Summerland Credit Union Appoints New Directors

Summerland Credit Union is proud to welcome Colin Sales and Jane Calder as new Directors to the Board. Chair, Katrina Luckie announced.

Following the retirement of John Shanahan last year, and Graham Olrich stepping down as a Director at the 2020 Annual General Meeting, two newly appointed Directors were made.

Ms Luckie said that she was extremely excited to be able to bring two individuals with a wealth of experience across financial services, State Government, the customer-owned sector, plus marketing, products and digital services.

Mr Sales is currently the Chair at Mai-Wel Group, a disability services provider based in the Hunter Valley, and was previously a Director at Newcastle Anglican Schools Corporation. Additionally, Mr Sales has held the position of Business and Finance Executive at the NSW Department of Industry.

During his extensive career, Mr Sales has also held Executive roles at several major financial service providers which includes Chief Operating Officer at Mine Super; Chief Executive Officer at Hunter Mutual; Executive Manager for Sales and Member Services at Companion Credit Union; and Executive Lending Manager at Elcom Credit Union. 

Ms Calder was previously a Director on the Board of the Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA), the industry advocate and primary body for customer-owned financial institutions in this country. Additionally, she has held high level roles at member-owned financial institutions, which includes Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Heritage Bank; and Head of Marketing at Newcastle Permanent Building Society.

Further, Ms Calder has been General Manager for Customer and Brand Strategy at MBF – which is now BUPA; and Vice President for Marketing at BT Funds Management Australia. She also brings a knowledge of delivering organisation enhancements, having previously been the Director of Financial Services Practice, pFour Consultancy, in the UK.

“The appointments of Colin Sales and Jane Calder to the Summerland Board will provide a fresh perspective and a wealth of skills and expertise, working in regional Australia, across a range of industries – including the customer owned banking sector,” said Ms Luckie.

“In what is a challenging period for the industry, Mr Sales and Ms Calder will bring a strong business acumen to the Board that will help forge an exciting future for Summerland and our loyal members,” added Ms Luckie. 

The new Directors will be inducted to the Board next month.




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