Governance

To consider and make recommendations to the Board on the composition of the Board, appropriate criteria for Board membership and performance, the tenure of Directors generally and where required, the suitability of nominations for the position of Director.

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.

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.

Rob Ryan IMB Limited (Committee Chair)
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.