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
VIC and TAS 

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.
Alan Bardwell
  Alan Bardwell SF FIN
  Non- Executive Director
  NSW and ACT

  Alan was appointed board director in February 2019.
  He has been a member of FINSIA since 1992.
Helen Lorigan

 Helen Lorigan SF FIN
 Non-Executive Director
 NSW and ACT

 Helen was appointed board director in February 2019. 
 She has been a member of FINSIA since 2003.

FINSIA-Board-Ian-PollariIan Pollari F FIN 
Non-executive director
NSW and ACT

Ian was appointed board director in October 2017. He has been a member of FINSIA since 2010.


David StephenDavid Stephen F FIN
Westpac Group
NSW and ACT

David was appointed board director in May 2019. He has been a member of FINSIA since 2018.

FINSIA-Board-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.

Cameron FullerCameron Fuller F FIN 
National Australia Bank
VIC and TAS

Cameron was appointed board director in May 2019. He has been a member of FINSIA since 1995.  
Grant Cairns Grant Cairns  F FIN 
Non-Executive Director
NSW and ACT

Grant was appointed board director in June 2019. He has been a member of FINSIA since 2019.  

Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee

  • Ian Pollari F FIN (Chair)
  • Victoria Weekes SF FIN
  • Mark Spiers F FIN
  • Helen Lorigan  F FIN
  • Alan Bardwell F FIN

Nominations and Remuneration Committee

  • David Gall SF FIN (Chair)
  • Ian Pollari F FIN
  • Victoria Weekes SF FIN