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We'd like to introduce to you some of the people who guide our responsible approach to banking — our directors and our executive team.

Our board of directors

As owners of Bank Australia, our customers elect directors to the board. So, our directors are directly accountable to all customers.

From time to time, the board may appoint independent directors who bring specialist knowledge, skills and experience to help the board to meet its responsibilities.

Our directors are:

Judith Downes - Chair
Helen Clarke - Deputy Chair
David Wakeley
Greg Camm
Melissa Bastian
Michelle Somerville
Anne-Marie Corboy
Damien Walsh - Managing Director


Our executive team

Our executives are responsible for implementing the board’s strategy and achieving Bank Australia's vision. They lead and manage the bank’s operations.

Damien Walsh - Managing Director
Rowan Dowland - Chief Strategy Officer
Louise O'Brien - Chief Financial Officer
John Yardley - Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Patrick Ashkettle - Chief Risk Officer
Lorna Heyward - Chief Operating Officer

Get to know our team

Judith Downes - Chair

Judith stepped into the role of Chair of the board of Bank Australia in March 2014, having been on the board since March 2012.

Judith’s most recent position was Chief Financial Officer at Alumina Limited, where she was responsible for finance, accounting, treasury, investor relations and taxation. She gained extensive financial experience during her career at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ), and previously in public accounting. Before joining Alumina Limited in 2009, Judith was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer (Institutional Division) at ANZ, and group General Manager (Finance).

Judith is a past member of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Advisory Council of the International Accounting Standards Board. She is also a past member of G100 Executive (Australia), a past Director of ING Australia, a past member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board and the Australian Urgent Issues Group, and a past Director of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute.

Prior to working in finance and accounting, Judith was a teacher of secondary mathematics.

Judith is currently an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne, Department of Accounting, Faculty of Business and Economics, a member of the University of Melbourne Finance Committee, a member of the AICD Reporting Committee and a Non-executive Director of Devine Ltd.

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Helen Clarke - Deputy Chair

Helen has been on the board of Bank Australia and its predecessors since 1992, following the merger of Education Credit Union and Members Australia. She was appointed Deputy Chair in 2006. She chairs the Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee.

Helen has dedicated herself to the public sector. Originally a teacher, she has held senior executive and leadership roles in the Victorian Public Service and currently works in the Department of Education and Training. Her previous roles include public health, health promotion and governance in the public sector.

Helen is involved in the not for profit sector through her role as a Davfydd Lewis Scholarship Trustee.

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David Wakeley – Director

David was appointed to the board on 1 January 2017 following the merger of Intech Bank with Bank Australia. Prior to the merger, David had been on the Intech Credit Union board for 4 years.

David’s career path started at finance functional roles and proceeded through sales and marketing positions to CEO roles over the next 30 years.

David has a diverse background and experience in a variety of industries including professional accounting, pharmaceuticals, motoring services, education and financial services.  He is currently the CEO of Autopia Management Pty Ltd. Before this David was CEO of AIM NSW & ACT Pty Ltd and Virgin Money Australia Pty Limited.

David holds a Bachelor of Economics and is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. 

David is currently a Councillor on The Women’s College (within the University of Sydney) Council, a board member of Adviser Ratings Pty Ltd and an adviser to the CEO of Aunty’s House (a digital start up seeking to address challenges in the domestic and family violence space). 

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Greg Camm - Director

Greg has been on the board since February 2012.

Greg started his career in the credit union movement at PTTA (Vic) Credit Co-op (which later became Telecom Credit Union). From there, he moved to the Victorian Credit Co-op Association. He later served as a Director and Chair of Waverley Credit Union.

Greg has extensive experience in finance, working in mortgage insurance and securitisation, before joining the ANZ Banking Group in 1989 where he worked for 16 years, including roles as Managing Director, Mortgages; Managing Director, ANZ Bank (New Zealand); and, Managing Director, Australian Retail Banking. He later worked in New Zealand as Managing Director of AMP Financial Services (New Zealand) and in Australia as CEO of Superpartners Ltd.

Greg holds an MBA from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Finance) from Monash University. He is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Senior Fellow of FINSIA.

Greg is currently a Director of Yarra Valley Water, Director of Bottlecyclers Pty Ltd, member of the Business Advisory Council of Greenfleet Australia and Trustee of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

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Melissa Bastian - Director

Melissa has been on the board since November 2012.

Melissa has a diverse background and experience in a variety of industries including local and federal government, health, insurance, legal, banking and leadership development. She has advanced leadership and communication skills and extensive management, business planning, compliance, strategic development, financial management and corporate governance experience.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Adelaide, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Society of South Australia, and a Bachelor of Business (Management) from Monash University. She is also a former state registered nurse, a graduate of 2011 Gippsland Community Leadership Program, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Melissa is a Director of Latrobe Community Health Service, a volunteer speaker on organ donation for DonateLife and a member of the Rosedale Primary School, School Council.

Home for Melissa is a small cattle farm in Gippsland. And she enjoys nothing more than spending time with her husband David and three year old daughter Isabelle.


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Michelle Somerville - Director

Michelle joined the board in December 2014. 

Michelle spent 14 years working as an assurance partner with KPMG, where she was responsible for the external audits of many companies across sectors (including financial services, not for profit, manufacturing and energy in both Australia and the United States). She also helped clients implement complex new legislation in their businesses.

Michelle brings deep finance, risk and governance experience to the board, having worked with listed and non-listed clients in Australia and overseas.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from RMIT and a Master of Applied Finance from the University of Melbourne.

Michelle is also a Director of Down Syndrome Australia, Save the Children Australia and Challenger Retirement and Investor Services Limited.

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Anne-Marie Corboy - Director

Anne-Marie was elected to the board of Bank Australia in 2015.

Anne-Marie is a former CEO of HESTA, the industry superannuation fund for health and community services, and Company Secretary to its trustee company H.E.S.T Australia Ltd.Prior to this role, she was Branch Secretary of the Australian Education Union and a teacher.

Anne-Marie has over 20 years’ experience as a director for a range of organisations including the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Victorian Superannuation Board and Australian Council for Superannuation Investors and was a trustee on the MCG Trust. She is currently a Director of Utilities of Australia Pty Ltd, Netball Australia Ltd, MDC Foundation Ltd and TTNL Pty Ltd.

She holds Bachelors of Arts and Education, Diplomas of Education and Financial Services, and a Certificate of Super Practice from the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Damien Walsh - Managing Director


Damien was appointed Managing Director of Bank Australia on 1 September 2011 after serving as General Manager of Corporate Services and Company Secretary. Damien has 25 years of experience in the customer owned banking sector. 

Damien is responsible for bank operations. He works with the board to set strategy, monitor performance and budget and to ensure the bank adheres to all prudential, legal and compliance matters. 

Damien has been instrumental in shaping the bank’s response to sustainable development and responsible business practices. 

Damien is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Business and a Masters in Business Administration.

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John Yardley - Deputy Chief Executive Officer


John was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in March 2016. He has spent more than a decade with Bank Australia after working for many years in politics and management consulting. 

John has responsibility for retail banking operations including lending, business banking, mortgage brokers, retail network, insurance and financial advice. 

John has an MBA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

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Louise O'Brien - Chief Financial Officer

BComm, MAppFin, CA, MFTA

Louise has over 25 years experience in banking and finance in both Australia and the UK.  She joined the bank in 2014 as the head of Treasury and has been Chief Financial Officer since 2016.  

Louise is responsible for the bank’s financial management and treasury operations.

Rowan Dowland - Chief Strategy Officer


Rowan  joined Bank Australia in January 2003. He has over 23 years of experience in the customer owned banking sector. 

Rowan’s role involves developing and implementing the bank’s approach to responsible banking and brand in ways that meet the expectations of all customers. He is responsible for the bank’s strategy and planning, corporate affairs and marketing functions. 

Rowan is a Director of Marriott Support Services, a social enterprise serving people whose lives are impacted by disability as well as the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals.  He is a member of the Australian Banking Association’s Industry Strategy Working Group, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Development.

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Patrick Ashkettle - Chief Risk Officer


Patrick was appointed Chief Risk officer in March 2014. He previously spent 22 years working across superannuation, institutional and retail banking. 

As Chief Risk Officer, Patrick is responsible for ensuring Bank Australia is on top of its business risks, including day to day issues, emerging risks and business strategy risks. 

Patrick has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (NSW) and has studied at London Business School.  He is a member of the Risk Management Institute of Australasia.

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Lorna Heyward - Chief Operating Officer

BA (Hons), CIMA

Lorna is the Chief Operating Officer for Bank Australia. She joined the bank in 2016 following a range of senior management roles with Latitude Financial Services, GE, NAB and Travelex.  Lorna’s experience spans many functions including customer operations, product, change management, procurement, facilities and data management. 

Her role oversees the bank’s operations and technology functions. 

Lorna was born in Perth, Scotland and has qualifications in business, management and accountancy.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, Alan, and their three children Abbey, Holly and Jackson; and loves a good holiday.


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