Final meeting as Chairman of Heritage Bank for Mr Brian Carter
After 30 years as Chairman of Heritage Bank, Mr Brian Carter will preside over his final Board meeting today (Thursday, 21 June).
Mr Carter will step down both as Chairman and as a Director after the monthly Heritage Board meeting today. That will bring to an end a 37-year career as a Director with Heritage, including the last 30 years as Chairman.
Deputy Chairman Mr Kerry Betros will take over the position of Chairman. Mr Betros has been a Director of Heritage since 1991 and Deputy Chairman since July last year. He is the Managing Director of well-known Darling Downs fruit and vegetable wholesaler/retailer Betros Brothers, a family business that has been operating in the region since 1938.
Mr Carter said the successful name transition to Heritage Bank in December last year, and the fact that he had reached the age of 70, made this the appropriate time to stand aside and make way for a new era.
Mr Brian Carter was a Toowoomba solicitor when he was appointed to the board of the then Darling Downs Building Society in 1975 at the age of 33. When Darling Downs merged with Toowoomba Permanent Building Society to form Heritage Building Society on 1981, he was appointed Deputy Chairman. Mr Carter became Chairman of Directors in 1982 and has remained in that position ever since.
During his career, Mr Carter has at various times served as Chairman of St Vincent’s Hospital, Chairman of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, the original Chairman of the Cobb & Co Museum, President of the Downs & South Western Law Association and President of the Toowoomba Cricket Association. He is a life member of the Northern Brothers Diggers Cricket Club.
Mr Carter was appointed a member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006 “For service to business through the building society industry, and to the community through health care and medical research organisations”.
In 2001, Mr Carter was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for distinguished service to the community. On 27 April 2007, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of the University of Southern Queensland for his strong advocacy of the university and his significant contribution to the community through his voluntary, charitable and sporting contributions.
Mr Carter will remain in Toowoomba after stepping down from the Heritage Board and is looking forward to spending more time with his family.