Board of Directors

Dr Nicholas Pappas AM Chairman of the Board of Directors

Dr. Pappas is a Sydney lawyer. In addition to his role as Board Chairman, he chairs the Bank’s Nominations and Remuneration Committee and serves on the Audit Committee. He is Chairman of South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club Limited (‘the Rabbitohs’) and South Sydney Members Rugby League Club Limited. He also serves on the Boards of the Steve Waugh Foundation – Australia, the Hellenic Club Limited and Melbourne’s Hellenic Museum.

Dr. Pappas is the Honorary Secretary of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council and a Trustee of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia Consolidated Trust. He was appointed to the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2013 for services to the Arts, Rugby League & the Greek-Australian community.

Dr Nicholas Pappas AM

Dr. Pappas is a Sydney lawyer. In addition to his role as Board Chairman, he chairs the Bank’s Nominations and Remuneration Committee and serves on the Audit Committee. He is Chairman of South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club Limited (‘the Rabbitohs’) and South Sydney Members Rugby League Club Limited. He also serves on the Boards of the Steve Waugh Foundation – Australia, the Hellenic Club Limited and Melbourne’s Hellenic Museum.

Dr. Pappas is the Honorary Secretary of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council and a Trustee of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia Consolidated Trust. He was appointed to the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2013 for services to the Arts, Rugby League & the Greek-Australian community.

Ben Edney Chairman of the Board Risk Management Committee

Mr. Edney is Chairman of the Board Risk Management Committee. He is an accomplished finance industry expert with 30 years domestic and international experience with National Australia Bank and KPMG in advisory, risk and restructuring. In addition to his directorship with Bank of Sydney, Mr. Edney is also chairman of Williams Holdings Limited in New Zealand, a director of Nimble Money Limited and Managing Director of Lempriere Capital and agPAY Pty Ltd.

Ben Edney

Mr. Edney is Chairman of the Board Risk Management Committee. He is an accomplished finance industry expert with 30 years domestic and international experience with National Australia Bank and KPMG in advisory, risk and restructuring. In addition to his directorship with Bank of Sydney, Mr. Edney is also chairman of Williams Holdings Limited in New Zealand, a director of Nimble Money Limited and Managing Director of Lempriere Capital and agPAY Pty Ltd.

Nikolas Hatzistergos Chairman of the Board Audit Committee

Mr. Hatzistergos is the Chairman of the Board Audit Committee. He is also Managing Director of William Buck (NSW) Pty Ltd. He is President of the Hellenic Club Limited and a Director of the Management Board and Member of the Governing Council of Praxity (AISBL). He is also a Director and Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee for South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club Limited.

Nikolas Hatzistergos

Mr. Hatzistergos is the Chairman of the Board Audit Committee. He is also Managing Director of William Buck (NSW) Pty Ltd. He is President of the Hellenic Club Limited and a Director of the Management Board and Member of the Governing Council of Praxity (AISBL). He is also a Director and Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee for South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club Limited.

The Hon Steve Bracks AC Independent Non-Executive Director

The Hon Steve Bracks AC was Premier of Victoria for eight years (1999-2007). He now advises several leading Australian finance and service sector corporations. He was appointed Chancellor of Victoria University in May 2021. Mr. Bracks chairs Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Trust, Victory Offices Limited, and the AFL Strategic Community Investment Fund Advisory Board. He chaired the Cbus Superannuation Fund from 2009 to 2021. He is a member of the Australian Republican Movement’s Republican Advisory Panel. Mr. Bracks is an honorary chair of the Trade Union Education Foundation and was an honorary adviser to the former Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmao from 2007 to 2017.

The Hon Steve Bracks AC

The Hon Steve Bracks AC was Premier of Victoria for eight years (1999-2007). He now advises several leading Australian finance and service sector corporations. He was appointed Chancellor of Victoria University in May 2021. Mr. Bracks chairs Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Trust, Victory Offices Limited, and the AFL Strategic Community Investment Fund Advisory Board. He chaired the Cbus Superannuation Fund from 2009 to 2021. He is a member of the Australian Republican Movement’s Republican Advisory Panel. Mr. Bracks is an honorary chair of the Trade Union Education Foundation and was an honorary adviser to the former Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmao from 2007 to 2017.

Gregory Gav Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Gav is Director of Mars Property Group.

Gregory Gav

Mr. Gav is Director of Mars Property Group.

Sarkis Nassif Non-Executive Director

Mr. Nassif has over 35 years of experience in property investment, development, and construction. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Holdmark Property Group, a private property group. In 2019 he was awarded the Ethnic Business Awards accolade for best medium to large business, and in 2017 he was awarded the Property Person of the Year by the property industry body, Urban Taskforce.

His philanthropic interests include the John Paul Foundation, which Mr. Nassif founded and Holdmark supports, to assist children and families facing hardship due to illness, tragedy, or adversity. He is also a donor to Westmead Children’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, the Warrah foundation and numerous other community organisations. Mr. Nassif is a Board Member of Bank of Beirut s.a.l.

Sarkis Nassif

Mr. Nassif has over 35 years of experience in property investment, development, and construction. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Holdmark Property Group, a private property group. In 2019 he was awarded the Ethnic Business Awards accolade for best medium to large business, and in 2017 he was awarded the Property Person of the Year by the property industry body, Urban Taskforce.

His philanthropic interests include the John Paul Foundation, which Mr. Nassif founded and Holdmark supports, to assist children and families facing hardship due to illness, tragedy, or adversity. He is also a donor to Westmead Children’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, the Warrah foundation and numerous other community organisations. Mr. Nassif is a Board Member of Bank of Beirut s.a.l.

Fouad Chaker Non-Executive Director

Mr. Chaker is also the Senior Executive Officer at Bank of Beirut, with more than 45 years of banking experience.

Fouad Chaker

Mr. Chaker is also the Senior Executive Officer at Bank of Beirut, with more than 45 years of banking experience.

Roger Dagher Non-Executive Director

Mr. Dagher is also the Group Chief Financial Officer at Bank of Beirut, with more than 30 years of banking experience.

Roger Dagher

Mr. Dagher is also the Group Chief Financial Officer at Bank of Beirut, with more than 30 years of banking experience.

John Elisher General Counsel / Company Secretary

Mr. Elisher joined Bank of Sydney in May 2019 and was appointed as company secretary in August 2019. Furthermore, he is a member of the Executive Team and leads the legal department and customer advocacy function in his role as General Counsel.

He commenced his legal career in private practice working for a multidisciplinary firm. He more recently worked in federal government agencies in multiple executive roles. Mr. Elisher holds Bachelor degrees in Commerce & Law and a Master of Laws.

John Elisher

Mr. Elisher joined Bank of Sydney in May 2019 and was appointed as company secretary in August 2019. Furthermore, he is a member of the Executive Team and leads the legal department and customer advocacy function in his role as General Counsel.

He commenced his legal career in private practice working for a multidisciplinary firm. He more recently worked in federal government agencies in multiple executive roles. Mr. Elisher holds Bachelor degrees in Commerce & Law and a Master of Laws.