Board of Directors
The role and responsibilities of the Board of Directors are set out in the Board Charter. The responsibilities include:
- The corporate governance of the Bank, including the establishment of Committees;
- Oversight of the business and affairs of the Bank by:
- Establishing, with management, the strategies and financial objectives;
- Approving major corporate initiatives;
- Establishing appropriate systems of risk management; and
- Monitoring the performance of management;
- Communicating with Shareholders and the community, results of, and developments in, the operations of the Bank;
- Appointment of the Chief Executive Officer; and
- Approval of the Bank's major HR policies and overseeing the development strategies for senior and high performing executives.
There is in place a comprehensive set of management delegations to allow management to carry on the business of the Bank.
There are currently 10 Directors of the Bank and details of their experience, qualifications, special responsibilities and attendance at meetings are set out in the Directors' Report.
Membership of the Board and Committees is set out below:
|J M Schubert||Non-executive, Independent, Chairman||Chairman||Member||Member|
|D V Murray1||Executive, Chief Executive Officer||Member|
|R J Clairs||Non-executive, Independent||Chairman||Member|
|A B Daniels||Non-executive, Independent||Member||Member|
|C R Galbraith||Non-executive, Independent||Member||Member||Member|
|S C H Kay||Non-executive, Independent||Member||Member|
|W G Kent||Non-executive, Independent||Member||Member|
|F D Ryan||Non-executive, Independent||Chairman||Member|
|F J Swan||Non-executive, Independent||Member||Chairman|
|B K Ward||Non-executive, Independent||Member||Member|
1 Mr D V Murray will retire as Chief Executive Officer and Director on 22 September 2005 and will be replaced by Mr R J Norris.
2 Mr J T Ralph and Mr N R Adler retired from the Board on 5 November 2004.
The Constitution of the Bank specifies that:
- The Chief Executive Officer and any other executive director shall not be eligible to stand for election as Chairman of the Bank;
- The number of Directors shall not be less than nine nor more than 13 (or such lower number as the Board may from time to time determine). The Board determined that upon the retirement of Mr Ralph and Mr Adler at the 2004 Annual General Meeting, the number of Directors shall be 10; and
- At each Annual General Meeting one-third of Directors (other than the Chief Executive Officer) shall retire from office and may stand for re-election.
The Board has established a policy that, with a phasing-in provision for existing Directors, the term of Directors’ appointments would be limited to 12 years (except where succession planning for Chairman and appointment of Chairman requires an extended term. On appointment, the Chairman will be expected to be available for that position for five years).
The Board regularly assesses the independence of each Director. For this purpose an independent Director is a non-executive Director whom the Board considers to be independent of management and free of any business or other relationship that could materially interfere with the exercise of unfettered and independent judgement.
In addition to being required to conduct themselves in accordance with the ethical policies of the Bank, Directors are required to be meticulous in their disclosure of any material contract or relationship in accordance with the Corporations Act and this disclosure extends to the interests of family companies and spouses. Directors are required to strictly adhere to the constraints on their participation and voting in relation to matters in which they may have an interest in accordance with the Corporations Act and the Bank’s policies.
Each Director may from time to time have personal dealings with the Bank. Each Director is involved with other companies or professional firms which may from time to time have dealings with the Bank. Details of offices held by Directors with other organisations are set out in the Directors’ Report and on the Bank’s website. Full details of related party dealings are also set out in the Directors’ Report.
All the current non-executive Directors of the Bank have been assessed as independent Directors. In reaching that determination, the Board has taken into account (in addition to the matters set out above):
- The specific disclosures made by each Director as referred to above;
- Where applicable, the related party dealings referrable to each Director, noting that those dealings are not material under accounting standards;
- That no Director is, or has been associated directly with, a substantial shareholder of the Bank;
- That no non-executive Director has ever been employed by the Bank or any of its subsidiaries;
- That no Director is, or has been associated with a supplier, professional adviser, consultant to or customer of the Bank which is material under accounting standards; and
- That no non-executive Director personally carries on any role for the Bank otherwise than as a Director of the Bank.
The Bank does not consider that term of service on the Board is a factor affecting a Director’s ability to act in the best interests of the Bank. Independence is judged against the ability, integrity and willingness of the Director to act. The Board has established a policy limiting Directors’ tenures to ensure that skill sets remain appropriate in a dynamic industry.
Directors participate in an induction program upon appointment and in a refresher program on a regular basis. The Board has established a program of continuing education to ensure that it is kept up to date with developments in the industry both locally and globally. This includes sessions with local and overseas experts in the particular fields relevant to the Bank’s operations.
The Board has in place a process for annually reviewing its performance, policies and practices. These reviews seek to identify where improvements can be made and also assess the quality and effectiveness of information made available to Directors. Every two years, this process is facilitated by an external consultant, with an internal review conducted in the intervening years. The review includes an assessment of the performance of each Director.
After consideration of the results of the performance assessment, the Board will determine its endorsement of the Directors to stand for re-election at the next Annual General Meeting.
The non-executive Directors meet at least annually, without management, in a forum intended to allow for an open discussion on Board and management performance. This is in addition to the consideration of the Chief Executive Officer’s performance and remuneration which is conducted by the Board in the absence of the Chief Executive Officer.
The Chairman meets at least annually with members of the senior executive team to discuss with them the Board’s performance and level of involvement from their perspective.
Selection of Directors
The Nominations Committee has developed a set of criteria for Director appointments which have been adopted by the Board. The criteria set the objective of the Board as being as effective, and preferably more effective than the best boards in the comparable peer group. These criteria, which are reviewed annually, ensure that any new appointee is able to contribute to the ongoing effectiveness of the Board, has the ability to exercise sound business judgement, to think strategically and has demonstrated leadership experience, high levels of professional skill and appropriate personal qualities.
The Committee regularly reviews the skill base and experience of existing Directors to enable identification of attributes required in new Directors.
An executive search firm is engaged to identify potential candidates based on the identified criteria.
Candidates for appointment as Directors are considered by the Nominations Committee, recommended for decision by the Board and, if appointed, stand for election, in accordance with the Constitution, at the next general meeting of Shareholders.
The Bank has adopted a policy whereby, on appointment, a letter is provided from the Chairman to the new Director setting out the terms of appointment and relevant Board policies including time commitment, code of ethics and continuing education. All current Directors have been provided with a letter confirming the terms of their appointment. A copy of the form of letter of appointment appears on the Bank’s website.
Board policies relevant to the composition and functions of Directors include:
- The Board will consist of a majority of independent non-executive Directors and the membership of the Nominations, People & Remuneration and Audit Committees should consist solely of independent non-executive Directors. The Risk Committee should consist of a majority of independent non-executive Directors;
- The Chairman will be an independent non-executive Director. The Audit Committee will be chaired by an independent non-executive Director other than the Board Chairman;
- The Board will generally meet regularly with an agenda designed to provide adequate information about the affairs of the Bank, allow the Board to guide and monitor management and assist in involvement in discussions and decisions on strategy. Matters having strategic implications are given priority on the agenda for regular Board meetings. In addition, ongoing strategy is the major focus of at least two of the Board meetings annually;
- The Board has an agreed policy on the basis on which Directors are entitled to obtain access to Company documents and information and to meet with management; and
- The Bank has in place a procedure whereby, after appropriate consultation, Directors are entitled to seek independent professional advice, at the expense of the Bank, to assist them to carry out their duties as Directors. The policy of the Bank provides that any such advice is generally made available to all Directors.
Conflicts of Interest
In accordance with the Constitution and the Corporations Act 2001, Directors are required to disclose to the Board any material contract in which they may have an interest. In compliance with section 195 of the Corporations Act 2001 any Director with a material personal interest in a matter being considered by the Board will not be present when the matter is being considered and will not vote on the matter. In addition, any Director who has a conflict of interest in connection with any matter being considered by the Board or a Committee does not receive a copy of any paper dealing with the matter.
The restrictions imposed by law on dealings by Directors in the securities of the Bank have been supplemented by the Board of Directors adopting guidelines which further limit any such dealings by Directors, their spouses, any dependent child, family company or family trust.
The guidelines provide, that in addition to the requirement that Directors not deal in the securities of the Bank or any related company when they have or may be perceived as having relevant unpublished price-sensitive information, Directors are only permitted to deal within certain periods. These periods include between three and 30 days after the announcement of half yearly and final results and from the date of the annual general meeting until 14 days after the Annual General Meeting. Further, the guidelines require that Directors not deal on the basis of considerations of a short term nature or to the extent of trading in those securities. Similar restrictions apply to executives of the Bank.In addition, Bank policy prohibits:
- For Directors and executives who report to the Chief Executive Officer, any hedging of publicly disclosed shareholding positions; and
- For executives, any trading (including hedging) in positions prior to vesting of shares or options.
Details of the governance arrangements and policies relevant to remuneration are set out in the Directors’ Report – Remuneration Report.
The Charter of the Audit Committee incorporates a number of policies and practices to ensure that the Committee is independent and effective. Among these are:
- The Audit Committee consists entirely of independent Non-Executive Directors, all of whom have familiarity with financial management and at least one has expertise in financial accounting and reporting. The Chairman of the Bank is not permitted to be the Chairman of the Audit Committee;
- At least twice a year the Audit Committee meets the external Auditors and the chief internal audit executive and also separately with the external Auditors independently of management;
- The Audit Committee is responsible for nominating the external auditor to the Board for appointment by Shareholders. The Audit Committee approves the terms of the contract with the external auditor, agrees the annual audit plan and approves payments to the Auditor;
- The Audit Committee discusses and receives assurances from the external auditors on the quality of the Bank’s systems, its accounting processes and its financial results. It also receives a report from the Auditors on any significant matters raised by the Auditors with management;
- All material accounting matters requiring exercise of judgement by management are specifically reviewed by the Audit Committee and reported on by the Committee to the Board; and
- Certified assurances are received by the Audit Committee and the Board that the Auditors meet the independence requirements as recommended by the Corporations Act and the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘SEC’) of the USA.
In carrying out these functions, the Committee:
- Reviews the financial statements and reports of the Group;
- Reviews accounting policies to ensure compliance with current laws, relevant regulations and accounting standards;
- Conducts any investigations relating to financial matters, records, accounts and reports which it considers appropriate; and
- Reviews all material matters requiring exercise of judgement by management and reports those matters to the Board.
The Committee regularly considers, in the absence of management and the external auditor, the quality of the information received by the Committee and, in considering the financial statements, discusses with management and the external auditor:
- The financial statements and their conformity with accounting standards, other mandatory reporting and statutory requirements; and
- The quality of the accounting policies applied and any other significant judgements made.
The external audit partner attends meetings of the Audit Committee by invitation and attends the Board meetings when the annual and half yearly accounts are approved and signed.
The Board has determined that Fergus Ryan is an ‘Audit Committee Financial Expert’ within the meaning of that term as described in the SEC rules. Although the Board has determined that this individual has the requisite attributes defined under the rules of the SEC, his responsibilities are the same as those of the other Audit Committee members. He is not an auditor, does not perform ‘field work’ and is not a full time employee. The SEC has determined that an Audit Committee member who is designated as an Audit Committee Financial Expert will not be deemed to be an ‘expert’ for any purpose as a result of being identified as an Audit Committee Financial Expert.
The Audit Committee is responsible for oversight of management in the preparation of the Bank’s financial statements and financial disclosures. The Audit Committee relies on the information provided by management and the external auditor. The Audit Committee does not have the duty to plan or conduct audits to determine whether the Bank’s financial statements and disclosures are complete and accurate.
The Board has in place an Independent Auditor Services Policy which only permits the Independent Auditor to carry out audit services which are required by statute and related services which are an extension of, or an adjunct to, those audit services. All other non-audit services are prohibited unless the Audit Committee determines otherwise in any particular case. The objective of this policy is to avoid prejudicing the independence of the Auditors.
The policy also ensures that the Auditors do not:
- Assume the role of management or act as an employee;
- Become an advocate for the Bank;
- Audit their own work;
- Create a mutual or conflicting interest between the Auditor and the Bank;
- Require an indemnification from the Bank to the Auditor;
- Seek contingency fees; nor
- Have a direct financial or business interest or a material indirect financial or business interest in the Bank or any of its affiliates, or an employment relationship with the Bank or any of its affiliates.
Under the policy, the Auditor shall not provide the following services:
- Bookkeeping or services relating to accounting records or financial statements of the Bank;
- Financial information systems design and implementation;
- Appraisal or valuation services and fairness opinions;
- Actuarial services;
- Internal audit outsourcing services;
- Management functions, including acting as an employee;
- Human resources;
- Broker-dealer, investment adviser or investment banking services;
- Legal services; or
- Expert services unrelated to the audit.
In general terms, the permitted services are:
- Audit services to the Bank or an affiliate;
- Related services connected with the lodgement of statements or documents with the ASX, Australian Securities and Investments Commission (‘ASIC’), APRA, SEC or other regulatory or supervisory bodies;
- Services reasonably related to the performance of the audit services;
- Agreed upon procedures or comfort letters provided by the Auditor to third parties in connection with the Bank’s financing or related activities; and
- Other services pre-approved by the Audit Committee.
The SEC has requested that the Bank produce documents and information relating to all services provided by the Bank’s external auditors, Ernst & Young, since 1 July 2000, in the context of the US auditor independence rules.
The Bank understands that the SEC has made similar requests to certain other Australian companies registered with the SEC and accounting firms.
The Bank is producing the documents and information requested.
Although the Bank cannot predict the nature of any future action if the SEC determines that any services provided by Ernst & Young did not comply with the SEC’s rules and while the SEC could seek sanctions of a type or in amounts not currently known, based on information currently available to the Bank, it does not believe the outcome of the SEC’s ongoing inquiry will have a material adverse financial effect on the Commonwealth Bank Group.
Ernst & Young was appointed as the Auditor of the Bank at the 1996 Annual General Meeting and continues in that office.
The audit partner from Ernst & Young attends the Annual General Meetings of the Bank and is available to respond to Shareholder audit related questions.
The Bank currently requires that the partner managing the audit for the external auditor be changed within a period of five years.
The Chief Executive Officer is authorised to appoint and remove the chief internal audit executive only after consultation with the Audit Committee.
The Risk Committee oversees credit, market, and operational risks assumed by the Bank in the course of carrying on its business.
The Committee considers the Group’s credit policies and ensures that management maintains a set of credit underwriting standards designed to achieve portfolio outcomes consistent with the Group’s risk/return expectations. In addition, the Committee reviews the Group’s credit portfolios and recommendations by management for provisioning for bad and doubtful debts.
The Committee approves risk management policies and procedures for market, funding and liquidity risks incurred or likely to be incurred in the Group’s business. The Committee reviews progress in implementing management procedures and identifying new areas of exposure relating to market, funding and liquidity risk.
In addition, the Committee ratifies the Group’s operational risk policies for approval by the Board and reviews and informs the Board of the measurement and management of operational risk. Operational risk is a basic line management responsibility within the Group consistent with the policies established by the Committee. A range of insurance policies maintained by the Group mitigates some operational risks.
The Bank has in place an integrated risk management framework to identify, assess, manage and report risks and risk adjusted returns on a consistent and reliable basis.
A full description of the functions of the framework and the nature of the risks is set out in the section of the Annual Report entitled Integrated Risk Management and in the Annual Report in Notes 14 and 39 to the Financial Statements.
The Nominations Committee of the Board critically reviews, at least annually, the corporate governance procedures of the Bank and the composition and effectiveness of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia Board and the boards of the major wholly owned subsidiaries. The policy of the Board is that the Committee shall consist solely of independent non-executive Directors. The Chief Executive Officer attends the meeting by invitation.
In addition to its role in proposing candidates for Director appointment for consideration by the Board, the Committee reviews fees payable to non-executive Directors and reviews, and advises the Board in relation to Chief Executive Officer succession planning.
The Corporations Act 2001 and the ASX Listing Rules require that a company discloses to the market matters which could be expected to have a material effect on the price or value of the company’s securities. The Bank’s ‘Guidelines for Communication between the Bank and Shareholders’ sets out the processes to ensure that Shareholders and the market are provided with full and timely information about the Bank’s activities in compliance with continuous disclosure requirements. Management procedures are in place throughout the Commonwealth Bank Group to ensure that all material matters which may potentially require disclosure are promptly reported to the Chief Executive Officer, through established reporting lines, or as a part of the deliberations of the Bank’s Executive Committee. Matters reported are assessed and, where required by the Listing Rules, advised to the market. The Company Secretary is responsible for communications with the ASX and for ensuring that such information is not released to any person until the ASX has confirmed its release to the market.
The Bank demands the highest standards of honesty and loyalty from all its people and strong governance within the Bank.
Our values statement – ‘trust, honesty and integrity’ – reflects this standard.
Statement of Professional Practice
The Bank has adopted a code of ethics, known as a Statement of Professional Practice, which sets standards of behaviour required of all employees and Directors including:
- To act properly and efficiently in pursuing the objectives of the Bank;
- To avoid situations which may give rise to a conflict of interest;
- To know and adhere to the Bank's Equal Employment Opportunity policy and programs;
- To maintain confidentiality in the affairs of the Bank and its customers; and
- To be absolutely honest in all professional activities.
These standards are regularly communicated to staff. In addition, the Bank has established insider trading guidelines for staff to ensure that unpublished price sensitive information about the Bank or any other company is not used in an illegal manner.
The Bank is committed to providing fair, safe, challenging and rewarding work, recognising the importance of attracting and retaining high quality staff and consequently, being in a position to excel in customer service.
There are various policies and systems in place to enable achievement of these goals, including:
- Fair Treatment Review;
- Equal Employment Opportunity;
- Occupational Health and Safety;
- Recruitment and selection;
- Performance management;
- Talent management and succession planning;
- Remuneration and recognition;
- Employee share plans; and
- Supporting Professional Development.
The Bank is strongly committed to maintaining an ethical workplace, complying with legal and ethical responsibilities. Policy requires staff to report fraud, corrupt conduct, maladministration or serious and substantial waste by others. A system has been established which allows staff to remain anonymous, if they wish, for reporting of these matters.
The policy has been extended to include reporting of auditing and accounting issues, which will be reported to the Chief Compliance Officer by the Chief Security Officer, who administers the reporting and investigation system. The Chief Security Officer reports any such matters to the Audit Committee, noting the status of resolution and actions to be taken.
The Board has consistently placed great importance on the governance of the Bank, which it believes is vital to the wellbeing of the corporation. The Bank has adopted a comprehensive framework of Corporate Governance Guidelines which are designed to properly balance performance and conformance and thereby allow the Bank to undertake, in an effective manner, the prudent risk-taking activities which are the basis of its business. The Guidelines and the practices of the Bank comply with all the current best practice recommendations set by the ASX Corporate Governance Council.
US Sarbanes-Oxley Act
On 30 July 2002, a broad US financial reporting and corporate governance reform law, called the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (‘SOX Act’), was enacted. A number of provisions of this Act apply to the Group because it has certain securities registered with the SEC under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘Exchange Act’).
Under the Exchange Act, the Bank files periodic reports with the SEC, including an annual report on Form 20-F. Pursuant to the requirements of the SOX Act, the SEC has adopted rules requiring that the Group’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer personally provide certain certifications with respect to the disclosure contained in the annual report on Form 20-F.
Some of the more significant certifications generally include:
- That based on their knowledge, the report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact and the financial statements and other financial information included within the report fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the Group;
- That they have ensured that appropriate disclosure controls and procedures have been put in place such that all material information has been disclosed and made known to them and they have evaluated the effectiveness of those disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the Group’s fiscal year and presented in the annual report on Form 20-F their conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the most recent fiscal year;
- That in respect of internal controls over financial reporting they have disclosed to the Group’s external auditors and to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors all significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of those internal controls over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the Group’s ability to record, process, summarise and report financial information, and any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the Group’s internal control over financial reporting; and
- The annual report on Form 20-F discloses whether or not there were any changes in internal control over financial reporting during the period covered by the annual report on Form 20-F that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Group’s internal control over financial reporting.
The Group will in addition to providing these certifications make the following disclosures in its annual report on Form 20-F:
- The Group’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, with the assistance of other members of the Group’s management, have evaluated the effectiveness of the Group’s disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based on such evaluation, the Group’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that the Group’s disclosure controls and procedures are effective; and
- The Group’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have also concluded that there have not been any adverse changes in the Group’s internal control over financial reporting that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Group’s internal control over financial reporting.
The SOX Act prohibits an issuer from extending or maintaining credit, arranging for the extension of credit, or renewing an extension of credit, in the form of a personal loan, to or for any Director or executive officer of the Group, unless an exception is available. Loans maintained by the Group before 30 July 2002 are exempt so long as there is no material modification to any term of the extension of credit or any renewal of the extension of credit. Ordinary course lending that is considered ‘consumer credit’ is in certain circumstances also exempt. Furthermore, in April 2004, the SEC adopted a rule exempting from the prohibition loans made by foreign banks meeting certain requirements.
The Group is also required to disclose in its annual report on Form 20-F for the 2005 financial year, whether it has adopted a written code of ethics applicable to its principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions. The Group has adopted such a code.
Certifications and Disclosures
In respect of this Annual Report and as at the date of this Annual Report, the Group’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer make the following Sarbanes-Oxley-related certifications:
- That they have reviewed the report;
- That based on their knowledge, the report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by the report;
- That based on their knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in the report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the Group as of, and for, the periods presented in the report;
- That they are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in the US Exchange Act Rules 13(a)-15(e) and 15(d)-15(e)) for the Group and have:
- Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under their supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the Group, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to them by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which the report is being prepared;
- Evaluated the effectiveness of those disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report their conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and
- Disclosed in this report any adverse change in the Group’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the period covered by this report that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Group’s internal control over financial reporting; and
- That they have disclosed, based on their most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the Group’s auditors and the Audit Committee of the Group’s Board of Directors:
- All significant deficiencies (if any) in the design or operation of internal controls over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the Group’s ability to record, process, summarise and report financial data; and
- Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the Group’s internal control over financial reporting.
Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures
Our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, with the assistance of other members of the Group’s management, have evaluated the effectiveness of the Group’s disclosure controls and procedures as of 30 June 2005. Based on such evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have each concluded that the Group’s disclosure controls and procedures are effective.
Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting
No adverse changes in our internal controls over financial reporting occurred during the year ended 30 June 2005 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal controls over financial reporting. Material changes in our internal controls over financial reporting will occur from 1 July 2005 with the transition to International Financial Reporting Standards, refer to Note 1 (qq) to the Financial Statements.
The details of the Bank’s company secretaries, including their experience and qualifications are set out below.
John Hatton has been Company Secretary of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia since 1994.
From 1985-1994, he was a solicitor with the Bank’s Legal Department.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Sydney University and was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales. He is a Fellow of Chartered Secretaries Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Henry Broekhuijse was appointed a Company Secretary to the Bank in August 2001.
He joined the Commonwealth Bank Legal Services Department in January 1979 and has approximately 25 years’ experience as an in-house lawyer.
He has a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New South Wales. He is a Member of the Law Society of New South Wales; Australian Corporate Lawyers Association; City of Sydney Law Society; and the Risk Management Association – Australia.
Carla Collingwood was appointed a Company Secretary to the Bank in July 2005 to replace Henry Broekhuijse.
From 1994 until 2005, she was a solicitor with the Bank’s Legal Services Department, before being appointed to the position of General Manager, Secretariat. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (Hons) and a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretary Practice from Chartered Secretaries Australia.
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