- Just as fulfilling the needs of our members is the top priority for our Executive Team and all staff, our Board of Directors strive to provide an excellent service to our members and the community.
The People's Choice Annual Report showcases our achievements, including financial performance, our support of the community and our commitment to meeting the needs of our members.
Chief Executive Officer
MBA, BBus, GradDip AppFin, SF FIN, GAICD
Peter has more than 30 years' experience in the financial services industry, spanning insurance, business and corporate banking, and business development.
He has held senior management roles at the Bank of Melbourne, St George Bank, and the Commonwealth Bank, following a career with the National Australia Bank. He has also run his own corporate advisory firm. Peter was the Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Bank until the merger with People’s Choice in 2023.
Peter also serves on the Board of the Customer Owned Banking Association and the Board of the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals .
He has a keen interest in leadership and community, and has been part of numerous capacity-building committees in a mentoring capacity.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
BEc, BCom, FCA, FAICD, AMP (Harvard)
Steve has significant people leadership and executive management experience in the retail banking and finance industry.
Steve was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of People’s Choice from 2016 until the merger with Heritage Bank in 2023. Before being appointed CEO he spent four years as the organisation’s Chief Financial Officer.
He previously held the Chief Financial Officer role with Rural Bank, now a part of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank group, for some seven years.
Chief Member Officer
MBA (Exec), BA (Political Science), MAICD
Maria-Ann has more than 15 years' experience in executive roles in multi-brand companies, successfully delivering growth, transformation and change initiatives. This includes international experience in the banking and aviation sectors.
Before joining People's Choice in 2020, Maria-Ann was National General Manager of Virtual Banking Strategy and Customer Care at Westpac Group and was previously State General Manager VIC and General Manager at BankSA.
Chief Risk Officer
BComm, GradDip AppFin & Inv, GMB (Harvard)
Peter was appointed Chief Risk Officer at People’s Choice in 2016 and has over 20 years’ experience in banking and finance
Previous experience includes executive positions in banking operations and risk management at Rural Bank, and senior leadership roles with APRA. He has considerable experience in strategic planning, organisational design, risk management, program management and banking operations.
Chief Transformation Officer
MBA, BComm, BEcon, GAICD
Dan has more than 18 years’ experience in the finance industry across banking and insurance.
Dan joined Heritage in 2018 as Head of Corporate Development before taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2019.
Before that, he worked at Suncorp and Westpac in a range of senior roles covering strategy, financial markets, product management and sales leadership.
Chief Operating Officer
MAcctg, BComm, FCPA
Vince has spent more than 20 years in executive finance and treasury roles in the banking and utilities sectors.
Before being appointed Chief Financial Officer at People’s Choice in 2017, Vince was Chief Financial Officer at ElectraNet, the operator of South Australia’s electricity transmission network, and prior to that was the Head of Corporate Services and General Manager Finance & Treasury with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.
Vince is Chair of Mutual Marketplace, a specialist procurement business delivering savings for the Australian mutual industry.
Chief Merger Integration Officer
BA, GradDip Bus, AMP (Harvard)
With more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, in Australia and the United States, Kevin has held executive roles encompassing risk, sales, distribution, operations, product and special projects. This includes significant experience in change management and business improvement.
Prior to joining Heritage in 2017 as Chief Operating Officer, Kevin held executive positions with Suncorp Bank and National Australia Bank. He became Heritage’s Chief Merger Integration Officer in 2022.
Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary
LLB (Hons), BComm
Taryn joined People’s Choice in 2012 and was appointed as General Counsel and Company Secretary in 2017.
Taryn has more than 20 years’ experience in legal in-house and private practice roles.
Prior to joining People’s Choice, Taryn practised in corporate and banking and financial services law.
Chief People Officer
A highly experienced human resources professional, Darren held senior roles in both Westpac and St George banks before joining Heritage in 2016.
Darren has also worked with Sydney Water, in several roles within the New South Wales public sector, and has run his own management consultancy in Sydney.
After joining Heritage as Chief People Officer he moved into the role of Chief Transformation Officer in 2019.
Chief Information Officer
Before joining People’s Choice in 2022, Andy held executive roles with CBA, Bankwest and Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) in technology, transformation, change management, integration and retail banking.
He is an experienced executive leader specialising in large-scale strategic and digital transformations.
Andy has also advised organisations such as Suncorp, ABN Group and others in relation to their transformation efforts.
Chief Financial Officer
MBA, MA (Cantab), GradDip AppFin
Having worked in Australia and South Africa for various banks, as well as global advisory and commercial real estate services firms, Paul has more than 25 years’ experience in the finance and property industries.
Joining Heritage in 2000, Paul worked in several roles across Finance and Strategy, and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2016.
Chief Regulatory & Compliance Officer
BCom, LLB, MBA
Benn has 20 years’ experience in corporate legal and governance roles, including advising on financial services regulation and compliance matters.
Benn joined Heritage’s executive team in 2017, taking responsibility as General Counsel and Company Secretary.
Before moving to Heritage, Benn spent nine years at PwC Australia, where he held senior legal roles, including Legal Director and Senior Legal Counsel.