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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

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 Chair of NULIS Nominees (Australia) Limited, Warakirri Asset Management Pty Ltd and Warakirri Holdings Pty Ltd. Mr Promnitz was previously Chair of ASX-listed company SFG Australia Limited and a director of Warakirri Dairies Pty Ltd.

Mr Promnitz is a qualified actuary. He was formerly Region Head for 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

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 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 Business Council of Co-Operatives and Mutuals Limited (BCCM) and the Centre for Independent Studies. Prior to joining Australian Unity, Mr Mead was employed by Perpetual Trustees Australia Limited (1996-2003) in a range of senior roles.

Lisa Chung

Lisa Chung

LLB, FIMI, FAICD

Lisa 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, Chair of the People, Culture & Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee, Investment Committee and Risk & Compliance Committee. Lisa is currently Chair of Urbis Pty Limited and The Front Project, a director of Artspace/Visual Arts Centre Limited and Deputy President of Trustees of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum).

Prior to this, Lisa 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. Lisa completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in France in 2004. She was previously the chairman of The Benevolent Society and a non­executive director of APN Outdoor Limited. Lisa has not held any directorships of listed entities in addition to those set out above during the last three years.

Melinda Cilento

Melinda Cilento 

BA, BEc (Hons), MEc, GAICD

Melinda 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 People, Culture & Remuneration Committee and the Risk & Compliance Committee. She is also Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, and until 1 May 2019 was a director of Woodside Petroleum. In addition to her directorships, Melinda is the Chief Executive Officer of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia and a member of Chief Executive Women. Melinda has previously been a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission, 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. Melinda was a director of Wesfarmers General Insurance until June 2014. Melinda has not held any directorships of listed entities in addition to those set out above during the last three years.

Paul Kirk

Paul Kirk

BEc, ACA, RITA, MAICD

Mr Kirk was appointed to the board of Australian Unity Limited on 1 February 2016. He is a director of a number of Australian Unity Limited subsidiaries, Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the People, Culture and Remuneration Committee. Mr Kirk is currently Managing Director and Founder of Collins Pitt Associates and is a director of the St Kilda Football Club. 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, Transport Accident Commission 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.

Su McCluskey

Su McCluskey

BCom, FCP A, MAI CD

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 Risk & Compliance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee, the Investment Committee and the People, Culture & Remuneration Committee. Ms McCluskey is also a director of The Foundation for Young Australians, Australasian Pork Research Institute, Energy Renaissance, a Commissioner for International Agricultural Research and a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration. She was a member of the Charities Review, the Harper Review of Competition Policy and the Regional Telecommunications Review. Ms McCluskey was previously the CEO of the Regional Australia Institute 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.

Greg Willcock

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 and a member of the Risk & Compliance Committee and the Audit 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.

Julien Playoust

BSc (Arch), BArch (Hons), MBA, FAICD

Julien has more than 25 years’ experience as a director in public & private companies, including ASX-100, SME and not-for-profit organisations.

He is passionate about sustainable business models for economic & social good, and Art. He is a proponent of design thinking, diversity and cross-disciplinary skills.

He has worked across multiple sectors incl. property, professional & financial services, media, agriculture, consumer discretionary, energy, technology and The Arts, focusing on business transformation, M&A, capital raising and portfolio management. 

He has been CEO and MD of AEH Group since 2003. Past appointments incl. Non-Executive Director ASX-listed Tatts Group Limited, MCM Entertainment Group Limited, and Australian Renewable Fuels Limited; Director of Time Out Australia, Ventura Health, and; member of UNSW Art & Design Advisory Board. He has worked with AMP, NAB and Accenture.

He is currently Deputy Chairman AGNSW Foundation and Chairman Finance Committee, Chairman of the Investment Committee of The Nature Conservancy, and member of the Alumni Leaders Group UNSW Business School.

He is Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors and Member Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders.  He holds a Master of Business Administration UNSW (AGSM), Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Science Sydney University, and Company Director Course Diploma AICD.

Julien and his family live in Manly, by the sea and the bush. Julien travels frequently to central western NSW where he oversees a merino sheep property.