Our Board

BankWAW is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has responsibility for the overall governance and strategic direction of WAW. The BankWAW Management Team oversee the day to day running of WAW and its 13 service centres.

Fiona Shanks


Fiona has been a Board Director since November 2017, and Chair of the Board since August 2020.  She has a Bachelor of Business in Human Resources and a Diploma of Business Management, is a Certified Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is the former Interim CEO and Executive Director Workforce at Northeast Health in Wangaratta. Fiona is the current Interim Manager Human Resources at Hume City Council. 

Fiona brings significant experience in aligning culture to strategy, risk management, corporate governance and legislative compliance. She lives and works across the North-East Region, in particular the areas of Wodonga, Wangaratta and Myrtleford. She has held a number of Executive and Non-Executive positions in Public Health, Local Government, Natural Resource Management and the Education sector.

Fiona has three children and understands the challenges and pressures facing every-day families financially as they try to balance their children's needs with the pressure and challenges of daily living and wealth management.

Julie Guest


Julie has been a Board Director since November 2017.  She is a Chartered Accountant and since 1986 she has mentored small business owners, worked in superannuation, audit and business improvement.

Previously, Julie was a partner of an accounting firm for 16 years, and has served on other boards similar in nature to WAW’s, as well as a government advisory committee. Currently, Julie is an independent Audit Committee member of Moira Shire Council.

Julie has been involved with many North-East Victorian sporting and adult education committees and community projects since moving to the area in 1986. 

Matthew Grogan

BSc, LLB (Hons), GDLP

Matt has been a Board Director since November 2021. He is a commercial and property lawyer and principal of Halliday Solicitors, based in Beechworth. He has a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and a Bachelor of Science from Monash University.

Matt has had significant involvement in the community energy sector in North East Victoria and is a current director of both Indigo Power Ltd, and the Indigo Power Foundation Ltd. Additionally, he was a founder and former chairperson of Totally Renewable Yackandandah Inc.
Matt has also held other governance roles including as chairperson of Mittagundi Outdoor Education Centre, and as a committee member of Yackandandah Health Inc.

Gavan Nolan


Gavan has been a Board Director since November 2019 and has a family connection to WAW dating back to its inception.

Gavan is a Chartered Accountant with 40 years’ experience in professional public accounting. His most recent appointment saw him become a partner in a national accounting firm that specialises in business reconstruction, business turnaround and insolvency.

He has recently relocated back to Wangaratta and has furthered his commitment to the local community through active engagement with a major sporting organisation in the region.

Stephen Sampson


Steve has been a Board Director since September 2020. Steve has many years of experience in Finance and Banking, and has operated as a CEO in two Credit Unions over the past 31 years.
Steve has extensive professional experience across a broad spectrum of Financial Services, Strategic Innovation, Governance and Compliance, Risk Management, Business Development and Leadership, as well as various Mutual Industry Board positions in the past.
He is currently a Director of the Northern Football Netball League and is a past Rotary Paul Harris Fellow recipient. Steve holds a Diploma in Financial Services, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Finsia, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Justice of the Peace.

Allison Jenvey OAM


Allison has been a Board Director since September 2020. She is also a Director at ATS Partners, a public practice accounting firm in Wodonga.  Allison has, over the years, had significant governance experience on local Boards and Committees, most particularly in the health sector and the education and training sector. She was also previously President of the Wodonga Chamber of Commerce.

Allison currently Chairs the Board of the Wodonga Institute of TAFE, and also Chairs the Board of the Victorian TAFE Association. 

Allison has had a long association with the agricultural sector in the region, and she and her husband currently run a small beef cattle stud operation.

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