Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Ben Cohen | Advisory Board Member

Ben Cohen is an Advisory Board Member of The SILC Group providing guidance, direction and oversight into the overall group strategy and development of the business.

Ben has extensive Board and Senior Executive experience in Financial Services, Manufacturing Corporations, Not-For-Profit, Education and Entrepreneurial organisations. His experience includes Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Banking, IT, Accounting & Manufacturing.

Ben is currently a Board Member of the Swinburne University of Technology and is a Member of its Finance Committee and is Chair of the Campus Planning Committee; Chairman of The Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Finance Committee; Member of the Certification Council Bureau Veritas Quality International; and Managing Director of Quantum Change Consultants.

Some of his previous Directorships included being National Councillor and Victorian State President for CPA Australia; the Methodist Ladies College; cvMail; Elders Finance and Potter Warburg.

Senior Executive positions he held included being Chief Executive Officer of cvMail; Director of Finance and Administration at leading Australasian Investment Bank Potter Warburg (subsequently UBS); Director of Elders Finance Group (EFG) which was then the largest Merchant Bank in Australia; Director of the Australian Continuous Improvement Group (the Australian arm of Cap Gemini); and a Group Financial Controller at ICI Australia (now Orica Ltd).

Ben is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) and he holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of New South Wales.

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Roland Matrenza | Advisory Board Member

Roland Matrenza is an Advisory Board Member of The SILC Group being involved at a strategic level into the business model and value proposition.

Roland’s Banking and Financial services career spans more than 40 years having held a number of Senior Executive roles at the National Australia Bank Group. Roland’s responsibilities encompassed Group strategy development and strategic planning, Group capital policy and management and investment prioritisation, mergers , acquisitions and divestments, Group performance management , investor relations and government relations, Group corporate affairs and communications, Group program office and strategic portfolio analysis, economics and research, transformational change management and business development and sponsorship of new ventures.

As a Group EGM and a member of the Group Executive Committee, Roland also sat on a number of group decision making and steering committees including Group Capital & Asset and Liability (ALCO), Group Risk Policy, Board and Management Lending Committee, Group Strategy Committee, People Assessment and Talent panel, Wealth Management, E-Commerce and Technology and the Strategic Projects’ Assessment Committee. Roland also served on several Banking Industry committees and was a past Chairman of the Australian Bankers Association Executive Committee.

Roland has considerable directorship and governance experience as a Group Executive and an Executive Director/Chairman on numerous wholly owned NAB subsidiaries in Australia, UK, Ireland and New Zealand Operations comprising commercial banks, superannuation and trustee boards, insurance, credit card, leasing, nominee services, custodial services, funds administration services and health funds processing and administration and the Banking Ombudsman.

Roland’s previous Executive roles included:

  • Executive General Manager, Group Strategic Development
  • Executive General Manager, CEO Strategic Projects, Office of the CEO
  • General Manager, Integrated Planning & Strategic Projects
  • General Manager, National Australia Group UK, Ireland & Europe
  • Chief Manager, Investments, Capital Markets and Planning
  • Chief Manager, Business and Technology Strategy
  • Senior Economist and various operational roles in Treasury, Retail and Business Banking

 
Roland holds an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, and Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the AICD and FINSIA and is a graduate of the Transformational Leadership course from the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia.

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Michael Petit | Advisory Board Member

Michael Petit is an Advisory Board Member of The SILC Group providing input and planning into the strategic framework and direction of the business.

Michael’s impressive background includes experience in the Federal public service, international management consulting in productivity (incorporating business analysis, business system design, implementation and post-implementation review), general management of a commercial division of ASX, corporate strategist for NAB, stock broking analyst in a leading Australian stockbroker, senior strategic planner for CBA, as well as investor relations, corporate planning and senior finance roles in leading Australian corporations.

His academic qualifications include a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Swinburne University of Technology. His Ph.D. thesis on the theory of dominant logic in organisational behaviour won a prestigious award for most distinguished PhD thesis. He has also taught in the MBA programs at Swinburne and RMIT.

In addition to his Advisory Board responsibilities with The SILC Group, Michael operates his own consulting, coaching and training business.

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Bryan Waters | Advisory Board Member

Bryan Waters is an Advisory Board Member of The SILC Group and includes involvement in the implementation of the vision and business development of the operations.

He has over 30 years experience at Senior Executive and board level in the financial services industry, followed by 15 years in Leadership and Management Consulting providing career direction, coaching and business support to many leading Melbourne based executives and managers. He commenced his career with the National Australia Bank serving in various senior roles in Australia, United States, UK and Asia which culminated into Senior Executive appointments within the bank’s Melbourne headquarters. Bryan then moved to the Bank of Melbourne following its conversion from a building society to a full banking licence where he was Executive Director and Chief General Manager for Banking.

Bryan has held several non-executive board positions which complements his extensive business experience, and included Chairman of a small Private Equity firm, taking a start up to IPO and merging that company with AAV Ltd (now Staging Connections Group Limited; an ASX Listed company). His current involvements include an Executive Director role in a beverage export industry, contracting consultant to Talent2 and Non Executive Director of Staging Connections Group Limited.

Bryan is Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and he has an accreditation in MRG Leadership LEA and Personal Directors, Diploma of Business (RMIT) and Advanced Management Program from the University of NSW.

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