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CEO and Managing Director

Yasser El-Ansary

Yasser El-Ansary

  • F FIN, BComm
  • CEO & MANAGING DIRECTOR | Appointed April 2022

Yasser was appointed FINSIA Chief Executive & Managing Director in April 2022.

Previously, he was Chief Executive of Australian Investment Council from November 2013 to April 2022 where he was responsible for leading the strategic direction of the organisation’s work in representing the private capital investment industry in Australia.

Prior to joining Australian Investment Council, Yasser was the General Manager of Policy and Advocacy for Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

He has more than 20 years’ experience as a business adviser and public policy expert, through his previous roles with PwC, Rio Tinto, Frasers Property Australia, as well as the Department of Treasury in Canberra.

Yasser is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University and a Master of Taxation Law from University of New South Wales.

In April 2016, Yasser was appointed by the Federal Government to the Medical Research Future Fund Advisory Board where he advises on the strategy and priorities for medical health research funding from the $20B fund.

Yasser was appointed FINSIA Chief Executive & Managing Director in April 2022.

Previously, he was Chief Executive of Australian Investment Council from November 2013 to April 2022 where he was responsible for leading the strategic direction of the organisation’s work in representing the private capital investment industry in Australia.

Prior to joining Australian Investment Council, Yasser was the General Manager of Policy and Advocacy for Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

He has more than 20 years’ experience as a business adviser and public policy expert, through his previous roles with PwC, Rio Tinto, Frasers Property Australia, as well as the Department of Treasury in Canberra.

Yasser is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University and a Master of Taxation Law from University of New South Wales.

In April 2016, Yasser was appointed by the Federal Government to the Medical Research Future Fund Advisory Board where he advises on the strategy and priorities for medical health research funding from the $20B fund.

FINSIA Board

David Cox

David Cox

  • F FIN, BComm (Accounting and Finance), CA
  • PRESIDENT | Appointed 26 May 2022
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed 28 May 2020
  • Chair, Nominations and Remuneration Committee
  • Member, Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee
  • Member, Director Nominations Committee

David has more than 20 years’ experience in Australia, New York and the Middle East. David has a strong knowledge of the financial services sector, having worked with a broad cross section of the industry, including banks, brokers, exchanges, fintechs, leasing companies, payment providers, private equity and non-bank financiers.

He is also a recognised regulatory expert, having advised a range of local and international banks.

David has previously served as a member of the Consumer Finance Advisory Group and as Chair of the Institutional Markets Council.

David has more than 20 years’ experience in Australia, New York and the Middle East. David has a strong knowledge of the financial services sector, having worked with a broad cross section of the industry, including banks, brokers, exchanges, fintechs, leasing companies, payment providers, private equity and non-bank financiers.

He is also a recognised regulatory expert, having advised a range of local and international banks.

David has previously served as a member of the Consumer Finance Advisory Group and as Chair of the Institutional Markets Council.

Grant Cairns

Grant Cairns

  • Chartered Banker, F FIN, BComm, M App Fin, CA
  • VICE PRESIDENT | Appointed 20 April 2020
  • Member, Nomination & Remuneration Committee

Grant is the Executive General Manger, Business Lending at Commonwealth Bank of Australia with more than 20 years’ experience in business banking.

Grant led the Regional and Agribusiness Banking team for five years and was recently appointed to his new role in Business Lending. He has been with the Commonwealth Bank since 2005 leading product, operations and relationship teams in business banking. Prior to joining Commonwealth Bank, Grant was a General Manager with McCarroll Automotive Group and prior to that was a Senior Accountant at KPMG.

He is also a Director of the Australian Business Growth Fund (AGBF) and is both a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Banker. He has also been a member of the CEO Circle since 2012.

Grant Cairns joined the FINSIA Board in early June 2019 and then was appointed as Vice President to the FINSIA Board in April 2020.

Grant is the Executive General Manger, Business Lending at Commonwealth Bank of Australia with more than 20 years’ experience in business banking.

Grant led the Regional and Agribusiness Banking team for five years and was recently appointed to his new role in Business Lending. He has been with the Commonwealth Bank since 2005 leading product, operations and relationship teams in business banking. Prior to joining Commonwealth Bank, Grant was a General Manager with McCarroll Automotive Group and prior to that was a Senior Accountant at KPMG.

He is also a Director of the Australian Business Growth Fund (AGBF) and is both a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Banker. He has also been a member of the CEO Circle since 2012.

Grant Cairns joined the FINSIA Board in early June 2019 and then was appointed as Vice President to the FINSIA Board in April 2020.

Alan Bardwell

Alan Bardwell

  • SF FIN, CA, GAICD
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed 8 February 2019
  • Chair, Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee

Alan is a senior finance, risk and audit executive, with 40 years Australian and global experience in the banking, finance and securities Industry. This includes 16 years at Citigroup and 10 years with the Australian Securities Exchange until 2017 where he served as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Risk Officer. Since 2017, Alan has developed a non-executive director career and, as well as FINSIA, currently serves on the boards of Australian Military Bank and Clearview Life Nominees Limited (a superannuation trustee), and as Chair of Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited. Until November 2021 he was Chair of rt Health Limited (a private Health Insurer).

Alan is also a consultant to advisory group The Risk Board and Chair of the Market Supervision and Compliance Committee that advises the Board of the Sydney Stock Exchange.

Alan is a senior finance, risk and audit executive, with 40 years Australian and global experience in the banking, finance and securities Industry. This includes 16 years at Citigroup and 10 years with the Australian Securities Exchange until 2017 where he served as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Risk Officer. Since 2017, Alan has developed a non-executive director career and, as well as FINSIA, currently serves on the boards of Australian Military Bank and Clearview Life Nominees Limited (a superannuation trustee), and as Chair of Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited. Until November 2021 he was Chair of rt Health Limited (a private Health Insurer).

Alan is also a consultant to advisory group The Risk Board and Chair of the Market Supervision and Compliance Committee that advises the Board of the Sydney Stock Exchange.

Rod Jackson

Rod Jackson

  • SA FIN, GAICD, MBA, BEc
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed 26 May 2022

Rod has worked in financial services and been a FINSIA member for 41 years, primarily with the Westpac Banking Group of companies.

For the last 21 years of his executive career, he has been a CFO or COO in various roles domestically and globally - with the last eight years in Institutional Banking. Prior to that, his extensive experience

has been in Retail and Business Banking at Westpac and St George Bank. While CFO at Westpac International, Rodney had responsibility for teams in eight countries.

He is known for his integrity and strong business standards, has experience in leading large teams and building culture. And has significant experience in financial management and strategy.

Rodney has 13 years experience as a director, beginning with RAMS Financial Group and then extending to Westpac and St George subsidiaries.

He remains Chair of Westpac Europe Ltd, and has expanded his director and advisor roles into other industries over the last three years. Additional memberships are FCPA, GAICD, SID, Certified Chair, Advisory Board Centre. He holds an MBA from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland and a BEc from ANU.

Rod has worked in financial services and been a FINSIA member for 41 years, primarily with the Westpac Banking Group of companies.

For the last 21 years of his executive career, he has been a CFO or COO in various roles domestically and globally - with the last eight years in Institutional Banking. Prior to that, his extensive experience

has been in Retail and Business Banking at Westpac and St George Bank. While CFO at Westpac International, Rodney had responsibility for teams in eight countries.

He is known for his integrity and strong business standards, has experience in leading large teams and building culture. And has significant experience in financial management and strategy.

Rodney has 13 years experience as a director, beginning with RAMS Financial Group and then extending to Westpac and St George subsidiaries.

He remains Chair of Westpac Europe Ltd, and has expanded his director and advisor roles into other industries over the last three years. Additional memberships are FCPA, GAICD, SID, Certified Chair, Advisory Board Centre. He holds an MBA from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland and a BEc from ANU.

Carolyn Kidd

Carolyn Kidd

  • F FIN
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed 27 May 2021
  • Member, Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee
  • Member, Disciplinary Committee

Carolyn Kidd is the Chief Risk Officer for Westpac New Zealand and an experienced Financial Services Leader with a strong track-record in transformation change, including leading culture and regulatory programmes.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the sector in New Zealand and Australia, she is passionate about risk management as a key enabler for strategic success and providing the best outcomes for customers, communities and stakeholders.

She holds a BA from the University of Auckland and a Diploma of Banking from Massey University.

Carolyn Kidd is the Chief Risk Officer for Westpac New Zealand and an experienced Financial Services Leader with a strong track-record in transformation change, including leading culture and regulatory programmes.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the sector in New Zealand and Australia, she is passionate about risk management as a key enabler for strategic success and providing the best outcomes for customers, communities and stakeholders.

She holds a BA from the University of Auckland and a Diploma of Banking from Massey University.

Andrew McNeil

Andrew McNeil

  • SF FIN, BA, MIB, FGIA, FCG
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed 27 May 2021
  • Member, Disciplinary Committee

Andrew McNeil is a 20-year FINSIA member and has over 30 years of diversified financial services experience and 20 years of investment management experience throughout Australia and the United States.

He is founder of the Yarmouth group of companies and provides corporate advice to middle market financial markets participants including AFSL holders and ASX-listed companies. His clients include investment managers, fintech and proptech companies.

He holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia and is a former lecturer for the FINSIA Master of Applied Finance degree across real estate, investment management, strategic management and structuring financial products.

He is a foundation corporate partner of the GWS Giants and in his spare time Andrew is a rowing coach and volunteer surf lifesaver and coached rowing internationally on the US, Norwegian and Swiss national teams.

Andrew McNeil is a 20-year FINSIA member and has over 30 years of diversified financial services experience and 20 years of investment management experience throughout Australia and the United States.

He is founder of the Yarmouth group of companies and provides corporate advice to middle market financial markets participants including AFSL holders and ASX-listed companies. His clients include investment managers, fintech and proptech companies.

He holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia and is a former lecturer for the FINSIA Master of Applied Finance degree across real estate, investment management, strategic management and structuring financial products.

He is a foundation corporate partner of the GWS Giants and in his spare time Andrew is a rowing coach and volunteer surf lifesaver and coached rowing internationally on the US, Norwegian and Swiss national teams.

Paul Riordan

Paul Riordan

  • F Fin, B.Economics, CPA
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed 26 May 2022
  • Member, Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee

Paul is the Chief Credit & Market Risk Officer at National Australia Bank with extensive experience across global markets, risk management, governance and financial markets infrastructure. Prior to joining NAB in 2016, Paul had a number of senior roles with Commonwealth Bank across financial markets, corporate finance and risk management. His earlier career included roles in both Australia and Asia with Bank of America, UBS and Midland Bank.

In terms of industry governance, Paul is a past Chairman of the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA), and served as a Director of CLS Group Holdings Limited.

Paul is the Chief Credit & Market Risk Officer at National Australia Bank with extensive experience across global markets, risk management, governance and financial markets infrastructure. Prior to joining NAB in 2016, Paul had a number of senior roles with Commonwealth Bank across financial markets, corporate finance and risk management. His earlier career included roles in both Australia and Asia with Bank of America, UBS and Midland Bank.

In terms of industry governance, Paul is a past Chairman of the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA), and served as a Director of CLS Group Holdings Limited.

Professor Robina Xavier

Professor Robina Xavier

  • SF FIN, MBUS(RES), PHD, GAICD, FPRIA
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed June 2017
  • Member, Nomination & Remuneration Committee
  • Member, Disciplinary Committee

Robina is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Education) of QUT. Before her appointment to her current position she was the Executive Dean of the QUT Business School.

Robina is a Director of QUT Advisory Board, QUT Enterprise Holdings, The Brisbane Business School Pty Ltd and the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Robina has sat on several 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 the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Education) of QUT. Before her appointment to her current position she was the Executive Dean of the QUT Business School.

Robina is a Director of QUT Advisory Board, QUT Enterprise Holdings, The Brisbane Business School Pty Ltd and the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Robina has sat on several 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

Christine Yates

Christine Yates

  • SF FIN, B.Economics
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed 26 May 2022
  • Member, Nomination & Remuneration Committee

Chris is a highly experienced executive with 30 years’ experience in banking, wealth management and insurances.

She began her career at Deloitte as a Chartered Accountant, and has held senior management positions at Citigroup, ANZ and NAB. She has a love of learning and holds a Bachelor Economics, HRM Masters, SIA Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Finance, Diploma in Financial Markets from AFMA and is currently completing her Doctoral Business Administration.

She is a Senior Fellow of FINSIA, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Chris’ signature approach to business is her focus on customer centric strategy and business design.

One of her proudest achievements was the founding of Women In Banking and Finance, a not for profit organisation that supports women in their careers.

Chris is the CEO of the Retail Platform at Australian Unity, where she has accountability for the groups bank and private health insurance companies. Chris has extensive Board experience and is currently on the board of Australian Unity Bank Limited and Australian Unity Health Limited. Previous board experience includes JB Were, BNZ Life and membership of the Sydney University Business School Advisory Board.

Chris is a highly experienced executive with 30 years’ experience in banking, wealth management and insurances.

She began her career at Deloitte as a Chartered Accountant, and has held senior management positions at Citigroup, ANZ and NAB. She has a love of learning and holds a Bachelor Economics, HRM Masters, SIA Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Finance, Diploma in Financial Markets from AFMA and is currently completing her Doctoral Business Administration.

She is a Senior Fellow of FINSIA, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Chris’ signature approach to business is her focus on customer centric strategy and business design.

One of her proudest achievements was the founding of Women In Banking and Finance, a not for profit organisation that supports women in their careers.

Chris is the CEO of the Retail Platform at Australian Unity, where she has accountability for the groups bank and private health insurance companies. Chris has extensive Board experience and is currently on the board of Australian Unity Bank Limited and Australian Unity Health Limited. Previous board experience includes JB Were, BNZ Life and membership of the Sydney University Business School Advisory Board.

Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee

Alan Bardwell

Alan Bardwell

  • SF FIN, CA, GAICD
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed 8 February 2019
  • Chair, Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee

Alan is a senior finance, risk and audit executive, with 40 years Australian and global experience in the banking, finance and securities Industry. This includes 16 years at Citigroup and 10 years with the Australian Securities Exchange until 2017 where he served as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Risk Officer. Since 2017, Alan has developed a non-executive director career and, as well as FINSIA, currently serves on the boards of Australian Military Bank and Clearview Life Nominees Limited (a superannuation trustee), and as Chair of Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited. Until November 2021 he was Chair of rt Health Limited (a private Health Insurer).

Alan is also a consultant to advisory group The Risk Board and Chair of the Market Supervision and Compliance Committee that advises the Board of the Sydney Stock Exchange.

Alan is a senior finance, risk and audit executive, with 40 years Australian and global experience in the banking, finance and securities Industry. This includes 16 years at Citigroup and 10 years with the Australian Securities Exchange until 2017 where he served as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Risk Officer. Since 2017, Alan has developed a non-executive director career and, as well as FINSIA, currently serves on the boards of Australian Military Bank and Clearview Life Nominees Limited (a superannuation trustee), and as Chair of Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited. Until November 2021 he was Chair of rt Health Limited (a private Health Insurer).

Alan is also a consultant to advisory group The Risk Board and Chair of the Market Supervision and Compliance Committee that advises the Board of the Sydney Stock Exchange.

David Cox

David Cox

  • F FIN, BComm (Accounting and Finance), CA
  • PRESIDENT | Appointed 26 May 2022
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed 28 May 2020
  • Chair, Nominations and Remuneration Committee
  • Member, Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee
  • Member, Director Nominations Committee

David has more than 20 years’ experience in Australia, New York and the Middle East. David has a strong knowledge of the financial services sector, having worked with a broad cross section of the industry, including banks, brokers, exchanges, fintechs, leasing companies, payment providers, private equity and non-bank financiers.

He is also a recognised regulatory expert, having advised a range of local and international banks.

David has previously served as a member of the Consumer Finance Advisory Group and as Chair of the Institutional Markets Council.

David has more than 20 years’ experience in Australia, New York and the Middle East. David has a strong knowledge of the financial services sector, having worked with a broad cross section of the industry, including banks, brokers, exchanges, fintechs, leasing companies, payment providers, private equity and non-bank financiers.

He is also a recognised regulatory expert, having advised a range of local and international banks.

David has previously served as a member of the Consumer Finance Advisory Group and as Chair of the Institutional Markets Council.

Carolyn Kidd

Carolyn Kidd

  • F FIN
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed 27 May 2021
  • Member, Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee
  • Member, Disciplinary Committee

Carolyn Kidd is the Chief Risk Officer for Westpac New Zealand and an experienced Financial Services Leader with a strong track-record in transformation change, including leading culture and regulatory programmes.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the sector in New Zealand and Australia, she is passionate about risk management as a key enabler for strategic success and providing the best outcomes for customers, communities and stakeholders.

She holds a BA from the University of Auckland and a Diploma of Banking from Massey University.

Carolyn Kidd is the Chief Risk Officer for Westpac New Zealand and an experienced Financial Services Leader with a strong track-record in transformation change, including leading culture and regulatory programmes.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the sector in New Zealand and Australia, she is passionate about risk management as a key enabler for strategic success and providing the best outcomes for customers, communities and stakeholders.

She holds a BA from the University of Auckland and a Diploma of Banking from Massey University.

Paul Riordan

Paul Riordan

  • F Fin, B.Economics, CPA
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed 26 May 2022
  • Member, Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee

Paul is the Chief Credit & Market Risk Officer at National Australia Bank with extensive experience across global markets, risk management, governance and financial markets infrastructure. Prior to joining NAB in 2016, Paul had a number of senior roles with Commonwealth Bank across financial markets, corporate finance and risk management. His earlier career included roles in both Australia and Asia with Bank of America, UBS and Midland Bank.

In terms of industry governance, Paul is a past Chairman of the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA), and served as a Director of CLS Group Holdings Limited.

Paul is the Chief Credit & Market Risk Officer at National Australia Bank with extensive experience across global markets, risk management, governance and financial markets infrastructure. Prior to joining NAB in 2016, Paul had a number of senior roles with Commonwealth Bank across financial markets, corporate finance and risk management. His earlier career included roles in both Australia and Asia with Bank of America, UBS and Midland Bank.

In terms of industry governance, Paul is a past Chairman of the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA), and served as a Director of CLS Group Holdings Limited.

Nominations and Remuneration Committee

David Cox

David Cox

  • F FIN, BComm (Accounting and Finance), CA
  • PRESIDENT | Appointed 26 May 2022
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed 28 May 2020
  • Chair, Nominations and Remuneration Committee
  • Member, Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee
  • Member, Director Nominations Committee

David has more than 20 years’ experience in Australia, New York and the Middle East. David has a strong knowledge of the financial services sector, having worked with a broad cross section of the industry, including banks, brokers, exchanges, fintechs, leasing companies, payment providers, private equity and non-bank financiers.

He is also a recognised regulatory expert, having advised a range of local and international banks.

David has previously served as a member of the Consumer Finance Advisory Group and as Chair of the Institutional Markets Council.

David has more than 20 years’ experience in Australia, New York and the Middle East. David has a strong knowledge of the financial services sector, having worked with a broad cross section of the industry, including banks, brokers, exchanges, fintechs, leasing companies, payment providers, private equity and non-bank financiers.

He is also a recognised regulatory expert, having advised a range of local and international banks.

David has previously served as a member of the Consumer Finance Advisory Group and as Chair of the Institutional Markets Council.

Grant Cairns

Grant Cairns

  • Chartered Banker, F FIN, BComm, M App Fin, CA
  • VICE PRESIDENT | Appointed 20 April 2020
  • Member, Nomination & Remuneration Committee

Grant is the Executive General Manger, Business Lending at Commonwealth Bank of Australia with more than 20 years’ experience in business banking.

Grant led the Regional and Agribusiness Banking team for five years and was recently appointed to his new role in Business Lending. He has been with the Commonwealth Bank since 2005 leading product, operations and relationship teams in business banking. Prior to joining Commonwealth Bank, Grant was a General Manager with McCarroll Automotive Group and prior to that was a Senior Accountant at KPMG.

He is also a Director of the Australian Business Growth Fund (AGBF) and is both a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Banker. He has also been a member of the CEO Circle since 2012.

Grant Cairns joined the FINSIA Board in early June 2019 and then was appointed as Vice President to the FINSIA Board in April 2020.

Grant is the Executive General Manger, Business Lending at Commonwealth Bank of Australia with more than 20 years’ experience in business banking.

Grant led the Regional and Agribusiness Banking team for five years and was recently appointed to his new role in Business Lending. He has been with the Commonwealth Bank since 2005 leading product, operations and relationship teams in business banking. Prior to joining Commonwealth Bank, Grant was a General Manager with McCarroll Automotive Group and prior to that was a Senior Accountant at KPMG.

He is also a Director of the Australian Business Growth Fund (AGBF) and is both a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Banker. He has also been a member of the CEO Circle since 2012.

Grant Cairns joined the FINSIA Board in early June 2019 and then was appointed as Vice President to the FINSIA Board in April 2020.

Professor Robina Xavier

Professor Robina Xavier

  • SF FIN, MBUS(RES), PHD, GAICD, FPRIA
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed June 2017
  • Member, Nomination & Remuneration Committee
  • Member, Disciplinary Committee

Robina is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Education) of QUT. Before her appointment to her current position she was the Executive Dean of the QUT Business School.

Robina is a Director of QUT Advisory Board, QUT Enterprise Holdings, The Brisbane Business School Pty Ltd and the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Robina has sat on several 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 the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Education) of QUT. Before her appointment to her current position she was the Executive Dean of the QUT Business School.

Robina is a Director of QUT Advisory Board, QUT Enterprise Holdings, The Brisbane Business School Pty Ltd and the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Robina has sat on several 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

Christine Yates

Christine Yates

  • SF FIN, B.Economics
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed 26 May 2022
  • Member, Nomination & Remuneration Committee

Chris is a highly experienced executive with 30 years’ experience in banking, wealth management and insurances.

She began her career at Deloitte as a Chartered Accountant, and has held senior management positions at Citigroup, ANZ and NAB. She has a love of learning and holds a Bachelor Economics, HRM Masters, SIA Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Finance, Diploma in Financial Markets from AFMA and is currently completing her Doctoral Business Administration.

She is a Senior Fellow of FINSIA, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Chris’ signature approach to business is her focus on customer centric strategy and business design.

One of her proudest achievements was the founding of Women In Banking and Finance, a not for profit organisation that supports women in their careers.

Chris is the CEO of the Retail Platform at Australian Unity, where she has accountability for the groups bank and private health insurance companies. Chris has extensive Board experience and is currently on the board of Australian Unity Bank Limited and Australian Unity Health Limited. Previous board experience includes JB Were, BNZ Life and membership of the Sydney University Business School Advisory Board.

Chris is a highly experienced executive with 30 years’ experience in banking, wealth management and insurances.

She began her career at Deloitte as a Chartered Accountant, and has held senior management positions at Citigroup, ANZ and NAB. She has a love of learning and holds a Bachelor Economics, HRM Masters, SIA Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Finance, Diploma in Financial Markets from AFMA and is currently completing her Doctoral Business Administration.

She is a Senior Fellow of FINSIA, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Chris’ signature approach to business is her focus on customer centric strategy and business design.

One of her proudest achievements was the founding of Women In Banking and Finance, a not for profit organisation that supports women in their careers.

Chris is the CEO of the Retail Platform at Australian Unity, where she has accountability for the groups bank and private health insurance companies. Chris has extensive Board experience and is currently on the board of Australian Unity Bank Limited and Australian Unity Health Limited. Previous board experience includes JB Were, BNZ Life and membership of the Sydney University Business School Advisory Board.

Disciplinary Committee

Karolina Popic

Karolina Popic

  • Chair, Disciplinary Committee

Karolina is a partner at Allen & Overy, in the capital markets team, and her expertise spans across the entire debt capital markets, acting in connection with secured (securitisation and covered bonds) and unsecured funding transactions. Karolina's experience extends to receivables and cash flow financing and general banking and finance.

Karolina specialises in securitisation and, with the introduction of enabling legislation, in covered bonds. She has significant experience across residential mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities in domestic, US (both SEC-registered and Rule 144A offerings) and Euro markets, acting for all participants involved including originators, issuers, trustees and investors. Karolina has extensive experience across a range of asset classes including residential mortgages (prime, low doc and no doc), commercial property mortgages, reverse mortgages, credit cards, trade receivables, dealer floorplan financings, motor vehicle and equipment leases and hire purchases and chattel mortgages. She also has significant expertise acting for purchasers and sellers of pools of receivables (including securitised receivables) and securitised products.

Karolina is a partner at Allen & Overy, in the capital markets team, and her expertise spans across the entire debt capital markets, acting in connection with secured (securitisation and covered bonds) and unsecured funding transactions. Karolina's experience extends to receivables and cash flow financing and general banking and finance.

Karolina specialises in securitisation and, with the introduction of enabling legislation, in covered bonds. She has significant experience across residential mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities in domestic, US (both SEC-registered and Rule 144A offerings) and Euro markets, acting for all participants involved including originators, issuers, trustees and investors. Karolina has extensive experience across a range of asset classes including residential mortgages (prime, low doc and no doc), commercial property mortgages, reverse mortgages, credit cards, trade receivables, dealer floorplan financings, motor vehicle and equipment leases and hire purchases and chattel mortgages. She also has significant expertise acting for purchasers and sellers of pools of receivables (including securitised receivables) and securitised products.

Carolyn Kidd

Carolyn Kidd

  • F FIN
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed 27 May 2021
  • Member, Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee
  • Member, Disciplinary Committee

Carolyn Kidd is the Chief Risk Officer for Westpac New Zealand and an experienced Financial Services Leader with a strong track-record in transformation change, including leading culture and regulatory programmes.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the sector in New Zealand and Australia, she is passionate about risk management as a key enabler for strategic success and providing the best outcomes for customers, communities and stakeholders.

She holds a BA from the University of Auckland and a Diploma of Banking from Massey University.

Carolyn Kidd is the Chief Risk Officer for Westpac New Zealand and an experienced Financial Services Leader with a strong track-record in transformation change, including leading culture and regulatory programmes.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the sector in New Zealand and Australia, she is passionate about risk management as a key enabler for strategic success and providing the best outcomes for customers, communities and stakeholders.

She holds a BA from the University of Auckland and a Diploma of Banking from Massey University.

Andrew McNeil

Andrew McNeil

  • SF FIN, BA, MIB, FGIA, FCG
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed 27 May 2021
  • Member, Disciplinary Committee

Andrew McNeil is a 20-year FINSIA member and has over 30 years of diversified financial services experience and 20 years of investment management experience throughout Australia and the United States.

He is founder of the Yarmouth group of companies and provides corporate advice to middle market financial markets participants including AFSL holders and ASX-listed companies. His clients include investment managers, fintech and proptech companies.

He holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia and is a former lecturer for the FINSIA Master of Applied Finance degree across real estate, investment management, strategic management and structuring financial products.

He is a foundation corporate partner of the GWS Giants and in his spare time Andrew is a rowing coach and volunteer surf lifesaver and coached rowing internationally on the US, Norwegian and Swiss national teams.

Andrew McNeil is a 20-year FINSIA member and has over 30 years of diversified financial services experience and 20 years of investment management experience throughout Australia and the United States.

He is founder of the Yarmouth group of companies and provides corporate advice to middle market financial markets participants including AFSL holders and ASX-listed companies. His clients include investment managers, fintech and proptech companies.

He holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia and is a former lecturer for the FINSIA Master of Applied Finance degree across real estate, investment management, strategic management and structuring financial products.

He is a foundation corporate partner of the GWS Giants and in his spare time Andrew is a rowing coach and volunteer surf lifesaver and coached rowing internationally on the US, Norwegian and Swiss national teams.

Professor Robina Xavier

Professor Robina Xavier

  • SF FIN, MBUS(RES), PHD, GAICD, FPRIA
  • BOARD MEMBER | Appointed June 2017
  • Member, Nomination & Remuneration Committee
  • Member, Disciplinary Committee

Robina is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Education) of QUT. Before her appointment to her current position she was the Executive Dean of the QUT Business School.

Robina is a Director of QUT Advisory Board, QUT Enterprise Holdings, The Brisbane Business School Pty Ltd and the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Robina has sat on several 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 the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Education) of QUT. Before her appointment to her current position she was the Executive Dean of the QUT Business School.

Robina is a Director of QUT Advisory Board, QUT Enterprise Holdings, The Brisbane Business School Pty Ltd and the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Robina has sat on several 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

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