Mr Mitchell has 29 years of experience in law enforcement, banking and wealth management. Most recently he was the General Manager of Commonwealth Financial Planning (CFP) where he was responsible for significantly improving culture, growth, profitability and customer satisfaction after an enforceable undertaking was put in place by ASIC. Prior to that Mr Mitchell held various senior appointments in banking and finance in Australia and Scotland as well as senior appointments with the Scottish Police Force.
As CEO, Mr Mitchell will be responsible for driving the Fund’s next stage of growth and was appointed to the Fund after an extensive executive search.
Mine Wealth + Wellbeing Chair Grahame Kelly stated that the Board of Directors was unanimous in their decision to appoint Mr Mitchell.
‘After a robust search it was clear to everyone on the Board that Harry is the right leader at the right time for Mine Wealth + Wellbeing. Harry meets the Board’s goal of a CEO who is aligned to the culture and values, and has a dedicated commitment to building ongoing member benefits.’
‘Harry brings exceptional business acumen and a clear sense of customer value. His proven ability to lead large teams, transform businesses and execute strategic imperatives will help Mine Wealth + Wellbeing further differentiate and expand.’
‘The appointment of a new CEO is an important step in our journey, having built a Fund that delivers stability and security for our members in retirement. Our strong values and friendly staff are there to support our members through good times and bad. Now it’s time to build on that track record and further support them with flexible, tailorable and personalised products, services and experiences at every life stage.’
Mr Kelly went on to say, ‘On the eve of our 75th anniversary, we have a new brand, a new head office in Newcastle’s CBD and a new CEO. Opportunities like this don’t happen very often and I am personally eager to work with Harry to help Mine Wealth + Wellbeing accelerate growth and realise our full potential.’
Mr Mitchell said he is thrilled to be joining the company and is ready for the task of leading the Fund to greater success.
‘Mine Wealth + Wellbeing is a successful and innovative business that’s entirely focused on improving the overall wealth and wellbeing outcomes of the members. The company has great potential and I look forward to working with everyone at the Fund to further innovate and drive greater value for members.’
Mr Mitchell will take the reins from Interim CEO Nicole Killen who was temporarily appointed to the role after former CEO Bruce Watson departed the Fund earlier this year.
Mr Kelly said, ‘Nicole has done an exceptional job during her stewardship in keeping the business focused on achieving our strategic objectives and operating smoothly. The Board and I thank her for her dedication and hard work during this time.’
Ms Killen will resume her role as Chief Governance and Risk Officer for Mine Wealth + Wellbeing from 2 May 2016.
To interview Mr Kelly or Mr Mitchell, please contact Jennifer McSpadden, Head of Customer Management: Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org; 0417 256 310.
Harry relocated to Australia with his family from Edinburgh, Scotland in 2009.
Harry has held senior roles with Bank of Scotland Investment Service across their Corporate, Private Banking and ultra-high net worth segments.
During his time at the CBA Group, Harry has been a Senior Financial Planner and the Executive Manager for the business wealth channel.
Prior to entering financial services, Harry led covert operations for the Lothian & Borders Police. Here he was directly responsible for devising and executing strategic operations that targeted some of the world’s most significant criminals.
Harry’s business and law enforcement experience gives him a unique perspective on developing appropriate and robust frameworks for business operations. He is passionate about creating accountabilities and structures that reinforce customer-centricity, sound risk management and strong team work.
Harry holds a Masters of Business Administration and continues to further his education through executive and management programs. Harry enjoys skiing, good films and spending time with his wife Elaine and two young daughters Anna and Sophie.