CUFA’s board is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the organisation.
Margot Sweeny, CHAIR / B Bus, MEc, CPA, ACS, SA Fin, FAMI, JP
Margot was appointed as Chair of CUFA on 14 September 2010.
She has worked extensively in both the commercial and public sectors, in a variety of fields including construction, computing, accounting, financial management and taxation. She became CEO of Summerland Credit Union in 1999. Margot is an active corporate citizen in the Northern Rivers of NSW and has participated in various regional development organisations and advisory groups over the past two decades.
Margot was a founding member of the Northern Rivers Community Foundation and served 5 years as Secretary of the Northern Rivers Area Consultative Committee and 5 years as Chair of The Northern Rivers Regional Development Board, both positions were Government appointed. Margot also has a strong academic background in finance and accounting, having 8 years of experience as lecturer at the Southern Cross University, where she has held several governance roles such as the member of University Council, Chair of Finance Committee and Deputy Chair of Audit & Risk Committee.
Margot commenced as a Director of Abacus – Australian Mutuals in 2007. Abacus – Australian Mutuals is the industry body for the Australian mutual financial services sector, a strong alliance of mutual building societies, credit unions, mutual banks and friendly societies. The mutual sector has combined assets of some $83 billion, offering Australians a competitive alternative to banks and access to a range of savings, investment, loan and insurance products. Unlike banks, profits are not paid to external shareholders, but put back into better products and services for the over 5.5 million members (customers) and their communities.
Since 2007 Margot has directly contributed to CUFA’s overseas programmes in Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and Cambodia.
Madeline Dermatossian – DIRECTOR / GMP Dip Law
Madeline joined CUFA as a Director on 1 July 2013.
Madeline is a corporate leader with over 20 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry. With broad commercial experience and a strong mix of business development skills, Madeline is currently the Chief Operating Officer with Defence Housing Australia. Madeline has previously held the positions of CEO and MD of FuturePlus Financial Services and worked for global organisations including BT, ABN AMRO, and Perpetual.
Madeline has been nominated as Telstra Business Woman of the Year, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the NSW Law Society and is a Harvard Business School Alumni.
Peter Dowling AM – DIRECTOR / BA (Acc.), FCPA, FAICD
Peter was appointed a Director of CUFA on 26 April 2013.
Peter is a former Ernst & Young Tax and Business Advisory Partner. He was awarded The Centenary of Federation Medal in the General List by the Governor-General in 2001 for contribution to accounting Made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division on Australia Day 2007 for service to accountancy and the community.
He is currently also a Director of Metro South Hospital and Health Services Ltd, HealthDirect Ltd, TAFE Queensland Ltd, CPA Australia Ltd, Lexon Insurance Pte Ltd (Singapore), WorkCover Queensland Ltd, The Asset Institute Ltd, SPYRUS Pty Ltd, and Virgin Blue Aircraft Leasing Subsidiaries.
Peter is also Chair of Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s Audit and Risk Committee, Chair of Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission Audit and Risk Committee, Chair of Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply Audit and Risk Committee, Member of Moreton Bay Regional Council and Redlands Council Audit and Risk Committees, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games Audit and Risk Committees. Peter is also Queensland’s Honorary Consul for Botswana.
Aleks Duric – DIRECTOR / BA (Communications)
Aleks joined CUFA as a Director on 10 November 2016.
Aleks is an experienced fundraising and development professional, working across both the not-for-profit and education sectors for over 17 years. Specialising in ‘green field opportunities’, Aleks has a successful track record developing and building new programs, including the organisational change required to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of these programs.
As Director – Major Gifts at the University of Sydney, Aleks was responsible for the leadership of the major gift development program. Managing a team of 18 major gift officers, he led strategic planning for major gift campaigns, cultivation and solicitation strategy, prospect identification, and donor recruitment and retention.
Now at Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview, Aleks is developing a grassroots advancement program supporting the re-development of the campus and creating sustainability for the bursary program, promoting the Jesuit traditions of inclusivity and excellence through a philanthropic program that supports learning, teaching and access to education, enhancing Riverview’s reputation as one Australia’s great schools.
Aleks is a Western Sydney University alumnus, graduating with a BA Communication Studies.
Roseanne Healy – DIRECTOR / BA (Economics), MBA, MBR (Strategy)
Roseanne joined CUFA as a Director on 1 July 2013.
Roseanne has extensive experience as a corporate advisor specialising in strategic planning, governance and socio-economic research and evaluation. She advises Boards and executive teams across a range of industry sectors spanning; banking, agriculture, health, energy, resources and infrastructure. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors, Special Olympics Australia, UN Women Australia, Centre for Social impact and the Crawford Fund.
Roseanne is also an independent Director of several boards including Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, Country South SA Medical Local and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, Country Health SA Local Health Network Governing Council, GP Partners Australia and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, HomeStart Finance and Chair of the Frankston Regional Aquatic Centre Pty Ltd.
Stephanie Hughes – DIRECTOR / B.Comm, CPA, EMBA, GAICD
Steph joined CUFA as a Director on 10 November 2016.
Steph has extensive experience in executive management, governance, finance, program delivery and stakeholder communications across the corporate and community sectors. She currently works as General Manager and Board advisor for the Gidget Foundation and was previously the CEO of the Australian Charities Fund. She has also been a member of advisory committees for various not-for-profits including the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and The After Party Project. Prior to her work in the community sector, she was a small business owner and had a lengthy career in corporate finance and investor relations at Qantas.
Steph has a Bachelor of Commerce from University of NSW and an MBA (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management. She is CPA qualified and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
CUFA Constitution documents are available here: Constitution of CUFA Ltd