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BCCM Honour Roll

Recognition of Outstanding Service

The BCCM champions service to the co-operative and mutual sector by honouring leadership and commitment to the industry. Each year outstanding leaders are inducted to the BCCM Honour Roll at the annual BCCM Taste of Australia Industry Dinner and presented with a handcrafted BCCM pin.

The 2018 Honour Roll inductees were announced on Wednesday 14 November at the Taste of Australia Industry Dinner held at the Adelaide Town Hall. Annual nominations are open to BCCM member organisations. 

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Honour Roll Presentation highlights

2018 Honour Roll inductees

Greg Wall

Greg Wall

Group CEO, Capricorn

For over 30 years Greg has been driving overwhelming success to a number of institutions including 10 years as CEO of StateWest Credit Society Ltd, Managing Director of Home Building Society and executive roles at Challenge Bank, to name a few.

He has held a variety of significant and relevant directorship, non-executive directorship and leadership roles across many industries. Notable experience includes five years as Director of CUSCAL (the Australian Credit Union peak body), and non-executive director positions at Edith Cowan University, Automotive Holdings Group, WA Football Commission and as Chairman of Freo Cranes and Machinery.

Greg also played a major part in the international celebrations of cooperatives as Chairman of the International Year of Cooperatives Secretariat. Following on from this success, he was instrumental in the formation of the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals in Australia and is now a director.  Recently, he was elected to the International Co-operative Alliance, the global peak body for the co-operative movement.

Greg holds a Master of Arts Future Studies, is a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors and FINSIA and also attended the CEO Institute at Berkeley and Cornell Universities in the USA.

Michael Pilbrow

Michael Pilbrow

Founding Director, National Health Co-op

Michael Pilbrow founded the Strategic Development Group and manages client relationships for Community Engagement practice in Australia from the company’s head office in Yass, NSW.  Michael brings over 20 years’ experience of community engagement both in Australia and internationally. Michael has brought communities and proponents together on large residential development projects, including the 11,500 home cross-border Ginninderry project and the CSIRO Ginninderra project, and helped communities work through challenges at the local level in places as far-flung as Aceh and Western Sydney. Michael brings his own grass-roots commitment to community initiatives as the co-founder of Australia’s largest patient-owned medical service, the National Health Co-op. 

Michael demonstrates what is possible when the community comes together to solve its own problems. The NHC is a shining example of the co-operative and mutual enterprise model and its continued relevance in contemporary Australia.

Nigel Alexander

Nigel Alexander

Director, RACQ

Nigel Alexander is Chairman of RACQ Insurance Limited and Club Insurance Holdings Pty Ltd, and Chair of the Group Remuneration and Nomination Committee. Nigel is also President of the Australian Automobile Association and Region 2 (Asia Pacific) Treasurer of the Federation Internationale De L’Automobile and Chairman of UnitingCare Queensland. He is also a director of QIC Agribusiness Holdings Pty Ltd and various private companies. In 2016 he retired as CEO of The North Australian Pastoral Company Pty Ltd.

He is an agribusiness specialist and qualified accountant and has previously worked in corporate finance roles with both Australian and international banks.

Peter Whitelaw

Peter Whitelaw

Chairman, QTMB (RACQ)

Peter Whitelaw was one of the first to support the vision for RACQ Bank and the merger of RACQ and QTMB. He understood that together the group could achieve things for members that neither organisation could do on its own. Peter was focused on getting the best result for his members, regardless of personal cost. He led QTMB through the merger with RACQ because he was committed to acting in the best interest of his members, both current and future. He fought to ensure they remained a sustainable mutual providing a community banking experience supporting the education sector and that is why he chose to partner with RACQ. Peter is a great supporter of mutuality and has left a lasting legacy at RACQ Bank.

Peter led Queensland Teachers Credit Union as it became a mutual bank 2011, and then remained Chair as QT Mutual Bank merged with RACQ in 2016.

Rob Goaley – Chairman, HCF

Rob Goaley – Chairman, HCF

Chairman, HCF

Rob Goaley has been the Chairman of the Board at The Hospital’s Contribution Fund of Australia Limited since November 2012. Rob served as the Chairman of Manchester Unity Australia Ltd since 2007, Chief Executive Officer since 1987 and General Manager since 1980. Rob has extensive experience at executive and board level in the provision of private health insurance, friendly society benefit and investment products, along with the provision of aged care and retirement services.

Rod served as Deputy Chairman of Manchester Unity until November 2007. He is a board councillor of The Hospital’s Contribution Fund of Australia Limited. He has been a Non-Executive Director at The Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia since 2009. He served as a Director of Manchester Unity since 2001. He was a Director of the Australian Health Insurance Association, Australian Friendly Societies Association and the Australian Health Services Alliance.

Karren Walker - Chairman, Common Equity Housing Limited (CEHL)

Karren Walker - Chairman, Common Equity Housing Limited (CEHL)

Chairman, Common Equity Housing Limited (CEHL)

Karren Walker was elected to the Board of Directors at Common Equity Housing Ltd in 2005, and has been Chair of CEHL since 2009. She has been an active member of her Housing Co-operative since 1988.  Karren has significant experience in the delivery and management of client-focused service responses to those experiencing homelessness and other at-risk households in our community. Karren is currently Manager – Entry Points at Launch Housing where she holds a portfolio including three Homeless Entry Points, Families Support and Rough Sleeper programs.

Rod Geer – Former CEO, Hospitality Employers Mutual (EML)

Rod Geer – Former CEO, Hospitality Employers Mutual (EML)

Former CEO, Hospitality Employers Mutual (EML)

Since Rod began working at Hospitality Employers Mutual, the company has grown dramatically. The newest in the Workers Compensation Specialised Workers Compensation Insurance space, EML now covers almost 90,000 hospitality workers. Rod fostered a culture of empathy and mutual support for workers and employers, benefitting workers through efficient and proactive case management, and employers through reduced premiums, free resources and advice. As CEO at EML, Rod’s experience in underwriting, reinsurance and all aspects of personal injury management proved invaluable, and he continues to work for EML on a variety of projects and advisory work.

Terry Agnew – CEO, RAC WA

Terry Agnew – CEO, RAC WA

CEO, RAC WA

A founding BCCM member, Terry Agnew first served as a director in 2015. Since 1998 he has been the CEO of RAC WA, a member-owned business covering motoring, insurance, finance, travel, tourism, retirement and home services, with revenue exceeding $640 million and assets of $1.6 billion. Terry is a director of Australian Motoring Services (including subsidiaries), the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), Edge Employment Solutions, MDA National Insurance and RAA Insurance, and various other directorships including the West Coast Eagles Football Club and the Insurance Commission of WA. Terry was West Australian State President of Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) from 2001-2003 and AIM National President from 2008–2010. Since 2008, he has been the Chair of the Curtin Business School Advisory Council.

Anne O’Donnell – Chair, Beyond Bank

Anne O’Donnell – Chair, Beyond Bank

Chair, Beyond Bank

Anne joined the Beyond Bank Australia Board in 2006 and was appointed Deputy Chair in 2010 and Chair in 2013. She was formerly a Director of CPS Credit Union Cooperative (ACT) Limited.  She is a professional Non-Executive Director and her current directorships include Equity Trustees Ltd and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. She is also a member of the Compliance Committee of UBS Global Asset Management (Australia) Ltd and the Chair of the Audit Committee of IP Australia. Anne has extensive experience in the ADI and funds management sectors.

Her past executive roles include nine years as the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Ethical Investment Ltd and some 20 years with the ANZ Banking Group Ltd. She is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Australasian Mutuals Institute.

Anne is a Director of Eastwoods Group Limited, Eastwoods Wealth Management Pty Ltd and Beyond Bank Australia Foundation Limited. She is also a member of the Board Governance and Remuneration Committee and is the Chair of the Nomination Committee.

2017 Honour Roll inductees

Mr Alan Beanland

Mr Alan Beanland

Outgoing CUA Chair

Chairman of Credit Union Australia since 2009, Alan will retire from the board on November 14, 2017. As a mutual, CUA was created by members for members, tracing its heritage back 71 years to Australia’s first credit union.

Alan’s business life spans four continents, four decades and industry sectors including financial services, superannuation and life insurance, in for-profit, mutual and charity organisations.

CUA Director Paul Bedbrook said of Alan: “Alan took CUA from a distant past and into the digital present, always looking forward. When he was appointed to the Board as the independent Chairman in 2010 soon after the merger of CUA and Australian National Credit Union, he successfully brought the combined board together as one. He clearly had a vision for a bigger, better and more able CUA that would one day be naturally compared to the large second-tier banks. He realised that it would be a good thing for Australian consumers if the mutual credit union sector became larger, positioning itself as a major and credible alternative. He also realised that this was essential if the credit union sector itself was to survive and prosper in the long term. He dedicated himself and worked long hours to moving CUA and the sector towards this vision. Well done Alan! You will be missed.”

Dr Andrew Crane

Dr Andrew Crane

Outgoing CBH Group CEO 
and BCCM Chair

Andrew has worn a number of hats – outgoing CEO CBH Group, Australia’s third-largest privately owned businesses, and chair of BCCM, Australia’s newest business council.

In 2009, Andy was appointed CEO of CBH, and has taken it from strength to strength, while remaining loyal to WA grain growers through his commitment to the co-operative structure.

There are numerous highlights during Andy’s tenure, but key ones include:

  • Introduction of rebates returning to grain growers $333 million
  • CBH’s investment in rail, prompting the introduction of competition for the first time in the WA grain rail-freight market
  • The purchase and investment in the overseas company Interflour, which recently opened a $75 million malting plant in Vietnam – the only of its kind in South-East Asia
  • Launched a $750 million transformational network strategy
  • Improved safety for all CBH employees – nearly a 75 per cent drop in CBH’s lost time injury frequency rate since 2009.
  • Andy’s chairmanship of the BCCM has been instrumental to our sector’s extraordinary success and growth

No gig has been too big or too small for Andy to be willing to bring for BCCM’s benefit the leverage and credibility CBH carries as one of our largest co-operatives and the second-largest privately owned business in Australia – a genuine global player.

Andy’s leadership of the first national apex body for co-ops and mutuals has been recognised internationally, at co-operative and local assemblies. Andy has displayed great leadership and vision to ensure Australian co-operatives (and the international co-op movement) take a seat at the B20.

CBH Chairman Wally Newman said: “Andy has made an enormous and significant contribution when it was most needed during his time at CBH. His dedication, passion and leadership have been critically important in helping to successfully navigate CBH through a number of situations and initiatives, and in building the organisation to the largest co-operative in Australia.”

Incoming BCCM Chair Terry Agnew said: “Whether it has been representing Australia as the first co-operative business leader appointed to a B20 group at the G20 negotiating table, or chairing a small leaders’ roundtable, Andy has always displayed the same charming, courteous and collegial approach. He’s been a champion for the sector all the way and BCCM’s growth and credibility in five short years attests to this.”

Mr Kyle Loades

Mr Kyle Loades

Outgoing NRMA Chair

Our third inductee is Kyle Loades, appointed as a Director to the NRMA in 2005 and then Chairman of the NRMA Group in 2014.

Kyle has led NRMA innovation processes through a time of extraordinary change for mobility, transforming the organisation and setting the example for others, particularly in disruptive strategy and start-ups. Kyle was part of the team responsible for the NRMA Governance Review that has had such enduring positive results.

A Director and past Deputy President of the Australian Automobile Association, the peak body for Australian automobile clubs, Kyle is also a Board Member of the Committee for Sydney.

Kyle has a special interest in the delivery of emergency services and community infrastructure, and is Chairman of Hunter Medical Research Institute and past Chairman of its Foundation. He was a Director of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service for 16 years.

Kyle has championed this new sector collaboration from the outset, strongly promoting NRMA’s involvement in BCCM as one of the foundation members. Kyle has been a regular contributor to the BCCM’s CME 100 Chairs’ Forum, strongly supporting NRMA’s involvement in the BCCM’s review of the draft Co-operative and Mutual Enterprise Governance Principles.

NRMA Director Tim Trumper said, “I’d like to recognise Kyle Loades for 12 years of amazing service to the board and for the last three as Chairman. Kyle has performed an excellent role in leading the NRMA to such a brilliant result and in shaping such an exciting future for all our members.”

NRMA CEO Rohan Lund said: “Kyle’s passion for our business and members meant he couldn’t ignore the headwinds or the horizon and needed to make hard decisions while there was still time. It has been such a privilege to work for someone who brings both a relentless commitment to do what’s right and who is genuinely a good bloke as well.”

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