It is with a sense of honour and humility that I write this column as the new Chair of the Board.
It is with a sense of honour and humility that I write this column as the new Chair of the Board of Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank. As you may already know I came onto the Board just over four years ago as the first Intern to the Board.
That program grew out of a discussion between the then director, Greg Angelo and William Wolke, CEO of the Mutual Bank, around giving a teacher the opportunity to grow and develop in corporate and governance experience with a view to enabling that person to become Board ready. It was not an automatic entrée to the Board, but, as it turned out, I was elected to the Board, by you our Members, at the end of 2011. I was then re-elected in November, 2014. In the intervening years I have served on the Audit and Risk, Governance, Executive and Board Advocacy committees. I have also undertaken a range of professional development programs to learn as much as I could to add value to the Board.
Jon Hutchins has been a wonderful Chair and there have been exemplary Chairs before him so I have big shoes to fill, but I do so with the support of all my fellow directors. I can say with conviction, though, that I will be the best I can be in my service to you, the Members. The Mutual Bank has its values at the forefront. Those values are mine and, I'm pleased to emphasise, those of all existing Directors.
We are sad to lose Jon's expertise and insight but there is now an opportunity to bring another Board appointed Director into our team. We will discuss the profile we need to complement current Directors' skill sets and appoint wisely. The Mutual Bank must be a savvy, nimble, professional and efficient Bank to continue to thrive in what is a complex banking environment. That is the Board's fiduciary and moral duty to you. We are one of Australia’s most highly respected mutual’s, our focus firmly on the education community, and I am committed to seeing that it remains so.