Our executive team is responsible for implementing the Board's strategy and achieving bankmecu 's vision.
We are pleased to introduce members of the management team:
Managing Director - Damien Walsh
Damien was appointed to Managing Director effective 1 September 2011 after serving as General Manager of Corporate Services for 8 years and also holding the position of Company Secretary. Damien has a total of 24 years experience in the mutual banking sector.
Damien is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Business Degree and a Masters in Business Administration.
Damien has worked primarily in the financial services sector having spent time in Enterprise, Esso Employees, Outlook and Members Australia Credit Unions.
Damien is responsible for and manages bankmecu's group operations and Human Resources. Damien works with the Board in setting group strategy, monitoring group performance and budget, and in ensuring all prudential, legal and compliance matters for bankmecu are properly adhered to.
During his time with bankmecu Damien has been instrumental in shaping bankmecu's response to sustainable development, a highlight was presenting at the 2005 UNEP FI Global Roundtable at the United Nations, New York.
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General Manager, Corporate Services - Chris Newey
Chris was appointed to the position of General Manager, Corporate Services effective 1 September 2011 following 8 years in the position of Finance & Administration Manager and Assistant Company Secretary. Chris has a total of 20 years experience in the mutual banking sector.
Chris is a member of CPA Australia and holds a Business Degree.
Chris' areas of responsibility are Finance, Administration, Information Technology, National Access and Company Secretary for bankmecu.
The Finance team is responsible for the financial management and financial reporting of bankmecu. The Administration team is responsible for administrative and property functions of bankmecu.
The Information Technology team is responsible for the development and management of banking systems, voice and data communications, area networks, hardware and software applications.
The National Access team is responsible for the back office services that make modern banking convenient (e.g. cards, internet, telephone and mobile banking).
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General Manager, Development - Rowan Dowland
Rowan holds the role of General Manager Development working to shape bankmecu's response to sustainable development and responsible banking whilst aligning bankmecu's approach to banking with the expectations of its socially progressive customers located throughout Australia.
Following extensive experience in both the corporate and government sectors Rowan decided to move into the customer owned banking sector some 19 years ago. Over this time he has been responsible for a number of different areas of the business including retail banking, marketing, business development and corporate communications.
In his role of General Manager Development Rowan has an eye to the future and realising the many opportunities that exist to define, grow and develop Australia’s first customer owned bank.
Rowan regularly speaks to a range of audiences on the bankmecu story and business case, the role of cooperative enterprise as well as the opportunities that exist for better kinds of companies to create shareholder value by addressing our most challenging environmental and social problems.
Rowan lives with his partner Maria in the Yarra Valley and returns each year to Europe where they spend time soaking up the strong sense of community that defines northern Italy.
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Chief Operating Officer - John Yardley
John managers bankmecu's retail and commercial banking operations.
John's diverse career includes more than a decade working in the Australain banking industry and prior corporate advisory, politics and contract management experience.
John is responsible for retail banking, lending, business banking, insurance and wealth. This includes product, systems development and administration, distribution including branches, contract and processing centres and digital delivery of product and service.
In his role he works to ensure bankmecu's customer owners recieve quality and timely customer service as well as products and services that provide excellent value and best meet their needs.
John holds a Master of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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