Reserve Bank of Australia Annual Report – 2021 Payments System Board

The Payments System Board comprises up to eight members: the Governor; Assistant Governor (Financial System); Chair of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA); and up to five other non-executive members appointed by the Treasurer. Further to the legislative requirements, and in recognition of their responsibility to uphold the integrity of the Payments System Board and the Reserve Bank, members have adopted a Code of Conduct, which is published on the Bank's website.[1]

August 2021

Philip Lowe

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BCom (Hons) (UNSW), PhD (MIT)

Governor and Chair

Governor since 18 September 2016
Present term ends 17 September 2023

Philip Lowe was Deputy Governor from February 2012 until his appointment as Governor took effect in September 2016. Prior to that, he held various senior positions at the Reserve Bank, including Deputy Governor, Assistant Governor (Economic) and Assistant Governor (Financial System), where he was responsible for overseeing economic and policy advice to the Governor and Reserve Bank Board. He spent two years at the Bank for International Settlements working on financial stability issues. Dr Lowe has authored numerous papers, including on the linkages between monetary policy and financial stability. He is a signatory to The Banking and Finance Oath.

Other roles

Chair – Reserve Bank Board
Chair – Council of Financial Regulators
Chair – Bank for International Settlements Committee on the Global Financial System
Chair – Financial Markets Foundation for Children
Member – Financial Stability Board
Member – Trans-Tasman Council on Banking Supervision
Director – The Anika Foundation

Michele Bullock

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BEc (Hons) (UNE), MSc (LSE)

Assistant Governor (Financial System) and Deputy Chair

Deputy Chair since 29 October 2016

Michele Bullock has held various senior positions at the Reserve Bank. Most recently, she held the position of Assistant Governor (Business Services). She has also been in the positions of Assistant Governor (Currency) and Head of Payments Policy Department. In her current position as Assistant Governor (Financial System), Ms Bullock is responsible for the Bank's work on financial stability and oversight of the payments system.

Other roles

Member – Basel Committee on Banking Supervision
Member – Council of Financial Regulators

Wayne Byres

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BEc (Hons), MAppFin (Macquarie)

APRA-appointed member

Chair, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

Member since 9 July 2014

Wayne Byres brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of prudential supervision and banking practices. He was appointed as a Member and Chair of APRA from 1 July 2014 for a five-year term, and subsequently reappointed on 1 July 2019 for a further five-year term. His early career was at the Reserve Bank, which he joined in 1984. He transferred to APRA on its establishment in 1998 and held a number of senior executive positions in the policy and supervisory divisions. In 2004, Mr Byres was appointed Executive General Manager, Diversified Institutions Division, with responsibility for the supervision of Australia's largest and most complex financial groups. He held this role until the end of 2011, when he was appointed as Secretary General of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, based at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel. Mr Byres is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

Other roles

Member – Basel Committee on Banking Supervision
Member – Bank for International Settlements Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision
Member – Council of Financial Regulators
Member – Trans-Tasman Council on Banking Supervision

Gina Cass-Gottlieb

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BEc (Hons), LLB (Hons) (Sydney), LLM (Berkeley)

Non-executive member

Member from 15 July 2013 to 14 July 2018

Reappointed from 1 August 2018
Present term ends 31 July 2023

Gina Cass-Gottlieb has extensive expertise in competition law and economic regulatory advice and in the regulation of payments in Australia. Ms Cass-Gottlieb is a senior partner in Gilbert + Tobin's competition and regulation practice, advising and representing corporations, industry associations, government and non-government agencies. She has over 25 years' experience, including advising in relation to access arrangements in a range of sectors across the economy. Ms Cass-Gottlieb attended the University of California, Berkeley, as a Fulbright Scholar.

Other roles

Director – Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation

Deborah Ralston

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BEc, Dip Fin Mgt, MEc (UNE), PhD (Bond)

Non-executive member

Member since 15 December 2016
Present term ends 14 December 2021

Deborah Ralston has more than 25 years of board level experience in education, banking, superannuation and fintech sectors. Dr Ralston has held senior leadership and research roles in Australian universities most recently as the Executive Director of the Centre for Financial Studies. Her expertise in public policy is reflected in appointments to the Federal Government's Retirement Income Review Panel, the Comprehensive Income Products for Retirement Framework Advisory Committee and as inaugural Chair of ASIC'S Digital Finance Advisory Board. She is currently a Professorial Fellow at Monash University Business School, with research interests in financial regulation and superannuation and is a Fellow of CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Other roles

Chair – Advisory Board, Household Capital
Director – SuperEd Pty Ltd
Director – Kaplan Business School and Kaplan Higher Education
Director – SMSF Association
Member – Advisory Board, Allianz Retire+
Member – Advisory Board, Connexus Institute

Greg Storey

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Non-executive member

Member since 1 August 2018
Present term ends 31 July 2023

Greg Storey is an experienced cards and payments industry professional, with specialist knowledge in the evolution and operation of debit cards, credit cards and payments systems. He was Vice-President and Head of Visa Checkout, Asia Pacific from 2012 to 2016. Mr Storey had over 20 years' experience with Visa, spanning the roll out of numerous VisaNet-related solutions and services, product and strategy, micropayments solution (Payclick) and Visa Checkout (and products across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to his roles at Visa, Mr Storey worked at St George Bank in various cards and payments roles, as CIO of an independent payment solution provider, and established and oversaw merchant point of sale and ATM switching operations.

Catherine Walter AM

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LLB (Hons), LLM, MBA (Melbourne)

Non-executive member

Member since 3 September 2007
Present term ends 2 September 2022

Catherine Walter brings substantial experience and expertise in financial services and corporate governance across many industry sectors, including banking, insurance, funds management, health services, medical research, education, telecommunications and resources. Ms Walter is a solicitor and company director, who practised banking and corporate law in major city law firms, culminating in a term as Managing Partner of Clayton Utz, Melbourne. She was a Commissioner of the City of Melbourne and for more than 20 years has been a non-executive director of a range of listed companies, government entities and not-for-profit organisations. Ms Walter is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Other roles

Chair – Creative Partnerships Australia
Chair – Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority
Chair – Helen Macpherson Smith Trust
Chair – Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance
Director – Australian Foundation Investment Company
Director – Barristers' Chambers Limited

Retirements from the Board

Brian Wilson AO retired from the Board on 14 November 2020.

Brian Wilson AO

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MCom (Hons) (Auckland)

Non-executive member

Member from 15 November 2010 to 14 November 2020

Brian Wilson has extensive financial services experience, including involvement with both the funds management and investment management sectors. He has specialised in corporate financial advice. Mr Wilson was a Managing Director of the global investment bank Lazard until 2009, after co-founding the firm in Australia in 2004, and was previously a Vice-Chairman of Citigroup Australia and its predecessor companies. He is the former Chair of Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board and a former Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney. Mr Wilson was a member of the Commonwealth Government Review of Australia's Superannuation System, the ATO Superannuation Reform Steering Committee and the Specialist Reference Group on the Taxation of Multinational Enterprises in Australia. In May 2017, Mr Wilson was awarded a Doctor of the University, honoris causa (DUniv) by the University of Technology Sydney.

Other roles

Chair – UTS Foundation
Director – Bell Financial Group Ltd
Senior Advisor – The Carlyle Group

Resolution Passed by the Payments System Board – 21 August 2020

In view of the likelihood that this would be the final meeting for Brian Wilson, whose second term on the Board ended prior to the November meeting, the Governor paid tribute to Mr Wilson's very significant contribution to the work of the Board over the preceding 10 years. On behalf of all members, the Governor expressed great appreciation for Mr Wilson's professionalism and dedication, and for his active and probing role in contributing to the formulation of payments policy throughout his term on the Board, drawing on his extensive experience in the finance sector. The Governor acknowledged Mr Wilson's strong support for the work of the Bank in the payments area and also applauded Mr Wilson's constructive and collegial style, his clear policy insights and ability to summarise relevant issues succinctly. Members wished him well in the future.