Governance

Good Shepherd Microfinance is part of the Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand network that comprises Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, Good Shepherd New Zealand, Good Shepherd Microfinance, The Trading Circle and St Clare’s School.

Visit the Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand site to learn more about the network.

Executive team

Peter McNamara

Peter McNamara

Chief Executive Officer

Peter joined Good Shepherd Microfinance in 2012, as General Manager, overseeing Program, Partnerships and Organisational Development. In August 2018, Peter was appointed Chief Executive Officer, responsible for leading the strategic direction of the organisation in collaboration with the Board.

Peter has over 20 years of executive experience in senior management roles in the civil and corporate sectors, including as General Manager of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC).

Peter has qualifications from Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Melbourne Business School, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also the Board Director and Treasurer of the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), and a Director of Community Sector Banking, where he is also the chair of the Finance and Audit committee. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the Shared Value Project.

Dr Vinita Godinho

Dr Vinita Godinho

General Manager, Advisory

Vinita 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).

As General Manager, Advisory at Good Shepherd Microfinance Vinita has established a fully sustainable advisory and consulting function, focusing on inclusive finance. Vinita also leads the research function to provide policy, positioning, intellectual leadership and impact evaluation.

Vinita was awarded a Doctorate for exploring the relationship between well-being and financial inclusion of Indigenous people, and is widely recognised as an influential and respected leader in financial inclusion, action research, community development and financial services.

Corinne Proske

Corinne Proske

General Manager, Retail, Online and Savings

Corinne joined Good Shepherd Microfinance in May 2016 as General Manager Online and Retail. She has 12 years’ experience working for NAB in business banking and social responsibility, leading their financial inclusion programs; as well as over 10 years’ experience in the area of sustainability consulting. Her major fields of work have included environmental management and greenhouse emissions verification. Additionally, Corinne has 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. She is also Director of The Difference Incubator who help social enterprises become investment ready.

Mark Morand

Mark Morand

Head of Microenterprise and Insurance

Mark has been in the finance and insurance industries for more than 20 years. Since joining Good Shepherd Microfinance in 2016, he has led the innovation team and in 2018, was appointed Head of Microenterprise and Insurance where he is responsible for the development  and delivery of microenterprise programs and “Good Insurance”.

He has tertiary qualifications in the arts, adult learning and change management and has previously served as a Director of the Oaktree Foundation.

 

Joanne Caruso

Joanne Caruso

Head of People and Culture

Joanne joined the Good Shepherd Microfinance network in 2005 and has over 20 years’ experience in the community sector.  Having previously held roles in direct client work and quality improvement, Joanne transitioned into human resources in 2003, and in 2018 was appointed the Head of People and Culture with Good Shepherd Microfinance.

Joanne leads the People and Culture team, who work in partnership across the organisation building capability to deliver our strategic plan. Since 2015, she has been a member of the People and Culture sub-committee of the Board of Good Shepherd Microfinance.

Joanne has post-graduate qualifications in Human Resources, is a member of the Australian HR Institute and the Convenor of the AHRI Victorian Not-For-Profit Network.

Mark Hemetsberger

Mark Hemetsberger

Head of Communications and Marketing

Drawing on wide-ranging experience across international marketing, communications and media, Mark has worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s International division, the Commonwealth Business Council (UK) and leading NFP Social Traders.

Mark was appointed Head of Communications & Marketing at Good Shepherd Microfinance in 2019 and leads a team of professionals in managing brand, content, campaigns and communication.

Mark has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing / Management) from Monash University and a Masters in Communication from RMIT.

Carolyn Nikoloski

Carolyn Nikoloski

Head of Stakeholder Engagement

Carolyn joined Good Shepherd Microfinance in 2019 as Head of Stakeholder Engagement and is responsible for relationships with government stakeholders, corporate partners and community organisations.

Carolyn has extensive experience in government relations, policy development, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement, gained from working across government and non-government sectors, including Beyond Blue, the Australian General Practice Network and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Carolyn has a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) and Masters of Public Health from the University of Queensland, and a Masters of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne. Carolyn is also an alumni of the Williamson Community Leadership Program; is a Director of Prevention United; and a co-founder of 5up5down, a new social movement that brings people together to meet their neighbours.

Mark O'Donnell

Mark O'Donnell

Head of Corporate Services

Mark joined Good Shepherd Microfinance in late 2018 as Head of Corporate Services, responsible for leading a team of professionals across the Finance and Information technology functions.

Mark’s professional career has spanned organisations across Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and Ireland. Mark has worked in local organisations, large multinationals and the government sector across industries such as financial services, infrastructure, manufacturing and health.

Mark is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds an MBA through Oxford Brookes University.