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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.

Ms Eva Skira, MBA, BA (Hons), FAICD, FAIM, SF Fin (Life Member)

Eva Skira is a senior professional, 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.

Subsequently, Eva has been a Director of some 20 businesses, industry, professional, government, education, cultural and not for profit organisations.

She is currently a non-executive director at ASX listed entities RCR Tomlinson Ltd and Macmahon Ltd. In addition she is Chairman of Water Corporation WA (replacement asset base $34b, balance sheet $15b) and Chairman of Trustees of St John of God Health Care Inc.

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.

Lynn S Ralph, FAICD, SF Fin (Life member)

Lynn Ralph worked in the financial services sector for over 35 years, specialising in superannuation, funds management and insurance. She has formerly held the positions of Deputy Chairman of ASIC; CEO, Investment & Financial Services Association (now the Financial Services Council); Commissioner of Private Health Insurance Administration Council; and Chairman of BT Funds Management. She is currently a Non-executive Director of the Securities Exchanges Guarantee Corporation.

She was co-founder of Cameron Ralph Pty Ltd, a firm which assists boards to improve their effectiveness. Lynn is a Senior Fellow (Life) of Finsia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael Willis FAICD, SF Fin (Life Member)

Mike is a Senior Advisor with Effective Governance Pty Ltd, Australasia’s largest independent corporate governance consulting firm. He advises listed companies, not-for-profits and other organisations on corporate governance, strategy, risk and corporate sustainability.

Mike is a company director and former senior executive, with over twenty years of experience in corporate governance in industry, financial services and the not-for-profit sector. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Life Member and Past President of FINSIA, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. He is currently the Honorary Treasurer of Independent Schools Queensland. 

He joined Effective Governance after a diverse career in corporate governance and management, including:

  • Eight years as Executive Director of a group of leading independent schools
  • Chairing the board of an ASX listed company
  • Founding CEO of a specialist financial services agency
  • Chairing the Audit and Risk Committee of as ASX participant stockbroker
  • Professional roles in stockbroking, funds management, financial derivatives and risk management
  • A commercial background in leading and managing successful business operations
  • Chair, treasurer and director for several industry peak bodies, non-profit and charitable agencies