Our Directors

Queensland Country's Board of Directors

Brian (Bruno) Cullen

Bruno CullenChair (since 6 April 2006) and Independent Non-Executive Director - F.A.I.C.D; F.A.M.I

Term of office:  Appointed 27 April 2001.

Skills & Experience:

Bruno commenced his career with Queensland Country Credit Union, then the Isa Mine Employee’s Credit Union, in 1977 and held various management positions with the organisation until 2003 from Loans and Finance Manager and Assistant General Manager through to Managing Director, a position he held for 14 years.  Bruno was Managing Director of the Brisbane Broncos for over eight years (2003- 2011), and Chair/Director of the Queensland Academy of Sport for six years (2011-2017).   Bruno also serves as a Director on the Queensland Country Health Fund Ltd Board and is the Board Chair of Krause Health and Safety Pty Ltd.

Board Committee membership:

Remuneration and Governance Committee (Committee Chair); Projects and IT Steering Committee; Nominations Committee

Christine Flynn

Christine FlynnDeputy Chair (since 1 April 2018) and Independent Non-Executive Director - B.A; Dip. Education; G.A.I.C.D; M.A.M.I

Skills & Experience:

Christine is an experienced board chair and director, and executive leader recognised for her capabilities in board governance, organisation strategy, strategic risk and leadership. Christine is an accredited facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She also serves as a Director on the Queensland Country Health Fund Ltd Board. Christine has held roles as a senior executive in the public service, and on Boards including roles as President of IPAA Qld, Director on the IRSPM Board, Director of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Queensland Audit Office, QUT School of Business Advisory Board, and was Chair of the Board of the Queenslanders Credit Union until 2018.

Board Committee membership:

Risk Management Committee; Remuneration and Governance Committee

 

Karen Read

Karen ReadIndependent Non-Executive Director - Bus.; F.C.P.A.; G.A.I.C.D.; M.A.M.I.

Term of office:  Appointed 15 April 2005 (Deputy Chair from 6 April 2006 – 31 March 2018)

Skills & Experience:

Karen is a senior finance and commercial executive and has extensive experience within the mining and resources sector with a career spanning 30 years.  From 2014 to 2017, Karen was employed as the Chief Financial Officer for Premise (formerly known as 02UDP Group Pty Ltd), a consulting, engineering and project practice with offices across Queensland and in PNG.  Karen has extensive Board experience including the following current positions: Deputy Chair of Queensland Country Health Fund Ltd; Director, North West Hospital and Health Service; Independent Chair of Mount Isa Water Board Finance and Audit Committee; and Chair of NQ Branch Council of CPA Australia.

Board Committee membership:

Projects & IT Steering Committee (Committee Chair); Risk Management Committee

Michael Beard

Michael BeardIndependent Non-Executive Director - B. Com.; F.A.M.I.; C.A

Term of office:  Appointed 1 February 1985. 

Skills & Experience:

Michael is Queensland Country Credit Union’s longest serving Board Member.  Michael has been Principal of Accountancy Services Pty Ltd for over 25 years and provides accounting, taxation and business advice for thousands of individuals and small to medium business clients across three offices on the Sunshine Coast and in Mount Isa.  Michael’s work as a chartered accountant assists the Board with the Credit Union’s complex financial reporting requirements.  Michael is also the Chair of the Boards of Queensland Country Health Fund Ltd and Queensland Country Care Navigation Pty Ltd.

Board Committee membership:

Risk Management Committee (Committee Chair)

Richard Kennerley

Richard KennerleyIndependent Non-Executive Director  - G.A.I.C.D; INED Diploma; A.C.T (UK); A.C.I.B (UK)

Term of office:  Appointed 1 May 2017. 

Skills & Experience:

Richard brings with him extensive executive leadership and strategy experience gained in domestic and international banking and across a broad range of diverse industries. Richard has significant experience in delivering business expansion, transformation and rationalisation across a range of business sectors. Richard is currently the Chief Executive Officer of a Financial Services company and previously held the role of State General Manager of a major bank.  Richard’s prior Board experience includes as Vice President and Director of the Brisbane Broncos Leagues Club and as a Non-Executive Director of Mater Health Services. He is also on the Advisory Board of Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Board Committee membership:

Risk Management Committee; Audit Committee

Gregory (Greg) Nucifora

Greg NuciforaIndependent Non-Executive Director - B. Com.; C.A. G.A.I.C.D. 

Term of office:  Appointed 1 April 2017. 

Skills & Experience:

Greg is a private client advisor with Bell Potter Securities in Cairns and has extensive Board experience, including the following current positions: Director of Queensland Country Health Fund Ltd; Independent Advisor to the Board, Independent Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee, Independent Member the Audit Committee Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Board; Independent Chair of the Audit Committee, Cairns Regional Council; Director of St Michael’s School, Gordonvale; Chair of St Michael’s Parish Finance Committee, Gordonvale; Chair of Catholic Development Fund for Diocese of Cairns; and Chair of Audit Committee for Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. Greg was Chair of ECU Australia Ltd which merged with Queensland Country in April 2017.

Board Committee membership:

Audit Committee (Committee Chair); Projects & IT Steering Committee

Patricia O'Callaghan

Patricia O'CallaghanIndependent Non-Executive Director - B. Com.; G.A.I.C.D

Term of office:  Appointed 1 November 2015

Skills & Experience:

Patricia is the Chief Executive Officer of Townsville Enterprise, North Queensland’s peak economic and tourism body. Patricia’s diverse career includes four years heading up the Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce and three years as the General Manager of Tourism and Events at Townsville Enterprise.  As a born and bred North Queenslander, Patricia has a deep understanding of the issues and opportunities facing the North. In 2013, Patricia was awarded the Young Manager of the Year through the Australian Institute of Management and in 2018 was awarded the Australian Financial Review Young BOSS Executive of the Year.  Patricia is also a director of Queensland Country Health Fund Ltd.

Board Committee membership:

Audit Committee, Remuneration & Governance Committee

John Weier

John WeierIndependent Non-Executive Director - Dip. FS; G.A.I.C.D; F.A.M.I.

Term of office:  Appointed 1 April 2018

Skills & Experience:

John is an Ipswich local who began his career in the credit union industry at the Coal Miners Credit Union (later Discovery Credit Union) in 1980, before being appointed General Manager in 1981 and holding that position for 27 years.    Discovery Credit Union merged with Queenslanders Credit Union in December 2007, and John led Queenslanders Credit Union as Chief Executive Officer from January 2008 until the merger of that organisation with Queensland Country Credit Union in April 2018.  John remains actively involved in the Ipswich community and acts as the patron of a number of sporting and community groups.

Board Committee membership:

Audit Committee; Projects & IT Steering Committee

Anthony (Tony) Williamson

Tony WilliamsonIndependent Non-Executive Director - B. Com.; C.A. G.A.I.C.D

Term of office:  Appointed 1 April 2017. 

Skills & Experience:

Tony served as a Director of the ECU Australia Ltd Board until the merger of that organisation with Queensland Country in April 2017.  Previously an accountant with Price Waterhouse, Tony is now the Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Real Estate Services in Cairns. Tony has been recognised both nationally and internationally for his achievements within the real estate industry.  As a recognised market expert, Tony has presented around the World and is a sought-after Speaker and Trainer.  Tony has sat on the Board of the Northern Pride – ISC QRL Club since 2014, and has held the role of Chairman since 2016.

Board Committee membership:

Remuneration & Governance Committee

Our executive team

Our General Management team.

Aaron Newman

Aaron NewmanGroup Chief Executive Officer

Aaron has extensive experience in the banking and health fund industries.  Commencing his career in banking at 18, Aaron has worked at Westpac, Metway Bank (which is now called Suncorp), and Bank of Queensland before settling in at Queensland Country in 2004.  Aaron was appointed to the position of General Manager Health Insurance in 2007, and became the CEO of the Health Fund in January 2017.

Over the years, Aaron has been actively involved in developing long-term strategy for both Queensland Country Credit Union, which is the second largest credit union in Queensland, and Queensland Country Health Fund - one of the fastest growing insurers over the past five years.

Aaron serves as a Director on the Board of Members Health Fund Alliance, an industry representative body for Health Funds. He is a firm believer in the Member-owned structure where the shareholder is the customer, and giving back to the community.

Petrice Gould

Chief Financial Officer Petrice Gould

Chief Financial Officer

Petrice has been with Queensland Country since April 2002, when she joined as a Contract Accountant. In January 2003 she took up the role of Financial Controller and then moved into the Chief Financial Officer position in November 2007. Petrice studied commerce at JCU, becoming a CPA qualified accountant in 1999. Her career started in public practice as a tax accountant, before working overseas in London for two years. She joined Queensland Country upon her return to Australia.

Shawn Anderson

Executive Manager, Corporate Services Shawn Anderson

Chief Risk Officer

Shawn has been with Queensland Country since October 2001 where he started out on a traineeship through Torgas at the Aitkenvale Branch. In early 2005 Shawn moved into the Credit Department to take on the role of Loans Securitisation Officer which he held for approximately two years.  In mid-2007 Shawn moved into the Assistant Credit Manager role which he held for 18 months and then into the Credit Manager role which he held until February 2015.  In February 2015 Shawn was appointed to the position of General Manager Support Service, a role which he had been relieving in for the last 18 months.

In September 2015 Shawn moved into a secondment role of General Manager Business Transformation to project manage the migration to the Data Action Core Banking system, before moving into the role of Executive Manager Corporate Services.

Andrew McArdle

Executive Manger, Retail Banking

Executive Manager Retail Banking

Andrew McArdle joined the team in September 2015 as the General Manager for Retail Banking. Prior to joining us, Andrew worked as the General Manager for Sales and Distribution with another Queensland based financial institution for the past 2 and a half years and has many years’ experience within the banking industry working in a variety of roles including Retail Banking, State Office Management, Strategic Planning, Operations, Regulation, Compliance and Lending both Commercial and Retail. Andrew completed his degree in 1993 and his CPA qualifications in 1999.

Glenn Seri

Glenn Seri Executive Manager Corporate Services

Executive Manager Queensland Country Health Fund

Glenn has worked in a diverse range of General Management roles throughout Queensland Country prior to accepting the role of Executive Manager Queensland Country Health Fund in April 2019. With previous experience in Credit, Property, Transactional Services, IT, Branch Operations and the SmartBudget product, he is well equipped to assume responsibility for the operations of Queensland Country Health Fund – a wholly owned subsidiary of the Credit Union.

Glenn has a history of making significant contributions to the organisation, having assumed responsibility for project managing both the construction of the Queensland Country Centre in Townsville in 2014 and the successful merger with Queenslanders Credit Union in 2018. With an eye for opportunity, Glenn also led a project to commercialise and improve Queensland Country’s long term flagship product, BillPaying, to form a joint venture company which saw the product relaunched as the new and improved SmartBudget. Glenn became the CEO of this joint venture, putting his MBA from James Cook University to good use.

Dylan Dixon

Executive Manager Corporate Services

Dylan commenced with Queensland Country as a Branch Manager in May 2011 following seven years with a major bank. With a strong background in lending, Dylan moved into a management position with our Head Office in October 2013. Since that time, he has held roles within the organisation including; Product Manager, Head of Credit and Fraud, Acting General Manager Support Services and more recently has been appointed to the position of Executive Manager Corporate Services in May 2019. In his current role, Dylan holds responsibility for Credit, Fraud, Member Support, SmartBudget, Property and Projects.

Katherine Brennan

Katherine Brennan Head of People and Culture

Executive Manager People and Culture

Katherine has been with Queensland Country since July 2007, when she joined as General Manager Human Resources. After taking parental leave and moving back to her home town of Brisbane, Katherine returned to work with Queensland Country in a part time capacity as Human Resources Management Consultant. In April 2019, she rejoined the executive team as Executive Manager People & Culture.  Katherine holds two degrees from Griffith University, a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).  Following her registration with AHPRA as a Psychologist, she commenced her career as a Consultant Psychologist working with a wide variety of clients across almost every industry sector.