About Wesfarmers

Director Profiles

Dr Bob Every, AO Non-executive Chairman
Richard Goyder, AO Managing Director
Terry Bowen Finance Director
Paul Bassat Non-executive Director
James Graham, AM Non-executive Director
Tony Howarth, AO Non-executive Director
Wayne Osborn Non-executive Director
Diane Smith-Gander Non-executive Director
Vanessa Wallace Non-executive Director
Jennifer Westacott Non-executive Director
Dr Bob Every, AO

Dr Bob Every, AO

Non-executive Chairman

Joined the Board in February 2006 and was appointed Chairman in November 2008. Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Metallurgy) from the University of New South Wales and is a Doctor of Science, honoris causa. The other listed companies of which he is or has been a director in the last three years are Chairman of Boral Limited (appointed May 2010, previously Deputy Chairman with initial appointment in September 2007) and the Chairman of Iluka Resources Limited (appointed March 2004 - resigned May 2010). He was also the Chairman of Redkite (resigned October 2012) and the New Zealand-based listed company Steel and Tube Holdings Limited. Other executive positions previously held by Bob include Chief Executive Officer of Steel and Tube Holdings Limited, Managing Director of Tubemakers of Australia Limited, President of BHP Steel, and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of OneSteel Limited, a position from which he retired in May 2005. Bob's considerable experience as both an executive officer and a director of major Australian companies has given him a good insight into, and understanding of, the roles and responsibilities of both senior management and directors. He is a Fellow of AICD, The Institution of Engineers Australia and of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering. Bob is a Patron of Redkite and is a director of Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research Incorporated and UNSW Foundation Limited.

Wesfarmers Committee Memberships:
Chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit and Remuneration committees.

Richard Goyder, AO

Richard Goyder, AO

Managing Director

Joined the Board in 2002. Richard has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 1998. He joined Wesfarmers in 1993 after working in various commercial roles at Tubemakers of Australia Limited. He has held a number of commercial positions in Wesfarmers' Business Development Department including General Manager. In 1999 Richard was Managing Director of Wesfarmers Dalgety Limited, which subsequently became Wesfarmers Landmark Limited, a position he retained until his appointment as Finance Director of Wesfarmers Limited in 2002. He was appointed Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Wesfarmers Limited in 2004 and assumed the role of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in July 2005.

Richard is a director of Gresham Partners Holdings Ltd, an Australian Football League Commissioner and is a director of a number of Wesfarmers Group subsidiaries. He is a director of the Business Council of Australia and the University of Western Australia Business School Advisory Board. Richard was appointed as Chairman of the Australian B20 (the key business advisory body to the international economic forum which includes business leaders from all G20 economies) in February 2013. He is also a member of the Centre for Workplace Leadership Advisory Group, a Council Member of the Australian Business and Community Network and an Advisory Council Member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  He is a Fellow of AICD.

Terry Bowen

Terry Bowen

Finance Director

Joined the Board in 2009. Terry holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree and is a Fellow of CPA Australia. Terry has held a number of finance positions with Tubemakers of Australia Limited, culminating in his appointment as General Manager Finance. Terry joined Wesfarmers in 1996 and undertook various roles with Wesfarmers Landmark Limited, where he was appointed Chief Financial Officer, until its acquisition by AWB Limited in 2003. He was then appointed the inaugural Chief Financial Officer for Jetstar Airways, prior to rejoining Wesfarmers as Managing Director, Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety in November 2005. Terry became Finance Director, Coles in 2007, and is currently the Wesfarmers Finance Director, a position he has held since May 2009.

Terry is also a director of Gresham Partners Holdings Ltd and a number of Wesfarmers Group subsidiaries. He is Chairman of the Western Australian Opera Company Incorporated; a member of the Curtin Business School Advisory Council; and a member of an Advisory Forum to the Australian Stock Exchange.

Previously, Terry was the President of the National Executive of the Group of 100 Inc. (2012-13) and a director of the Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research Incorporated, previously known as the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research Incorporated (2010-13). 

Paul Bassat

Paul Bassat

Non-executive Director

Joined the Board in November 2012.  Paul holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.  He commenced his career as a lawyer in 1991.  He co-founded SEEK in 1997, and served as Chief Executive Officer and then as joint Chief Executive Officer from 1997 until 2011.  He is an active investor in early stage and growth companies.  Paul is a director of Square Peg Capital Pty Ltd, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation and the P&S Bassat Foundation.  He is also an Advisory Board Member of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne and a member of the Mount Scopus Memorial College Foundation.  Paul is an Australian Football League Commissioner.

Wesfarmers Committee Memberships:
Member of the Remuneration and Nomination committees.

James Graham, AM

James Graham, AM

Non-executive Director

Joined the Board in 1998. James holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering with Honours from the University of Sydney, a Master of Business Administration from the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He has had an active involvement in the growth of Wesfarmers since 1976 in his roles as Chairman of Gresham Partners Limited and previously as a director of Hill Samuel Australia Limited and Managing Director of Rothschild Australia Limited. James was also the Chairman of Rabobank Australia Limited and Rabobank New Zealand Limited. In addition to his investment banking activities, James is Chairman of the Advisory Council of The Institute for Neuroscience and Muscle Research. He is also a director of Wesfarmers General Insurance Limited, a Fellow of AICD and a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. In the period from 1989 to 1995 he was Chairman of the Darling Harbour Authority in New South Wales.

Wesfarmers Committee Memberships:
Member of the Remuneration and Nomination committees.

Tony Howarth, AO

Tony Howarth, AO

Non-executive Director

Joined the Board in July 2007. Tony is a Life Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australiasia and has over 30 years experience in the banking and finance industry. He has held several senior management positions during his career, including Managing Director of Challenge Bank Limited and Chief Executive Officer of Hartleys Limited. The other directorships of listed companies of which he is currently holding or has held in the last three years are Chairman of Mermaid Marine Australia Limited, Chairman of Home Building Society Limited (delisted December 2007) (appointed June 2003 and resigned July 2010), Deputy Chairman of Bank of Queensland Limited (appointed December 2007- resigned July 2010), director of AWB Limited (appointed March 2005 - resigned December 2010) and director of BWP Management Limited, the responsible entity for the BWP Trust (appointed October 2012).  Tony is also Chairman of St John of God Health Care Inc, a director of Alinta Holdings and a Fellow of AICD. He is also Adjunct Professor (Financial Management) at the University of Western Australia Business School. Tony is also involved in a number of community and business organisations including the Senate of the University of Western Australia, a member of the Rio Tinto WA Future Fund and the University of Western Australia Business School Advisory Board, the Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce, Australia Limited and a director of West Australian Rugby Union Inc.

Wesfarmers Committee Memberships:
Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.

Wayne Osborn

Wayne Osborn

Non-executive Director

Joined the Board in March 2010. Wayne holds a Diploma of Engineering (Electrical) from the Gordon Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University and is a member of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. The other listed companies of which he is or was a director in the last three years are Leighton Holdings Limited and Iluka Resources Limited. Wayne has previously been the Managing Director of Alcoa of Australia Ltd (retired in February 2008) and Chairman of Thiess Pty Ltd (resigned in September 2012). He is a director of Alinta Holdings.

Wayne was appointed Chairman of the Australian Institute of Marine Science in 2010. His work in support of the arts through the Australian Business Arts Foundation was recognised with the 2007 WA Business Leader Award. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the AICD.

Wesfarmers Committee Memberships:
Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.

Diane Smith-Gander

Diane Smith-Gander

Non-executive Director

Joined the Board in August 2009. Diane holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Sydney. She has over 11 years experience as a banking executive which culminated in her appointment as the head of Westpac Banking Corporation's Business and Technology Solutions and Services Division. She was previously a Partner with McKinsey & Company in the USA where she led major merger and transformation projects and had exposure to a wide variety of businesses in areas such as financial services, pharmaceuticals and retail.

Diane is the Chairman of Transfield Services Limited (appointed October 2010 and Chairman since 26 October 2013) and was previously a director of CBH Group (resigned in February 2014) and Deputy Chair of the NBN Co Limited (National Broadband Network) (resigned in September 2013). She is an Adjunct Professor in Corporate Governance at the University of Western Australia, a member of the University of Western Australia Business School Advisory Board (appointed July 2011), a director of the Committee for Perth Limited, Commissioner of the Western Australia Tourism Commission and Council Member of Methodist Ladies' College. Diane was also the former Chair of ASDA and Basketball Australia Limited. A Fellow of AICD and Governance Institute of Australia, Diane is also a Council Member of CEW Australia's foremost advocacy group for women in business.

Wesfarmers Committee Memberships:
Chair of the Gresham Mandate Review Committee and a member of the Audit and Nomination committees.

Vanessa Wallace

Vanessa Wallace

Non-executive Director

Joined the Board in 2010. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Business Administration from the IMD Switzerland. Prior to its merger with PwC in April 2014, Vanessa led Booz & Company’s financial services practice in Global Markets, was Executive Chairman of Booz & Company (Japan) Inc. and led the strategy practice. Previously she held multiple governance roles at the highest level within Booz’s global partnership and was actively involved in the firm’s customer, channels and markets activities which focused on areas such as customer experience, offer design and channels to market across a number of industries. Vanessa had hands on experience in mergers and acquisitions and post-merger integration. Following the PwC merger, Booz & Company changed its name to Strategy& and Vanessa is now Chairman of Strategy& (Japan) Inc. Vanessa is also on the Chairman’s Council of the Australian Chamber Orchestra Pty Ltd and is a member of AICD.

Wesfarmers Committee Memberships:
Member of the Remuneration, Nomination and Gresham Mandate Review committees.

Jennifer Westacott

Jennifer Westacott

Non-executive Director

Joined the Board in April 2013.  Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales and was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics.

Jennifer is Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia, the leading forum for the heads of Australia's top 100 companies to contribute to public policy debate. Prior to that, she was a Board Director and lead partner at KPMG, heading its Sustainability, Climate Change and Water practice, and its NSW State Government practice. She has extensive experience in critical leadership positions in the NSW and Victorian Governments.

She is an Adjunct Professor at the City Research Futures Centre of the University of NSW, a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, a Fellow of AICD, a recipient of the Centenary Medal in 2003 and was a Finalist for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 1998.

Wesfarmers Committee Memberships:
Member of the Audit and Nomination committees.