Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Patrick Ashkettle

Chief Risk Officer

Bank Australia

Michael Blayney

Head of multi asset

Pendal Group

Michael has over 20 years’ investment management and consulting experience and joined BTIM from First State Super, where he was Head of Investment Strategy since January 2014. In this role, Michael was responsible for the establishment of an active asset allocation process and led the Fund’s Investment Strategy Team. Prior to this appointment, Michael was Head of Diversified Strategies at Perpetual for over five years, with portfolio management responsibilities for the manager’s range of diversified funds. Michael’s prior experience includes over 10 years in consulting roles at Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson) and NSP Buck.

David Brown

Chief Risk Officer

Bank at Challenger

Andrew Byron

Senior Business Specialist

AMP Capital

Andrew Byron is the Senior Program Manager for regulatory strategic projects at AMP Capital where his current focus is on both Margin and Libor Transition. He has been in financial markets for more than 30 years, primarily in senior management roles on Fixed Income sales and trading desks across the Asia-Pac region. Andrew has worked previously for Macquarie Bank, Barclays and Citi in Australia, Singapore and Japan, where he traded and managed interest rate derivatives business lines.

Andrew is a member of the AFMA Committee and has a degree in Economics from the University of Melbourne.

Rebekah Cain

Chief Sustainability Officer

Bank of New Zealand

Dakshinamurti Chirravuri

Risk Oversight

Westpac Institutional Bank

Risk Management
- Developing strategy for Operational Risk and setting the direction to achieve
- Led a high performance team managing industry leading practice in scenarios and cross risk-class reviews
- Conducted risk diagnostics across emerging legislations
- Conducted enterprise risk assessments leading to strategic shift in focus
- Optimized product drivers to enable automation of credit decisioning across – Led to development of market leading business differentiator
- Developed project management audit methodology to conduct project reviews – Led to creation of a project assurance based team
- Led enterprise wide audit of SOX, Basel II AMA accreditation and projects leading to accreditation and subsequent capital optimization

Strategy & Projects
- Led teams to design and implement business delivery models including diagnostics to support strategic decision making – Led to creation of new businesses and operating models
- Delivered operational & productivity strategies for retail & business banking leading to step change in driving margins
- Project managed implementation of a new business structure leading to improved customer experience and better business outcomes
- Designed and delivered framework and metrics to measure coaching as a competency based enabler in the market

Process & Change
- Re-designed retail and business product development processes.
- Delivered automated AUSTRAC reporting processes removing manual intervention.
- Developed information pathways to effectively transition management information to business intelligence
- Re-engineered retail and business lending processes to achieve 15% cost optimization.

David Clarke

Chief Risk Officer, Corporate and Institutional Banking

National Australia Bank

David was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria (as well as the High Court of Australia) in 1998.

David previously worked in the corporate and financial services divisions of Clayton Utz in Sydney, and Linklaters in London and Tokyo, followed by four years in the Financial Services Group of Macquarie Bank in Sydney.

John Cummins

Chief Investment Officer


Entering financial markets in a trading capacity, John’s career spans 30 years in financial services and has included senior markets-based roles overseeing FICC businesses for HSBC, Westpac Institutional Bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Macquarie Bank. He has also had extensive offshore experience in both London and Hong Kong in regional and global teams across most products.

He is currently Chief Investment Officer at market-leading fintech SocietyOne.


Angela Feeney

Manager of Exposure Management


Manish Jayswal

Head of risk management, and consumer and business banking


Manish Jayswal is the head of risk management, and consumer and business banking at Westpac, and is responsible for the oversight of consumer risk portfolio insights across financial and non-financial risk. In prior roles at Westpac and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, he worked in credit risk, balance sheet management, treasury and capital allocation. Jayswal has held several global senior risk management roles, notably with Fannie Mae in Washington DC during the peak of global financial crisis that began in 2007–08, the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and GE Capital. He has designed and implemented risk management frameworks such as risk appetite, early warning, the economic capital framework, stress-testing, loss allowance modelling, home price forecasting.

Damian Lillicrap

Head of Investment Strategy


Damian commenced with QSuper in July 2009. As Head of Investment Strategy his responsibilities include guiding Asset Allocation as well as managing Investment Risk and Strategy.

Driven by processes developed by Damian and his team, QSuper has been an industry leader in Dynamic Asset Allocation and developing risk balanced portfolios, delivering top tier returns with risk around 25% lower than other high returning funds.

Previously Damian was Head of the Portfolio Design team in QIC’s Investment Strategy team where he focused on design for QIC’s core clients - QSuper and Queensland Treasury.

Damian commenced his career as a Chemical Engineer and worked in industry for 5 years. During this time he completed a Graduate Diploma of Accounting, and is now a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).

Other financial experience includes roles with Macquarie Bank, CBA Institutional Banking, and Credit Suisse Financial Products.

He has written an easy reading book explaining investing and the global economic issues of the day, Kitchen Table Economics & Investing, released by University of Queensland Press in January 2013. To find out more about Damian visit his website

Adam McAnalen

Chief Risk Officer

Bank of Queensland

Adam McAnalen was appointed Chief Risk Officer of BOQ in June 2019. Prior to his appointment as Chief Risk Officer, Adam held a number of senior leadership roles across the Business and Retail Banking, Finance, Operations and Risk divisions of BOQ. His previous roles include CEO of BOQ Finance, CRO for BOQ Business, and General Manager Retail Credit where he led the Bank's retail credit risk strategy, scorecards, decisioning, collection and recovery operations. Before joining BOQ, Adam held a number of senior Commercial and Business Banking roles at Westpac Banking Corporation. Adam has been a member of the Bank's Executive Credit Committee since April 2016 and is a signatory of the Banking Finance Oath.

Jeff McArthur

Chief Risk Officer

Greater Bank

Vasyl Nair

Group chief executive

Mine Superannuation Fund

Vasyl Nair is group chief executive at Mine Super and has a background in law and corporate finance, having also held roles across operations, strategy, marketing and risk functions at some of Australia’s largest financial services institutions. He holds bachelor of laws, bachelor of commerce, graduate diploma of legal practice and executive master of business administration degrees. Nair is also a director of Recreo Financial, an Australian financial technology company, specialising in superannuation and investment administration.

Campbell Nicoll

Chief risk officer

Regional Australia Bank

Campbell Nicoll is chief risk officer (CRO) at Regional Australia Bank, with 15 years' experience in credit and operational risk management. His previous roles in the financial sector include general manager positions at ASB Bank and a CRO role at the Bank South Pacific.

Sam O'Sullivan

Chief risk officer


Sam O'Sullivan is chief risk officer at QIS and leads a team in continually enhancing QIC's risk management capability. Before joining QIC, he held senior roles in the investment management and infrastructure sectors in Australia and overseas. O'Sullivan is passionate about delivering confidence in business decisions and outcomes by delivering risk and assurance programs in support of strategic objectives.

Anne-Marie Paterson

Executive director, corporate governance and group company secretary

Colonial First State

Belinda Ray

Chief Risk Officer


Belinda leads CareSuper's Compliance and Risk team in identifying and managing governance and risk. She is also the corporate company secretary.

Belinda has over 25 years' experience in superannuation consulting, auditing and accounting, starting as an auditor for Ernest & Young. Later, she moved on to hold several senior roles at Towers Watson ( now known as Willis Towers Watson), including Senior Consultant for corporate super funds and Head of Research, Information and Compliance.

Belinda holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Information Systems), a Graduate Diploma in Organisation Leadership and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. 

Sangeeta Venkatesen

Non-Executive Director & Investment Committee Member

Kirsten Wymer

Head of Risk Strategies and Research

BT Financial

Kirsten Wymer is Head of Risk Strategies and Research at BT Investment Solutions (BTIS), specialising in risk allocation, member analysis and asset allocation modelling techniques for multi-asset portfolios. Kirsten is a published author with papers appearing in 'The Journal of Retirement' among others. Prior to joining BTIS, she spent 15 years as a sell-side derivatives trader and quantitative researcher in a career spanning electricity, rates and equities asset classes. 
In addition to quantitative research and modelling for BTIS, Kirsten’s team also manages 10bln in cash and fixed income on behalf of BT – part of the Westpac Group.

Gloria Yuen

Head of regulatory enablement and delivery

National Australia Bank

With over a decade of international risk management and regulatory compliance experience, Gloria is a risk management evangelist who believes having inclusive and diverse leadership is the cornerstone for effective risk management, innovation and good corporate governance. Being a citizen of the world, Gloria is a bridge builder in her personal and professional life, bringing curiosity, integrity, and intelligence to her numerous ventures.

Before moving to Australia with NAB, she held various advisory and management positions with Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s Compliance Committee, NAB Asia, JP Morgan Chase, Santander and China Merchants Bank. Gloria obtained her law degree from the University of Hong Kong and is a certified professional practitioner and fellow member of the International Compliance Association.

Gloria is privileged to serve in NAB’s Cultural Inclusion Committee which drives strategic initiatives to harness the power of cultural inclusion in leadership roles. Also serving as a member of the Women in Banking and Finance Vic Leadership Committee, Gloria targets to grow the talent pipeline of professional women and develops initiatives to amplify the voice of women of all backgrounds.