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Chief Executive and Advisory Board

Mark Melvin - State General Manager, Westpac Retail VIC/TAS & Chief Executive, Bank of Melbourne

Peter Hawkins

Mark was appointed to the joint role of State General Manager Westpac Retail Victoria/Tasmania and Chief Executive, Bank of Melbourne in 2019. Mark leads a team of more than 2,000 passionate Victorians and Tasmanians who serve over 2 million customers in metropolitan Melbourne, regional Victoria and across Tasmania.

With 30 years’ experience in executive roles across Australia and Europe, Mark has a background in banking, franchising, retail, and oil and gas. Since coming to Australia from his role overseeing franchising for Abbey National’s retail banking business, Mark has held senior distribution roles at ANZ, National Australia Bank and RAMS. Between 2015 and 2019, Westpac’s franchised mortgage network RAMS more than doubled under Mark’s leadership.

Elizabeth Proust AO - Advisory Board Chairman

Elizabeth Proust AO

BA (Hons), LLB, FAICD

One of Melbourne’s leading business figures, Elizabeth Proust has held public and private sector leadership roles for more than 30 years.

Elizabeth is Chairman of Nestlé Australia and a non executive director of Lendlease Ltd.

In 2010 Elizabeth was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to public administration and business. The recognition acknowledges her contribution to government, private enterprise, the arts, charitable organisations, educational institutions, and her role as a mentor to women.

Elizabeth previously held senior roles at ANZ, BP’s Australian and international businesses, and in local, State and Federal Government.

She has had senior appointments in the Victorian Government, including as Secretary (CEO) of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department. She was also CEO of the City of Melbourne.

Peter Hawkins - Advisory Board Member

Peter Hawkins

BCA (Hons.) SF Fin, FAIM ACA (NZ), FAICD

Peter’s career in the banking and financial services industry spans 38 years in Australia and overseas at both the highest levels of management and directorship of major organisations. Peter has held various senior management and directorship positions with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, from 1971 to 2005, and was also a director for BHP (NZ) Steel Limited from 1990 to 1991, ING Australia Limited from 2002 to 2005 and Esanda Finance Corporation from 2002 to 2005.

Peter is a Director of Westpac Banking Corporation, Mirvac Limited Group, Liberty Finance Pty Limited, Treasury Corporation of Victoria, Murray Goulbourn Co-operative Co. Limited and Clayton Utz.

Penny Fowler – Advisory Board Member

Penny Fowler

B.Bus (Marketing), GAICD

Penny joined Bank of Melbourne’s Advisory Board in June 2017. She holds a number of board appointments including the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, The Australian Ballet, The National Portrait Gallery and Visy. She is also Chairman of the Herald and Weekly Times and the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Penny is a member of Chief Executive Women and News Corp Australia’s Community Ambassador.