About me


There are a few guiding principles that have steered me right in my career and a commitment to ethical standards is high on the list. Those values, founded in faith, have been vital to me over a long career that’s faced many headwinds. I place a high value on purpose – both personally and as an essential part of the culture of a truly successful organisation.

Relationships are important to me. People say I’m a good networker and I’m very happy to be in touch with so many of my former colleagues and team members. For me, the key to lasting relationships is authenticity. I’ve been well served by being who and what I am, without trying to change that. I know that isn’t always easy, especially when the dominant culture is not conducive to honesty and openness. But people can sniff out a lack of transparency. They can also tell when you’re being authentic and that’s been the key to effective leadership for me.

Being a good leader is something I’m proud of. As CEO of CUA, I made sure I got around to every branch and I believe that being present and connected to frontline staff helped immensely in embedding a fresh corporate purpose into the culture.

With Cathy and our children
With Cathy and our children
Keeping in touch with frontline staff during some of my many visits to CUA branches around the country


Philanthropy matters to me and our family set up a Foundation some time ago, with a brief of being helpful to people, particularly for those who are hearing impaired.

I spent nearly 10 years as a Director of World Vision Australia and it was very rewarding to contribute to a better world, especially for children. I was also a long time member of Rotary, including attending the Honiara branch, when I was posted to the Solomon Islands with ANZ.


Two of my great passions are cricket and our family farm in regional Victoria.

I’ve been described as a cricket tragic and I don’t mind at all! You’ll find me at the Boxing Day test match every year and it was a personal joy that CUA was the name sponsor of the Brisbane Heat cricket teams in the Big Bash League.

With Brisbane Heat team captains Chris Lynn and Kirby Short, and coach Darren Lehmann
With Brisbane Heat team captains Chris Lynn and Kirby Short, and coach Darren Lehmann
Having a hit in the nets
Having a hit in the nets


The farm, called Glenn Innes, is nearly 360 hectares in total area and is located at Alexandra, about two hours east of the Melbourne CBD. We’re running around 700 ewes and 60 head of cattle and we also have a plantation of 50,000 eucalyptus trees. The farm was very run down when we bought it and it’s been a lot of work to bring it all back up to good working order. It’s given me an even deeper understanding of the agribusiness sector, especially after some years of drought.