About

ASL is a provider of specialised wholesale payments services.

ASL was formed in 1993 as a mutual organisation by our founding members to provide settlement services and allow them to participate in the various financial sector clearing streams. ASL today is still an organisation which, like many of its clients, is owned by its members and supplies services to those members. ASL’s members include major mutual financial institutions.

ASL provides high quality, value for money and efficient settlement and transaction processing services to our members. Through the aggregation of our members transactions we are able to significantly reduce transaction costs associated with settling cheque, direct entry, scheme card, BPAY and other financial transactions.

As an Authorised Deposit-taking Institution, ASL is under the supervision and regulation of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and the Reserve Bank.

ASL was the first non-bank to have an Exchange Settlement Account at the Reserve Bank.

Since inception, ASL has progressively grown our various products and services so as to continue to meet the evolving needs of our members and industry. This expansion has occurred without ever one settlement problem. While starting from a simple settlement service organisation, ASL can now provide our members access to a complete set of payment related services and participation in all the payment clearing streams within the Australian market.

New Payments Platform

In 2014 along with the major banks, ASL was and remains an initial program participant in the New Payments Platform (NPP) scheduled to go live in 2017. As a program participant ASL is a key player providing guidance to the NPP Steering Committee on the development of the platform. Further information on the New Payment Platform is available on ASL's NPP Solution

Board of Directors


David Lawler Independent Director
Chairman of the Board
Mr Lawler has a career spanning nine years with the CBA and 19 years with Citibank. Mr Lawler has held roles of Executive General Manager, Financial Controller and Group Auditor with the CBA. Mr Lawler is a member of the Audit Committee of eight other organisations, primarily in the public sector. He is also a past President of the Institute of Internal Auditors Australia. Mr Lawler was appointed the Chairman of the Board on 14 August 2014. He is a member of the company’s Governance and Contracts & Pricing Committees and chair of HR & Remuneration Committee.
Claudia Bels Independent Director
Director
Ms Bels has extensive legal, governance, risk management and financial expertise. Ms Bels has over 25 years’ experience across the government, member services and international banking and finance sectors having previously held the role of General Counsel & Board Secretary for the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation and General Counsel (and Chief Risk Officer) for the Law Society of NSW. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Australian Physiotherapy Council Ltd, independent director of Uniting Resources and chair or member of a number of Audit and Risk Committees. Ms Bels is the Chair of the company’s Risk and Contracts & Pricing Committees and is a member of the company’s Audit and Governance Committees.
Garry Dinnie Independent Director
Director
Mr Dinnie is a director of CareFlight Limited, Integrated Research Limited and a director of a number of private companies. He is also Chair of the Audit Committees of these companies and Chair or member of several other Audit & Risk Committees of the NSW public sector and private sector entities. He was previously a partner with Ernst & Young for 25 years specialising in audit, risk, advisory and IT services. Mr Dinnie is the Chair of the company’s Audit Committee and is a member of the company’s Risk, Contracts & Pricing, IT and HR & Remuneration Committees.
Shaun Hassall Newcastle Permanent Building Society Limited
Chief Financial Officer

Mr Hassall is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Newcastle Permanent Building Society Limited. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years’ experience including ten years in the Financial Services Industry (customer owned banking) and four years in Chartered Accounting firms. Mr Hassall has held several positions within Newcastle Permanent Building Society in Risk Management and Finance. Mr Hassall previously held roles in Chartered Accounting and Pharmaceuticals. He is a member of the company’s Audit and Risk Committees.

Peter Lock Heritage Bank
Chief Executive Officer

Mr Lock is the Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Bank Limited. Mr Lock has more than 30 years' experience in the financial services industry spanning insurance, institutional banking, business development, business banking and corporate banking. He has held senior management roles at the Bank of Melbourne, St George Bank, and the Commonwealth Bank, following a career with the National Australia Bank.

Mr Lock is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a keen interest in leadership and community, and has been part of numerous capacity-building committees in a mentoring capacity. He is a member of the ASL IT Committee. Mr Lock holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Australia.

Rob Ryan IMB Limited
Chief Executive Officer
Mr Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer of IMB Limited. Mr Ryan joined IMB Limited in 1999. Mr Ryan is a director of IMB Financial Planning Limited and The Flagstaff Group. Mr Ryan was appointed to the University of Wollongong Council by the NSW Minister for Education and Training in January 2010 and is on the Board of the University of Wollongong in Dubai. Prior to joining IMB, Mr Ryan held the positions of Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary at Australian Resources Limited. Mr Ryan has extensive experience in finance and management at senior executive and Board level, has been involved in the formulation and implementation of strategic business plans and financial restructuring, staff management and development, as well as evaluation of acquisitions and divestments. Mr Ryan is the chair of the company’s Governance Committee.
Margot Sweeny Summerland Credit Union
Chief Executive Officer

Ms Sweeny is currently the CEO of Summerland Credit Union Limited. She has a diverse background in banking, accounting, finance, construction, education and computing within both the public and private sectors.

Ms Sweeny is an active community member and public speaker. Her numerous community positions include being the current Chair of Credit Union Foundation Australia (CUFA), the development agency for the Australian Credit Union Movement, and a former member of Southern Cross University Council including Chairperson of the Audit Committee and Finance Committee. Ms Sweeny is also the patron of the Friends of the Koala Inc in the Far North Coast of NSW. She is a member of the HR & Remuneration Committee.

Bruce White Greater Bank
Chief Information Officer
Mr White has been working in the finance and manufacturing industries for close to 30 years. He joined Greater Bank Limited in 2010 as Chief Information Officer. Mr White has 16 years exposure to the operation of payment schemes in Australia. In his current role, Mr White has executive management of Greater Bank’s payment functions as well as the technology functions. Mr White is a member of the company’s IT Committee.

Leadership Team


David Jay
Chief Executive Officer

Mr Jay has over 25 years experience in Banking and Finance (both domestic and international), having held senior roles with the Commonwealth Bank, AMP, the Sydney Futures Exchange, Coal Services and Henry Walker Eltin Limited. David was also a Partner of the International Chartered Accounting firm of BDO.

David holds an MBA, along with numerous other qualifications. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australasian Mutuals Institute. He is also a member of the Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Internal Auditors. Mr Jay is also a Director of the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA) and eftpos Australia.

Mathew Crichton
Chief Innovation and Information Officer

Mr Crichton has over 25 years experience across the Financial, Insurance and Manufacturing sectors. He has held technology, transformation and innovation roles in Westpac, General Electric and BHP.

Mr Crichton holds a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. He is a certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute and a certified Black Belt in Six Sigma.

Kon Kane
Head of Settlements

Mr Kane has over 25 years of experience in the Banking and Finance Sectors. He has held numerous banking roles within the ANZ, Commonwealth and National Australia Banks. From humble beginnings as a commercial banker through to branch and managerial roles Kon has witnessed many changes in the industry and continues to help improve banking services for customers in Australia and Internationally. A highly qualified banking professional with experience in Commercial Banking, Retail Management and International Payments.

Bruce Potter
Chief Member Officer
Mr Potter has over 30 years experience within the Banking and Finance Industry. Bruce held numerous management roles with the Commonwealth Bank during his 22 years of service and also with Uniting Financial Services and Coal Services Pty Limited. He has experience in Customer Relations, Sales, Product Development and Process Risk Analysis. He is also a member of the Australasian Mutuals Institute.
Rubi Westman
Chief Risk Officer

Ms Westman has over 10 years’ experience working in Internal Audit and Operational Risk Management. During this time, Rubi spent several years working as an Internal Audit Manager in a Big 4 CA Firm in Sydney. Rubi has extensive experience in working with Internal Audit and Risk Management policies, procedures and systems across a wide range of industries including Financial Services, Consumer Business, Sales & Marketing, Construction within both Australia and the United Kingdom. Rubi holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law, and is a Member of the Australasian Mutuals Institute.

Allan McGregor
Head of Corporate Services & Company Secretary

Mr McGregor has over 25 years of experience working in Risk Management, Compliance, Project Management, Governance, Company Secretarial and Internal Audit. During this time Allan has gained extensive experience through roles in Banking, Insurance, Foreign Exchange and Energy industries in Australia including broader involvement in the Asia Pacific region.

Allan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Commerce in Finance and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Risk Management.