The Mutual Bank's Board is elected by, accountable to, and proudly represents our members.

Steve Meyn

Steve Meyn joined the Board of The Mutual Bank in 2018 and was appointed Chair in 2022. He is Chairman of The Mutual Bank’s Risk Committee and IT Committee, and a member of The Mutual Bank’s Audit Committee, and Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

Steve is Chair of PKF Australia and former Managing Director of PKF Newcastle and Sydney of which he remains a Director. With more than 33 years’ experience and continuing service as an accountant and business adviser, Steve has developed specific expertise in the field of business, governance, IT and strategic planning.

Steve is a Board Member of PKF International and PKF Asia Pacific, as well as an Advisory Board Member to several businesses and local charity, Harry Meyn Foundation Ltd. Born and bred, and still a citizen of Maitland, Steve’s passion is helping others to grow and develop to achieve better outcomes.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CA ANZ).

Melinda Smith‑Coates

Melinda Smith-Coates joined the Board of The Mutual Bank in 2014 and is Chairman of The Mutual Bank’s Insurance Committee and a member of The Mutual Bank’s IT Committee, Audit Committee, and Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

After more than three decades working as a journalist, news presenter, and radio broadcaster, Melinda moved into executive management roles in corporate and public affairs, before establishing a bespoke public relations and strategic communication consultancy.

Melinda is currently an Advisory Board Member of The University of Newcastle MBA Program, 2NURFM Radio, and is a founding and life member of Mentor Support Network. She has also been an active committee member and supporter of several other charity and community organisations.

Melinda holds a Master of Business (Distinction) graduating from The University of Newcastle and is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).

Deb Mirisch

Deb Mirisch joined the Board of The Mutual Bank in 2020 and is Chair of The Mutual Bank’s Audit Committee, and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

Deb merged her own business Biz Synergy with Booksmart Accounting Solutions in 2021 to form Beam Bookkeeping, now one of the largest bookkeeping firms in NSW.

With more than 25 years of experience as an accountant, Deb brings a wealth of financial expertise to the Board, along with her in-depth knowledge of the local business landscape.Deb is also a former Director and Honorary Secretary of not-for-profit NDIS registered provider, The Mai-Wel Group.

Deb holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle, is a Registered BAS Agent, a member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and the Maitland Business Chamber.

Sharon Howes

Sharon Howes joined the Board of The Mutual Bank in 2020 and is a member of The Mutual Bank’s Risk Committee, and Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

Sharon is a Partner at Intelligite, a consultancy that specialises in auditing organisational culture, risk culture, conduct, and non-financial risk; and, is Managing Director at business advisory company, AblesonHowes and Associates.

Sharon has had an extensive executive leadership career spanning manufacturing, energy, and resources; in private, listed and government sectors. Sharon also has significant experience as a Non-Executive Director, including over 20 years served in the mutual banking sector in the Hunter Region.

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma of Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Jay

David Jay joined the Board of The Mutual Bank in 2021 and is a member of The Mutual Bank’s Risk Committee, IT Committee, and Remuneration and Nominations Committee.  

Respected as an outstanding leader, David brings more than 30 years of banking, finance, and payment systems experience to the Board.

David is currently the Executive Chairman at Armstrong Kennedy International Pty Limited and has worked with leading organisations including Australian Settlements Limited (ASL), AMP, Commonwealth Bank, Coal Services Pty Limited and the Sydney Futures Exchange Limited.

David holds a Master of Business Administration from Monash University and an Economics degree from Macquarie University.