Our Board consists of seven Directors, many of whom have current and extensive experience serving the community.
Bernie Lloyd - Chair
BA, DipEd, MEd, Dip Financial Services (AMI), FAICD
Bernie brings to the Board extensive educational experience in rural and metropolitan schools as a classroom teacher as well as executive manager. Her leadership expertise resides in long-term strategic planning, building capacity in teams and sustaining and expanding growth in organisations. She currently coaches individuals and teams and facilitates workshops for aspiring leaders with an emphasis on building positive environments which sustain and empower. She understands the interdependence between schools and their communities and how high levels of trust enable productivity. Her governance experience includes school councils and executive roles with VASSP (Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals). She led the Victorian chapter of Principals Australia for three years. Bernie joined the Board as Intern in 2010, was elected by the Members in 2011, and was appointed Chair of the Board in 2015. Apart from being a member on various Board Committees, she served as Chair of the Governance Committee 2013 - 2015.
B.Comm, MBA, Dip FP, CA, GAICD CFP - non practicing
Jo is a chartered accountant and certified financial planner. Jo spent 14 years with chartered accounting firm Deloitte specialising in the financial services industry, and has held a number of senior positions with National Australia Bank within the areas of insurance and funds management. Jo is also a non-executive Director of Templeton Global Growth Fund Limited, Vision Super, Catholic Church Insurance Ltd and CCI Asset Management Limited. Jo joined the Board in August 2014.
LLB, B. Juris., FAICD
Michael has a strong 30 year commercial background in property and development underpinned by a legal background. His early career focused primarily on acquisition, development and management of commercial enterprises in Australia and North America. Michael possesses a proven track record in implementing and deploying successful commercial strategies relating to planning, development, risk management, government liaisons and relationships. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Michael joined the Board in 2010.
FAICD, FCIBS, SF Fin
Graeme has completed a Management Development program at the Harvard Business School. Mr Willis is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Institute of Bankers and the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Scotland). He has had a career of over 40 years in banking and finance and held many senior Board and executive management positions with major European and Australian banks, and is an independent Non-Executive director of the RACV. Graeme joined the Board in May 2013 and commenced as Chair of the Risk Committee in January 2015.
BA, Dip Ed, Dip SS, Dip Admin, Dip Psych, FACEL, GAICD
Judy Crowe has had a long term commitment to education, fulfilling many roles, including twenty years as a principal in three Victorian secondary schools. She spent twelve years as Principal of Melbourne Girls’ College, and completed a three year term as the President of the Victorian Association of State School Principals in early 2018. She also served on the Council of Deakin University and the National Executive of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools.
Judy joined the Bank First Board and Audit Committee in August 2018, graduating from the Australian Institute of Company Directors in preparation for this role.
B. Comm, LLB
Simon joined the Board in January 2018 with extensive experience leveraging digital technology, strategic leadership and collaboration to deliver enterprise-wide organisational transformation. Simon is a member of the Board at Haileybury College, Australia’s largest Private School, and has previously served on Boards across various industries. Simon was Chief Executive Officer at HICAPS Pty Ltd from 2011 – 2013 where his responsibilities included strategy development, financial management and leading growth outcomes. Prior to this, Simon fulfilled various transformation leadership roles at National Australia Bank, driving numerous digital initiatives and outcomes.
Mark has had a geographically diverse and broad based 30 year commercial banking career with diverse leadership roles in Wholesale and Consumer Banking, Human Resources, Corporate Affairs, Sustainability and Country CEO roles in Japan and Thailand. Mark is chair of a global children’s charity and a director of an international anti-modern slavery NGO. He graduated from the University of Bristol, UK with a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Economics and has completed various leadership courses in Oxford, Insead and the London School of Economics. Mark lives in Sydney. Mark joined the Bank First Board and Risk Committee in March 2020.