ME Bank welcomes new board members

by Mark Rosanes07 Jan 2021

ME Bank has recently announced the appointment of new board members for 2021.

John Arthur and David Atkins commenced their roles as non-executive directors on 1 January, following the retirement of John Nesbitt.

Before joining ME Bank, Arthur was chair of Sydney Metro. He also served as chief operating officer and head of group services at Westpac prior to his retirement in 2016. Arthur previously held non-executive director roles at several businesses, including Australian Funds Management, CSR, and Investa Property Group.

James Evans, chairman of ME Bank, described Arthur as a “highly experienced and respected leader” who brings to the table “a wealth of banking and management experience.”

“His expertise in delivering improved customer experience for banking customers through tech and digital innovation and streamlining customer operations will be of significant value to ME,” Evans said.

Meanwhile, Atkin held chairmanship at SuperFriend prior to accepting his role in ME Bank. He was deputy chief executive officer at AMP Capital and CEO at Cbus Super until his retirement from the position in 2020. Atkins also previously served as a member of the board for The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, Frontier Advisors, and Principles for Responsible Investment.

Evans commended Atkin for his leadership achievements in the Australian financial services industry.

“[Atkin] has a demonstrated track record of leading growth and transformation projects that create long term sustainable value for customers and stakeholders, for some of Australia’s largest financial services businesses,” he said.

“Both new appointees will bring decades of experience and leadership to the board and will add significant value as we continue to deliver on ME’s promise to help people get ahead, in what is a time of significant change for the banking industry in Australia.’’

Evans also thanked Nesbitt for his almost four years of service as member of the bank’s board.

“John has served the board of ME with distinction. [His] expertise in finance and extensive knowledge of and experience in banking and financial services have been especially valuable as the Bank has navigated the considerable change in the industry and the operating environment,” Evans said.