Our Board

Get to know our experienced Board of Directors.

Graham Olrich

Chairman since 2014 - Board Member since 2011

Graham brings a history of strategy, leadership, risk management and business development of the Board. He has almost 40 years’ experience in the banking sector, 14 of these served as CEO/Managing Director of Credit Union Australia (CUA). Graham runs his own consulting business and has occupied various Board positions over the past 20 years.

Key responsibilities on the Board include Ex-officio member of the Audit Committee, Corporate Governance Committee and Risk Committee.

Michael Fenech

Board Member since 2014

Michael brings a broad knowledge of risk management, leadership, and strategy to the Board in broad areas of financial services. Michael has over 35 years' of experience in the banking sector across Australia, operating in roles at Executive and Chief Executive levels. Michael is actively involved as a consultant to many financial institutions and holds various Board positions.

Key responsibilities on the Board include member and Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Risk Committee.

Brian Goodall

Board Member since 1997

Brian has extensive experience in the mutual banking sector with particular emphasis on the legal and compliance areas. He has until recently been the senior partner of a long standing Solicitor practice based in Dubbo specialising in commercial and property matters. Brian is also active in the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

His key responsibilities on the Board include member and Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee and member of the Risk Committee.

Allan Gordon

Board Member since 2006

Allan has a strong background in small business lending and commercial management. He brings knowledge and expertise in the areas of financial and business management, leadership and compliance, having operated a business consultancy company specialising in the area of business management and mortgage fund compliance. Allan was previously Chairman of the Holiday Coast Credit Union and is presently Chief Executive Officer of Hastings Co-operative.

Key responsibilities on the Board include being a member of the Audit Committee.

Kate James

Board Member since 2008

Kate has experience in small business and corporate governance. She has participated in a number of agriculture and government related consultative committees. As a small business person and agricultural consultant she is well aware of the challenges that face small businesses, particularly in regional and rural areas.

Key responsibilities on the Board include member of the Corporate Governance Committee and Risk Committee.

David Johnson

Board Member since 2016

David has 48 years’ experience working in the banking and business sectors including previously holding senior management positions and company secretary for Holiday Coast Credit Union. Now retired, David brings extensive Board experience in the areas of financial performance, audit, risk and governance. He has been serving on boards in varied industries since 1995.  David is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Key responsibilities on the Board include being a member of the Risk Committee.

Neville Parsons

Board Member since 2007

Neville brings extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate governance, management and financial accounting, risk management and compliance to the Board. Neville spent over 30 years as CEO of Holiday Coast Credit Union before retiring 30th June, 2019. He maintains close connections with the broader Customer Owned movement through his prior directorships on the World Council of Credit Unions and subsidiaries, Cuscal Ltd and subsidiaries and as a member, Deputy Chairman and Chairman of Cuscal Ltd Membership Council.

Key responsibilities on the Board include being a member of the Corporate Governance Committee.

Dr Alison Sheridan

Board Member since 2003

Alison has been involved in delivering management education for more than 30 years. Over this time, her teaching, research and consulting activities have developed with a particular focus on regional context. Alison has held a number of board positions in regional organisations over the past 15 years.

Key responsibilities on the Board include member and Chair of the Risk Committee, member of the Corporate Governance Committee and Audit Committee.

Geoffrey Thompson

Board Member since 2008

Geoff is a partner in a successful Accounting firm and has significant experience in providing specialised business advice to some of the Hunter Valley’s most significant businesses.

Key responsibilities on the Board include member of the Audit Committee and Risk Committee.