April Cavanagh is Suncorp’s Head of Agribusiness, a senior executive role within a Bank steeped in rural Queensland history, based in Toowoomba. April is passionate about Agriculture and Regional Australia. Across her 20-year career she has gained diverse experience in Financial Services, Agriculture, and Manufacturing having worked in Brisbane, Sydney and London before returning to Regional Australia.
She is highly respected for her dynamic leadership style; track record of transforming businesses and ability to get the job done. Through her role at Suncorp and work in the community, she has built an excellent network of contacts throughout Regional Australia.
Originally from Outback NSW, she is married to Luke and mother to three boys. Renowned as a passionate leader in the community, April values making a difference and giving back. She has taken an active role championing diversity within her team, the wider bank and her community as well as supporting several other community endeavours including the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation.
April is also on the Board of Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) and Toowoomba Grammar School.
Peter Lock SF FIN
CEO, Heritage Bank
Dr Matthew Peter
Matthew is Chief Economist for QIC, one of Australia’s largest institutional funds managers, where he oversees global economic forecasting and research.
Matthew previously worked with fund manager TGM, where he headed the economic and financial-market forecasting team.
Prior to joining TGM, Matthew was Senior Research Fellow at Monash University. Here, he led the development of a regional model of the Australian economy. This model is widely used by Federal and State Government agencies and by most large consultancy firms.
Matthew and his team are among Australia’s top forecasters as ranked by Bloomberg. He is president of the Queensland Economic and Finance Council and CEDA trustee.
Matthew is a frequent commentator in the press and at industry forums and has 20 years of economic modelling experience in both industry and academia. Matthew holds a PhD in economics from Monash University.
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