Directors

Helping to make a difference to the community

Our Directors

The Directors of Pine Rivers Community Finance Ltd are all volunteers. Each Board of Directors member believes that by building our business, our customers’ banking can make a real difference.

Kellie O'Brien

Kellie O’Brien

Chairperson

Kellie’s 20+ years of professional history includes helping small to medium businesses in the construction and facilities management sectors become successful enterprises. Her experience also includes working with a number of community groups.

Kellie brings the combination of successful business building skills plus community organisation know-how to the guiding and directing of the bank as a business and an essential part and contributor to the local community. Member Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Board member since 2017.

Kris Panagiotopoulos

Kris Panagiotopoulos

Company Secretary/Director

Kris has over 15 years of infrastructure project assessment and investment experience across Government. Kris’ previous experience includes industry development in agriculture and agribusiness. He holds a degree in Agriculture Science and a Masters of Business Administration.

Kris has previously been involved in the Samford Community Kindergarten committee and the Samford Scouts. Currently, he is the Director of Portfolio Management for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads overseeing a diverse agenda of road, busway, rail, cycling and marine projects. Board member since January 2021.

Ruth Lennon

Ruth Lennon

Director

Ruth is a Chartered Accountant and Registered Tax Agent who has over 16 years of accounting and taxation experience. Ruth is the Principal and owner of two accounting and professional services practices in the Samford Valley area.

Ruth holds a Bachelor of Business (majoring in Accounting and Business Law) and a Master of Applied Taxation. Ruth’s previous board experience includes roles as the Treasurer and board member for QLD Artworkers’ Alliance. Board member since April 2019. 

Abby Senior

Abigail Senior

Director

Professor Abby Senior has broad experience working with community and not-for-profit organisations, including serving as President of the Samford Playgroup. Abby emigrated to Australia from the United Kingdom where she worked as a manager and an academic specialising in organisational governance and employment relations.

Within the University sector, Abby has held roles as the Director of Postgraduate Programs at Sunderland University Business School, UK, and as an international accreditor supporting Universities in China, Thailand, Taiwan, Australia and the USA. Currently, she is Professor of Higher Education and Governance at QUT and Director of QUT’s Academy of Learning and Teaching. Board Member since October 2016.

Maryanne Morgan

MaryAnne Morgan

Director

MaryAnne has been involved in the non-profit sector for more than 30 years. With a background in fundraising, advertising and media, MaryAnne’s extensive experience encompasses oversight, management and implementation of stakeholder engagement, strategic fundraising, marketing/communications and business development.

MaryAnne was a founding Director of the Mimiki Foundation, which supported international and domestic programs for marginalised and impoverished communities. MaryAnne’s current role is Editor of Samford’s community newspaper, The Village Pump. Board member since January 2021

Terry Hogan

Terry Hogan

Director

Terry’s experience in community organisations spans many years and includes serving as President of the Samford Show Society for several periods. He has also been the Chair of the Steering Committee that established the Samford Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank and has also chaired the Pine Rivers Community Finance Limited’s Finance and Audit Committee.

He has also had a long professional history with the public sector. He has held roles such as Director General, Chief Executive and senior management positions in Local, State and Federal Government agencies.

He has been a former member of the Sustainability Advisory Panel for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Adjunct Professor in the School of Government and International Relations, plus former Principal Policy Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor of Griffith University. Board member since 2009.

Malcolm Frizzell

Malcolm Frizzell

Director

Malcolm’s banking career spans 35 years, with the last 15 years working in community banking with community enterprise boards in over 50 Communities across Australia.

Malcolm has strong risk management skills, strong Governance and Corporate Act knowledge encompassing Boardroom activities. He holds a Grad Dip in Business, Grad Cert in Governance and Risk Management from GIA and Grad Cert in Commerce from Securities Institute of Australia.  Board member since July 2020.

Cynthia Mollison

Cynthia Mollison

Administrative Assistant

Cynthia’s 30+ years in administration and office management across a broad spectrum of businesses and industries provide the perfect foundation for her to support the Board members as they strive to make a positive difference in our community.