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Cuscal Directors

Trudy Vonhoff
Interim Chair & Independent Non-Executive Director

GAICD, MBA, BBus (Hons), SF Fin

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Trudy Vonhoff was appointed to the Cuscal Board on 10 April 2019. Currently she is the Interim Chair of the Board, Chair of the Board Governance and Remuneration Committee, and is also a member of both the Board Risk Committee & the Board Audit Committee.

She is an experienced Non-Executive Director and previously served as a director on the Boards of AMP Bank Limited and Cabcharge Australia Limited (ASX:A2B). Trudy also held senior executive positions with Westpac Banking Corporation and AMP Bank Limited.

Trudy brings to the Board strong financial, risk management and governance skills, together with deep experience in financial services. She has a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Other Directorships currently held by Trudy include:

  • Ruralco Holdings Ltd (ASX:RHL)
  • Credit Corp Group Limited
  • IRESS Limited (ASX:IRE)


Craig Kennedy
Managing Director


Craig Kennedy joined Cuscal as its Managing Director in December 2008.

In his role, Craig is responsible for all day-to-day company operations, including corporate strategy and direction. Craig plays an integral role in steering Cuscal’s development to become the preferred partner for all independent and tier two financial services organisations in Australia.

Craig has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services sector, with particular expertise in electronic and online banking.

Prior to joining Cuscal, Craig served as Managing Director of Espreon Limited for four years. He was also head of direct banking at ING and has held a number of senior positions at Advance Bank Australia, State Bank of New South Wales and Monster Worldwide. Craig is a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

Other Directorships currently held by Craig include:

  • NPP Australia Ltd


Hai Ling (Ling)
Non-Executive Director


In his capacity as co-president for Asia Pacific at Mastercard, Ling oversees all of the company’s activities in the region, including business strategy, sales, business development, product management, marketing, and engagements with business customers and regulators. He also is a member of the company’s Management Committee.

Ling has been with Mastercard for over 9 years and has worked across various regions.

Prior to joining Mastercard, he was head of partnership business and co-brand marketing with PCCC, a joint venture between HSBC and Bank of Communications. He has also worked with Bank of America and MBNA in the U.S. in product development and customer insights, and worked in management consulting with Booz Allen & Hamilton and A.T. Kearney in both the U.S. and China.

Ling graduated from the College of Saint Rose in New York, and obtained his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Other Directorships currently held by Ling include:

  • Trustee on The College of Saint Rose Board of Trustees
  • Senior advisory board member of CDIB Capital International


Steve Laidlaw
Non-Executive Director


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Steve Laidlaw, CEO and MD of People’s Choice Credit Union joined the Board of Cuscal in November 2016. He is a member of the Board Audit Committee.

He has significant people leadership and general management experience in the retail banking and finance industry.  He previously held the Chief Financial Officer role in People’s Choice Credit Union, and prior to that with Rural Bank, now a part of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group of Companies for approximately seven years.

Steve has degrees in Economics and Commerce and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is also a fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Other Directorships currently held by Steve include:

  • Australian Central Credit Union Limited (t/as People’s Choice Credit Union)
  • Financial Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
  • Australian Central Services Pty Ltd
  • People’s Choice Community Foundation Limited


Sonia Petering
Independent Non-Executive Director


Sonia Petering was appointed to the Cuscal Board on 17 April 2018. She is the Chair of both the Board Risk Committee and Board Audit Committee and is also a member of the Board Governance & Remuneration Committee.

Sonia brings extensive board experience to her role at Cuscal. She previously served as a Non-Executive Director & Chair on the Board of the Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria from 2009 to 2016. During her tenure the State Government of Victoria sold the organisation to Bendigo Bank Ltd. Sonia also served on the Board of the Transport Accident Commission of Victoria from 2007 to 2016.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Sonia also holds a current Australian legal practicing certificate and operates her own law firm in Victoria.

Other Directorships currently held by Sonia include:

  • Virtus Health Limited (ASX:VRT)
  • Qantm Intellectual Property Ltd (ASX:QIP)
  • TAL Dai-Ichi Life Australia.


Wayne Stevenson
Non-Executive Director


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Wayne Stevenson was appointed to the Cuscal Board on 28 January 2020. He is a member of the Board Risk Committee.

He brings extensive experience from within the financial services industry including 15 years in CFO roles at ANZ involving a broad range of disciplines including the undertaking of significant acquisitions, restructures and divestments. While at ANZ Wayne also held senior positions across Australia, New Zealand and Asia including Group General Manager, Group Strategy and Chief Financial Officer Asia Pacific, Europe and America.

More recently, Wayne has developed his career as a professional Director.

Other Directorships currently held by Wayne include:

  • Credit Union Australia Ltd
  • BigTinCan Holdings Ltd
  • MediaWorks Holdings Ltd
  • ANZ Lenders Mortgage Insurance Ltd

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