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Following the expiration of the first terms of office of its Directors, the FOS Board has recently finalised appointments of directors to the Board in accordance with Clause 4 of its Constitution and Board Charter. FOS placed public advertisements seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered as Consumers’ Directors and professional and industry bodies were requested to nominate individuals willing to serve as Industry Directors. Pursuant to the Board Charter, Selection Committees were established to short-list and interview potential candidates.

The following re-appointments and appointments have been made.

  • Independent Chair (re-appointed pursuant to Clauses 4.6 and 4.7 of the FOS Constitution):
    Professor The Honourable Michael Lavarch AO.
  • Industry Directors (appointed / re-appointed pursuant to Clauses 4.8 and 4.9 of the FOS Constitution):
    Ms Jennifer Darbyshire, Mr Russell McKimm, Mr Chris McRae.
    Mr Robert Belleville continues his first term as a director until February 2013.
  • Consumer Directors (re-appointed pursuant to Clauses 4.10 and 4.11):
    Mr David Coorey, Ms Catriona Lowe, Ms Jenni Mack, Mr Denis Nelthorpe.

Pursuant to Clause 4.12, appointments are made for a maximum of a three-year term of office. Professor Michael Lavarch, Mr David Coorey and Ms Catriona Lowe were re-appointed for a further three-year term. Ms Jenni Mack, Mr Russell McKimm and Mr Denis Nelthorpe have agreed to be re-appointed for a two-year term of office to allow a staggering of the appointments schedule. Ms Jennifer Darbyshire and Mr Chris McRae were appointed for three-year terms of office.

On behalf of the Board, Professor Lavarch thanks Dr Brendan French for his valuable contribution as a director of FOS in its formative first three years. Dr French did not apply for re-appointment to the Board of FOS. Professor Lavarch would also like to acknowledge the valuable contribution of the late Mr David Squire as a FOS director during his term of office, which came to a premature end in October 2011.

The strong field of applicants indicates a high level of support for the role FOS plays in providing an important community service – resolving disputes between customers and financial services providers in a way people can trust.

FOS would like to thank all those who expressed an interest in being considered as a FOS director.