Meet the General Manager & Directors

General Manager

Peter Townsend, General Manager (1996 - Present)

Dip Accounting, MBA, AICD, Fellow AM Institute

Since being appointed in 1996, Peter has played an important role in the development and growth of Coastline.

Peter is a Director of Indue Ltd which provides financial products and services to financial institutions and is a Director of the Kempsey Golf Club.

Board of Directors

Coastline has a Board of Directors which consists of five members. The Directors come from varied backgrounds and occupations ranging from school teachers to accountants. Coastline Directors are elected via a Member vote and serve a three year term.

Vanessa McNeilly, Chair (2011 - Present)

Dip Law, National Training Independent Children’s Lawyer, Law Society NSW, Mid North Coast Law Society, FACS External Legal Practitioner, Fellow AM Institute 

Vanessa McNeilly

Vanessa is Chair of Coastline’s Board of Directors and member of the Executive, Audit and Coastline Community Foundation Committees.

Vanessa is the Principal Lawyer and Director at her Law Firm, McNeilly Lawyers, Kempsey. She believes it is important to support the businesses and families of our local community and was formally on the Management Committee at Kempsey Family Support Service Inc.

Vanessa brings a fresh and common-sense approach and is committed to the ongoing success of the Macleay, Hastings & Manning regions.

Tony Ferris, Deputy Chair (2012 - Present)

B Business, MBA, Ad Cert Commerce, Fellow FINSIA, Fellow AM Institute

Tony Ferris

Tony was appointed Deputy Chair in 2019 and is Chairman of Coastline’s Audit Committee. He is a member of the Risk, Remuneration and Coastline Community Foundation Committees.

Tony has more than thirty-six years’ experience in Credit Unions, commencing his career with Coastline in 1982 when it was known as Macleay Mutual. 

His commitment to the Credit Union Industry is driven by the strong belief in the values and support that Credit Unions provide to their members and the communities in which they operate.

Matthew Ryan (2009 - Present)

B Arts (Politics), B Education, Dip Business, Grad Cert Finance, Fellow AM Institute

Matthew Ryan

Matt is a member of the Executive, Risk, and Remuneration Committees.

Matt is an experienced Project Manager and Management Consultant having worked within the public and private sectors. Matt has supported government and industry clients in a variety of roles with a focus on strategy and risk. He has held several management and compliance positions with the Department of Defence, Department of Justice and is currently with TAFE NSW.

Matt is a Senior Manager with Public Partners Australia, a management consulting firm focused on supporting government and industry clients. Matt lives in South West Rocks where he is actively involved in the community.

David Bevan (2010 - Present)

Dip Business (Accounting), Fellow AM Institute

David Bevan

David is Chairman of the Risk Committee and member of the Nomination and Audit Committees. He has over twenty-six years’ experience with Credit Unions holding the positions of Chairman, General Manager, Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer.

David’s association with the Credit Union industry has provided him with a sound understanding of the social and community needs of its members, requirement for a high level of corporate governance and a focused strategic plan.

David is an active member of Rotary and Legacy.

Jennifer Pike (2013 - Present)

B Economics (Accounting), CPA, MAMI, Fellow AM Institute

Jennifer Pike

Jennifer is Chair of Coastline’s Remuneration and Coastline Community Foundation Committees and a member of the Loans and Nomination Committees.

Jennifer is a seasoned finance professional with over 30 years’ experience with diverse industries including manufacturing, financial services and local government sectors.

She has worked with prestigious organisations including NSW Treasury, KPMG, The Boston Consulting Group, Moody’s Credit Rating Agency and Rothschild Australia as well as Governance Officer with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council,. 

Jennifer is currently employed at St Columba Anglican School as the College Accountant.