Facilitates the governance activities of the Board and provides an objective non-executive review of the Bank’s remuneration, including the CEO, CFO and Senior Executives.
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The Board of Directors has responsibility to Qudos Bank customers in guiding the Bank’s strategy and performance. The Board operates under a corporate governance framework, which is a written policy that outlines the roles, responsibilities and authorities of the Board members.
Acting on behalf of Qudos Bank customers, the Board sets the strategic direction in conjunction with the management team to ensure the bank is pursuing the sustainable creation, protection and return of value for current and future customers.
The Board manages how the performance is going to be monitored and evaluated. The Board has the final responsibility for the successful operations of the Bank. Directors are responsible for establishing and maintaining a sound risk management culture to protect customers and the bank.
The Board work under the Corporations Act 2001, overseeing strategy, business performance and compliance; and must act in the best interests of Qudos Bank at all times. All Directors are personally liable under the Act for the actions and decisions of the Company.
The Board is required to stay up to date on the performance of Qudos Bank, the banking industry and banking regulations. Directors are continually researching and attending conferences to stay up to date with industry and legislation. In addition to the full board meeting which is conducted monthly, many Board members also serve on committees, bringing expertise to specialised areas such as Risk and Compliance, Audit Committee, Technology Committee and more.
Qudos Bank is governed as an Authorised Deposit Taking Institution (ADI) licenced under the Banking Act 1959 and by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). These are the same regulations as all other banks, building societies and credit unions in Australia. APRA imposes minimum prudential standards ensuring that Qudos Bank maintains appropriate risk management systems, including in relation to the skills, qualifications and experience of our Board of Directors.
In conjunction with the management team, the Board set the strategic objectives.
The Board sets Qudos Bank’s strategic objectives and oversees management’s implementation of those strategic objectives and performance generally. It does so by overseeing planning activities including the development and approval of strategic plans, annual plans, annual corporate budgets and long-term budgets, as well as reviewing the progress and performance of the bank in meeting those plans and corporate objectives.
All Board members require relevant tertiary qualifications, professional memberships and/ or type and length of experience to provide high level strategic input. Board members must have at least two functional competencies set by the Board, which may include areas such as Retail Banking/ Lending, Accounting/ Finance and/or Risk Management.
All directors must also have the following personal attributes:
The majority of Directors must be Member Elected through a process of nomination and members vote on during the Annual General Meeting. Board appointed Directors are selected by the Board when there is a skills gap that required diverse skills.