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:

  • 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.

Michelle Redfern

Michelle Redfern

Deputy Chairperson

Michelle is the founder of two businesses focussed on gender diversity and advancing women and a Non-Executive Director for Williamstown VFL Football Club. Prior to establishing her advisory firm, Michelle held executive leadership roles in the Banking, Telco, BPO and 3PL industries for blue chip companies such as NAB, Telstra, Serco and Aegis. Michelle is well known for her passionate focus on inclusion in business and sport, a collaborative and engaging leadership style, as well as being an operating model performance turnaround specialist.

Michelle has previously held board positions with the Gippsland League, the AFL’s largest Victorian regional league, Swinburne University’s Business Without Borders social enterprise & the Highvale Netball Association Inc. She is also a panel judge for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and for the Telstra Business Awards.

Michelle is a Graduate of the AICD, holds an Executive MBA (Distinction) from RMIT and is an IECL qualified organisational coach.

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.

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.

Chris Gallaher

Chris Gallaher

Director

Chris Gallaher , B Comm, CA, MAID, is currently a director of the GSNZ Trust and GSNZ Limited and joined the Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand Board in February 2017. He is the recently retired Group Chief Financial Officer of Fulton Hogan Ltd, a large Australasian civil contracting and construction materials company; a position that he held for the last eight years. Prior to joining Fulton Hogan, Chris has held CEO and CFO roles in both listed and private companies both Australia and New Zealand. He is the Chairman of Pacific Edge Limited, a NZ listed company in the medical technology sector. A Chartered Accountant and graduate of Otago University, Chris commenced his career in public practice with ArthurYoung (chartered accountants), achieving partner status before taking up a career in the corporate sector.

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.