Audit and Risk committee

The CEO of Comcare has established the Comcare and Seacare Authority Audit and Risk Committee in accordance with section 45 of the PGPA Act. The objective of the committee is to provide independent assurance and assistance to the CEO on the organisation’s risk, control and compliance framework, and its external accountability responsibilities.

The CEO of Comcare is responsible for appointing committee members. The Audit and Risk Committee consists of between three and five independent members. Members are appointed for an initial period of two years after which they are eligible for extension or re-appointment.

From 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016, Comcare’s Audit and Risk Committee comprised of four members, including the Chairperson. Comcare’s senior executive, the Chief Financial Officer, internal audit officers and the ANAO regularly attend as observers.

Table 19: Attendance at Audit and Risk Committee meetings 2015–16

Name Position in Comcare Eligible to attend Attended
Sean Hughes Independent Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee 5 5
Geniere Aplin Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committee 4 4
Graham Bashford Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committee 5 5
Lisa Woolmer Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committee 5 5

Sean Hughes (Audit and Risk Committee Member, and Chairperson)

Sean Hughes is the Chief Risk and Legal Officer for UniSuper, one of the largest superannuation and pension funds in Australia with over $50 billion under management. He is a senior governance executive with over 25 years’ experience across the financial services, funds management, insurance, regulatory, government and professional services industries. Prior to his UniSuper role, he was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Markets Authority in New Zealand from 2010.

Previously he held senior executive, senior legal counsel and general manager roles at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, National Australia Bank and ANZ Bank. Sean has a Masters of Law (First) from Cambridge University, Bachelor degrees in Law (First Honours) and Arts from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sean is the sole Australian representative on the global Ethical Alliance Advisory Council.

Geniere Aplin (Audit and Risk Committee Member)

Geniere Aplin was appointed to the Audit and Risk Committee in January 2011. Geniere was formerly the General Manager, Workers’ Compensation Insurance for the WorkCover Authority NSW, Chairperson of the Motor Accidents Authority of NSW and was a director of the WorkCover Authority NSW. Geniere has extensive experience in legal, workers’ compensation, banking and general insurance industries. Geniere holds an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of NSW and a Bachelor of Laws, Queensland University of Technology.

Graham Bashford (Audit and Risk Committee Member)

Graham Bashford is the Managing Director of Bashford Consulting, a company specialising in strategic advice and business development to both private sector and public sector organisations. Before this, Graham was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Centrelink for many years with responsibility for running its network of 26 000 employees, delivering $64 billion worth of benefits to six million customers annually.

Graham has worked for the New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and has expertise in the government insurance sector. His contribution to the Audit Committee is from a government insurance operational perspective, having led the operational recovery of the ACC for two years. Graham is the independent chair of the Audit and Review Committee of the Community Services Directorate of the ACT. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Honours in Physical Metallurgy.

Lisa Woolmer (Audit and Risk Committee Member)

Lisa Woolmer was appointed to the Audit and Risk Committee in May 2015. She has a background in audit and accounting including 22 years of professional services experience advising on governance, risk and assurance frameworks.

In her professional services career, Lisa worked extensively with federal, state and local government agencies, and across areas such as health, education, emergency services, water, gas and financial services. In addition to the ACT and Victoria, Lisa has worked in Tokyo and New York.

Lisa is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and qualified accountant. She holds a Bachelor of Economics and Diploma in Japanese Business Communication from Monash University, and a Graduate Diploma in Employment Relations from the University of Canberra.

Lisa is also an Independent Audit Committee member for the Office of Public Prosecutions (Victoria), and the City of Glen Eira (South Eastern Melbourne).