HCF Board

Mark G. Johnson
BComm, FCA, CPA, FAICD
Chair, Non-Executive Director

Mr Johnson was elected Chair of the Board of HCF and Manchester Unity in July 2019, having been a Non-Executive Director of both companies since November 2013. Mr Johnson is also Chair of the HCF Nomination Committee.

He has previously served as CEO and Asian Deputy Chair for PwC from June 2008 until July 2012. Prior to becoming CEO, he held a number of leadership positions in PwC Australia including National Managing Partner – Businesses, Managing Partner of the Assurance line of service, Managing Partner Assurance and Business Advisory Services and leader Consumer and Industrial Products. In these roles he served on a number of global firm committees.

Mr Johnson is currently a Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited, Goodman Limited and Goodman Funds Management Limited and is the Chairman and a Director of G8 Education Limited. He is also an independent Director of Aurecon Group Pty Ltd and on the Board of Partners of Corrs Chambers Westgarth. In the community he serves on the Board of The Smith Family and is a member of the Council of UNSW Sydney. He was a Director of Westfield Corporation Limited until June 2018, Chair of the Advisory Board to Willis Towers Watson in Australasia until December 2016 and a Director of HSBC Bank Australia until April 2017.

Previously, Mr Johnson was a member of the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, the Business Council of Australia (and of its Healthy Australia Taskforce) and was Deputy Chair of the Finance and Reporting Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Terry T. Agnew
MBA, Msc, BE (Hons), FAICD, FAIM, SF Fin
Non-Executive Director

Mr Agnew was appointed to the Board of HCF and Manchester Unity in October 2019 and is a member of the Nomination Committee. He is an experienced director, chair and CEO with a strong track record and involvement with successful and growing organisations. The strategic differentiation and sustainable success of these organisations is built on a foundation of brand, culture, safety and innovation.

He was the Group CEO of RAC in Western Australia for 20 years until March 2019, which provides a range of diverse services to over 1 million members. Mr Agnew is the current Chair of the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals, Curtin Business School Advisory Council and Edge Employment Solutions. He is also a Director of RAA Insurance and MDA National Insurance (both subsidiaries of mutual organisations). He was appointed to the Curtin University Council in 2019.

Mr Agnew was a member of two global entities, Chairing the FIA University Board until September 2019 and was a member of the Board of the Global Mobility Alliance until July 2019.

Mr Agnew’s experience includes a range of executive and board roles with mutual and member organisations, private and public companies, joint ventures, government and educational organisations. His industry experience includes insurance and financial services, education, care and disability, tourism and sport.

Mr Agnew is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia) and Member of the Australian Institute of Engineers.

He has previously been National President of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), State President of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Director of the West Coast Eagles and Director of the Insurance Commission of Western Australia. He was a founding Member of CEO's for Gender Equity.

John M. Barrington
BComm, LLB, FAICD
Non-Executive Director

Mr Barrington was appointed to the Board of HCF and Manchester Unity in November 2014 and as a Director of the Corporate Trustee of the HCF Research Foundation in April 2017. Mr Barrington is Chair of the HCF Risk & Compliance Committee and a member of the Audit & Finance Committee and the Nomination Committee. He was Acting Managing Director of HCF between March and July 2017. He was appointed to the Board of HCF Life Insurance Company Pty Limited in February 2019, is Chair of the HCF Life Risk & Compliance Committee and a member of the HCF Life Audit & Finance Committee.

Mr Barrington was the Principal of Barrington Legal, a law firm located in Sydney, with more than 40 years in practice specialising in insurance law, superannuation, banking and finance. He was formerly General Counsel for the National Mutual Life Association, Chief Executive of CUNA Mutual Limited and Mutual Community Limited. Mr Barrington served as Chair of Intrinsic Value Investment Limited and Albert Court Aged Care Edgecliff. Until January 2017, he was Chair of Meridian Lawyers and a Director of Guild Group Holdings.

Mr Barrington has extensive experience (both strategically and operationally) in financial services and private health insurance, in particular relating to financial oversight, regulatory requirements, policy frameworks and governance. He has previously served as a Council Member of the Private Health Insurance Administration Council (PHIAC).

Mr Barrington brings a unique perspective given his background of advising clients, working in organisations subject to complex regulatory requirements and providing regulatory oversight in a senior governance role within a regulatory body.

Michael J. Bassingthwaighte
AM, FAICD
Non-Executive Director

Mr Bassingthwaighte was appointed to the Board of HCF and Manchester Unity in October 2019 and is a member of the Nomination Committee.

Mr Bassingthwaighte spent his entire executive career in private health insurance, having retired in mid 2018 after 36 years as CEO of Peoplecare Health Limited.  

Mr Bassingthwaighte co-founded the IT company HAMB Systems Limited (HAMBS) and developed it as a collaborative company to provide technology services for 24 health insurers. He was Chair of HAMBS from inception, for 25 years until 2018.

Mr Bassingthwaighte also co-founded the Australian Health Service Alliance (AHSA) that provides hospital and medical service contracting, data management, and clinical advisory services for 28 health insurers and was also a significant contributor to health policy development through senior voluntary roles with the industry body Members Health Funds Alliance (MHFA).

Mr Bassingthwaighte is currently a Director of the Illawarra Retirement Trust (IRT), a large not for profit retirement village, aged care and home care service provider with centres in Sydney, Canberra, the Sunshine Coast Qld and the Illawarra and South Coast of NSW).

Previous Director appointments include Coordinare; the Primary Health Network for South Eastern NSW, Defence Health, Members Own Health Funds, The Illawarra Business Chamber, Illawarra Health & Medical Research Institute (IHMRI), Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI), NSW Health Funds Association, and was an industry advisor to PHIAC (the PHI regulator prior to the transfer to APRA).

Mr Bassingthwaighte is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wollongong and was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2013 for his ‘significant service to the private health insurance industry and the community of the Illawarra Region’.

Catherine M. Hallinan
BA (Hons), MBA, FFin, FAIM, FAICD, SF Fin
Non-Executive Director

Ms Hallinan joined the Board of HCF Life in June 2011, was appointed Chair in October 2019 and is also a member of the Audit & Finance Committee and the Risk & Compliance Committee. She was appointed to the Board of HCF in February 2019 and is a member of the Audit & Finance Committee, Risk & Compliance Committee and the Nomination Committee. She has extensive expertise across the financial services industry, spanning insurance, investments, banking, strategy and planning and mergers and acquisitions.

Ms Hallinan’s former executive roles include General Manager, Wealth Strategy at St George Bank and General Manager, Investment Management and Life, at Zurich Australia, where she was also an executive of the holding company and a member of the Global Life Executive Committee. She is currently Chair of Gateway Bank Limited and a Non-Executive Director of St. Catherine’s Aged Care Services, Lawcover Insurance Pty Limited and Lawcover Pty Limited, and SCOR Global Life Australia.

Sheena G. Jack
BA (Acc), CA, GAICD
Managing Director

Ms Jack was appointed as Managing Director of HCF in September 2017, having held the position of Chief Executive Officer since August 2017. She was appointed as a Director of HCF Life in August 2017, a Director of the Corporate Trustee of the HCF Research Foundation in September 2017 and appointed to the Board of Manchester Unity in November 2017.

As Chief Financial Officer at HCF from 2006, Ms Jack led the acquisition and successful integration of Manchester Unity, a transaction worth $256M. In 2014, she was appointed Chief Strategy Officer and was responsible for the development of HCF's 2020 Strategy, a five year strategic roadmap and vision for the business. Focussed on driving innovation, she established HCF Catalyst, Australia's first corporate-backed health technology accelerator.

In her short time as Managing Director, Ms Jack has delivered a new business line in Overseas Visitors Health Cover, launched a new loyalty program HCF Thank You and announced a new organisational structure to reflect HCF’s focus on member experience and business growth. She has also commenced one of the largest programs of work in the business to date, a $140M Systems Transformation project which will transform HCF’s way of doing business.

Ms Jack has more than 30 years' experience as a finance professional and corporate executive across various industries including health and life insurance, banking, superannuation and wealth management. She also has extensive experience across business transformation. As Chief Financial Officer of IAG Financial Services, she had a key role in the creation of Clearview and was responsible for the business integration when they were purchased by MBF.

Ms Jack is also a Director of Private Healthcare Australia, and the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals and is a member of Chief Executive Women.

 

Claire L. Jackson
MBBS, MD, MPH, CertHEcon, GradCert Mgt, FRACGP, FAICD
Non-Executive Director

Professor Jackson was appointed to the Board of HCF and Manchester Unity in November 2012 and is a member of the HCF Nomination Committee and the People, Culture & Remuneration Committee. She was appointed as a Trustee of the HCF Research Foundation in 2013 and has been a Director of the Corporate Trustee since its registration in 2015. She has been active in general practice undergraduate and postgraduate education and research for many years, and has been extensively involved in health services research and reform since the early 1990s.

Professor Jackson is Director, UQ-MRI Centre for Health System Reform and Integration and Professor in Primary Care Research at the University of Queensland School of Medicine. She was appointed member of the Primary Health Reform Steering Group in September 2019. She was previously a Director of the National Health Performance Authority and was national President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners between 2010 and 2012.

Professor Jackson previously served as a Member of the Federal Government’s Primary Health Care Advisory Group in 2015 and the National Primary Care Strategy Expert Reference Group in 2008. She provided a commissioned paper for the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission on new models in primary care and is a national authority on the Health Care Home. In 2014, she conducted a Review of After Hours Services for Minister Dutton.

Lisa M. McIntyre
B.Sc (Hons), PhD, GAICD
Non-Executive Director

Ms McIntyre was elected to the Board of HCF and appointed to the Board of Manchester Unity in October 2011. She is Chair of the HCF Audit & Finance Committee and a member of the Risk & Compliance and Nomination Committees. Ms McIntyre was appointed as a Trustee of the HCF Research Foundation in 2013, she became Chair in March 2014 and has been a Director of the Corporate Trustee since its registration in 2015. Ms McIntyre was appointed to the Board of HCF Life in February 2019.

Since 2002 Ms McIntyre has held a number of directorships and is currently a Director of Insurance and Care NSW, Studiosity Pty Ltd (previously Tutoring Australia Pty Ltd), Nanosonics Ltd, a Senate Fellow of the University of Sydney and a member of the Advisory Board of the NSW Generation Fund. She was previously a Director of Genesis Care Pty Ltd, I-MED Pty Ltd, the Garvan Institute for Medical Research and Cover More Limited.

Ms McIntyre was formerly a senior partner in global strategic firm L.E.K. Consulting for 20 years and was recently elected Chair of its ANZ Advisory Board. While at L.E.K, she led the Asia Pacific Healthcare practice in Sydney where she advised health care companies and organisations on strategy and performance and served on L.E.K.’s Asia Pacific Governance Committee. Prior to 2002 she led L.E.K.’s US Biotechnology practice in Boston with a particular focus on commercialising innovation in biotechnology and health care.

Jane T. Southwell
BA, LLB (Hons), GAICD
Non-Executive Director

Ms Southwell was elected to the Board of HCF in October 2017 and appointed to the Board of Manchester Unity in November 2017. She is a member of the HCF Risk & Compliance Committee, the Nomination Committee and the People, Culture & Remuneration Committee. She is a lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience in management and company secretarial roles, primarily within the financial services sector. She has over a decade’s experience working with not-for-profit mutual organisations, including as Executive Director of the Australian Friendly Societies’ Association (the peak industry body representing mutual friendly societies to government, regulators and the community) and has in-depth experience of prudential, legislative and regulatory compliance within APRA-regulated institutions.

Ms Southwell has also held senior executive management roles including as Principal Executive Officer and Company Secretary for Norwich Union Friendly Society Limited and as Principal of Medley Hall, a residential college of the University of Melbourne. In addition, she has gained invaluable not-for-profit governance experience through volunteering with the Yoga Association of Victoria Inc and project management experience with the Biotechnology & Ethics Unit, Department of Human Services (VIC).

Ms Southwell was most recently Company Secretary for Daylesford District Community Developments Limited and continues to consult on governance and related matters to that company. She is undertaking a Master of Laws and also continues to pursue research and teaching interests in the field of mindfulness.

Christopher E. Wright
FAICD, FAIM
Non-Executive Director

Mr Wright was appointed to the Board of HCF and the Board of Manchester Unity in November 2012. He is Chair of the HCF People, Culture & Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee. Mr Wright was appointed to the Board of HCF Life Insurance Company Pty Limited in February 2019. He has been involved with the not-for-profit mutual financial services sector for over 40 years and has extensive experience in senior executive roles and as a company director. He was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Lifeplan Funds Management Group from 1992 to 2009.

Mr Wright has been a Director of the not-for-profit retail community pharmacy group, National Pharmacies, Director of Customer Owned Banking Association (previously Abacus-Australian Mutuals) and Chair of the Australian Friendly Societies Association. He was also Chair of the Australian Institute of Management (SA) and a Director of its national board. He is currently Chair of the St. Andrew's Hospital Foundation Inc. in South Australia.