OUR DIRECTORS

Queensland Country Health Fund Directors

Michael Beard

Michael BeardChair

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 also the 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.

Karen Read

Karen ReadDeputy Chair

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 North West Hospital and Health Service; Director, and Finance & Audit Committee Chair, of Mount Isa Water Board; Member of the North Queensland Sustainable Resources Corridor Regional Reference Group; and Chair of NQ Branch Council of CPA Australia.

Deirdre Comerford

Deirdre Comerford

Deirdre served 18 years as Councillor, Deputy Mayor, and (from 2012 to 2016) as Mayor of the Mackay Regional Council, including membership of Council’s Audit and Risk Committee.  Deirdre has served on various other governance bodies including as Chair of Regional Capitals Australia and Whitsunday Regional Organisation of Councils, as Member of Local Government Association of Queensland State Policy Executive and the State’s Fly-In Fly-Out Independent Review Panel, and State President and National Executive of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association.  Deirdre previously worked for the District Public Trustee administering deceased estates and managing trust funds, and 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

Christine is an experienced Board Chair and Director, and executive leader recognised for her capabilities in Board governance, organisation strategy, strategic risk, and leadership. Christine is the Chair of Queensland Country Bank, is an accredited facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has held roles as a senior executive in the public service and on Boards including roles as President of IPAA Qld; Director on the IRSPM Board; Director of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Queensland Audit Office; and 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).

Greg Nucifora

Greg Nucifora

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 Audit Committee for Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.  Greg was Chair of ECU Australia Ltd which merged with Queensland Country Bank in April 2017.

Patricia O'Callaghan

Patricia O'Callaghan

Patricia is the Chief Executive Officer of Townsville Enterprise, North Queensland’s peak economic and tourism body, 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 and three years as the General Manager of Tourism and Events at Townsville Enterprise.  As a born and bred North Queenslander, Patricia has a deep understanding of the issues and opportunities facing the North. 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

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.