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
Michael Chaney AO Non-executive Director and Chairman-elect
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 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:
Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk, and Remuneration committees.

Richard Goyder AO

Richard Goyder AO

Managing Director

Joined the Board in July 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. In February 2013 Richard was appointed Chairman of the Australian B20 (the key business advisory body to the international economic forum which includes business leaders from all G20 economies). He retired from this appointment in December 2014. Richard 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 May 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 Securities 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 and commenced his career as a lawyer in 1991. He co-founded SEEK Limited in 1997, and served as Chief Executive Officer and then as joint Chief Executive Officer from 1997 until 2011. Paul is a co-founder and director of Square Peg Capital Pty Ltd, a venture capital fund that invests in early stage and growth stage technology companies. He is an Australian Football League Commissioner and also a director of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation, The Prince’s Charities Australia Trust and the P&S Bassat Foundation. Paul is a member of the Mount Scopus Memorial College Foundation.

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

Michael Chaney AO

Michael Chaney AO

Non-executive Director and Chairman-elect

 

Rejoined the Board in June 2015. Michael graduated with Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Western Australia in 1972 and 1980 respectively. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1992 and has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Western Australia.

After obtaining his Science degree, Michael worked for eight years as a petroleum geologist in Australia and the USA. He joined the Australian Industry Development Corporation in 1980 as a corporate finance executive and became Manager for Western Australia in 1981. He joined Wesfarmers in 1983 as Company Secretary and Administration Manager, became Finance Director in 1984 and was appointed Managing Director in July 1992. He retired from that position in July 2005.

Michael is Chairman of the National Australia Bank Limited and Woodside Petroleum Limited. He is Chancellor of the University of Western Australia, a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council, the Commonwealth Science Council and the Australia-Germany Advisory Group. He is also a Director of the Centre for Independent Studies.

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

 

James Graham AM

James Graham AM

Non-executive Director

Joined the Board in May 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 and Managing Director of Gresham Partners Limited and previously as a director of Hill Samuel Australia Limited and Managing Director of Rothschild Australia Limited. James was also previously 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 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 are Chairman of MMA Offshore Limited (appointed as a director July 2001 and Chairman since August 2006), 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 being a member of the Rio Tinto WA Future Fund and the University of Western Australia Business School Advisory Board and Chairman of the West Australian Rugby Union Inc.

Wesfarmers Committee Memberships:
Chairman of the Audit and Risk 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 has been a director are Iluka Resources Limited (appointed March 2010), South32 Limited (appointed May 2015) and Leighton Holdings Limited (resigned March 2013) . Wayne has previously been the Managing Director of Alcoa of Australia Ltd (retired February 2008) and Chairman of Thiess Pty Ltd (resigned September 2012). He is a director of Alinta Holdings.

Wayne received the WA Business Leader Award in 2007 in recognition of his work in support of the arts through the Australian Business Arts Foundation and was Chairman of The Australian Institute of Marine Science (appointed December 2009 and retired December 2014).He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the AICD.

Wesfarmers Committee Memberships:
Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nomination and Gresham Mandate Review committees.

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 as a director October 2010 and Chairman since October 2013) and was previously a director of CBH Group (resigned  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 and Council Member of Methodist Ladies' College. Diane was also the former Chair of ASDA and Basketball Australia Limited and former Commissioner of the Western Australia Tourism Commission. A Fellow of AICD and Governance Institute of Australia, Diane is also the President of CEW Australia's foremost advocacy group for women in business.

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

Vanessa Wallace

Vanessa Wallace

Non-executive Director

Joined the Board in July 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. She was a director of Booz & Company entities in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Indonesia (with varied tenure through to February 2013). Following the PwC merger, Booz & Company changed its name to Strategy& and Vanessa continues as the Executive 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 the AICD.

Wesfarmers Committee Memberships:
Member of the Remuneration and Nomination 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, Chair of the Mental Health Council of Australia and a member of the Prime Minister’s Cyber Security Review Panel and the Prime Minister’s Expert Advisory Panel on the Reform of the Federation. Jennifer is 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 Risk, Nomination and Gresham Mandate Review committees.