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 Chair of Corporate Governance Committee and Board Member.

Jennifer Leslie

Board Member since 2023

Jennifer is a non-executive director with fifteen years of board-level experience and a diverse career forged in the Hunter Region. Jennifer is a Chartered Accountant who has held senior positions with national consulting firms, Pitcher Partners and PwC. She has held board and committee positions with some of the regional NSW’s most significant organisations including Newcastle Permanent, University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Local Health District and Maitland City Council. She is also a Director of the national not for profit organisation, Job Futures Limited trading as CoAct.

Julie Osborne

Board Member since 2023

Julie has a strong background in banking, finance, insurance and the not-for-profit sector, and in excess of 25 years in financial services. In her 15 years at Westpac Banking Corporation, Julie led the Structured Finance business within the Treasury Division and served on various Westpac Group subsidiary companies in Australia and the United States. More recently, Julie consulted to KPMG in the Audit, Assurance and Risk Consulting practice with a focus on the financial services industry. She currently serves on the boards of various companies in Australia.

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 the Chair of the Audit Committee and Board Member.

Sally Mackenzie

Board Member since 2022

Sally is a corporate affairs strategist and brings with her strong credentials in advocacy, government relations and stakeholder engagement. Sally has worked in banking and finance domestically and off-shore for NSW Treasury and as an advisor to the Thai, Philippines and Mongolian governments. She is also an experienced diplomat, having worked in the Australian Embassy in Jakarta and High Commission in Honiara. Sally is passionate about women’s economic empowerment, financial literacy and a firm believer that business can be a force for good and improve the lives of people and communities.

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

David Rootes

Board Member Since 2024

David brings 17+ years of regional mutual ADI board experience, most recently as Chair of Macquarie Credit Union for the past 3+ years. He also has 35 years’ experience as an IT professional and currently runs his own consulting business. 

David has spent the majority of his career across multiple IT and management roles in the electricity distribution industry and has consulted to State Government and Not-for-Profit organisations. He has a passion for regional development and community involvement.

Key responsibilities on the Board include member of the Corporate Governance Committee