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.

VICTORIA WEEKES BCOMM LLB FAICD SF FIN
PRESIDENT | Appointed 30 July 2019
BOARD MEMBER | Appointed March 2013
REGION | New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
Member, Audit, Finance, Risk Management & Compliance Committee Member, Board Advisory Committee
Chair, Nominations & Remuneration Committee Member, NSW Regional Council Member, Women in FINSIA Committee

Victoria is a professional non-executive director with more than 25 years’ experience as a senior executive in the financial services sector. Currently Victoria is the Independent Chair of OnePath Custodians, the ANZ Bank’s public offer retail superannuation fund and is a non-executive director of ASX-listed URB Investments. Victoria is also the Chair of NSW Treasury and a member of the ASIC Markets Disciplinary Panel. Victoria has been a member of FINSIA and its predecessor organisation the Securities Institute since 1996.

DAVID GALL BSC BBUS (BANKING AND FINANCE) MBA (EXEC) SF FIN
INTERIM VICE PRESIDENT | Appointed 30 July 2019
BOARD MEMBER | Appointed January 2010
REGION | Victoria and Tasmania Member, Nominations and Remuneration Committee Member, Board Advisory Committee

David is Chief Customer Officer, Corporate and Institutional Banking, National Australia Bank. Previous roles at National Australia Bank group chief risk officer, executive general manager, working capital services, and executive general manager corporate banking and specialised businesses. He worked at St George Bank (including five years with Barclays Bank Australia) between 1989 and 2008. During that time he held various senior roles including group executive strategy, group executive retail business and general manager corporate and business banking. Mr Gall joined the Australasian Institute of Banking & Finance in 1991 and was named its Young Banker of the Year in 1995.

FINSIA-Board-Ian-Pollari Ian Pollari BCOMM MBA F FIN
DIRECTOR | Appointed October 2017
Member, Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee
Member, Nominations and Remuneration Committee
Chair, Board Advisory Committee

Mr Pollari is a partner at KPMG and is currently the Head of KPMG’s Banking Sector in Australia. He is also the Global Co-Lead of KPMG’s Fintech practice, and is on the board of Stone & Chalk. Ian has over 17 years’ experience servicing clients in the financial services industry and brings deep knowledge and insights into the experiences of local and international banks, payment providers and fintech companies in areas such as strategy development, market entry, digital innovation, regulation and risk management practices. Ian frequently interacts with the government and regulators on emerging policy developments, such as the introduction of new regulatory.

Untitled design (34) Alan Bardwell CA GAICD SF FIN
DIRECTOR | Appointed 8 February 2019
Chair, Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee

Alan is a senior finance, risk and audit executive, with 37 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. More recently, Alan has developed a non-executive director career and currently serve on the boards of Australian Military Bank, rt Health and Transport Health (a private health insurer), and Chair of Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited. Since February 2019 Alan has served on the FINSIA Board. 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.

FINSIA-Board-Robina-Xavier Prof Robina Xavier MBUS(RES) PHD SF FIN GIACD FPRIA
DIRECTOR | Appointed June 2017
Member, Board Advisory Committee

Robina 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. Robina has worked as a consultant to both the private and public sectors in Australia, specialising in corporate and financial relations. 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 a director of Creative Enterprise Australia, Australia’s only dedicated creative industries accelerator.

shutterstock_image (12) Helen Lorigan BCOMM GAICD SF FIN
DIRECTOR | Appointed 8 February 2019
Member, Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee

Helen is a Venture Partner with Sapien Ventures, a global venture capital firm and is involved in raising capital for investing in companies with technologies. In October 2017, Helen was appointed as one of the 9 new Directors to the Board of CPA Australia and was appointed as a Director of FINSIA on 8 February 2019. Helen has held roles from Chief Executive Officer, Elders Financial Planning and General Manager, Elders Wealth Management to various Executive General Management roles at the ANZ Group which included Head of Wealth Strategy and Head of Channel & Segment Marketing. Prior to ANZ, Helen was Chief Manager and Senior Executive, Managed Funds at CBA and General Manager, Superannuation at MLC. Helen commenced her career in FMCG with Kimberly Clark as a Senior Product Manager followed by her role as Marketing Manager, Green Cards and with American Express.

Untitled design (31) David Stephen BBus F FIN
DIRECTOR | Appointed 29 May 2019.

David is the Chief Risk Officer of Westpac Group and am a senior banker with over 30 years’ experience in financial services. He has been a CRO in both the UK and Australia. David’s experience spans retail, commercial and investment banking in Australia, UK, US and Asia. The majority of his experience has been focused on risk management and compliance. At Westpac David has primary responsibility for the risk agenda across the Group including risk strategy, frameworks and day to day management. He chairs the Group Risk and Compliance Committee, Westpac’s senior most Executive Risk Committee. David is also a Board member of the International Financial Risk Institute, an industry organisation for Chief Risk Officers of financial institutions globally, with a mandate to promote and enhance best practice of risk management within banks. David is passionate about ensuring banks are well run, fulfilling shareholder, regulatory and community expectations.

Untitled design (32) Cameron Fuller B.Comm CA GAICD F Fin
DIRECTOR | Appointed 29 May 2019 

Cameron is the Executive General Manager, Growth Sector of National Australia Bank. Commenced in June 2018, Cameron sits on the Business & Private Bank (B&PB) Leadership Team. Cameron joined NAB in April 2016 as General Manager, NAB Health. Prior to joining NAB, Cameron was a senior banker at ANZ for ten years. Prior to ANZ, Cameron developed strong expertise in the health industry at Mayne Group, where he was for five years, as CFO of Mayne Pharma and as Head of Investor Relations for Mayne Group. Cameron also worked at PMP Limited, then Australia’s largest printing and magazine publishing business, for three years as Corporate Development Manager. Cameron started his career with PwC, where he spent eight years. A Chartered Accountant, Cameron holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance & Investment from FINSIA.

Untitled design (33) Grant Cairns B Comm M App Fin CA MCBI F FIN
DIRECTOR | Appointed 3 June 2019

Grant is the Executive General Manger, Regional & Agribusiness Banking of Commonwealth Bank of Australia.  Mr Cairns is an advocate for professionalism in banking and the importance of ongoing education to serve customers in an evolving industry.  He spent five years with KPMG working in audit for large listed companies gaining valuable risk management experience. He joined Equigroup (IT leasing specialists) in 1999 in Business Development where he was involved in structuring operating leases in conjunction with Commonwealth Bank Asset Finance. He joined McCarroll’s Automotive Group in 2002 as General Manager. Mr Cairns joined Commonwealth Bank in 2005. Over the 14 years, he has led product, distribution and operations teams in Institutional, Corporate and Business Banking. Mr Cairns was appointed Executive General Manager, Regional & Agribusiness Banking in 2016. He has also been a member of the CEO Circle since 2012.

Audit, Finance, Risk Management and Compliance Committee

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

Nominations and Remuneration Committee

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