Chairman of Directors, Chairman Corporate Governance and Remuneration Committee
Mr Lowndes was appointed to a casual vacancy on the Board in March 2001 and elected as Chair on 1 July 2008. Stephen has 30 years experience in data analysis, systems development, policy formulation, strategic planning, executive management and industry representation, gained in the Commonwealth Public Service, Private Health Insurance, Aged Care and Health industries. Stephen has served on the Boards of the Australian Friendly Society Association, the Australian Health Services Alliance and the Australian Health Insurance Association, and a number of not-for-profit community services organisations.
Stephen was formerly a member of the Management Board of Manchester Unity Credit Union, Chief Executive of Manchester Unity Australia Ltd and CEO of the Aged and Community Services Association of NSW and ACT, a peak industry association representing not-for-profit aged care providers.
Stephen is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney, a not-for-profit specialist rehabilitation and disability hospital.
Kenneth George PICKERING Dip Fin Serv, Ass. Dip. Bus. Mgt., FAICD Dip, FAMI, AIMM.
Chair of Board Audit and Risk Committee
Mr Pickering has been a Director since 1972 and has served as Chair between 1984 and 1992 and Vice/Deputy Chair for most other years between 1982 and 2009. Ken has a close affinity with the broader Credit Union movement through his service on CUSCAL’s National Membership Council between 1990 and 2000, and as Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Institute of Credit Union Directors between 1995 and 2005 and then Executive Manager Professional Development for the Australasian Mutuals Institute since January 2006.
Prior to this, Ken had 25 years’ experience at Sydney Water, including a number of executive management positions relating to the change management program launched from 1983. Since 1993 he has been engaged in the provision of business management and consultancy services in both the credit union industry and small business along with some property development projects.
Ken is also a Director of Me & You Marketing Pty Ltd, a marketing agency connecting wholesalers with the big retailers such as Harvey Norman and the Good Guys, is a member of the Advisory Board, Institute of Strategic Management and Trustee of two self managed superannuation funds.
Member of Corporate Governance and Remuneration Committee
Jacki Johnson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of IAG’s New Zealand business in November 2010. She is the current President of the Insurance Council of New Zealand and also a Director of Community First Credit Union and a member of the Community First Corporate Governance Committee.
Since joining IAG in 2001, Jacki has held several senior positions in both direct and intermediated insurance. Jacki is currently the Chief Executive Officer of IAG New Zealand and prior to this was the Chief Executive Officer of the Group’s first dedicated online insurance business, The Buzz. Prior to this, Jacki was Chief Executive Officer of business partnerships, managing IAG’s risk management and safety services, New South Wales and Victoria workers’ compensation fee based businesses, affinity groups, motor dealers and motor manufacturers insurance distribution businesses. She has also led organisational effectiveness and group strategy functions, and managed the integration of IAG and CGU’s workers’ compensation business.
Jacki has more than 20 years experience in the insurance industry and has held senior positions with Allianz Insurance, HIH Insurance and IRS Total Injury Management.
Jacki is a former Director of the New South Wales WorkCover Authority and the Personal Injury Education Foundation.
Ms Kelly joined the Board as an Associate Director in May 2002 and was elected to the Board in 2003. Nuria has more than 20 years experience in financial planning and management, with qualifications from the Securities Institute of Australia and an Associate Diploma in Accounting and a Diploma of Law. Nuria has recently retired as principal of a Financial Planning and Stockbroking Practice and
brings to the Board her experience of working closely with Community First Members through her financial planning role.
Ms Kelly is also a Director of Foot of the Mountains Pty Ltd which owns retail businesses in the Blue Mountains. Foot of the Mountains also holds interests in various properties and on line businesses.
Stuart Joseph KORCHINSKI B. Comm (Honours), CPA, CA, MAMI
Member of Board Audit and Risk Committee
Mr Korchinski was appointed to the Board in June 2004 to fill a casual vacancy. Stuart has spent the last 26 years in the accounting profession and the general insurance, superannuation and wealth management industries in a variety of leadership roles. He is a Chartered Accountant and former Managing Director of CitiStreet Australia, KAZ Business Services, Australian Administration Services and Chief General Manager of Allianz’s personal insurance business. He is also a former Non Executive Director of Enhanced Payment Technologies, Thai Administration Services Co. Ltd, Red2Black Debt Recovery Services, Hannan Insurance Brokers and a founding Director of Money Solutions, a financial advice company.
Stuart is currently Managing Director of Diversa Limited, an ASX-listed wealth management company and an Executive Director of SuperChoice Services Pty Ltd, a specialist superannuation technology company.
Stephen Brian NUGENT B Bus. (Marketing), Grad Cert Internet Mkt., AFAMI, JP, AMP (Harvard)
Member of Corporate Governance and Remuneration Committee
Mr Nugent joined the Board as a Director in May 2002. Stephen has more than 30 years experience in the finance and insurance industries, currently performing the role of General Manager of Operations for The Hospital Contributions Fund of Australia Limited (HCF).
Stephen brings to the Board a wide range of experience in project and operations management, process improvement, sales, marketing, customer service, financial management, aged care, strategic planning and compliance.
Mr Scopelliti joined the Board as a Non Executive Director in March 2013. Rocky is the Group General Manager Industry Executive at Telstra Enterprise & Government. Rocky is Telstra’s industry thought leader in Financial Services and also leads Telstra’s team of industry specialists covering Media & Entertainment, Retail, Mining, Construction, Utilities, Resources, Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics.
Rocky has over 20 years senior management experience covering Marketing & Communications, Product & Business Development, Research, Strategy and Planning gained in the information technology industry with Telstra and financial services industry with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Over the past five years, Rocky has authored a number of thought leadership research reports that provide recommendations on technologies that financial services institutions can leverage in order to better serve customers, improve productivity and drive growth. These include:
ICT as a Driver to Improve Service to Generation Y for Financial Services.
Servicing Micro Businesses – What Financial Services Need To Know.
Mobile Innovation – The next frontier for growth and productivity for insurers.
2012 for the Financial Services CIO – Why agile IT strategies are key to meeting the requirements of a new financial age.
The Digital Media Bank – how video can better engage your customers and workers.
Cross Industry Innovation – the secret may well be in another industry (co-produced).
Towards a Clever Australia – Banking, Financial Services & Insurance Industry Insights Whitepaper.
Educated in Australia and trained in the United States, at Sydney University and Stanford University, Rocky has a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Management and a Masters in Business Administration. He is also Graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Executive Management Team
John TANCEVSKI B.Comm (Accy), FCPA, MBA
Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary, Member Corporate Governance and Remuneration Committee
John joined Community First in May 2005 as Chief Executive Officer. He has spent over half his career working in senior and general management positions with medium and large sized Credit Unions and previously had a diverse background in the steel, manufacturing, oil and health industries.
John has extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate governance and secretarial duties; finance and treasury; risk management; compliance and information technology. John is a Director of TransAction Solutions Limited (TAS), a facilities management company, and is also the Chair of the Board Audit and Risk Committee at TAS.
John holds a Masters of Business Administration degree and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA).
Hung TRUONG B. Commerce (Accounting), CPA
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
Hung joined Community First in December 1999 and over 13 years has progressed through the organisation in a number of key roles in finance. Currently Hung is the Chief Financial Officer with oversight of the Finance and Accounting function; covering financial management; budgeting; taxation; treasury; prudential and statutory reporting.
Hung is also responsible for the Collections, Corporate Services and Company Secretarial functions. Prior to joining Community First, Hung has spent four years working for an Australian subsidiary of a Swiss based multinational electrical engineering company, ABB.
Rick DORE MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Rick joined Community First in December 2010 as Head of Information Technology. In May 2011 he was appointed to the role of General Manager Support Services. Currently Rick is the Chief Operating Officer. This role’s responsibilities include Community First’s information technology, lending, and operations. Rick has international experience having worked in Scotland and Asia for five years and has spent over half of his career working in senior and general management positions in banking or financial services companies and previously a diverse background in consulting, insurance and travel industries.
Rick has extensive experience in strategic planning, information technology, operations, change and program management. Rick has previously held Directorships with BPAY Pty Ltd, Cardlink Ltd and was Chairman of CA Ltd, all bank owned entities that specialised in payments and processing. Rick holds a Masters of Business Administration degree.
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