Board of Directors

The Board is responsible for the overall management and corporate governance of Australian Military Bank.

Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors


The Board is responsible for the overall management and corporate governance of Australian Military Bank. That means they are responsible for making Australian Military Bank work for the benefit of its members while retaining its financial viability and ensuring compliance with the law.

John Brooks

Director and Chair of the Board
Group Captain John Brooks (Retd) joined Australian Military Bank’s Board of Directors in 2000. John graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in economics and is a graduate of the Royal Air Force Staff College and the Australian Defence College. He is a Fellow of the Australian Defence College, a Member of the Australasian Credit Union Institute and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Alan Bardwell

Director, Deputy Chair of the Board and Chair of the Risk Committee
Alan was appointed as a Director in April 2019. Alan has over 35 years’ experience in the banking, finance and securities Industry including 16 years at Citigroup and 10 years with the Australian Securities Exchange where he served as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Risk Officer.  As well as AMB, Alan is currently a non-executive director on the Boards of ClearView Life Nominees, Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA), and Chair of Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Limited.  Alan is also a consultant to advisory group The Risk Board and Chair of the Market Supervision and Compliance Committee that advises the Board of the Sydney Stock Exchange. He has extensive knowledge of retail, corporate and investment banking, wealth and funds management and the securities industry. Alan is a Chartered Accountant, Senior Fellow of FINSIA, and Graduate of the AICD.


Michael Crane DSC & Bar, AM

Director and Chair of the Culture & Remuneration Committee
Major General Michael Crane (Retd) served in the Australian Army for more than 37 years and saw operational service in East Timor and the Middle East. He is now a consultant and company director, and is active as a volunteer in the not-for-profit sector. He holds degrees in Science, Defence Studies and Strategic Studies and is a graduate of the Mt Eliza Business School General Management Program and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Michael joined the Australian Military Bank’s Board in July 2018. Michael is also a member of the Returned and Services League of Australia’s National Policy Committee and of the Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey Memorial Fund Committee.


Sean FitzGerald

Director and Chair of the Audit Committee
Sean was appointment as a Director in June 2018. Sean has held a variety roles over his 20 year banking career across three major banks and two member owned banks. Most recently Sean was the General Manager of Retail Banking and Distribution for P&N Bank, WA’s largest member owned bank. Sean’s responsibility’s covered the retail branches, contact centre, broker channel, commercial finance portfolio, mobile bankers, collections and financial planning. Prior to P&N Bank, Sean was the State General Manager for Retail Banking for WA, SA and NT for NAB. Sean holds a Diploma in Financial Services.


Bruce Scott

Bruce Scott has been a member of the ADF since 1974 with operational service in Malaysia, Somalia and Afghanistan. He retired from the Regular Army in 2000 and from the Army Reserve in 2017 after leading complex and sensitive ADF Inquiries. Bruce is a graduate of the Army Command & Staff College, a 2003 Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Institute of Strategy, Innovation and Leadership. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Management Studies. In late 2018 Bruce accepted the honorary appointment of Colonel Commandant of the Royal Queensland Regiment. In early 2019 he was appointed an Honorary Aide de Camp to the Governor General of Australia. Bruce is also the President of the National Rifle Association of Australia and an active Rotarian. Bruce joined the AMB Board of Directors in 2013 and has been Chair of various board committees in past years.


Rebecca Tolhurst

Rebecca commenced her career in private legal practice in the fields of property and general commercial law before taking up her current position as General Counsel with the Bickford’s Group including responsibility for People and Culture. Her experience has extended broadly into the FMCG, retail and property industries in a transactional and strategic capacity. Rebecca also holds the position of Chair of the Barossa Co-op, a 75 year old retail co-operative operating in her home region of the Barossa Valley. Rebecca holds degrees in Law (Hons) and Commerce and is also a Graduate of the AICD. Rebecca joined the Australian Military Bank Board in July 2020.

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