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Board, policies and charters

Board of Directors

Each member has specific expertise and experience relevant to the company’s activities and a commitment to both the values of the company and the highest standards of corporate governance.

Peter Promnitz

BSc (Hons), AIAA, FAICD

Mr Promnitz was appointed Chair of the board of Australian Unity Limited on 30 March 2016. He has been a director since 1 January 2013 and was appointed Deputy Chair on 28 July 2015.  He is a director of Warakirri Asset Management Pty Ltd, Warakirri Dairies Pty Ltd and Warakirri Holdings Pty Ltd. Mr Promnitz was previously Chair of ASX-listed company SFG Australia Limited.

Mr Promnitz is a qualified actuary. He was formerly Head of Mercer in Asia Pacific, a member of the global Mercer Executive Committee and Chair of Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. in Australia, roles he retired from in December 2012. Prior to these senior executive roles his business experience includes a diverse career in financial services in Australia and New Zealand. He has led investment, superannuation, actuarial and human resource consulting businesses in both executive and non-executive capacities with a personal focus on clients, diversity and governance.

He has not held any directorships of listed entities in addition to those set out above during the last three years.

Rohan Mead

Group Managing Director & CEO

Mr Mead was appointed Group Managing Director of Australian Unity Limited on 1 July 2004. As Group Managing Director, he is a member of subsidiary boards and most committees. Mr Mead is also deputy chairman of Platypus Asset Management. He is chairman of the Business Council of Australia’s Healthy Australia task force and a member of its Indigenous Engagement task force.  He is also a director of the Centre for Independent Studies, a director of the Business Council of Co-Operatives and Mutuals Limited (BCCM) and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Prior to joining Australian Unity, Mr Mead was employed by Perpetual Trustees Australia Limited (1996-2003) in a range of senior roles. Mr Mead has not held any directorships of listed entities in addition to those set out above during the last three years.

Stephen Maitland

OAM, RFD, BEc, MBus, LLM, FCPA, FAICD, FCIS, SF Fin

Mr Maitland was appointed to the board of Australian Unity Limited in 2005 following the merger with Grand United Friendly Society Limited. He is a director of a number of Australian Unity Limited subsidiaries, a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee, Investment Committee and Risk Committee. He is a director of the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Limited, QInsure Ltd and of several private companies. He is also an independent member of several audit and compliance committees and past President of the Queensland Division of CPA Australia. Mr Maitland is the principal of Delphin Associates, a business consultancy specialising in strategic planning, risk management, corporate governance and business transition. He has over 45 years’ experience in the banking and finance industries and was Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Office of Financial Supervision between 1992 and 1999. He was previously a director of Centrepoint Alliance Limited. Mr Maitland has not held any directorships of listed entities in addition to those set out above during the last three years.

Greg Willcock

BCom, FCPA, FAICD, MAIM, FFin

Mr Willcock was appointed to the board of Australian Unity Limited on 1 March 2012. He is a director of a number of Australian Unity Limited subsidiaries, chair of the Risk Committee and a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee.

Mr Willcock is also a director of Australian Unity Investments Real Estate Limited which is the responsible entity for the listed Australian Unity Office Fund. 

Mr Willcock has over 33 years’ experience in banking and financial services in Australia, United States of America and the United Kingdom including seven years in general management roles at National Bank of Australia in the areas of risk management, strategy and change management. Mr Willcock was previously a director of the Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA).  Mr Willcock has not held any directorships of listed entities in addition to those set out above during the last three years.

Melinda Cilento 

BA, BEc (Hons), MEc

Ms Cilento was appointed to the board of Australian Unity Limited on 1 May 2014. She is a director of a number of Australian Unity Limited subsidiaries, Chair of the Investment Committee and a member of the Human Resources, Remuneration and Nominations Committee and the Risk Committee. She is also a director of Woodside Petroleum and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia.  In addition to her directorships, Melinda is Co-Chair of NAB’s Advisory Council on Corporate Responsibility, a part time commissioner with the Productivity Commission and a member of Chief Executive Women. Melinda worked for eight years with Australia’s leading CEOs at the Business Council of Australia, including four years as Deputy Chief Executive. Prior to joining the Business Council she was Head of Economics at Invesco Australia. Melinda has also worked with the Federal Treasury and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. Ms Cilento was a director of Wesfarmers General Insurance until June 2014. Ms Cilento has not held any directorships of listed entities in addition to those set out above during the last three years.

Su McCluskey

BCom, FCPA, MAICD

Ms McCluskey was appointed to the board of Australian Unity Limited on 1 September 2015.  She is a director of a number of Australian Unity Limited subsidiaries, Chair of the Human Resources, Remuneration and Nominations Committee and a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee and the Investment Committee. Ms McCluskey is also a director of The Foundation for Young Australians and is the immediate past Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Australia Institute.  She is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration and was a member of the Harper Review of Competition Policy and the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee. Ms McCluskey was previously the CEO of the Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations and the Executive Director of the Office of Best Practice Regulation. Ms McCluskey has held senior positions with the Business Council of Australia, the National Farmers’ Federation and the Australian Taxation Office.  She is also a beef cattle farmer. Ms McCluskey has not held any directorships of listed entities in addition to those set out above during the last three years.

Paul Kirk

BEc, ACA, RITA, MAICD

Mr Kirk was appointed to the board of Australian Unity Limited on 1 February 2016. He is director of a number of Australian Unity Limited subsidiaries, Chair of the Audit & Compliance Committee and a member of the Human Resources, Remuneration and Nominations Committee. Mr Kirk is currently Managing Director and Founder of Collins Pitt Associates and is a director of the St Kilda Football Club and the Transport Accident Commission.  He is a member of the Audit & Risk & Investment Advisory Committee of Monash University.  He was previously a director of the Melbourne Festival, Worksafe Victoria and the Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority. Prior to this, Mr Kirk held a number of senior positions both overseas and in Australia with the major accountancy firm,  PricewaterhouseCoopers, specialising in the area of corporate advice, turnaround & restructuring, profit improvement, M&A, strategic advice, risk and governance, forensic accounting and insolvency management. Following this, Paul worked for two years as a Special Advisor for Lazard Australia. Mr Kirk has not held any directorships of listed entities in addition to those set out above during the last three years.

Lisa Chung

LLB, FAIM, FAICD

Ms Chung was appointed to the board of Australian Unity Limited on 30 June 2017. She is a director of a number of Australian Unity Limited subsidiaries, a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee, Investment Committee and Risk Committee.  Ms Chung is currently Chair of Urbis Pty Limited and The Benevolent Society, a director of APN Outdoor Group Limited and Artspace, Deputy President of Trustees of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum) and an Advisory Committee Member for the University of Wollongong Early Start.

Prior to this, Ms Chung was a partner specialising in commercial property and infrastructure at Maddocks Lawyers and at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) where she also held various senior management roles and was an elected member of the firm’s board.  Ms Chung has not held any directorships of listed entities in addition to those set out above during the last three years.


Policies and Charters

Our policies and charters have been developed to assist Australian Unity with achieving a high level of corporate governance and promoting sound business practices.