Executive Team

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Andrew Smith, BCom, MBA, FAICD, CA, Group Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Mr Andrew Smith was appointed as an Executive Director of CBHS on 3rd November 2016. Andrew commenced with CBHS in March 2016 as the Group Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Andrew was the CEO and Managing Director of InvoCare Limited. During his almost ten years at InvoCare, Andrew took great pride in leading a wonderful group of employees who were widely recognised for delivering outstanding customer service. Prior to InvoCare, Andrew held a number of senior executive positions for over 10 years in retail and FMCG industries.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Andrew is a Non-Executive Director of Private Healthcare Australia (PHA) and is the Chairman of PHA’s Audit Committee. Andrew is also a Non-Executive Advisory Board member of AFEA Pty Limited, a provider of compassionate, experienced and qualified care staff specialising in responsive home care services.

Megan Coombs, Chief Operating Officer

Megan is a Certified Practicing Accountant with over fifteen years’ experience in leadership roles in service, not for profit and Government organisations. 

She was Chief Financial Officer at CBHS Health Fund, Easy Being Green, the Australia Council for the Arts and Employment National.

Megan was appointed to the combined role of Group Company Secretary & Chief Operating Officer in March 2017.

Uttam Mukherjee

Uttam Mukherjee, Chief Risk Officer

Uttam Mukherjee was appointed as the Chief Risk Officer in June 2016 to oversee the risk and compliance functions for CBHS. He has over 15 years of experience in risk management, compliance, internal audit and business continuity in financial services and government organisations.

Uttam has a Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma of Risk Management and Business Continuity and Diploma in Quality Management and Cost Accountant. He is also a Certified Practising Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Information Systems Auditor. Uttam is a member of the Risk Management Institution of Australasia.

Uttam is an active and advisory member of Mukti, a socio-economic development, not-for-profit organisation that works to empower the needy and poor in the Sunderbans, India. He is also a film maker as writer, producer and director!

Anthony Perkins

Anthony Perkins, Chief Financial Officer

Tony Perkins commenced as Chief Financial Officer at CBHS in June 2016. Tony is an experienced CFO and Project Director who has held senior roles in medium to large organisations in Australia and New Zealand. He has over 20 years of industry experience in Insurance, Retailing, Professional Services and Manufacturing and has a strong record of contributing to growth, simplifying processes and building high performance teams.

Arunan Sundaresan

Arunan Sundaresan, Head of Internal Audit

Mr. Arunan Sundaresan commenced as Head of Internal Audit of CBHS in August 2016. Arunan has over 15 years’ experience in the Wealth Management and Insurance industries with organisations such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), ANZ wealth Management, AMP, FuturePlus Financial Services and the Commonwealth Banking Group. Arunan has held roles in senior management capacity as an internal audit professional through-out his career which also includes experience in greenfield environments. Arunan holds a Bachelor of Science with a Mathematics Major degree with the University of New South Wales and a Master of Accounting degree with Macquarie University . He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and the Institute of Internal Auditors in Australia.

Joe De Battista

Joe De Battista, Chief Information Officer

Joe commenced as Chief Information Officer at CBHS in October 2015. Joe has over 30 years’ experience in the Asiapac ICT industry with organisations such as iSentia, SGS Group, and Johnson & Johnson. Joe has held roles in an Executive and Senior capacity as an ICT professional throughout his career with strengths in greenfield environments and managing geographically dispersed teams.

Joe is married with three children and lives in Sydney.

Joanne Hain, Manager, People Services

Joanne is a human resource professional with over 20 years’ experience. She has worked at CBHS for 9 years in a leadership role, overseeing the human resource function. Prior to CBHS, Joanne worked at NRMA in both its Motoring and Services and General Insurance businesses, and has held various specialist and generalist human resource roles throughout her career. Joanne’s work experience is supported by post graduate qualifications in psychology and employment relations.

Joanne loves to travel and has so far visited Europe, North America, Asia, and plans to see much more of Australia. Joanne is married with one son.