Corporate Governance - Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
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Corporate Governance

Our Directors


Robert Johanson
Chairman
Independent Director

BA, LLM (Melb), MBA (Harvard)
Robert Johanson - Chairman - Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Director for 26 years and appointed Chairman in 2006.

Robert has significant experience in banking and financial services and expertise in corporate strategy, capital and risk management and mergers and acquisitions. He has over 30 years experience in providing corporate advice on capital market transactions to a wide range of public and private companies.

Robert is a director of Grant Samuel Group Pty Ltd (and subsidiaries) and a director of the Robert Salzer Foundation. Robert is also Deputy Chancellor of the University of Melbourne and Chairman, Australia India Institute.


Special responsibilities

Governance and HR Committee
Technology and Change Committee


Group and joint venture company directorships

Rural Bank Ltd
Homesafe Solutions Pty Ltd


Mike Hirst
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

B.Com (Melb), SFin
Mike Hirst - Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer - Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Mike joined the group in 2001 and was appointed managing director in 2009. Mike is a career banker with extensive experience in banking, treasury, funds management and financial markets.

Mike is a member of the Australian Government's Financial Sector Advisory Council and the Business Council of Australia and the Deputy Chairman of the Australian Bankers' Association.


Special responsibilities

Mike has a standing invitation to attend Board Committee meetings.


Group directorships

Rural Bank Ltd


Jan Harris
Independent Director

B.Ec. (Hons)
Jan Harris - Independent Director - Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Appointed to the board in 2016.

Jan has had a distinguished career in the Australian public service with extensive experience in public and regulatory policy development, economics and governance. Jan has had senior roles in the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, including most recently as Deputy Secretary at the Treasury.

Jan is a former member the Council of Financial Regulators, the Centre for International Finance and Regulation, the Financial Sector Advisory Committee and the Board of the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation.

Jan currently also serves as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and a member of the Independent Panel for Eliminating Duplication across NSW Government agencies.


Special responsibilities

Risk Committee
Audit Committee


Group directorships

Rural Bank Ltd


Jim Hazel
Independent Director

B.Ec, FFin, SFFin

Jim Hazel - Independent Director - Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Appointed to the Board in 2010.

Jim is a prominent South Australian businessman with significant banking experience and knowledge of the regional banking industry.

Jim chairs Ingenia Communities Group Limited. He also serves on the boards of Impedimed Limited, Motor Accident Commission, Coopers Brewery Limited and Centrex Metals Limited.

During the 1990’s Jim was Chief General Manager of Adelaide Bank.


Special Responsibilities

Chair Risk Committee
Credit Committee
Technology and Change Committee

Group directorships

Rural Bank Limited


Jacqueline Hey
Independent Director

B.Com (Melb); Graduate Cert. in Management (SCU)
Jacqueline Hey - Independent Director - Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Appointed to the Board in 2011.

Jacquie has experience in telecommunications, marketing and sales, including as CEO of Ericsson in the UK and in Australia. She worked with Ericsson for more than 20 years in finance, marketing, sales and leadership roles in Australia, Sweden, the UK and the Middle East.

Jacquie is a director of Qantas Airways, Cricket Australia, Melbourne Business School, Australian Foundation Investment Company and Honorary Consul of Sweden for Victoria.


Special responsibilities

Chair Technology and Change Committee
Governance and HR Committee


Group directorships

Rural Bank Ltd


Robert Hubbard
Independent Director

BA (Hons) Accy, FCA, MAICD
Jacqueline Hey - Independent Director - Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Appointed to the Board in 2013.

Robert has more than 20 years’ experience in accounting, corporate finance, assurance and audit as a partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Brisbane.

Robert is a director of Primary Health Care Limited, Orocobre Limited and Central Petroleum Limited and has had vast experience with several community based organisations, including President of the Multiple Sclerosis Australia, Director of Multiple Sclerosis International Federation, Director of UQ Health Care and a member of the Council of the University of the Sunshine Coast.


Special responsibilities

Chair Audit Committee
Risk Committee


Group directorships

Rural Bank Ltd


David Matthews
Independent Director

Dip BIT, GAICD

David Matthews - Independent Director - Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Appointed to the Board in 2010.

David has experience in small business and agri-business and is involved in a number of agricultural industry bodies including as a director of Pulse Australia.

David chaired the first Community Bank® company in Rupanyup and Minyip and has served on that board since 1998. David has a strong connection to regional communities.

David is currently a member of the Community Bank® National Council and a director of Rural Bank Ltd.


Special Responsibilities

Credit Committee
Audit Committee

Group directorships

Rural Bank Limited


Deborah Radford
Independent Director

B.Ec, Grad Dip Finance & Investment
Deborah Radford - Independent Director - Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Appointed to the Board in 2006.

Deb is an economics graduate with experience in both the public and private sector. Deb has 20 years experience in the banking industry with both international and local banks.

Following seven years with the Victorian State Treasury, Deb ran her own consulting business between 2001 and 2007 advising the government on commercial transactions.

Deb is a council member of La Trobe University.


Special responsibilities

Chair Credit Committee
Technology and Change Committee
Governance and HR Committee


Group directorships

Rural Bank Ltd


Tony Robinson
Independent Director

B.Com (Melb), ASA, MBA (Melb)
Tony Robinson - Independent Director - Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Appointed to the Board in 2006.

Tony has significant experience in wealth management and insurance, including as CEO of Centre Point Alliance, IOOF and OAMPS.

Tony’s other previous management positions include joint managing director of Falkiners Stockbroking, managing director of WealthPoint, chief financial officer of Link Telecommunications and general manager corporate services at Mayne Nickless. Tony is a director of Pacific Current Group Limited, TasFoods Limited, PSC Insurance Group Limited and Primary Opinion Limited. He is also an Advisory Board member of Adara Partners.

Tony is a director of the Bank's wealth management subsidiary, Sandhurst Trustees Ltd.


Special responsibilities

Chair Governance and HR Committee
Risk Committee
Audit Committee

Group directorships

Sandhurst Trustees Limited
Rural Bank Ltd