developing the ASX’s initial governance benchmarks, the "Corporate Governance Principles". He previously chaired the board of an ASX listed investment company and held senior roles in stockbroking, funds management, financial derivatives and risk management.