OUR DIRECTORS

Queensland Country Health Fund Directors

Michael Beard

Michael BeardChair

Michael 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 also the Chair of the Care Navigation Pty Ltd Board and Director of the Queensland Country Credit Union Limited.

Karen Read

Karen ReadDeputy Chair

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. From 2014 to 2017, Karen was employed as the Chief Financial Officer for Premise (formerly known as 02UDP Group Pty Ltd), a consulting, engineering and project practice, with offices located in Townsville, Mackay, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast and PNG.

Karen is passionate about the organisation, in particular our presence in rural and regional areas of Queensland.  Karen has extensive Board experience including the following current positions: Director of Queensland Country Credit Union Limited; Independent Chair of Mount Isa Water Board Finance and Audit Committee; Independent member of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, North West Hospital and Health Service; and Chair of NQ Regional Council of CPA Australia.

Deirdre Comerford

Deirdre ComerfordDirector

Deirdre 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.  Deirdre 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 a Trustee of Macrossan and Amiet Charitable Foundation.

Bruno Cullen

Bruno CullenDirector

Bruno joined the Board in November 1998.  Bruno is Queensland Country Health Fund’s longest serving Board Member.  Bruno has extensive experience within the Health Fund and Credit Union industries, (1977-2003), having held management positions with the organisation from Loans and Finance Manager and Assistant General Manager through to Managing Director, a position he held for 14 years. Bruno was Managing Director of the Brisbane Broncos for over eight years (2003- 2011), and Chair/Director of the Queensland Academy of Sport for six years (2011-2017).  Bruno also serves as Chair of the Queensland Country Credit Union Limited Board and is the Board Chair of Krause Health and Safety Pty Ltd.

Christine Flynn

Christine FlynnDirector

Christine joined the Board in July 2018. Christine is a highly experienced organisational development, public sector governance and executive leadership consultant, who is currently working with a range of national organisations on systems leadership, organisation change, leadership development and governance issues. Christine has conducted Board and governance reviews, has been a senior executive in Commonwealth and State public services, and has held several Board roles including President of IPAA Qld, Director of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Queensland Audit Office, QUT School of Business Advisory Board, and is recent past Chair of the Board of the Queenslanders Credit Union. Christine is an accredited facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors courses for Board Chair and Directors, Chief Executives and executive managers. Christine is the Deputy Chair of the Queensland Country Credit Union Limited Board.

Greg Nucifora

Greg NuciforaDirector

Greg joined the Board in April 2017.  Greg served as the Chair of the ECU Australia Ltd Board until the merger of that organisation with parent company, Queensland Country Credit Union Limited in April 2017. Greg is born and raised in Far North Queensland and is a private client advisor with Bell Potter Securities in Cairns.  Greg has extensive Board experience which includes the following current positions: 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; Member of St Michael’s Parish Finance Committee, Gordonvale; Independent Advisor to the Board of Cairns and Hinterland Hospital; Chair of Catholic Development Fund for Diocese of Cairns; and Chair of Audit Committee for Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. 

Patricia O'Callaghan

Patricia O'CallaghanDirector

Patricia joined the Board in August 2016.  Patricia is the Chief Executive Officer of Townsville Enterprise, North Queensland’s peak economic and tourism body. Patricia’s 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.  In February 2015, Patricia was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of Townsville Enterprise and is a keen advocate for the North Queensland region. Born and bred North Queenslander, Patricia has 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 and in 2018 was awarded the Australian Financial Review Young BOSS Executive of the Year.  Patricia is also a director of Queensland Country Credit Union Limited.

Lewis Ramsay

Lewis RamsayDirector

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. Lewis 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.