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Industry Legends

industry legends

In recognition of the wisdom and knowledge of senior and retired members of the industry and with a growing commitment from young people, The BFSO wishes to facilitate the continued connection of ‘Industry Legends’ with both current and future members of the industry.

It is anticipated that The BFSO Industry Legends may be sought for advice on matters being addressed and may meet with a BFSO Young Ambassador for an informal career discussion and become a supportive voice for the Oath.

The BFSO believes Industry Legends can make a valuable and ongoing contribution to the industry, particularly in relation to discussions on the ethics and integrity of financial institutions and the industry broadly.

Legends are appointed by invitation from The BFSO.


Pauline Vamos

Pauline is a non-executive director of Mercer Superannuation Australia Limited, and the Banking and Financial Services Oath (BFO) as well as Chair of Interaction Disability Services. She has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. From November 2018 (post royal commission) to February 2020, Pauline was also Chairman of Freedom Insurance Group. During 2017 and 2018, she was also the CEO of Regnan, a leading research and engagement provider focused on long term ESG risks of the ASX 200 for institutional investors. Prior to Regnan, Pauline was the CEO of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) for almost nine years.



Mark Burgess

Mark Burgess is currently Chair of the Advisory Board of Jamieson Coote Bonds. Previously his roles included, Global Chief Investment Officer at Credit Suisse Asset Mangement, CEO, Treasury Group and most recently, Managing Director and President of the Future Fund Management Agency.




Chris Yates

Chris is the CEO of Australian Unity’s Retail Platform, where she has accountability for Australian Unity Private Health Insurance and Australian Unity Bank. She is also on the Board of FINSIA. Chris has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, and while always in banking has led business across institutional banking, retail wealth, life insurance and private banking. Chris founded Women in Banking and Finance, a NFP created to support women in their careers in the sector. Prior to working at Australian Unity Christine has held executive roles at BNZ, NAB, ANZ and Citigroup 



The Oath

  • Trust is the foundation of my profession.
  • I will serve all interests in good faith.
  • I will compete with honour.
  • I will pursue my ends with ethical restraint.
  • I will help create a sustainable future.
  • I will help create a more just society.
  • I will speak out against wrongdoing and support others who do the same.
  • I will accept responsibility for my actions.
  • In these and all other matters;
    My word is my bond.