Board of Directors

Dnister’s Board of Directors are elected and are accountable to Dnister members.

They are responsible for ensuring the co-operative is well governed, to be in a strong position to deal with regulatory and competitive challenges and maintain a strong strategic direction.

The Dnister Board comprises directors with a diverse range of backgrounds and financial skills.

David Hassett
David HassettChairman

Non-executive Director, Board Chair and Chair Corporate Governance Committee.

David trained as a scientist and worked for Universities in Australia and the United States before co-founding an IT and Business Services Consultancy in 1997.

A key focus of David’s work is the smooth integration of IT systems with business processes and aiding clients to streamline and improve existing business processes.

David is an active member of the Ukrainian community. David has served as Parish Treasurer for the Cathedral of Sts Peter and Paul, has been on the state Committee of Plast Ukrainian Scouts in Victoria since 2005 and served as Chairperson of the Dnister Community Advisory Committee from 2003 – 2008.

David has been a Non-executive Director of the Co-operative since February 2015.

Bohdan Wojewidka
Bohdan WojewidkaDeputy Chair
Non-executive Director, Board Deputy Chair and Member Corporate Governance Committee.

Bohdan is based in Adelaide and has an extensive background as a Chief Information Officer / General Manager for major Australian corporations. His most recent position was General Manager – Technology at People’s Choice Credit Union from January 2015 to March 2017. Bohdan was previously employed at ABB Grain Ltd as Executive Manager (Business Process and Information Systems), South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (Assistant Chief Executive) and at Newmont Australia as (Executive General Manager – Business Information and Communications Technology). Bohdan is currently serving on the Management Committee of the Association of Ukrainians in South Australia, and also as Deputy President/Treasurer of the Ukrainian Youth Association – Plast in South Australia.

Bohdan has been a Non-executive Director of the Co-operative since July 2017. He was previously a Director of Dnister from November 2011 to April 2015.

Wal Mykytenko
Wal MykytenkoDirector
Non-executive Director, Member Risk Committee and Member Corporate Governance Committee.

Wal is a retired General Manager of a multi-national aviation company and is a Non-executive Director of the Co-operative.

Wal has been a Non-executive Director of the Co-operative since July 2004, including nine years as Chairman.

 

Andrew Pavuk
Andrew PavukDirector
Non-executive Director, Chair Audit committee and Member Corporate Governance Committee.

Andrew established Pavuk Legal in 2007 and with his 25 years plus experience is a specialist in the areas of Financial Services, Corporate Law, Taxation, Life Insurance, Superannuation, Managed Funds, Estate Planning and Succession. Previously he was also a partner of Gadens Lawyers and Piper Alderman Lawyers.

In respect to the Ukrainian community Andrew has acted for Plast KPS Executive, the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Australia including the Eparchy, various parishes, priests and Charitable Funds. He has also represented the National Olympic team of Ukraine, the Embassy of Ukraine in Canberra as well as the Consulate of Ukraine in Sydney.

He has authored a book Nobody Else’s Business dealing with how to build, keep or close a business.

Andrew has been a Non-executive Director of the Co-operative since May 2015.

Michael Kwas
Michael KwasDirector
Non-executive Director, Member Audit Committee and Member Risk Committee.

Michael is a retired Accountant and has well over forty years’ experience in the industry. Michael has been involved in numerous community organizations such as: a Scout Leader for over twenty-five years for the Plast Ukrainian Scouts Association (State and Federal Executive), a member of the Ukrainian Golf Club, a member of the Association of Ukrainians in Victoria and Sunshine and the Ukrainian Church in Ardeer.

Michael has been a Non-executive Director of the Co-operative since November 2011.

David Makohon
David MakohonDirector
Non-executive Director, Member Audit Committee and Member Risk Committee.

David has several years’ experience in business banking and financial information management having worked nine years with the NAB and other community focused organisations. Project and Strategic management has been key in deliverance along with managing systems operations and program analysts, with experience in human centred design, sales, change management, accounting and staff development in small, medium and large corporates, education, health, and digital business environments.

David is passionate about driving teams to deliver an outcome for our members.

As an active member of the Ukrainian Community, David was a member of Plast Ukrainian Scouts Association, Ukrainian Dancing and in his youth also participated along with various church, charity and community activities.

David has been a Non-executive Director of the Co-operative since July 2019.

John Lipkiewicz
John LipkiewiczDirector
Non-executive Director, Chair Risk Committee and Member Audit Committee.

John is an experienced executive having worked with large national and international companies in the Banking and Financial Services Industry. His most recent role was Executive General Manager Professional Services, with Beyond Bank Australia (formerly a Credit Union) and was responsible for Business Banking, Insurance, Wealth and Advice Services. John’s areas of strength and expertise include strategy, leadership, corporate governance, risk & compliance, change management, and financial outcomes. He was also responsible for the Bank’s wholly owned Wealth Management subsidiary reporting directly to a separate board. In addition, he was a Responsible Manager on two Australian Financial Services Licences. John was also the founding CEO of a start-up master trust business Personal Choice Pty Ltd.

John is a Non-executive Director of the Co-operative since November 2019.

He was previously a Director of Dnister from 2009 till 2012, and was Director/Acting Deputy Chair of Hoverla Credit Union from 1998 to 2004.