Our Directors

Queensland Country's Board of Directors

Christine Flynn

Christine FlynnChair

Christine is an experienced Board Chair and Director, and executive leader recognised for her capabilities in Board governance, organisation strategy, strategic risk, and leadership. Christine is an accredited facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, serves as a Director on the Queensland Country Health Fund Ltd Board, and has held roles as a senior executive in the public service and on Boards including roles as President of IPAA Qld; Director on the IRSPM Board; Director of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Queensland Audit Office; and QUT School of Business Advisory Board.  Christine was formerly the Chair of the Board of Queenslanders Credit Union until 2018 when it merged with Queensland Country Credit Union (now Queensland Country Bank.)

Lewis Ramsay

Lewis Ramsay

Deputy Chair

A fifth-generation Townsville resident, Lewis is a former General Manager of the Townsville Bulletin and surrounding regional newspapers.  Lewis has also worked for the Federal Government in Canberra (Tourism portfolio), served as the Commercial Manager for the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Clubs, and spent nearly two years as Director, Commercial of Brisbane Marketing (Brisbane’s Office of Economic Development.)  Lewis is a Director of Queensland Country Health Fund Ltd and Queensland Country Care Navigation Pty Ltd and holds other non-executive Directorships with North Queensland Cowboys (Chair) and the Cowboys Leagues Club.

Brian (Bruno) Cullen

Bruno Cullen

Bruno commenced his career with Queensland Country Credit Union, then the Isa Mine Employee’s Credit Union, in 1977.  Bruno held various management positions with the organisation until 2003, progressing from Loans and Finance Manager and Assistant General Manager through to Managing Director, a position he held for 14 years.  Bruno is the most recent past Chair of Queensland Country Bank Limited, stepping down from that role in April 2020 after 14 years.  Bruno was also Managing Director of the Brisbane Broncos for over eight years (2003-2011), and Chair/Director of the Queensland Academy of Sport for six years (2011-2017).   Bruno is the Board Chair of Krause Health and Safety Pty Ltd.  Recognising his significant contribution to the Mutual Banking sector, Bruno was awarded an Order of Australia in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Gregory (Greg) Nucifora

Greg Nucifora

Greg is a private client advisor with Bell Potter Securities in Cairns.  Greg has extensive Board experience, including current appointments as Director of Queensland Country Health Fund Ltd; Director, and Finance & Performance Committee Chair, of the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Board; Independent Chair of the Audit Committee for Cairns Regional Council; Chair of St Michael’s Parish Finance Committee, Gordonvale; Chair of the Catholic Development Fund for Diocese of Cairns; and Chair of the Audit Committee for Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.  Greg was Chair of ECU Australia Ltd which merged with Queensland Country in April 2017.

Patricia O'Callaghan

Patricia O'Callaghan

Patricia is the Chief Executive Officer of Townsville Enterprise, North Queensland’s peak economic and tourism body and is also a Director of Queensland Country Health Fund Ltd. Patricia’s diverse career includes four years heading up the Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce and three years as the General Manager of Tourism and Events at Townsville Enterprise.  As a born and bred North Queenslander, Patricia has a deep understanding of the issues and opportunities facing the North. In 2013, Patricia was awarded the Young Manager of the Year through the Australian Institute of Management and in 2018 was awarded the Australian Financial Review Young BOSS Executive of the Year.  In 2020, Patricia was appointed to the Australian-American Young Leadership Dialogue.

Karen Read

Karen Read

Karen is a senior finance and commercial executive and has extensive experience within the mining and resources sector with a career spanning 30 years.  From 2014 to 2017, Karen was employed as the Chief Financial Officer for Premise (formerly known as 02UDP Group Pty Ltd), a consulting, engineering, and project practice with offices across Queensland and in PNG.  Karen has extensive Board experience including the following current positions: Deputy Chair of Queensland Country Health Fund Ltd; Director, North West Hospital and Health Service; Director, and Finance & Audit Committee Chair, of Mount Isa Water Board;  Member of the North Queensland Sustainable Resources Corridor Regional Reference Group; and Chair of NQ Branch Council of CPA Australia.

 

John Weier

John Weier

John is an Ipswich local who began his career in the credit union industry at the Coal Miners Credit Union (later Discovery Credit Union) in 1980, before being appointed General Manager in 1981 and holding that position for 27 years.  Discovery Credit Union merged with Queenslanders Credit Union in December 2007, and John led Queenslanders Credit Union as Chief Executive Officer from January 2008 until the merger of that organisation with Queensland Country Credit Union in April 2018.  John remains actively involved in the Ipswich community and acts as the patron of a number of sporting and community groups.

Anthony (Tony) Williamson

Tony Williamson

Tony is the Chief Executive Officer of the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation (FNQHF), based in Cairns.  In this role, Tony manages and administers the operations of FNQHF including its commercial operations, investment activities, fundraising and distribution of funds, in support of the Foundation’s objectives to help twelve Regional Hospitals from Tully to Thursday Island.  Tony is also a licenced Real Estate Agent and Auctioneer and has extensive experience in this industry.  As a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Tony has considerable Board experience including in the current position of Chairman of the Northern Pride – ISC QRL Club since 2016. 

Our executive team

Our General Management team.

Aaron Newman

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Aaron has extensive experience in the banking and health fund industries.  Commencing his career in banking at 18, Aaron has worked at Westpac, Metway Bank (which is now called Suncorp), and Bank of Queensland before settling in at Queensland Country in 2004.  Aaron was appointed to the position of General Manager Health Insurance in 2007, and became the CEO of the Health Fund in January 2017.

Over the years, Aaron has been actively involved in developing long-term strategy for both Queensland Country Bank and Queensland Country Health Fund, with both organisations seeing strong, sustainable growth as a result of his strategic leadership. 

Aaron serves as a Director on the Board of Members Health Fund Alliance, an industry representative body for Health Funds. He is a firm believer in the Member-owned structure where the shareholder is the customer, and giving back to the community.

Petrice Gould

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Chief Financial Officer

Petrice has been with Queensland Country since April 2002, when she joined as a Contract Accountant. In January 2003 she took up the role of Financial Controller and then moved into the Chief Financial Officer position in November 2007. Petrice studied commerce at JCU, becoming a CPA qualified accountant in 1999. Her career started in public practice as a tax accountant, before working overseas in London for two years. She joined Queensland Country upon her return to Australia.

Shawn Anderson

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Chief Risk Officer

Shawn has been with Queensland Country since October 2001 where he started out on a traineeship through Torgas at the Aitkenvale Branch. In early 2005 Shawn moved into the Credit Department to take on the role of Loans Securitisation Officer which he held for approximately two years.  In mid-2007 Shawn moved into the Assistant Credit Manager role which he held for 18 months and then into the Credit Manager role which he held until February 2015.  In February 2015 Shawn was appointed to the position of General Manager Support Service, a role which he had been relieving in for the last 18 months.

In September 2015 Shawn moved into a secondment role of General Manager Business Transformation to project manage the migration to the Data Action Core Banking system, before moving into the role of Executive Manager Corporate Services.

Andrew McArdle

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Executive Manager Retail Banking

Andrew McArdle joined the team in September 2015 as the General Manager for Retail Banking. Prior to joining us, Andrew worked as the General Manager for Sales and Distribution with another Queensland based financial institution for the past 2 and a half years and has many years’ experience within the banking industry working in a variety of roles including Retail Banking, State Office Management, Strategic Planning, Operations, Regulation, Compliance and Lending both Commercial and Retail. Andrew completed his degree in 1993 and his CPA qualifications in 1999.

Glenn Seri

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Executive Manager Queensland Country Health Fund

Glenn has worked in a diverse range of General Management roles throughout Queensland Country prior to accepting the role of Executive Manager Queensland Country Health Fund in April 2019. With previous experience in Credit, Property, Transactional Services, IT, Branch Operations and the SmartBudget product, he is well equipped to assume responsibility for the operations of Queensland Country Health Fund – a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank.

Glenn has a history of making significant contributions to the organisation, having assumed responsibility for project managing both the construction of the Queensland Country Centre in Townsville in 2014 and the successful merger with Queenslanders Credit Union in 2018. With an eye for opportunity, Glenn also led a project to commercialise and improve Queensland Country’s long term flagship product, BillPaying, to form a joint venture company which saw the product relaunched as the new and improved SmartBudget. Glenn became the CEO of this joint venture, putting his MBA from James Cook University to good use.

Dylan Dixon

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Executive Manager Corporate Services

Dylan commenced with Queensland Country as a Branch Manager in May 2011 following seven years with a major bank. With a strong background in lending, Dylan moved into a management position with our Head Office in October 2013. Since that time, he has held roles within the organisation including; Product Manager, Head of Credit and Fraud, Acting General Manager Support Services and more recently has been appointed to the position of Executive Manager Corporate Services in May 2019. In his current role, Dylan holds responsibility for Credit, Fraud, Member Support, SmartBudget, Property and Projects.

Katherine Brennan

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Executive Manager People and Culture

Katherine has been with Queensland Country since July 2007, when she joined as General Manager Human Resources. After taking parental leave and moving back to her home town of Brisbane, Katherine returned to work with Queensland Country in a part time capacity as Human Resources Management Consultant. In April 2019, she rejoined the executive team as Executive Manager People & Culture.  Katherine holds two degrees from Griffith University, a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).  Following her registration with AHPRA as a Psychologist, she commenced her career as a Consultant Psychologist working with a wide variety of clients across almost every industry sector.

Sam Lahy

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Sam has recently joined the Queensland Country Executive team with an extensive background in enterprise IT, having held senior technology leadership positions within the financial services, telecommunications and engineering sectors.

Sam has a particular interest in the contribution that technology can make to improving the quality of the Member and employee experience. Sam completed an MBA through the University of Southern Queensland in 2006; he is also familiar with Far North Queensland, serving in Townsville with the Army from 1999 to 2002.