The Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) has appointed Commonwealth Bank executive Grant Cairns as vice president.
Cairns was one of the first candidates to graduate through the Chartered Banker programme when it was introduced in Australia last year.
His current role at the Commonwealth Bank was executive general manager, regional and agribusiness banking.
“I’m really looking forward to helping FINSIA find the best way forward for the industry as a whole helping it deliver the best outcomes for customers and the community,” Cairns said.
“While I’ve only been a board member for 11 months, I’m aware of FINSIA’s history and commitment to the professionalisation of banking and financial services.
“Given the challenging times we have faced over the past months, it’s clear the banking industry has a vital role to play at the heart of all our communities.”
Cairns said it was important to respond effectively during the current challenges and to provide staff with the necessary tools through training and technology to act in an ethical and responsible manner.
“Being a Chartered Banker hones your focus on your accountabilities as a banker particularly with respect to customer outcomes, understanding your compliance and regulatory obligations and having ethical frameworks to apply sound judgement,” Cairns said.
“As Chartered Bankers, I think we are well placed to role model professional standards in the industry amongst those we lead and work with.”