Michael Lawrence

Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA)

Mike is the Chief Executive Officer of the Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA), the industry body for Australia’s credit unions, building societies and mutual banks, following his appointment on 4 December 2017.

In April 2018, Mike became a Director of World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), the peak international body for the credit union movement globally, and in 2020 was elected as the Board Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

He has also served as a Director of the Australian Mutuals Foundation since 2019.

Mike has over 30 years experience in financial services, primarily gained with AMP Bank and National Australia Bank.

Mike was Managing Director of AMP Bank for 8 years. Prior to this, Mike undertook senior roles in all distribution channels of banking, namely, corporate, commercial and retail, having done so across three continents: Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

Mike is passionate about community involvement and using his skills that have been acquired over a very fortunate career in playing his part in helping others, most recently as Vice Chair of Heart Research Australia and the many activities associated with Special Needs.