Board Of Governors
Group Executive, Human Resources, Westpac Group
Christine was appointed to Westpac Group’s Executive Team in October 2011. As Group Executive, Human Resources, Christine leads the HR function for the Group, responsible for strengthening our service oriented and inclusive culture, attracting and retaining the best talent, developing and helping our workforce to grow skills for the future, rewarding and recognising our people and ensuring the health and wellbeing of our people. Christine also oversees the Group’s Customer Advocate function, corporate communications, and supports the CEO and Board on culture and conduct.
Since joining Westpac in 2007, Christine has held a variety of senior leadership roles including Group General Manager, Human Resources and General Manager, Human Resources for Westpac New Zealand Ltd.
Before joining Westpac, Christine held senior HR roles in a number of high profile organisations and across a range of industries, including Carter Holt Harvey and Restaurant Brands New Zealand.
Christine was previously a Director of Women’s Community Shelters and is a current member of Chief Executive Women, Chair of St.George Foundation and member of the Veterans’ Employment Industry Advisory Committee.
Chief Customer Engagement Officer, Westpac Group
Ross was appointed Chief Customer Engagement Officer in June 2020, leading a team of 10,000 employees who deliver banking services to retail banking customers across Australia.
In this role, Ross is responsible for operating branch-based, telephone and virtual banking channels across Westpac Group’s four consumer banking brands - Westpac, BankSA, St.George and Bank of Melbourne serving more than 9 million customers.
In his career at Westpac Group spanning more than 20 years, Ross has held a number of senior leadership roles in retail banking and Group functions including General Manager of St.George, Australia’s fifth largest bank and General Manager, HR for the Group’s Australian and New Zealand operations.
During this time, Ross has led large teams, successfully creating cultures where people are supported to deliver their best, whilst optimising processes and investment to generate positive customer outcomes.
In 2020, Ross was appointed CEO Bushfire Recovery Westpac Group and is responsible for leading the entire company’s response to help customers and communities to rebuild after the 2019 bushfire crisis.
Ross is a recognised Inclusion & Diversity leader in Australia and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Equality Australia, the nation’s first national legal advocacy and campaigning organisation dedicated to achieving equality for LGBTQI+ people.
He is among the Boss - Deloitte LGBTI Top 50 leaders and was named recipient of the Dave Ulrich HR Leader Award in 2012.
Ross completed the Senior Executive Program at the London Business School in 2018, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute.
Ross became a Governor of St.George Foundation in July 2020.
CEO Publicis Groupe, ANZ
Publicis Groupe is a connected platform and ranks as the world's third largest communications company. It delivers world-class solutions for its clients through the alchemy of creativity, intelligence and technology. The Groupe’s unique position globally is built on data strategy and platforms, dynamic creativity and digital transformation.
In Australasia, the Groupe employs 1,700 people and owns industry-leading creative, media and digital brands including Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, Arc, Starcom, Zenithmedia, Publicis Sapient, Digitas, Herd MSL, Spark Foundry, MercerBell, Marcel, Performics, Publicis Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness, Prodigious, Publicis Emil and Publicis Sport & Entertainment.
In his current role, Michael works with clients on their marketing and business transformation journey by bringing together the best of the Publicis Groupe capabilities and talent to help them solve their transformation challenges in fundamentally new ways by connecting creativity, media, technology and consulting.
Over the past 20 years Michael's international agency leadership experience has spanned re-building, re-purposing, starting-up, acquiring and integrating agencies to deliver growth through creativity. He has helped advise clients, grow businesses and shape agency cultures across the UK, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Michael also sits on the Saatchi & Saatchi Global Leadership Team and the Toyota Worldwide Executive Board, and is a board member of The Communications Council Australia. He is also one of the regular judges of AFR BOSS magazine’s Young Executive of the Year competition.
Michael became a Governor of St.George Foundation in March 2020.
General Manager, St.George Leagues Club
Danny became a Governor of St.George Foundation in October 2002.
He has been a very prominent member of the St.George Community since he first joined St.George Leagues Club in 1974. During this time he has held directorships at St.George Illawarra Rugby League Football Club, St.George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation and St.George Hospital. He was Vice-President of the New South Wales Rugby League between 1992 and 1998.
Penny Fowler is Chairman of the Herald & Weekly Times and News Corp Australia’s Community Ambassador. Penny is Chairman of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, Chair of the National Portrait Gallery, Deputy Chair of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, and a Board member of Tourism Australia.
She is also on the Advisory Board of Visy/Pratt USA and is a board member of Tech Mahindra.
Penny is a member of Chief Executive Women & an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation & SecondBite.
General Manager, Corporate Affairs & Community at Westpac Group
An Executive with more than 23 years’ experience spanning a number of industries including financial services, tourism, not-for-profit and major sporting events.
Currently the General Manager, Corporate Affairs & Community at Westpac Banking Corporation.