Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Meet our Board of Directors. They have the responsibility for the overall management and strategic direction of Teachers Mutual Bank Limited.
Our Board of Directors are responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of Teachers Mutual Bank Limited. All board members are independent, non-executive directors; and the majority are elected by members (our shareholders) on rotation every three years. We have three Board-appointed Directors.
Directors must satisfy the Fit and Proper criteria set down by APRA, and they must abide by our Code of Conduct, which outlines their legal and ethical obligations. Directors are committed to ongoing training to maintain knowledge of emerging issues and to satisfy all governance requirements. The Board conducts an annual review of its performance, along with reviews for individual directors, committees and the executive team.
AM, BA/Dip Ed, BLegS, GDLP, LLM, GAICD
Ms O’Halloran was appointed to the position of Chairperson in August 2019. She is currently a Senior Associate at NEW Law Pty Ltd. Prior to her appointment with NEW Law in April 2015, Ms O’Halloran was the Director of the Welfare Rights Centre for seven years where she also practised as a solicitor. Ms O’Halloran has worked as a teacher in both public schools and TAFE. She has been an active voice for the teaching community and is a former President of the NSW Teachers Federation. She has served as a member of the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board, and as a Director of Teachers Health, HESTA and the SAS Trustee Corporation.
Ms O’Halloran was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2011 Australia Day Honours List, in recognition of her service to industrial relations and the education sector.
Ms O’Halloran is a member of the Board Remuneration Committee, the Risk & Compliance Committee, and the Health Professionals Bank Advisory Committee.
Dip. Teach, B.Ed (Primary Education), GAICD
Linda Green commenced teaching in 1979 and is currently Principal of Robert Townson Public School. She served as a member of the Supervisory Committee for two years and was elected to the Board in 1997, and as Deputy Chairperson in 2009. Mrs Green is the Chair of the Board Remuneration Committee, a member of the Audit Committee, Nominations Committee, and the Teachers Mutual Bank Advisory Committee.
The Hon. Verity Firth
BA LLB; GAICD
Verity Firth is the Executive Director, Social Justice at the University of Technology Sydney, leading the university’s Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion.
Ms Firth has over fifteen years’ experience at the very highest levels of government and the not-for-profit sector in Australia. Over the last ten years, she has been working in the Australian education sector, first as Minister for Education and Training in New South Wales (2008-2011) and then as the Chief Executive of the Public Education Foundation As Minister for Education and Training she focussed on equity in education, and how to best address educational disadvantage in low socio-economic communities, including rural and remote Indigenous communities.
As Chief Executive of the Public Education Foundation (2011-2014), Ms Firth led the Foundation's transformation from a fledgling organisation into a major provider of scholarships and support to public education.
Ms Firth was the Member for the state seat of Balmain from 2007 - 2011. Before her parliamentary career, Ms Firth worked as a lawyer and was Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney.
Emeritus Professor William Ford
BA LLB (Hons); DipEd W Aust; DipLib (NSW); FAAL
Professor Ford was a director of Unicredit since 1990 and Chair from 2004 up until Unicredit’s merger with Teachers Mutual Bank in 2015.
Professor Ford’s experience includes Barrister and Solicitor of Supreme Court of WA; Emeritus Professor of Law (UWA); Dean of the Law School, University of WA (2001-2011); Former Chair, Council of Australian Law Deans (2007-2011); Former Committee Member (UWA Branch) NTEU & Secretary UWA Academic Staff Association; and Former National Vice-President (Academic) NTEU. He is a member of the Board Remuneration Committee, the Risk and Compliance Committee, and the UniBank Advisory Committee.
MAICD, MBA, BSc (Hons)
Mr Kearnan joined the Board as an independent Non-Executive Director in September 2020 and is a Member of the Audit Committee.
He is a Director of the Australian Shareholders’ Association, where he Chairs the Audit & Risk Committee and is a Member of the Policy committee. He runs an independent Corporate Advisory business, providing corporate finance and capital markets advice to financial services businesses.
Mr Kearnan has held Executive and Board positions at leading financial services institutions including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Hollard Insurance, Greenstone Financial Services, Complii FinTech Solutions, Colonial First State Group and Commonwealth (Life) Insurance Holdings Limited.
He is a past Member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board and has previously Chaired the Audit Committee for the APRA regulated Hollard Insurance entities. He was consistently rated as one of Australia’s top equity research analysts in the Australian financial services sector.
Mr Kearnan has an Honours degree in Science (Biochemistry), an MBA and is a Member of the AICD. Andrew is a member of the Audit Committee.
BA, Dip. Ed
John Kouimanos commenced teaching in 1967 and retired as Head Teacher Social Sciences at Greystanes High School in February 2004. He was appointed to the Supervisory Committee in 1973 and served until appointed as director in 1974. He was appointed as first Chair of the Audit Committee.
Mr Kouimanos was appointed Chair of Teachers Credit Union in 2008 and the inaugural Chair of Teachers Mutual Bank in 2012, a position he held until August 2019. He is a member of the Audit Committee and the Firefighters Mutual Bank Advisory Committee.
BSc, A Fin
Andrew McCready is a Leading Station Officer in Fire + Rescue NSW and currently supervises their 000 Call Centre in Sydney. He has tertiary qualifications in Computing, Accounting, Financial Planning and Financial Services.
Mr McCready was a Director of Fire Brigades Employees Credit Union for eight years and Chair for three years. Post-merger with Teachers Mutual Bank in 2016, Mr McCready continued on the Firefighters Mutual Bank Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Audit Committee.
BEc, BEd, Grad Dip Acct, FFTA, GAICD
Michael O’Neill is an experienced senior executive and director with over 25 years’ experience in financial services. Michael has a strong background in finance, risk and governance, having held roles as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer for NAB’s Personal Banking Division in Australia and Treasurer for the NAB Group. Michael also has a background in risk management consulting and audit with KPMG. Michael holds a number of non-executive positions including Chair of the Board Audit and Risk Committee at The Royal Women’s Hospital and he was Chairman of Gymnastics Victoria from 2014-2019. Michael is the Chair of the Risk and Compliance Committee, a member of the Board Remuneration Committee, Nominations Committee and the Health Professionals Bank Advisory Committee.
BEc, MComm, GAICD
Melissa is an accomplished senior executive with over 30 years’ experience in financial services, energy and media sectors, having commenced her career as a bank teller in 1986. Melissa has deep expertise in customer, product, marketing, brand, sales and service, digital and transformation and has held roles as Chief Customer Officer AGL Energy, Executive General Manager of NAB Retail, and General Manager Mortgages at NAB. She has also held executive roles at Sensis White Pages, Esanda Finance and Westpac, including regional brands of Challenge Bank and Bank of Melbourne. In addition to her qualifications, Melissa has completed the Advanced Management Program at Insead, France.
Melissa is a member of Teachers Mutual Bank Limited's Risk and Compliance Committee.
Nominating for a position on the Board
If you’re considering a leadership role as an elected Director on the Teachers Mutual Bank Limited Board, there are a number of important steps to consider.