Our People

Board of Directors

The Nexus Mutual board of directors is made up of senior ExxonMobil employees, as well as past employees who donate their invaluable knowledge and time to the credit union, for the benefit of all members.  

Nexus Mutual Chairperson Liz Westcott

Liz Westcott | Chair

BEng, BCom

Director from July 2000 to May 2007, re-appointed to the board in April 2016. Member of the Governance Committee.

Amanda Amarasekara | Director

BEc (Hons), LLB (Hons)

Appointed to the board in December 2016. Member of the Governance Committee.

Scott Gration | Director

BBus (Acc) GradDipAppFin, CPA

Appointed to the board in February 2011. Chair of the Audit Committee and the Risk Committee.

Nick Heath | Director

BEng (Hons), MAICD

Appointed to the board in September 2008. Member of the Governance Committee. 

Nicole Lowndes | Director

BEng (Hons), BA, BSc

Appointed to the board in June 2015. Chair of the Governance Committee. 


Andrew Beer | Director

BCom, FFin

Appointed to the board December 2017. Member of the Audit Committee and the Risk Committee.


Chris Twyford | Director

BBus (Acc), CPA

Appointed to the board January 2015. Member of the Audit Committee and the Risk Committee.

Ralph Youie | Director

BEng (Hons), MAICD

Director from 1997 to 2002. Re-appointed to the board in February 2017.  Member of the Audit Committee and the Risk Committee.


Our Leadership Team

Ashley Hood | Chief Executive Officer

BCom, BEc, FFin

Ashley is a banker with over 25 years' experience, bringing deep experience of the practical and technical operations of financial institutions, together with a strategic perspective on market trends and developments. He is a Fellow at the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA) and is currently a director of the Customer Owned Banking Association. Ashley is married with three teenage kids and enjoys running, mountain bike riding and renovating old homes.

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Ariana Clee | Head of Sales and Marketing


Since joining the credit union in early 2016, Ariana has led the brand and communications functions of the organisation, including the rebrand from EECU to Nexus Mutual. She has more than 10 years’ experience in a range of marketing and communications roles, specialising in retail financial services. Passionate about education, Ariana tutors for the School of Media and Communications at RMIT and is taking (slow) steps towards her PhD.

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Janine Sawyer | Head of Lending & Branch Operations

GIA (Cert), Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment, MAMI

With 28 years’ experience in the mutual industry, Janine has a wealth of experience with roles in insurance, lending, operations and support, HR and project management. In her time at Nexus Mutual she has successfully launched new internet banking sites, a corporate website, mobile banking platforms and Android and Apple Pay. Janine loves to travel (with camera in hand) and is a fanatic in tracing family history.

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Mark McCall | Head of Business Enablement & Support


Mark McCall joined Nexus Mutual in January 2017 and is responsible for Finance and Treasury. Mark has over 30 years of financial services experience at both a strategic and operational level. Having worked in the mutual sector for some time, Mark has extensive experience in financial management and profitability, lending, credit and operational risk, compliance and operations. His time away from Nexus Mutual is spent watching most sport and chasing an elusive hole in one.


Colin Moyle | Head of Risk and Compliance


Colin manages the risk, compliance, fraud, governance and company secretarial matters for Nexus Mutual. Colin has been a credit union member for over 40 years and worked in various management roles within credit unions for the last 28 years. Born and bred in South Australia, Colin is a passionate Port Power supporter and a parochial connoisseur of fine South Australian red wines.

Emily Ruan | Head of Finance and Treasury


Emily Ruan has been a part of Nexus Mutual for 5 years and is responsible for Finance and Treasury. Having worked previously in investment banking sector and tax advisory, Emily provides a fresh sight over retail banking. Emily successfully introduced new accounting system project and improved reporting for both internal and external stakeholders which provided better insights for management decision making. Emily enjoys travelling, “love getting lost in a strange city” as she said. However she has to put that aside because nowadays the new little addition to the family has become the centre of her world.