Gregory Kenny

GAICD, GradDipFin | Interim Managing Director

Mr Kenny was appointed to the Board on 19 November 2013. Mr Kenny has had a long and successful career with Westpac Banking Corporation and St George Bank Ltd, and prior to that with Bank of New York and Bank of America in Australia. At St George Bank he held the positions of Managing Director (NSW and ACT), General Manager Corporate and Business Bank and General Manager Group Treasury and Capital Markets. Mr Kenny served as a Director of MoneyPlace Holdings Pty Ltd until January 2018. Mr Kenny is the Chairman of the Board Risk Committee, a member of the Board Audit Committee, the Board Remuneration Committee and is an independent Director.

Bill Schafer BCom CA

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Bill commenced with Wide Bay Capricorn (now Auswide Bank Ltd) in 2001 as Financial Accountant, followed by his appointment as Company Secretary and then Chief Financial Officer in 2003. Bill has had a broad professional career, having spent 13 years in Chartered Accounting, principally auditing credit unions and small businesses, before managing law practices in Brisbane. Bill is responsible for the group accounting and treasury functions, statutory and management accounting, and the prudential reporting for the Bank. The role also includes investor relations and company secretarial duties, as well as capital and funding strategy, stress testing, contingency planning and crisis management. Bill has played a significant role in the merger and acquisition transactions of the company since his appointment.

Damian Hearne

Chief Customer Officer

Damian joined Auswide Bank in June 2016 as the Chief Customer Officer. He is responsible for all customer acquisition through retail and broker channels, customer experience as well as brand, product and sponsorships. Damian has over 18 years experience in the finance Industry. Before joining Auswide Bank, Damian worked at Suncorp and Bank of Queensland in a wide range of senior roles covering retail, franchise, business and agri banking. Damian holds an Education Degree and Masters of Business from Queensland University of Technology, as well as the completion of the Credit Finance Program from Fitch Corporate.

Scott Johnson

Chief Information Officer

Scott commenced with Wide Bay Capricorn (now Auswide Bank Ltd) 40 years ago as assistant to the Operations Manager. During this time Scott had 6 years (in the early 2000s) away from the bank operating his IT consultancy business throughout regional Queensland and interstate. Scott has extensive IT and financial services experience having served 'his apprenticeship' with the federal Department of Finance early in his career. Utilising his extensive information technology experience, Scott is responsible for the management and strategic planning of this area, the delivery of key technology projects, controls and security management, as well as information technology vendor and partner management. Scott is focused on ensuring Auswide Bank systems remain relevant and appropriate.

Mark Rasmussen

Chief Operating Officer 

Mark joined Wide Bay Australia Ltd in February 2014 as the General Manager of Business Banking and Operations, after leaving St George Bank Ltd, where he was the Head of Sales and Operations WA and QLD. Mark has worked in the finance sector since 1988 and during this time has built up a diverse range of sales and operational experience, holding various senior management roles.  In January 2015, Mark was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer to lead the Support Services division, with other business units subsequently placed under his responsibility, including Lending and Loan Origination. Mark holds a Master in Business Administration (USQ), and is completing a Master of Information and Systems (MISP) (USQ), as well as becoming a Certified Black Belt Six Sigma and Lean Process professional. 

Gayle Job

Chief People & Property Officer

During the past 45 years at Auswide Bank, Gayle has gained significant banking and leadership experience in all aspects of human resources, property portfolio management, branch operations, product development, learning and development, regulatory licencing and compliance and sales management. Gayle’s appointment in 2013 to the position of General Manager - Human Resources, Chief People Officer in 2016 and in 2018 to her current position of Chief People and Property Officer has allowed Gayle to focus on significant improvements in the HR and payroll function and, with strong collaboration in the business, improved property management and better people spaces. Gayle promotes best practice in people management that embraces individuals through diversity of ability and thought, that creates value for the Bank’s customers and shareholders.

Craig Lonergan

Chief Risk Officer

Craig joined Wide Bay Australia Ltd in February 2014 as General Manager Internal Audit, before taking on the role of Chief Risk Officer in July 2014. Craig has more than 35 years experience in the financial sector and prior to Auswide Bank held senior management roles with Westpac throughout Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands. In his current role Craig is responsible for the Bank’s risk management, compliance framework and control systems. Craig is accountable for all risk classes including compliance risk, credit risk, operational risk, liquidity, financial crime compliance and insurance. Craig holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rebecca Stephens

Chief Transformation Officer

Rebecca joined Auswide Bank in 2021 as the Chief Transformation Officer. Rebecca has over 20 years experience in the financial sector in both the UK and Australia. Rebecca has held a variety of roles, including Strategy Principal at Deloitte, Chief Data Officer and EGM Strategic Innovation and EGM Business Services at Suncorp. Rebecca’s responsibilities include facilitating strategy, driving digital transformation, and creating the underlying capabilities that support Auswide Bank's change agenda. Rebecca has a double degree with a Bachelor of Commerce and Economics from the University of Queensland, is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and, in 2018, completed a Post Graduate certification in Innovation and Entrepreneurship with Stanford University.

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