Board of Directors
William (Bill) Conn, OAM
MBA, BCom (Hons)
Bill was appointed independent Chairman of the Cuscal Board in November 2009. He is also Chairman of the Board Governance & Remuneration Committee and a member of the Board Audit Committee.
Bill is a distinguished and accomplished Chairman and Director with a long professional history of contribution to the leadership of large Australian corporations, financial services firms, charitable foundations and community organisations.
Bill also has extensive professional experience in investment banking.
Other Directorships currently held by Bill include:
- ACL Holdings Ltd
- IWIF Holdings Ltd
- Maths Pathway Pty Ltd
Craig Kennedy joined Cuscal as its Managing Director in December 2008.
In his role, Craig is responsible for all day-to-day company operations, including corporate strategy and direction. Craig plays an integral role in steering Cuscal’s development to become the preferred partner for all independent and tier two financial services organisations in Australia.
Craig has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services sector, with particular expertise in electronic and online banking.
Prior to joining Cuscal, Craig served as Managing Director of Espreon Limited for four years. He was also head of direct banking at ING and has held a number of senior positions at Advance Bank Australia, State Bank of New South Wales and Monster Worldwide.
Other Directorships currently held by Craig include:
- NPP Australia Ltd
Mark Genovese was appointed to the Cuscal Board in October 2011. He is a member of the Board Governance & Remuneration Committee. Mark has accumulated 20 years of experience in General Manager/CEO roles at several credit unions, and is the CEO of Unity Bank. He has also previously spent 8 years at Cuscal in senior and executive management roles.
Other Directorships currently held by Mark include:
- Coal Services Pty Ltd
Independent Non-Executive Director
BCom, FCA, FAICD, FGIA, FCIS
George Venardos was appointed to the Cuscal Board in December 2013. He is the Chair of the Board Risk Committee and a member of the Board Governance and Remuneration Committee.
George has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry in Australia. His former positions include Group Chief Financial Officer of Insurance Australia Group and Chairman of the Finance & Accounting Committee of the Insurance Council of Australia.
George holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, Finance and Systems from the University of New South Wales and a Diploma in Corporate Management. George is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (London).
Other Directorships currently held by George include:
- IOOF Holdings Ltd
- Guild Group Holdings Ltd
- Lawcover Pty Ltd
Arijit (Ari) Sarker
MBA, BCom (Hons)
In his capacity as Co-President for Asia Pacific at Mastercard, Ari Sarker leads the South East Asia and South Asia region, overseeing all of the company’s activities in these regions, including sales, business development, business strategy, and relationships with card issuers, public policy, governments, merchants and merchant acquirers. He is also a member of the company’s Global Management Committee.In his capacity as Co-President for Asia Pacific at Mastercard, Ari Sarker leads the South East Asia and South Asia region, overseeing all of the company’s activities in these regions, including sales, business development, business strategy, and relationships with card issuers, public policy, governments, merchants and merchant acquirers. He is also a member of the company’s Global Management Committee.
Ari has been with Mastercard for over 6 years and has worked across various regions.
Prior to joining Mastercard, Ari spent over 12 years with GE in a variety of senior roles in accounting, audit, corporate finance, and private equity across several key markets in the Americas, Europe, & Asia Pacific.
Ari is B.Com (Hons) graduate from Delhi University, an MBA from Cardiff University, and is a qualified chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Other Directorships currently held by Ari include:
- Airtel Payments Bank Ltd (India)
Robert (Rob) Goudswaard
BEc, Grad Dip Fin, FAICD, FFIN
Rob Goudswaard joined the Board of Cuscal in March 2015 bringing with him 37 years of experience in the banking sector. He is a member of the Board Risk Committee.
He commenced his career with ANZ Bank where he spent 30 years in a variety of senior positions in Australia and internationally including Chief Risk Officer for Institutional Global, Managing Director of Regional, Rural and Small Business Banking, General Manager for Pacific and Personal Banking Asia and Chief Operating Officer for Small to Medium Business in Australia & New Zealand. During his tenure he also served as Chairman of the ANZ Staff Foundation and the ANZ Reconciliation Action Program.
In 2010 he joined Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria as both CEO and Director and, within that capacity, was also appointed as Chairman of the Young Farmers’ Finance Council. In 2015 he joined CUA as Chief Executive Officer.
He is an active member of the community, having served for 9 years as a Director of World Vision Australia where he is currently the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee. Rob is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Other Directorships currently held by Rob include:
- CUA Health Ltd
- CUA Management Pty Ltd
- Credicorp Insurance Pty Ltd
- Credicorp Finance Pty Ltd
- Business Council of Co-Operatives and Mutuals (BCCM)
BEc, BCom, FCA, FAICD
Steve Laidlaw, CEO of People’s Choice Credit Union joined the Board of Cuscal in November 2016. He is a member of the Board Audit Committee.
He has significant people leadership and general management experience in the retail banking and finance industry. He previously held the Chief Financial Officer role in People’s Choice Credit Union, and prior to that with Rural Bank, now a part of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group of Companies for approximately seven years.
Steve has degrees in Economics and Commerce and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Other Directorships currently held by Steve include:
- Australian Central Credit Union Limited (t/as People’s Choice Credit Union)
- Financial Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
- Australian Central Services Pty Ltd
- People’s Choice Community Foundation Limited
- CU Technology Development Limited
Independent Non-Executive Director
BCom, LLB, FAICD
Sonia Petering was appointed to the Cuscal Board on 17 April 2018. She is the Chair of the Board Audit Committee and a member of the Board Risk Committee.
Sonia brings extensive board experience to her role at Cuscal. She previously served as a Non-Executive Director & Chair on the Board of the Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria from 2009 to 2016. During her tenure the State Government of Victoria sold the organisation to Bendigo Bank Ltd. Sonia also served on the Board of the Transport Accident Commission of Victoria from 2007 to 2016.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Sonia also holds a current Australian legal practicing certificate and operates her own law firm in Victoria.
Other Directorships currently held by Sonia include:
- Virtus Health Limited (ASX:VRT)
- Qantm Intellectual Property Ltd (ASX:QIP)
- TAL Dai-Ichi Life Australia.