Queensland Country Health Fund Directors

Michael Beard

Director Michael BeardMichael joined the Board in May 2001. Michael’s work as a chartered accountant assists the Board with the Health Fund’s complex financial reporting requirements. Michael is the Principal of a public accounting firm and has offices in Noosa and Mount Isa. Michael is a director of Queensland Country Credit Union Limited and Chairman of the Queensland Country Care Navigation Pty Ltd Board.

Karen Read

Director Karen Read

Karen joined the Board in April 2004. Karen has a wealth of knowledge in finance and started her career at a chartered accounting firm in Mackay. Karen has extensive experience within the mining and resources sector with a career spanning over 29 years. Karen has undertaken a variety of roles that have seen her work both in Australia and abroad.

In 2014 Karen was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer for 02UDP Group Pty Ltd, a consulting, engineering and project practice with offices located in Townsville, Mackay Brisbane and PNG. Karen resigned from this position in early 2017. Karen is passionate about the organisation, in particular our presence in rural and regional areas of Queensland. Karen is the Deputy Chair of Queensland Country Health Fund and holds a number of directorships with other organisations including Independent Chairperson of Mount Isa Water Board Finance and Audit Committee and Independent member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee for North West Hospital and Health Services.

Deirdre Comerford

Director Dierdre ComerfordDeirdre was appointed to the Board in October 2017. Deirdre brings a wealth of experience, having spent 18 years as an Elected Member of Local Government, four of these (2012-2016) as Mayor of Mackay Regional Council. She has served on various Boards in the role of Chair, Company Secretary and Director.

Deirdre was awarded Life Membership by Mackay Tourism Ltd in recognition of her efforts in the development of tourism in the Mackay Region. In 2017 CQUniversity awarded her the ‘Honorary Award of Companion of the University’, in recognition of her unwavering support of Council's partnership with the University, and being at the forefront of bringing innovative ideas back to the Council and the community. Deirdre is also a Trustee of Macrossan and Amiet Charitable Foundation.

Bruno Cullen

Bruno Cullen

Bruno joined the Board in November 1998. Bruno is Queensland Country Health Fund’s longest serving Board Member. Bruno has extensive experience within the Queensland Country Group (1977-2003), having held management positions with the Credit Union from Loans and Finance Manager, Assistant General Manager through to Managing Director, a position he held for 14 years. He was Managing Director of the Brisbane Broncos for over 8 years (2003- 2011), and Chairman/Director of the Queensland Academy of Sport for 6 years (2011-2017).  Bruno is the Chairman of the Queensland Country Credit Union Limited Board.

Greg Nucifora

Greg NuciforaGreg joined the Board in April 2017. Greg served as the Chairman of the ECU Australia Ltd Board until the merger of that organisation with Queensland Country in April 2017. Greg is a private client advisor with Bell Potter Securities in Cairns. Greg is born and raised in Far North Queensland. Greg is a director of Queensland Country Credit Union Limited; Independent Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Board; Independent Chair of the Audit Committee, Cairns Regional Council; director of St Michael’s School, Gordonvale; and a Member of St Michael’s Parish Finance Committee, Gordonvale.

Patricia O'Callaghan

Director Patricia O'CallaghanPatricia joined the Board in August 2016. Patricia is the Chief Executive Officer of Townsville Enterprise, North Queensland’s peak economic and tourism body. Her diverse career includes four years heading up the Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce and three years as the General Manager of Tourism and Events at Townsville Enterprise and two years as the CEO. Patricia is a born and bred North Queenslander who has a passion for the region and a deep understanding of the issues and opportunities facing the north. In 2013 Patricia was awarded the Young Manager of the Year through the Australian Institute of Management. The Young Manager of the Year category recognises the most successful young entrepreneurs and business leaders up to the age of 30. Patricia is also a director of Queensland Country Credit Union Limited.

Lewis Ramsay

Lewis Ramsay

Lewis joined the Board in May 2017. Lewis is a fifth generation Townsville resident whose family origins go back to the City’s original settlers. He is a former General Manager of the Townsville Bulletin and surrounding regional newspapers and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business (Communications) from the Queensland University of Technology and a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from James Cook University.

Lewis has worked in Federal Government in Canberra (Tourism portfolio), served as the Commercial Manager for the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Clubs, and spent nearly two years as Director, Commercial of Brisbane Marketing (Brisbane’s Office of Economic Development).

Lewis is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors' Course (AICD) and holds a builder’s license and a real estate agent’s license. Lewis was appointed director of Queensland Country Care Navigation Pty Ltd in October 2017 and holds directorships with North Queensland Cowboys Leagues Club and Mater Health Services North Queensland.