Credit Union SA's Board of Directors and Executive Management team are responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of Credit Union SA, comprising of high-performing individuals with a diverse range of backgrounds, talents and financial skills.
The Board of the Credit Union is committed to protecting members’ interests, keeping members fully informed about the performance of the Credit Union and protecting and enhancing member value.
Effective governance provides the framework to ensure the Credit Union is managed soundly and prudently by a competent Board which can make reasonable and impartial business judgements in the best interests of the Credit Union and which duly considers the impact of its decisions on members.
Board of Directors
LLB, GDLP, FAICD
Carolyn has over 30 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer, and from 2001 to 2009, was Managing Partner of Cowell Clarke Commercial Lawyers. She now sits as a non-executive director on a number of Adelaide company boards in a wide variety of industries. Carolyn is also an executive coach and business mentor for senior business leaders in South Australia. Carolyn is married with two sons, and is an avid arts enthusiast and passionate Port Power supporter.
B.Acc, FCA, GAICD
Nicholas, a Chartered Accountant for more than 20 years, has worked with corporate and private investors in Australia, Europe and North America managing portfolio and asset execution strategies.
Nicholas is a Director of Capital Family Office, a firm providing independent advice and counsel to clients nationally.
Nicholas is married with three children.
Julie Cooper (nee Shearn)
GD.Mgt, BA, GAICD
Julie is a former McKinsey & Company consultant with extensive international experience. Prior to joining McKinsey’s London office she held senior corporate and general management roles for BAE Systems PLC in Australia and the UK. She also worked in the banking and brewing sectors in South Australia. Julie is the Deputy Chair of Nova Systems Pty Ltd, a technology-based professional service provider that is regularly acknowledged as one of Australia’s ‘most innovative companies’. She is a Board Advisor to the Sarah Group, one of South Australia’s most successful construction companies, and is on the Board of the Crows Children’s Foundation (Adelaide Football Club). She contributes to Board governance improvement as an SA/NT Divisional Councillor for the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
PGDDigBus, DipElecEng, MAICD
Paul Brings twenty-five years of senior leadership experience, having spent the past eighteen years working with regional banks, credit unions and digital banks across Asia Pacific in the areas of strategy, architecture, digital technology, risk management and cyber security. Before moving into financial services, he spent several years in the United States where he led the delivery of large-scale business initiatives. Paul is the Managing Partner of a governance, risk management and cyber security advisory firm and facilitator and mentor at Business SA assisting young entrepreneurs turn their business concept into a reality.
MBA, B.Bus, FAICD, FCPA, Chartered Banker
Philip is an experienced ASX 100 Banking Executive and professional company director, having previously worked as a Group Executive at Bendigo & Adelaide Bank Ltd, and holds a number of Executive and non-executive directorships across a broad range of industries including property, aged care and superannuation.
Phillip was also previously a Director of the Risk Management Association of Australia, the leading association for Risk Management professionals within APRA regulated financial institutions.
Louise has more than 25 years’ experience in the banking and finance sector, including senior roles with Adelaide Bank and as State Manager SA/NT for Mortgage Choice. She is a current director of the SANFL and the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority, and former Chair and Director of disability service provider scosa, and harm prevention charity the Sammy D Foundation. She is a driven ambassador for improving inclusion and diversity in the workplace and community.
She is currently General Manager with multi award winning Adelaide building firm Turnbull Built.
A passionate advocate for women’s sport, Louise is a former State League netballer and premiership captain with Matrics Netball Club, assistant coach for the Adelaide Thunderbirds and AFLW Player Development Manager for the Adelaide Football Club.
Chief Executive Officer
FCA, FAICD, FGLF
Todd joined Credit Union SA in June 2020 as the Chief Executive Officer having spent over close to 12 years as a Senior Executive at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Todd is passionate about leading a highly effective, performance-driven team of finance professionals who are dedicated to achieving outstanding results for their members and customers.
With over 25 years working in finance and professional services across Australia and the UK, Todd has developed a strong understanding of a wide range of financial and commercial disciplines from accountancy, audit and insolvency to Institutional Corporate, Commercial and Retail banking.
Todd holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy from the University of South Australia and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Governor’s Leadership Program.
Todd has held a significant number of Chair and Director roles with various not-for-profit organisations and charities throughout his career and is currently the Chair of Scotch College and the Leaders Institute of South Australia.
Chief Impact Officer & General Counsel
LLB (with Honours), B. Int. Stds, GDLP, Dip Lang., GAICD
Nicole joined Credit Union SA in the role of Company Secretary in December 2021. Nicole is responsible for the management and oversight of the Credit Union's impact and sustainability efforts, the provision of legal guidance and counsel to the Credit Union and holds the role of Company Secretary.
Nicole has over 14 years of experience as a commercial lawyer spending 11 of those years at Cowell Clarke Commercial Lawyers before moving to an in-house role as Senior Legal Counsel at Statewide Super in 2018 and being appointed as Company Secretary in 2020.
She brings general commercial acumen with broad legal experience to the role.
Chief Operating Officer
MBA, BCom, GAICD
Tim joined Credit Union SA in August 2018 and is responsible for the Credit Union's lending administration, credit operations and product and portfolio management.
With over 33 years commercial experience in Australia, the USA and Germany, including over 25 years in financial and professional services, Tim has extensive experience in the areas of member/customer experience, marketing, product development, strategy development and implementation, change management and performance improvement.
Chief People & Strategy Officer
FCPHR, GCertProfEd&Trng(WVET), DipMgt, Dip Pos Psych & Accredited MHFAider
Liana joined Credit Union SA in the role of Chief People and Strategy Officer in January 2022 with over 20 years experience in senior leadership & executive roles in the FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods).
Liana holds a Graduate Certificate Professional Education and Training, Diploma of Management, Diploma Positive Psychology and Wellbeing and is an Accredited Mental Health First Aider. Liana is also a Fellow Certified Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and Vice President – Certification of the AHRI State Council here in SA and and MAICD industries.
Chief Risk Officer
Chris joined Credit Union SA in April 2013, and is currently Chief Risk Officer.
Chris is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Credit Union SA’s operational and compliance risk functions and the Financial Crimes team. This includes oversight of our AML program, credit underwriting and impairment functions, risk, compliance, internal audit and fraud management.
With over 30 years of senior management experience within the Australian financial services and mutual sectors, Chris has had extensive exposure to operational and credit risk management across both the managed fund and retail financial services industries, in addition to organisation wide re-engineering programs.
Chief Member and Experience Officer
Karen joined Credit Union SA in October 2016 and is currently Chief Member and Experience Officer.
Karen is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Credit Union SA’s distribution including the Member Experience Centre, Marketing, Residential Development, Broker relationships, Mobile Lenders and Education and Community relationships.
With over 30 years of experience in the Mutual Sector, Karen has extensive knowledge in retail banking, member service, process and performance improvement.
Chief Financial Officer
CA, BCom(Acctg), BFin, LLB
Simone joined Credit Union SA as the Chief Financial Officer in May 2023. Simone is responsible for the finance, treasury, reporting and analytics functions.
Prior to joining Credit Union SA, Simone was most recently at Hostplus where she was the Executive Manager responsible for overseeing all finance related activity. Prior to the successful merger between Hostplus and Statewide Super in May 2022 she held the role of Chief Financial Officer of Statewide Super and prior to this she was a Director at Ernst & Young, where she worked for 15 years.
Simone is a dedicated leader with strong capabilities in driving corporate strategy, business planning, short and long term financial modelling, financial reporting, financial due diligence, regulatory and compliance matters, evaluation of systems and controls, process improvement and financial risk management.
Dr Susan Stone
Credit Union SA Chair of Economics for UniSA
Associate Professor Dr Susan Stone has a global track record in both industry and academia and has a strong commitment to expanding awareness of economic issues and the advancement of South Australia. Professor Stone recently relocated to Adelaide, following a successful tenure as head of the Emerging Policy Issues division of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. In her previous role, Professor Stone focussed on issues relating to trade and the environment, the digital economy and subsidies in addition to leading the team that developed the OECD Metro model, a computable general equilibrium trade model.
With Professor Stone's knowledge Credit Union SA will have access to the best economic insights to help us support our members, team and community. Professor Stone will also be an expert commentator for the media on relevant topics that will help raise the brand profile of Credit Union SA.