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.  

  • Scott Gration
    SCOTT GRATION (CHAIR)
    BBus (Acc), CPA, FFin, MAICD
  • Nicole Lowndes
    NICOLE LOWNDES (DEPUTY CHAIR)
    BEng (Hons), BA, BSc
  • Andrew Cooke
    ANDREW COOKE
    BEng (Hons), BA
  • Andrew Beer
    ANDREW BEER
    BCom, FFin
  • Nick Buttner
    NICK BUTTNER
    MBA, LLB (Hons), BCom, GradCertAppFin
  • Liz Westcott
    LIZ WESTCOTT
    BEng (Hons), BCom, GAICD
  • Ralph Youie
    RALPH YOUIE
    BEng (Hons), GAICD, FIEAust, CPEng
  • Sue Elliot
    SUE ELLIOTT
    BEng (Hons), MBA

Our Leadership Team

  • Ashley Hood
    ASHLEY HOOD
    Chief Executive Officer
    BCom, BEc, FFin, MAMI, MAICD

    Ashley has over 30 years' experience in financial institutions. He has held senior roles at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and in its subsidiary and joint venture companies.
    He was a Principal of the financial service consulting practice at Deloitte and has had a successful career at National Australia Bank.
    He is a Fellow at the Financial Services Institute of Australia and a director of the Customer Owned Banking Association.
  • Mark McCall
    MARK MCCALL
    Head of Business Enablement & Support | BEc, CPA

    Mark is responsible for strategic oversight of Nexus Mutual’s finance, treasury, information technology, product development, project management, lending operations and branch operations.
    Mark has over 30 years of retail financial services experience mainly within the mutual banking sector. His free time is spent watching most sport and consuming red wine chasing an elusive hole in one.
  • Ariana Clee
    ARIANA CLEE
    Head of Sales & Marketing
    BComm, AMAMI, MAMI

    Ariana has more than 10 years' experience in a range of marketing and corporate communication roles, specialising in retail financial services. Since returning, part-time, from parental leave, her focus is on the brand, communications and digital functions for the organisation. Ariana is a member of the Customer Owned Banking Association Emerging Leader Committee, is on her local (Bayside) Multiple Birth Association and Toy Library committees and is a sessional academic at RMIT. 
  • Justin Bice
    JUSTIN BICE
    Head of Member Engagement
    Dip Ldrshp & Mgt

    Justin is responsible for the Member Engagement team at Nexus Mutual, and joins the credit union with 10 years of retail banking experience at Bendigo Bank and CBA. He's passionate about improving the member experience - ultimately, wanting to see members spending less time and effort on their banking and more on the rest of their lives. Much of Justin's youth was spent playing and coaching football in Bendigo and Melbourne, but these days spends most of his time with his young family.
  • Peter Campbell
    PETER CAMPBELL
    Head of Risk & Compliance
    BCom

    Peter has had over 30 years experience in the financial, energy and health sectors focusing on Risk Management, Audit and Compliance. He has held senior positions with Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank and ANZ Bank. More recently he has held senior management positions with the Australian Energy Market Operator and Mercy Health.
  • Emily Ruan
    EMILY RUAN
    Head of Finance & Treasury
    BCom, CA, MFTA

    Emily Ruan leads Finance and Treasury at Nexus Mutual and has had prior experience in investment banking and tax advisory. Emily successfully introduced a new accounting system project and improved reporting which provides better insights for Management’s decision-making. Emily enjoys travelling and getting lost in a strange city.
  • Leanne Challis
    LEANNE CHALLIS
    People & Culture Manager
    BBA

    Leanne has worked in human resources for over 20 years across banking and finance, mining, construction and veterinary, extending across small to medium and large multinational organisations.
    Leanne enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling across Australia and overseas, and has a passion for live music events locally and in remote parts of the country.