Leadership Team

It has never been more important for our financial institution to have a Board that is passionate about their work and cares about overall governance to help create great value for our Members.

Peter M Schiller - Chair

MBA, Grad Dip. Banking & Fin., MAICD

Peter joined the Board in July 2018 and has nearly 40 years banking experience in Executive Management roles in Risk, Relationship Management, IT and Audit with both the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the ANZ Banking Group.

 

Committee Memberships:
  • Audit (July 2018 to present)
  • Nominations & Remuneration (October 2021 to present)

 

Peter is an avid world traveller especially cruising. When he's not travelling, he enjoys going to the movies with his wife or sons, gardening and following the AFL.


 

Robyn L FitzRoy - Non-Executive Director

BA, MA, FAICD.

Robyn joined the Board in January 2015. She is also a director of the Self-Managed Super Fund Association and Football Federation of Australia. She has over 20 years' experience in the financial services industry and is a former Executive Director of Macquarie Bank. Robyn is a management consultant specialising in governance and is a former non-executive director of CUSCAL. She also is an accredited facilitator and author of courses for the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Committee Memberships:
  • Chair Nominations & Remuneration (December 2015 to present)
  • Audit (January 2020 to present)

 

Robyn believes in keeping her mind and body active. In her spare time she enjoys Pilates, taking long walks with her Boston terrier, and her friends say she throws a perfect ‘Gin’ Soiree.


 

Christine Franks AM - Non-Executive Director

BA (Statistics, Sociology), M.Mgmt (Community), FAICD

Christine joined the Board in August 2019. She is a director with 20 years’ governance experience in financial services, health, NFP and government, and is currently founder and chair of Women in Aid & Development and the Chairs Circle. She is a strong advocate of customer-owned banking with significant experience as a credit union director. Christine has an executive background in sales, marketing, customer research and customer service across commercial and not-for-profit sectors and was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in 2020.

 

Committee Memberships:
  • Risk (August 2019 to present)
  • Nominations & Remuneration (August 2019 to present)

 

Chris enjoys travel with her partner and shares his passion for bird photography, enjoys wine tasting and spending time with godchildren and grandchildren.


 

Andrew B. Black - Non-Executive Director

Adv Dip. Financial Planning, Dip. Financial Services (Finance & Mortgage Broking), MAICD

Andrew joined the board in August 2019, and has over 35 years financial services experience in banking, wealth, insurance and investments with Citibank (UK & Australia), Commonwealth Bank, St.George Bank, Skandia Australia and Plan B Group Holdings. Andrew has held other non-executive Director and advisory board roles in business coaching and personal insurances and is currently a responsible manager for personal insurance comparison website lifeinsurancecomparison.com.au owned by Alternative Media.

 

Committee Memberships:
  • Chair Audit (November 2020 to present)
  • Risk (October 2021 to present)

 

Andrew enjoys time with family and friends, especially on the family farm and camping with his three grandsons, travelling and keeping active through going to the gym, spin cycling, tennis, squash and snow skiing.


 

Daniel R Cassels - Non-Executive Director

MAppFin, BMathFin, MAICD

Daniel joined the Board in September 2020. Daniel is a skilled practitioner in global fixed income markets with over 25 years of diverse experience in senior positions across treasury management and debt capital markets with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

 

Committee Memberships:
  • Chair Risk (October 2021 to present)
  • Risk (September 2020 to October 2021)
  • Nominations & Remuneration (October 2021 to present)

 

 


 

Dr Hilangwa Maimbo - Non-Executive Director

PhD (IS), MCom (IS), PGrad Dip. (IS), BTech (Hons), MAICD

Hilangwa joined the board in April 2021. Hilangwa is an Information Technology professional with over 20 years of experience in Senior and Executive in Management roles, both local and international, predominantly in the Financial Services industry. Hilangwa’s areas of expertise include Digital Transformation, IT Strategy and IT Operations & Service Delivery.

 

Committee Memberships:
  • Audit (April 2021 to present)
  • Risk (November 2021 to present)

 

Hilangwa enjoys a number of hobbies that include interests such as Fitness, Golf and Photography amongst others. He particularly enjoys spending time vacationing and traveling with his family.


 

Brendan White – Non-Executive Director

Brendan joined the Board in October 2021. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Trade for Good and an Advisory Board Member of a fintech start-up. Brendan has over 30 years’ experience in the financial service sector having held a number of senior executive roles at Commonwealth Bank, Bank of Queensland.



Committee Memberships:
  • Audit Committee (October 2021 to present) 
  • Risk Committee (October 2021 to present) 

 

Brendan is an avid sports fan, extensive reader of biographies and enjoys spending time with his family.

Lexi Airey - Chief Executive Officer

BA (Hons), MSc

Lexi started her time with Gateway as Chief Customer Officer and commenced the role of Chief Executive Officer in early 2019.

She is responsible for the overall strategy and direction of the business. Before joining Gateway, Lexi held a number of customer focused roles across a variety of industries in Australia and the UK, including financial services, telecoms and postal services.

During hours Lexi often goes for a run before setting off for the office or for a walk to local street libraries to swap books.

After hours Lexi is passionate about living a sustainable lifestyle that is good for both the pocket and the planet. She is currently investing time in learning new skills most of which are used renovating an old church in Tasmania.


 

Gerald Nicholls - Chief Risk Officer

B Bus

Gerald’s role is to work with the business and the Board to align strategic and operational efforts to an agreed risk framework. He leads Gateway’s Risk Governance Division where his team actively oversees all elements of credit and operational risk including credit management, compliance and the development of policies and procedures.

Gerald has worked in financial services for over 30 years in both sales and risk roles and that experience across the sector is fully utilised in his role at Gateway.

During hours Gerald likes to use his daily commute for exercise, running or riding to the city, so toast and coffee at the desk is common as the team prepares for the day ahead.

After hours In Gerald’s spare time he’s a triathlete, a yachtsman, mechanic and musician, each unfortunately to about the same standard. As he often says, “I may not be a winner, but I am a finisher”.


 

Deb Landgrebe - Chief Financial Officer

CA (SA)

Deb leads the Finance and Treasury functions, responsible for a blend of financial stewardship, planning and strategy – keeping Gateway financially secure and able to continue serving our customers.

Deb started her career as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte in South Africa, as well as the United States, The Netherlands and Australia, working across multiple industries over 12 years. Prior to joining Gateway Deb served as an Executive Manager in a variety of Finance roles in Group Finance and the Retail Banking division of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia from 2011 to 2018.

During hours Deb starts each day with a bang, never missing her morning workout, followed by catching up on the morning news and enjoying the commute over the Harbour bridge.

After hours Deb maintains a busy but enjoyable lifestyle. When not taking part in sports events, she loves doing activities with her family, socialising with friends, and travelling.


 

Peter Buzek - Chief Technology Officer

MBT, CRISC, CISM

As CTO, Peter is tasked with establishing a technological vision and leading the technological development for the organisation. Daily, he provides sound technical leadership in all aspects of the business by collaborating with employees, stakeholders and Members. Peter is also responsible for the creation of overall technology standards and practices, and ensuring adherence.

Peter is a Gateway veteran having joined in 2011. Prior to Gateway, he worked in financial services managing core and mission critical applications, with a focus on team development. Combined, he has over 15 years management experience in all areas of IT.

During Hours Peter enjoys early starts and finds his daily drive relaxing – even in traffic – he uses the time to listen to podcasts and stay in touch with family.

After Hours Peter is a DIY IoT project enthusiast and a big F1 and soccer fan (and is often sad about West Ham results). When he’s not installing home automation or enjoying sports, you’ll find him travelling or socialising with friends.

Gateway Bank has created the Pocket and Planet Advisory Council to assist the Gateway Bank Board and Management Team in the development and implementation of its Pocket and Planet purpose.

Gateway’s purpose is to help members save both money and the planet. Pocket and Planet recognises that although many people would like to be greener in their everyday lives, sometimes this option is more expensive. Gateway aims to facilitate both goals simultaneously – being green should save you money, not be expensive. It shouldn’t cost the earth to save the earth.

The Council is voluntary and we are incredibly grateful for the commitment and input of its members.

 

 


 

Amy Croucher

Amy is a sustainability expert working for the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in Sustainability Advantage - the NSW Government’s flagship business program activating and enabling sustainability leadership and practice. To complement her role and further her interest in connecting with nature, Amy is also undertaking a Masters in Environmental Management with a focus on Natural Resource Management. Amy also enjoys volunteering for not for profit projects, including bush care, environmental education, community owned renewables, and with a particular interest in waste prevention through sharing and reuse founded the Inner West Tool Library - Sydney's first tool library. Having lived in a number of countries and being involved in different fields of work, Amy appreciates the diversity and expertise of all people. She loves connecting with engaged communities and thrives on seeing connections made and the amazing ideas, projects and collaborations that result.


 

Digby Hall

Digby is a climate adaptation architect who focuses on climate mitigation and adaptation for property, organisations and executives. He has spent nearly 30 years in this space because of his belief that we’re all part of one amazing, living system that needs our help. Digby is a loving father whose kids who inspire him daily. He’s creative, innovative, ever curious and a perpetual learner.

Digby has had a lifelong passion for climate foresight, sustainable development, design for equity, urban agriculture, and all of the amazing start-ups in this field, giving him a special knack for making these opportunities legible and accessible for everyone no matter their budget. He also sits on the Board of Pocket City Farms in Sydney’s inner west, helping to bring food sovereignty back into our urban communities.


 

Greg Hodgson

Greg Hodgson has spent most of the last 20 years designing products for Domestic and Investment Banks across the UK, Europe and Switzerland. Originally trained as a psychologist in Adelaide, Greg has held a wide number of roles over the years in between various technology and design roles, including rejuvenating a bar in the French Alps, starting his own online businesses, and building his own house. Now back in Australia and based in Sydney, he works within Australia's technology sector leader - Atlassian - as Head of Design.


 

Kirsten Junor

Kirsten, the Creative Director at Reverse Garbage, lives and breathes reuse – which has been the ethos of Reverse Garbage for 46 years.

Her years in film and theatre transforming costumes from one period to another on a budget and running operations at Dress for Success Sydney have all drawn on her passion for reuse and the environment.
In her current role at Reverse Garbage, Kirsten sees education as having a direct and important role in informing the community about the importance of reuse “Waste” as a resource, not landfill.

“At Reverse Garbage we have such a wonderful and diverse community, every day we are able to work directly with educators, students, artists, DIY’ers, community groups …everyone, to provide budget-friendly reuse resources, extend the life of products through reuse and stop them from heading straight to landfill. It is important grassroots education around sustainability and environment”


 

Richard Lovell

Richard Lovell is an Executive Director in the Investment team at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. Richard has overall responsibility for the debt markets business at the CEFC, including climate/green bond activity and other aggregation programs for funding. Richard is also responsible for capital management activities relating to the CEFC balance sheet. Richard is chair of the ESG working group for the Australian Securitisation Forum and a member of the Sustainability Advisory Committee of the Australian Unity Green Bond Fund. Prior to joining the CEFC, Richard was an Executive Director in the Structured and Asset Finance business at Westpac Institutional Bank and prior to that worked at Société Générale and Perpetual Trustees. Richard has a Bachelor of Economics from UNSW with a double major in finance and economics.


 

Camille Socquet-Clerc

Camille is the founder of Bloom Impact Investing, a fintech start-up on a mission to make Climate Impact Investing easy and accessible. Passionate about addressing climate change at scale, Camille saw an opportunity to leverage financial markets and technology to accelerate our clean energy transition. Bloom is a simple mobile investment app, empowering people to invest in a climate impact fund to grow their wealth, whilst making a positive impact on the planet. With Bloom, anyone can invest in clean energy projects such as solar farms and wind farms, and the best climate impact companies worldwide. But Bloom is not just a financial product, it's also a community of people using their money power for good, gathering every month to learn about impact investing and sustainable finance.


 

Dr Kate Ringvall

Dr Kate is a ‘Solutionary’ and is motivated by compassion and justice to address the underlying causes of the entrenched and interconnected problems that face the planet. She has a Masters in Public Policy and a PhD in Planning. Her areas of expertise and interest are in the Circular Economy, Sustainability in Business, Sustainability Branding, Sustainable Urban Planning, Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Transport, Transit Orientated Development, and Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment. Dr Kate’s sustainability journey started young and has traversed sustainability and now circular economy in all its facets. Dr Kate has worked for governments at all levels, across large corporations and Universities implementing and integrating sustainability principles and practices. She is a Co-founder and Governing Fellow of the Galactic Cooperative in Western Australia and has also Co-founded the Circular Economy consultancy – Ringvall Circularity.


Dr Kar Mei Tang

Dr Kar Mei Tang was appointed Chief Circular Economist with NSW Circular in 2020, a body established by the NSW Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer to fast-track NSW’s transition to the circular economy. Prior to this she was Executive Director, Circular Economy in the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Environment Protection Authority, and was Director of Economic Policy in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. Prior to joining the NSW public sector, she was Head of Policy and Research with the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (now Australian Investment Council). Kar Mei has a PhD in Economics and is the current Chair of NSW Women in Economics Network, as well as a Council Member of the Economic Society of Australia (NSW).