OUR DIRECTORS

Queensland Country Health Fund Directors

 

Karen Read

Karen Read

Chair B Bus; FCPA; GAICD; MAMI

Karen is a senior finance and commercial executive and has extensive experience within the mining and resources sector with a career spanning 30 years.  From 2014 to 2017, Karen was employed as the Chief Financial Officer for Premise (formerly known as 02UDP Group Pty Ltd), a consulting, engineering, and project practice with offices across Queensland and in PNG.  Karen has extensive Board experience, including current Directorships of Queensland Country Bank Limited and the Mount Isa Water Board, Member of the North Queensland Sustainable Resources Corridor Regional Reference Group, and Chair of NQ Branch Council of CPA Australia.

 

Greg Nucifora

Greg Nucifora

Deputy Chair B Com; CA; GAICD

Greg is a private client advisor with Bell Potter Securities in Cairns.  Greg has extensive Board experience, including current appointments as Director of Queensland Country Bank Limited, Director and Finance & Performance Committee Chair of the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Board, Independent Chair of the Audit Committee for Cairns Regional Council, Chair of St Michael’s Parish Finance Committee, Gordonvale, Chair of the Catholic Development Fund for Diocese of Cairns, and Chair of the Finance and Audit Risk Management Committee for Tourism Tropical North Queensland.  Greg was formerly Chair of ECU Australia Ltd, which merged with Queensland Country in April 2017.

 

Michael Beard

Michael Beard

B Com; FAMI; CA

Michael has been Principal of Accountancy Services Pty Ltd for over 25 years and provides accounting, taxation, and business advice for thousands of individuals and small to medium business clients across three offices on the Sunshine Coast and in Mount Isa.  Michael’s work as a chartered accountant assists the Board with the Health Fund’s complex financial reporting requirements.  Michael is the most recent past Chair of Queensland Country Health Fund Limited, stepping down from that role in November 2020 after 14 years.  Michael is also the most recent past Chair of the Board of Queensland Country Care Navigation Pty Ltd, and was previously the longest serving Director of Queensland Country Credit Union (now Bank) until his retirement from that Board in November 2019.

 

Deirdre Comerford

Deirdre Comerford

GAICD

Deirdre is the former Mayor of Mackay Regional Council and has a wealth of experience in governance and leadership, having spent 18 years as an Elected Member of Local Government.  Deirdre is also an experienced Non-Executive Director and Board Chair, serving on various boards over the past ten years. Deirdre was State President of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association and on the National Executive, a member of the Policy Executive for the peak body Local Government Association Queensland, and Chair of Regional Capitals Australia. She has also worked for the District Public Trustee, administering deceased estates, and managing trust funds.  Deirdre is currently a Director of Queensland Country Care Navigation Pty Ltd, and a Member of the Queensland Local Government Grants Commission.  

 

Christine Flynn

Christine Flynn

BA; DipEd; FAICD; MAMI

Christine is an experienced Board Chair and Director, and executive leader, recognised for her capabilities in Board governance, organisational strategy, strategic risk, and leadership.  Christine is an accredited facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also serves as a Chair of the Board of Queensland Country Bank Limited.  Christine has held roles as a senior executive in the public service and on Boards including as President of Institute of Public Administration Australia (Queensland), Director of the International Research Society for Public Management, Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Queensland Audit Office, and the QUT School of Business Advisory Board.  Christine was formerly the Chair of the Board of Queenslanders Credit Union until 2018 when it merged with Queensland Country Credit Union (now Queensland Country Bank.)

 

Patricia O'Callaghan

Patricia O'Callaghan

B Com; GAICD

Patricia is the Chief Executive Officer of Destination Gold Coast and is also a Director of Queensland Country Bank Limited.  Patricia’s diverse career includes four years heading up the Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce, four years as the General Manager of Tourism and Events at Townsville Enterprise, and five years as the CEO of Townsville Enterprise.  In 2013, Patricia was awarded the Young Manager of the Year through the Australian Institute of Management and in 2018 was awarded the Australian Financial Review Young BOSS Executive of the Year.  In 2020, Patricia was appointed to the Australian-American Young Leadership Dialogue.

 

Lewis Ramsay

Lewis Ramsay

B Bus (Com); MBA; GAICD

 A fifth-generation Townsville resident, Lewis is a former General Manager of the Townsville Bulletin and surrounding regional newspapers.  Lewis has also worked for the Federal Government in Canberra (Tourism portfolio), served as the Commercial Manager for the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Clubs, and spent nearly two years as Director, Commercial of Brisbane Marketing (Brisbane’s Office of Economic Development.)  Lewis is a Director of Queensland Country Bank Limited and Queensland Country Care Navigation Pty Ltd, and holds other non-executive Directorships with North Queensland Cowboys (Chair) and the Cowboys Leagues Club.