Governance

We are governed by a Board of Directors that serve on a voluntary basis. Board members are the guardians of Good Shepherd Microfinance’s constitution and are responsible for:

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  • Setting strategic direction and policies of Good Shepherd Microfinance
  • Monitoring overall organisational performance
  • Approving and monitoring the annual budget, and setting risk appetite controls
  • Ensuring effective engagement with stakeholders
  • Ensuring the organisation meets all regulatory and statutory requirements.

There are two sub-committees of the Board, the Finance and Audit Committee and the People and Culture Committee.

Our Board

Dr Christine Nixon APM

Dr Christine Nixon APM

Chairperson

Dr Christine Nixon has a strong history of fighting for justice and equality, especially assisting women, multicultural and minority groups. Christine commenced her police career in 1972 and, despite a corrupt, male dominated culture, rose through the ranks to become Assistant Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Force.  In 2001, she became Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, the first woman in Australia to achieve this position.  In 2009, after her resignation from the Force, Christine became Chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority for one year. She used her extensive policing skills and personal understanding of grief and loss to rebuild communities affected by the 2009 fires in Victoria. Christine is currently Deputy Chancellor, Monash University and Chair of Monash College Pty Ltd. Her qualifications include an Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Macquarie University, and Master of Public Administration, Harvard University. Christine has been awarded the Australian Police Medal, the National Medal, the Centenary Medal and the New South Wales Police Medal.

Professor John Langmore

Professor John Langmore

Deputy Chairperson

Professor John Langmore is a political economist and author in the School of Social and Political Sciences in the University of Melbourne. Between 1963 and 1976 he worked in Papua New Guinea as a public servant and university lecturer where he led the preparation of the first national plan.  Between 1976 and 1984 John was an economic advisor to the Australian Labor Party and proposed the negotiation of the Accord.  He was elected as the Member for Fraser in in 1984 and was re-elected four times.  While in Parliament John chaired the committee that planned the adoption of the first comprehensive committee system for the House of Representatives. John retired from parliament in 1996 to become Director of the UN Division for Social Policy and Development in New York for five years and then Representative of the International Labour Organization to the United Nations.  He was responsible for the organisation of the 24th special session of the General Assembly which was the first world conference to agree on the global target of halving serious poverty by 2015. John has published over 30 chapters in books, over 50 articles in journals and extensively in the media.

Ian Clyde

Ian Clyde

Director

Ian Clyde began his law career at one of Australia’s national law firms. Since the early 1990s he has worked in government legal and policy roles. Early in his government career, he worked as a senior lawyer for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (now the Australian Human Rights Commission), advising on discrimination and human rights law. He acted as counsel assisting the Commission, including the Inquiry into the “Stolen Generations”. In 2001 Ian joined Consumer Affairs Victoria where he worked on national consumer credit policy and regulation, eventually leading him to chair the Uniform Consumer Credit Code Management Committee.  During this period, Ian spearheaded a major review of consumer credit policy and regulation that considered no interest and low interest loans as viable alternatives to commercial small amount short-term credit.

Shelley Jones

Shelley Jones

Director

Shelly Jones has an extensive experience working in HR leadership in a range of industries in Asia and the Pacific. She recently completed a three-year role as General Manager HR for Ok Tedi Mining Limited in Papua New Guinea, where she was responsible for managing national workforces. Most recently Shelley has been an Official Visitor at Long Bay Gaol with the NSW Department of Justice Corrective Services. She has also accepted a role with AusAID and has been placed on their Australian Civilian Corps Register. She is involved in projects assisting countries recovering from natural disaster and conflict in order to strengthen governance, facilitate early recovery processes and prepare the frameworks for longer-term development.

Denice Pitt

Denice Pitt

Director

Denise played a significant role in the growth and success of numerous companies through leadership positions including Chief Executive Office (CEO), Vice President of Operations and National Customer Service Manager. She has worked in a range of industries including telecommunications, outsourcing and general contact centre industries and now education. Her work experience has included four years with Link Telecommunications in a variety of senior roles. Leading on from this Denise worked at Optus Communications where she was ultimately responsible for several national call centres with over 800 staff servicing residential and business customers. After 12 years at UCMS, a global provider of customer management and billing solutions, Denise was appointed CEO of Swinburne Online. Denise holds a Masters in Business Management from RMIT University.

Daniel Rudd

Daniel Rudd

Director

Daniel is a director within Ernst & Young’s Risk Advisory practice and has 16 yearsexperience delivering risk consulting, internal and external audit services to clients in the private and public sectors, Daniel has a passion for working with his clients to identify practical commercial solutions to better manage strategic, financial, operational and project risk. He seeks to achieve this through developing professional relationships with his clients that are based on trust and through understanding the impact of organisational and individual behaviours on organisations’ operating and control environments.

Daniel enjoys working with a range of clients from large multi-national consumer products companies through to smaller state government agencies. This spectrum of clients affords Daniel with the opportunity to see how different types of organisations prepare, react and adapt to change and assists him in bringing innovative ideas to the table.

Daniel is a Chartered Accountant (ICAA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (ISACA), Bachelor of Business, Accounting and Bachelor of Computing, Management Information Systems Experience.

Executive team

Adam Mooney

Adam Mooney

Chief Executive Officer

Adam has considerable experience in community development, social inclusion and financial services, working in Australia, Cambodia, England and New Zealand. He joined Good Shepherd Microfinance in 2012 from Reconciliation Australia, where his roles included Acting CEO, Director of Business Development and Director of Reconciliation Action Plans.

Adam was Head of Community Development Finance with ANZ from 2005 to 2008, prior to which he worked with development agency Concern Worldwide in Cambodia, where he helped establish Cambodia’s largest financially sustainable microfinance institution. Adam brings strong corporate, financial management and governance experience after senior roles with ANZ and Merrill Lynch, including CFO and Head of Finance.

Adam is a Board Director of PNG Microfinance Limited and a Board Committee Member of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.  He is a past director of Foresters Community Finance in Australia, past co-chair of the Indigenous Financial Services Network and past director of AMK Microfinance in Cambodia.

Adam has a Masters in International Development, a Masters in Applied Finance and is an Australian CPA. In 2014, he completed Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Rethinking Financial Inclusion program and in 2013 completed Harvard Business School’s Strategic Leadership for Inclusive Finance Program.

In 2015 Adam was voted into Pro Bono News’ Impact 25 which recognises the most influential people in the Australian social sector.

As Chief Executive Officer Adam is responsible for identifying and developing Good Shepherd Microfinance’s strategic direction in collaboration with the board.

Peter McNamara

Peter McNamara

General Manager, Business and Organisational Development

Beginning in the manufacturing sector, Peter held senior management roles across Australia including National Sales Director and National Procurement Manager. Following this he spent five years with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre as General Manager, overseeing 28 direct service programs with 800 staff and volunteers.

Peter holds a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from Melbourne Business School, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, as well as holding Diplomas in Human Resource Management and Business Management. In 2014, Peter was invited to attend the prestigious Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance at Harvard Business School.

Peter began with Good Shepherd Microfinance  as General Manager, Operations, and was responsible for the NILS, StepUP and AddsUP programs, covering the quality assurance, provider management, learning and development for these programs and the 247 providers.

As General Manager, Business and Organisational Development, Peter is responsible for partnerships, people and culture, and organisational growth.

Renee Hancock

Renee Hancock

General Manager, Innovation and Marketing

Renee Hancock is a senior communications practitioner with a unique blend of skills across corporate social responsibility and marketing. With more than 16 years of experience working in the corporate sector, Renee has demonstrated success in leading and implementing strategic communication and CSR programs.

Renee has worked with ANZ as the Senior Manager of Corporate Responsibility where she led the development and implementation of a number of high profile communication and CSR initiatives at including: community partnerships, employee engagement, disaster relief and recovery and a community grants program.

Renee has a long career in public relations consulting including running her own business and a leadership role with one of Australia’s leading public relations firms. Renee is passionate about working with organisations to improve stakeholder relationships and to build brands that are loved by the community. Renee has a Masters of Marketing from the Melbourne Business School.

As General Manager, Innovation and Marketing, Renee is responsible for marketing and communications, funding proposals, and Good Shepherd Microfinance’s innovation lab.

Dr Vinita Godinho

Dr Vinita Godinho

General Manager, Advisory

Vinita is widely recognised as an influential and respected leader in financial inclusion, action research, community development and financial services.  She has more than 20 years of experience as a banker in India and Australia, encompassing a wide range of responsibilities including Executive – Strategic Risk and Enablement, Head of Compliance, Senior Manager – Regulation and Strategy, and Program Director – Indigenous Financial Services Network (secondment with Reconciliation Australia).

Vinita was awarded a Doctorate for exploring the relationship between well-being and financial inclusion of Indigenous people, and is known for balancing her ‘day job’ with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and community development.

As General Manager, Advisory, Vinita is establishing a fully sustainable advisory and consulting function, focusing on inclusive finance. She also leads our research function to provide policy, positioning, intellectual leadership and impact evaluation for our work and for external organisations.

Lisa Carroll

Lisa Carroll

Chief Operating Officer

Lisa is an experienced consultant and executive with expertise in business strategy, digital, content, marketing and communications. She has consulted to clients in the fin-tech, education, associations, health services, finance and not-for-profit sectors, advising on business, IT strategy, business models, channel strategy and international growth.

As an Executive General Manager with CPA Australia she led a portfolio responsible for communications and digital strategy to reach and engage a global membership base and professional and student audiences across Asia-Pacific. She oversaw websites, social media, magazines, PR / media, thought-leadership content, policy and advocacy, and led strategy and delivery of all digital channels and online engagement. The portfolio included initiatives to take CPA Australia to a wider audience such as The Bottom Line television program on Channel Nine, Australia’s highest circulating business magazine INTHEBLACK and intheblack.com, and the multi-platform The Naked CEO.

Lisa has a background in education and led the redesign and digitisation of the CPA Program, a post-graduate distance learning and examination program offered worldwide. Lisa spent several years in commercial publishing in Australia and the UK, and is a regular speaker, writer and commentator on digital strategy and content marketing. She holds an MBA from AGSM, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, a Grad Dip in Communications from RMIT, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

As Chief Operating Officer, Lisa is Good Shepherd Microfinance’s chief financial officer and managers our legal, IT, quality assurance and program delivery teams.

Corinne Proske

Corinne Proske

General Manager, Retail and Online

Corinne joined Good Shepherd Microfinance in May 2016 as General Manager Online and Retail. Prior to joining, Corinne worked for NAB for 12 years in business banking and of social responsibility.  As part of her responsibilities Corinne was responsible for NAB’s $130 million financial inclusion programs that focus on helping low income Australians access financial services. This involved supporting both personal and business needs as well as delivering indigenous focused services. Whilst at NAB Corinne also led a team of commercial bankers who specialised in government, education and community businesses.  As part of this she was involved in leading commitment to impact investment and impact measurement. Corinne is also Director of The Difference Incubator who help social enterprises become investment ready.

Prior to joining NAB, Corinne has over 10 years’ experience in the area of sustainability consulting, and has worked for Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers respectively. Her major fields of work have included environmental management and greenhouse emissions verification. She has also worked for the Department of Family and Community Services where she was responsible for developing a guide on social performance reporting. Corinne is a CPA with postgraduate studies in environmental management and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2009 and a MoneySmart award for her contribution to financial literacy in 2013.