AFCA Executive

David Locke, CEO and Chief Ombudsman

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David Locke

David Locke commenced as Chief Ombudsman and CEO at the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) and Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) on 25 June 2018.

David was previously Assistant Commissioner Charity Services at the   Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Prior to the ACNC, David was the Executive Director of Charity Services at the Charity Commission of England and Wales, with responsibility for the strategic leadership and operational delivery of the Commission's one-to-one services to charities.

David has also worked as an adviser to several international governments on the regulation of non-government organisations.

David is a qualified lawyer in the UK, and he started his career in community legal centres where he spent over 10 years managing the delivery of services to the public. David has served as a Board member and volunteer of a number of charities and not-for-profits.

Dr June Smith, Deputy Chief Ombudsman

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June Smith

Dr June Smith has a wealth of experience in the financial planning and related sectors, well-developed relationships with regulators, industry and consumer groups and a significant track record as an independent decision maker.

Dr Smith is well recognised for her work developing the role of codes of practice to improve customer service, along with her efforts in promoting professional standards and business ethics in the financial advice industry.

Dr Smith was previously AFCA’s Lead Ombudsman Investments, Advice, Superannuation and Life Insurance. Dr Smith was also CEO of the Code Compliance Monitoring Committee for the Code of Banking Practice, and General Manager of Code Compliance and Monitoring at Financial Ombudsman Service.

Dr Smith has a PhD in Law from Victoria University, specialising in professional and business ethics and organisational decision-making within financial services organisations. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Melbourne.

Dr Smith’s current appointments include:

  • Adjunct Professor, Victoria University College of Law and Justice
  • Executive Committee Member, Australian and New Zealand Ombudsman Association
  • Tribunal Member, National Sports Tribunal
  • Tribunal Member, Victorian Racing Tribunal
  • Deputy Chair, Racing Victoria Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board
  • Graduate Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member, Women on Boards

Justin Untersteiner, Chief Operating Officer

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Justin Untersteiner

Justin Untersteiner joined AFCA as Chief Operating Officer in December 2019 and has extensive expertise in leading large scale, significant organisational transformation programs. Justin combines strong relationship management skills with technical knowledge of regulation, procurement, contract management, property management, and financial compliance.

Justin held a variety of leadership roles at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) over a 13-year career, most recently as the Assistant Commissioner of Integrated Compliance. In this role he was responsible for leading the ATO’s approach to large scale, complex taxation and superannuation matters focussing on compliance in large markets. He designed and delivered the ATO’s strategy and client experience work in the individual taxpayer market with a client base of over 10 million Australians.

Prior to this Justin was the ATO’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the agency’s annual budget of $3.5 billion, and has led the ATO’s Corporate Procurement and Tax Management Branch. Justin also brings valuable private sector perspectives and experience from Cadbury Schweppes and Woolworths to his role as COO.

Justin is a passionate advocate for gender equality and workplace equality and flexibility. He has worked throughout his career to build inclusive workplaces that engage, inform and support employees and has designed and implemented a variety of programs to improve outcomes for diverse workforces.

Anna Campbell, General Counsel

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Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell joined AFCA as General Counsel in November 2019 and is experienced senior executive with cross-sector and regulatory expertise. Anna’s extensive knowledge of financial services means she is uniquely positioned to provide expert advice to AFCA on complex legal matters, corporate governance and risk management.

Anna was previously General Manager of Enterprise Compliance at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) where she was responsible for the ASX Group's regulatory assurance function, involving Corporations Act licensing obligations, Trade Practices Act requirements and other statutory obligations.

Anna also held the role of Deputy General Counsel at ASX for nine years, after joining the ASX from Allianz where she was Acting General Counsel. She has worked as a lawyer in both the private and public sector and exhibits a breadth of experience in providing expert instruction on a range of matters. Anna is a highly effective operative in developing and leading organisational approaches to management, corporate governance, risk management, and stakeholder management. 

Anna holds a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Psychology and Economic History from the University of Sydney.

AFCA Leadership team

Gerri Hill, Executive General Manager – Operational Delivery

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Gerri Hill

Gerri Hill has over 30 years’ experience in financial services and came to AFCA in November 2021 from roles with ME Bank and National Australia Bank (NAB). Gerri held a variety of leadership roles in banking, leading large workforces in complex and challenging environments, most recently as General Manager of the Collections and Hardship team at ME Bank , where she led the COVID-19 Customer Care program. At NAB she held service delivery and cultural change roles. Gerri joined AFCA as Head of Service Delivery, before becoming EGM for Operational Delivery.

Rob Guest, Executive General Manager – Operational Excellence

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Rob Guest

As an executive leader, Rob has a passion and focus on customer experience transformation, change and people leadership. He has proven experience leading and building high performing teams, and regularly sponsors and delivers whole of organisation critical change and transformation programs.

Rob has almost 20 years’ leadership experience in a diverse career that has seen him work at senior levels in a variety of organisations including Racing Victoria, Luna Park and member-based organisation Australian Human Resources Institute.

He joined AFCA following eight years with Metro Trains as the Director of Customer Experience where he successfully introduced a customer experience strategic plan, delivering significant customer experience transformation and improvements in passenger satisfaction. During his time at Metro, Rob was the winner of the Victorian Government Disability Awards, Excellence in Accessible Communications and Technology 2016; National Project of the Year - Highly Commended, Customer Service Institute of Australia 2015; Customer Service Award, Australasian Rail Industry 2014.

Rob holds a Masters in International Business from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from RMIT University, a Bachelor of Arts (Social Science) from Latrobe University and has completed the AICD Company Directors Program.

Michael Ridgway, Executive General Manager – Compliance, Risk, Policy & Governance

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Michael Ridgway

Michael Ridgway has over 20 years’ experience in alternative dispute resolution and has extensive experience across financial services and leading organisational change. Prior to his current role, Michael was the Executive General Manager - Corporate Strategy & Services with AFCA, overseeing the Finance & Facilities functions, Information Services, and Strategy & Analysis teams.

Michael has been with AFCA and its predecessor schemes, FOS and the Financial Industry Complaints Service, since 2004, and has held a number of positions during this time, including Executive General Manager – Assessment and Resolution.

Prior to that Michael worked with the Australian Securities and Investments Commissions and the Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria in various roles.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne and is a qualified mediator.

Brigid Parsonson, Executive General Manager – Finance, IT, Procurement and Strategy

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Brigid Parsonson

Brigid brings significant change, project and commercial expertise developed over 12 years in senior executive positions across the private and public sectors.  Prior to joining AFCA in February 2020, she spent seven years with the Australian Taxation Office leading a broad range of corporate services including strategic planning, finance, projects, facilities and procurement. Complimenting her public sector experience, Brigid's background includes working at Ernst & Young as well as internationally at Heathrow Airport, where she oversaw the development of all operational contracts.  Brigid effectively leverages her extensive experience to design and implement innovative strategies, improve business outcomes and lead whole of organisation transformation change programs.

Brigid holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the Australian National University and has been admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Susie Cotterill, Executive General Manager – Communications, Engagement and Brand

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Susie Cotterill

Susie has held leadership and management roles in public affairs, communications and stakeholder engagement across a range of public, private and not-for-profit sectors, building engaged and vibrant teams focussed on delivering evidence based, insight-driven communications and engagement.

Susie was previously the Head of Communications and Brand at the Australian Financial Complaints Authority. Prior to this, she was the Director of Public Affairs and Education and the Head of Digital Strategy at the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, the national charity regulator, and started her career in the creative advertising and PR industry.

Passionate about the role of professional communication in the not-for-profit sector, she is also a Director and Company Secretary for charity Little Sparklers, which provides perinatal mental health support to over 180,000 members globally, as well a Director of the Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) which is the lead specialist family violence service in Melbourne’s Eastern Metropolitan Region.

Susie holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration with Distinction and Bachelor of Communication in Advertising and Marketing.

Lead Ombudsman

Emma Curtis – Insurance

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Emma Curtis

Emma Curtis has 25 years of experience in financial services law and governance, including over 10 years as a regulator. Her most recent role was as Senior Executive Leader, Insurers, with ASIC, having developed its stand-alone insurance supervision team.

Ms. Curtis was joint Acting Executive Director of ASIC’s Financial Services Group through the period that included the 2019-20 bushfires and the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic. She established and led ASIC’s bushfire disaster working group and sought to ensure fair treatment of consumers as the pandemic emerged, working with financial firms on minimum hardship practice. She also led strategic engagement on the business interruption insurance issues that arose out of the pandemic.

Ms. Curtis’s work at ASIC also included helping to achieve over $300 million in remediation for consumers for the mis-selling of consumer credit and car-yard add-on insurance.

Heather Gray – Superannuation

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Heather Gray

Heather started her career at Arthur Robinson & Co (now Allens) and was a partner there for a number of years.

Heather has also held partner roles at other law firms, specialising in superannuation and financial services law.

Heather has sat on the Law Council of Australia’s Superannuation Committee for more than a decade, including a term as its Chair, and has consulted widely with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), and the Australian Taxation Office and Treasury on superannuation issues.

Heather has hands on superannuation industry experience, having been a director of the legal industry superannuation fund Legalsuper.

Prior to joining AFCA, Heather led the national superannuation practice for Hall & Wilcox.

Natalie Cameron – Banking and Finance

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Natalie Cameron

Ms Cameron began her career at Clayton Utz, where she completed her articles and became a solicitor focusing on insurance and litigation. She then worked with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) focusing on regulatory policy and markets.

In 2005, Ms Cameron moved into industry, where she operated as the General Counsel and Company Secretary for AIA Australia. As a member of the executive committee, she was responsible for all litigation, disputes and complaints resolution. Ms Cameron’s time at AIA Australia also spanned roles managing operations, pricing, distributor relationships and product. She later became CEO of AIA New Zealand.

Prior to joining AFCA, Ms Cameron was the Chief of Customer Operations for MLC Life Insurance.

Suanne Russell – Small Business

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Suanne Russell

Suanne Russell is Lead Ombudsmen, Small Business, with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA). In this role she oversees the handling of small business complaints about financial services and products. In addition, Suanne has oversight of banking transactions including scams complaints. She also works closely with the Lead Ombudsman, Banking and Finance. Suanne, a banking and finance lawyer, joined AFCA from Westpac in 2021, bringing her experience in the small business and consumer banking sector.

Suanne’s past roles have included as Head of Institutional and Business Banking Legal for St George Bank, Practice Leader for Business Banking with Westpac, and Head of Business Legal for Westpac. There, she had oversight of business lending disputes, business bank remediation projects and regulatory projects, and worked with industry bodies and regulators. Suanne was part of the Westpac team that worked on the development of business relief packages and special facilities for small business and consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shail Singh – Investments and Advice (Acting)

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Shail Singh

Shail completed a law/science degree at the University of Melbourne in 1996 and commenced his legal career in 1997 at a top-tier Australian Law Firm Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashursts). Since that time, Shail has worked both in-house, and as legal counsel for various regulators including Worksafe Victoria and the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria.

Shail completed his Masters in Law at the University of Melbourne in 2005, and in 2008 he left the law to train and work as a financial planner, completing his Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning in 2009 at Kaplan, before joining AFCA’s predecessor scheme, FOS, as a case manager in 2010.  

Shail was appointed as an Ombudsman at the commencement of AFCA in 2018, and then the Senior Ombudsman (Investments and Advice) in 2021. He is currently the Acting Lead Ombudsman, Investments & Advice and is a member of AFCA’s senior leadership team.

Shail has now worked in dispute resolution for over a decade and is a specialist in Investments and Advice complaints. This includes financial planning, derivatives, managed funds, timeshare, cryptocurrency and stockbroking disputes.

Independent Assessor

Melissa Dwyer, Independent Assessor

The Independent Assessor reviews complaints about the standard of AFCA’s service and works independently of AFCA’s internal complaints process. The current Independent Assessor of AFCA is Melissa Dwyer. 

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