GRCI Board

 

GRCI Board 2016 - 2017

President

Carolyn Hanson
Head of Financial Crime Compliance & Specialist Advisory Services, Wealth Management, CBA


Carolyn Hanson has been in the Compliance field for more than 20 years and is currently the Head of Financial Crime Compliance for the Wealth Management Division of the Commonwealth Banking Group. Having previously worked in the international compliance environment Australia is Carolyn’s eighth country of residence. CBA is the second of the Australian “Big Four” banks Carolyn has worked for having also worked at Westpac in the Australian Financial Services risk team in the Anti Money Laundering area.

Most of Carolyn’s experience has been gained in the UK, Isle of Man, Bahamas, Trinidad, Barbados and Dubai. As Course Director (International) for the International Compliance Association (ICA) Carolyn facilitated workshops in Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman and Hong Kong and contributed to the main texts used by the ICA in their various international courses.

Working in the Caribbean region Carolyn established compliance regimes for four major areas of a major banking group, acted as the Regional Compliance Manager and Regional Money Laundering Reporting Officer for two major financial institutions. Her responsibilities have included prudential/regulatory and financial crime compliance involving the day to day management of a team of 50 Compliance Managers based in 10 jurisdictions across the Caribbean.

Having extensive customer facing experience in the insurance and investment industries Carolyn is a Fellow of the ICA and is CAMS accredited. As well as being an accredited trainer Carolyn has also acted as a Training and Competence Officer in the UK. Other qualifications that Carolyn holds are Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, the Financial Planning Certificate and a degree in Business Management. Carolyn was a founding member of the Barbados Association of Compliance Professionals and was President of the Caribbean Regional Compliance Association conference committee for 6 years.

Carolyn continued her professional development in Australia by taking the Governance Risk and Compliance (GRCI) Certified Compliance Professional Diploma which confers an International Federation of Compliance Association accreditation. 


For any enquiries contact Kelsey Clark here.



Vice President



Susan Cretan
Director, Integrity, Governance & Risk, Flinders University


Susan is a governance, risk and compliance pro
fessional with over twenty years experience in the financial services sector. She has also practiced as a lawyer at a commercial law firm and at ASIC. She currently holds the position of Director, Integrity, Governance and Risk at Flinders University.


Treasurer



Craig Greenwood
Chief Compliance Officer, Toyota Finance Australia


Craig is a risk and compliance professional with 15 years in the field, all gained within banking and financial services. He is currently Chief Compliance Officer (and AML Officer) for Toyota Finance where he also sits on the Global Compliance Group. Previous management roles in Compliance and AML have included roles at HSBC, RBC Capital Markets, Westpac and IAG.

Craig holds postgraduate qualifications in Compliance Management, AML (two) and Applied Finance, together with a Masters in Professional Ethics from UNSW. He is a ‘certified professional’ in risk (CRP) and Compliance (CCP) with the GRCI, and in Insurance (CIP) through ANZIIF. He also holds accreditation with various overseas bodies including ICCP and the ICA.

Areas of specific interest and expertise include compliance frameworks, culture and metrics, bribery & corruption, conflicts and other conduct risks, and governance and ethics.
Craig has been an active member of the GRCI since 2003, and is proud to serve as a Director on behalf of all members and GRC practitioners. He is particularly keen to see GRC continue on its journey as a valued standalone profession, and looks forward to working with his fellow Directors and Institute members on achieving this goal.


For any enquiries contact Kelsey Clark here.


Public Officer



Naomi Burley
Managing Director, GRC Institute


Naomi is the current Managing Director of the GRC Institute. Based in Sydney Australia the GRCI seeks to be the preeminent association for compliance and risk management professionals in the Australasian region. GRCI was formed in 1996 by a group of professionals in roles undertaking compliance, a new role concept at the time. Over the following twenty years these dedicated individuals contributed to building a career pathway for themselves and their peers, which has evolved into an accreditation and education framework with options for those entering the profession and those desiring to increase their professional development.
 
Working with compliance and risk management professionals closely over the past fifteen years and participating in numerous industry discussion groups looking closely at issues and tolls needing to be built, Naomi is passionate about the value of compliance and those undertaking the work to build and embed compliance frameworks in organisations. Part of her role with the GRC Institute is to advocate on behalf of members with their organisations, regulators and government to help them understand this inherent value and how to better achieve their desired strategic and operational outcomes by harnessing the talents, skills and knowledge of our GRCI members.
 
Passionate about the potential contribution of not for profits in the broader setting of society and commercial markets, Naomi has completed a Masters in Community Management and this, combined with her business operations background, means she aims to work toward building the GRC Institute for a financial stable future while consistently delivering member value, adopting agile and technological solutions to delivering services, tools, events and professional development options to GRCI members.


For any enquiries contact Kelsey Clark here.


Director



Alexi Paxinos
Business Development Leader, VISA


Alexi Paxinos is a psychologist with 10 + years’ experience working in corporations across key account management, Organisational Development, consulting, culture, compliance, AML and Operational risk.

Alexi completed his post graduate qualifications – Masters of Organisational Psychology at Macquarie University, and worked in psychometric testing and HR consulting before moving to Westpac, where among other things he got to work on the St George merger in the Legal risk and control frameworks team. It was there that he met a lot of Westpac and St George Bank’s great risk and compliance folks and the value those teams and roles bring to an organisation.

Over time, in learning the ways of the bank and the great challenges and opportunities in risk and compliance, Alexi began to apply many of organisational psychology principles to enhance the bank’s risk management practices. Much of the research offered what science tells us about how people work in organisations also applies to getting our best risk management outcomes.

As part of that framework, he created an educational series entitles Psychology and Risk Management, where he provided insight to the Westpac Risk Community on the Science of organisational psychology and how tools and techniques that can assist the bank achieve its objectives.

Alexi is now in Sales Operation at another great company, Visa Inc which is the world’s largest payment network by transaction volume. He gets to work with a great many talented people to improve their risk management out and get the best of both worlds – business growth in a compliant way.

Alexi is also an honorary member of staff at Macquarie University where he coaches, mentors and supervises a number of organisational psychology master’s and PHD students as part of their required training to become psychologists. Alexi focuses a lot on their development in how psychology applies to risk management, and many of those individuals have gone on to use their skills in this area to add value to their future careers.


For any enquiries contact Alexi Paxinos here.


Director



Alison Telfer
General Counsel & Head of Compliance, BlackRock
Also holds a seat on the Australian Executive Committee and is a Director on the Australian Board 


Alison Telfer, Director is General Counsel and Head of Compliance for BlackRock Australia & NZ and a member of the BlackRock Australian board and executive committee. Ms Telfer joined Blackrock in September 2013. Prior to this, Ms Telfer held various senior positions over more than 9 years with Challenger Financial Services, initially in the position of senior legal counsel and later as Director, Specialised Product. Prior to joining Challenger Financial Services, Ms Telfer held the position of Senior Associate with Blake Dawson Waldron, focussing on asset management and prior to that, Mallesons Stephen Jaques specialising across a number of areas including tax, intellectual property and asset management. Ms Telfer holds a BA (communications)/LLB from Macquarie University and is admitted to practice as a solicitor in NSW.

 


Director



Sasha Culjkovic
Principal Consultant, Safety Leadership Group


Sasha Culjkovic is a dynamic and enthusiastic GRC professional, who combines theoretical business knowledge with almost 20 years practical GRC management experience to assist organisations in overcoming compliance challenges.

Following completion of his Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Sasha’s career started in the Aerospace industry, where he worked in the area of Quality assurance. His work then took him overseas, where he accepted a role with Australia’s national airline Qantas which encompassed ensuring the airline’s Engineering business is compliant with relevant legislation and regulation.

During the next decade, he added risk management, governance, and occupational health & safety to his portfolio, with a focus of affecting change in Culture and Leadership. With global construction firm LendLease, Sasha completed a holistic analysis of the company’s global compliance landscape, and devised a strategy to overcome identified group-wide challenges through Learning & Development, culture, reporting, and communication stream initiatives.

Sasha then accepted a 12-month contract as Head of Corporate Compliance for US-based office solutions provider Staples, where his contribution was widely recognised as changing the Health, Safety, and Environmental culture and compliance in innovative ways. Sasha is a board member at the Governance, Risk, and Compliance Institute (GRCI), with the additional role of Chairman of the Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
 
Sasha holds a Bachelor Degree in Aerospace Engineering, Master of Science in Aviation, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Graduate Certificate in Compliance & Risk Management, Certified Lead Auditor of Safety Systems, Green Belt Six Sigma, Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, and Certified Executive Coach.
 
Sasha’s strengths include the ability to effectively transfer learnings from one industry to other fields, a global mindset, acquired through living and working in a number of countries and continents, and communication skills which bridge cultural gaps and geographical boundaries. He is a sought after keynote speaker, guest lecturer, trainer, and article publisher in the fields of Compliance, Risk, Safety, and ancillary topics such as ‘overcoming resistance to change’.


For any enquiries contact Sasha Culjkovic here.




Director 



Stephen Fergusson
Head of Risk & Compliance, Homeloans Ltd


Stephen’s career spans thirty five years in Financial Services, the last ten of which have been in the Risk Governance and Compliance field. Stephen is currently the Head of Risk and Compliance at Homeloans Limited, one of Australia’s largest publicly listed mortgage management companies.
 
Commencing his career with the Commercial Bank of Australia (Westpac) in Melbourne in 1981, he initially worked in International Trade before moving through a variety of roles within Westpac’s branch network.  During the next 13 years Stephen was appointed to management roles in the areas of Regional Sales & Marketing, Branch Operations Management (Accountant), Branch Management and Business Banking. In 1988 Stephen was selected to join Westpac’s Senior Management Development program, which he remained on until he left the bank in 1994.

Accepting a role as Relationship Manager with the Bank of New Zealand Australia (a subsidiary of NAB) saw him move away from mainstream banking into the area of mortgage securitisation, finance brokering and the deregulated world of financial services. In 1995 BNZA was re-branded HomeSide Lending and Stephen was appointed to the role of State Sales Manager (Victoria & Tasmania) responsible for third party (broker generated) mortgage business across the two States.

In October 2000 Stephen was appointed to the role of Head of Credit & Servicing based in Sydney, responsible for HomeSide’s Credit Bureau and Loan Servicing operations and a member of HomeSide’s Executive Committee. In 2003 he was appointed to the role of Head of Operations which added executive responsibility for legal operations, mortgage processing, client retention and technology. As part of this expanded role, Stephen took his first steps into the area of Risk Management when he established Homeside’s Risk and Compliance Department, effectively creating a dedicated Risk Management functionality for NAB’s Third Party Lending Division.

Stephen remained in this role until 2006 when he joined Homeloans Ltd as its Senior Manager Risk & Compliance. He was initially engaged to develop Homeloans’ Risk & Compliance framework necessitated by the increasingly changing credit and financial services regulations at the time. Over the ensuing eight years Stephen established Homeloans’ Risk & Compliance operations from the ground up, during a period subject to global financial instability, persistent regulatory change and rationalisation of the Australian financial services sector. In his current role as Head of Risk & Compliance Stephen is responsible for risk governance and compliance across Homeloans’ five group businesses. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Business Law) from Curtin University, an Associate Diploma in Business (Banking & Finance) from RMIT University and a Certificate IV in Financial Services (Finance/Mortgage Broking). He is an Internationally Certified Compliance Professional, an Associate Member of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) and Chairman of the MFAA’s Mortgage Management Committee.

In joining the Board of the GRCI, Stephen looks to advance the profile of the Institute across all sectors of the business community, provide a source of support and leadership to GRCI members and promote the ongoing growth of the Institute’s membership.




Director 



Ramy Salem
Senior Manager, Risk & Compliance, BT Investment Management Ltd


Ramy is a highly experienced and business solutions focused governance, risk and compliance professional with over 15 years’ financial services experience gained from within the funds management and banking industries.  Currently, Ramy is a Senior Manager at ASX listed BT Investment Management Limited and prior to that he held roles with Maple-Brown Abbot Limited, Macquarie Bank and the Commonwealth Bank.  Ramy has been an active member of the GRCI since 2004.



Director 



Peter Kenny
Adviser & Regulatory Compliance Manager, AMP Financial Services NZ


Peter is a generalist who’s managed compliance and non-compliance functions for many years.  His experience spans operations, IT, distribution, legal and professional publishing, and, of course, compliance, which he came to by accident, setting up a complaints function and shortly after that a product compliance one too after moving to Auckland with AMP in 2009.
 
His current role is a broad one, managing adviser and regulatory compliance for AMP Financial Services NZ. That involves overseeing QFE obligations for one of the most complex QFE structures as well as ensuring compliance of licensing including Managed Investment Schemes, Discretionary Management Investment Services, and Insurance Prudential Supervision, plus managing AML/CFT delivery and owning the second line in AMP's three lines of defence.
 
Peter is strongly encouraging of continued personal and professional development and sees too many workers focus on outputs and not on their development. Putting this in to practice for himself his more recent development has been completion of the PGDip in Information Management and maintaining CPD requirements as a Member of the Institute of Directors.
 
In joining the Board of the GRCI, Peter seeks to mutually improve the GRCI and its New Zealand members’ outcomes by improving GRCI’s ongoing relevance to New Zealand compliance professionals.


GRCI Board 2015 -2016

Name Position  
Carolyn Hanson  President  
Lois McCowan   Vice President                
Craig Greenwood Treasurer  
Naomi Burley Public Officer  
Alexi Paxinos Director  
Paul Neunhoffer Director  
Sasha Culjkovic Director  
Susan Cretan Director  
Stephen Luk Director  
     

GRCI Board 2014 -2015

Name Position Email
Alf Esteban President Alf
Carolyn Hanson        Vice President               Carolyn
Debra Neill Treasurer  
Martin Tolar Public Officer Martin
Susan Cretan Director  
Stephen Luk Director Stephen
Lois McCowan Director Lois
David Morris Director David
Vacant Director  
Vacant Director  


GRCI Board 2013 -2014

Name Position Email
Alf Esteban President Alf
Bronwyn Gallacher               Vice President               Bronwyn
Kellie Powell Treasurer Kellie
Martin Tolar Public Officer Martin
Willie Lewis Director Willie
Robert Ludlow Director Robert
Lois McCowan Director Lois
Carolyn Hanson Director Carolyn
Stephen Luk Director Stephen
David Morris Director David


GRCI Board 2012 - 2013

Name Position
Alf Esteban President
Kellie Powell Vice President
Robert Emery Treasurer
Martin Tolar Public Officer
David Lawrence Director
Robert Ludlow Director
David Morris Director
Kym Fortescue Director
Bronwyn Gallacher Director
Willie Lewis Director


GRCI Board 2011 - 2012

Name Position
David Lawrence President
Alf Esteban Vice President
Robert Emery Treasurer
Martin Tolar Public Officer
David Morris Director
Robert Ludlow Director
Kellie Powell Director
Kym Fortescue Director
Bronwyn Gallacher Director
Willie Lewis Director


GRCI Board 2010 - 2011

Name Position
David Lawrence President
Alf Esteban Vice President
Robert Emery Treasurer
Martin Tolar Public Officer
Sandra Birkensleigh Director
Robert Ludlow Director
Kellie Powell Director
Kym Fortescue Director
Bronwyn Gallacher Director
Willie Lewis Director