Off the cuff: Kathy Cummings

by BN27 Apr 2009

Name: Kathy Cummings
Title: Executive general manager, third party banking, CBA

What was the last book you read?
Colleen McCulloch - The Independence of Miss Mary Bennett

If you didn't live in Australia where would you like to live?
France - just adore the country side, people, culture and the food and wine

If you could sit down to lunch with anyone you like who would it be?
My Mother - I never knew her (as she died in childbirth) and it has left a real gap in my life

What was the first job you ever had?
Cashier in a butcher shop while at school. I really understand what good rump is and what's not!

What do you do to unwind?
Walk! Love to walk along the beach of a morning with my toes in the water - heaven!

What's the most extravagant gift you ever bought yourself?
A Peacock Pearl pendant from Broome. I love it and wear it often.

What CD is currently playing in your car stereo?
Chris Isaack - memories of the recent Leeuwin Estate concert - what a night!

If you could give anyone starting out in business one piece of advice, what would it be?
Invest in great people - they make the difference!

If I was not working in the mortgage industry I would like to be...
Commercial pilot - learning to fly is the one ambition I haven't fulfilled yet.

Where was the last place you went on holiday?
SALT at Kingscliff NSW - I have a unit right on the beach and I LOVE IT!!

What's the one thing most people would not know about you?
I used to drive a country taxi after the birth of my first daughter. It taught me a lot about people.

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  • by SHIRLEY 30/04/2009 5:11:01 PM


  • by Rudi Botha 4/05/2009 3:08:02 PM

    you have been one of the pioneers of Mortgage Broking in Oz, and I follow your career with great interest. Not everybody realizes what challenges people like you face, both from inside the bank and from the Broker fraternity. Keep up the hard work, till we meet again, Greetings from a very difficult Mortgage market in South Africa

  • by OzBoy 5/05/2009 10:13:57 AM

    Rudi if you knew our industry then you would know that Ms Cummings is far from a pioneer. She and CBA were late to embrace brokers and before joining us she actively talked down our involvement, credibility and knowledge. Stick to South Africa where I am sure you are more knowledgeable.