Both Judith and Greg have joined the Board at a most interesting time as we look to offer Australian consumers an entirely different and more responsible approach to customer owned banking.
The Board has appointed Judith and Greg following an extensive search and assessment process designed to ensure both an orderly process of Board renewal and that Directors have the necessary experience, skills and qualifications of the kind required to oversee the effective governance of bankmecu.
We thought the best way for you to get to know a little about Judith and Greg was to have them tell you about why they were attracted to bankmecu and what they each hope to achieve as a member of the Board.
Q1: What attracted you to the position of Director on the Board of bankmecu?
Judith: I enjoy involvement in the financial services sector, and was impressed with what the annual report, including the financial report and the report on sustainability activities, told me about bankmecu.
|Greg Camm, new bankmecu Director|
Greg: I was attracted to the Board of bankmecu for three reasons. First, I started my career in financial services working in the credit union movement, and later, served as a Board member and Chairman of one of bankmecu’s ancestor organisations – Waverley Credit Union. In some ways for me, it has been completing a 40–year circle; coming back to where I began – although the size, strength and sophistication of bankmecu bears little resemblance to the organisations I was involved with back in the 1970s and 80s.
Second, I’ve had a lifetime career in banking and financial services since those early days, having worked in New Zealand for many years as well as Australia, ultimately serving as a CEO of a bank, a wealth management company, and a superannuation administration company. I find the finance sector fascinating, and I’m looking forward to keeping up my involvement through being on the Board of bankmecu.
Finally, I am attracted by the unique proposition bankmecu brings to the market – Australia’s first customer owned bank, with a strong focus on sustainability. I think this is a tremendous competitive edge for the company to use to grow, for the benefit of its customers.
Q2: What contribution are you looking forward to making to the Board of bankmecu?
|Judith Downes, new bankmecu Director|
Judith: I hope to use my experience in the finance of banking to continue the reputation of bankmecu for delivery of excellent customer services, and to further assist bankmecu as it grows and develops as a customer owned bank. I have been involved in many community based activities, and welcome the involvement that Directors have with the community projects of bankmecu.
Greg: I expect to bring my lifetime of financial services experience to the Board, and hopefully bring some of the best practices and processes I have seen in other companies into bankmecu, to make it even stronger and more successful.