NBN Co Board members
Ms Siobhan McKenna - Chair
(Non Executive Director, Chair of the Communications Committee)
Ms. McKenna was appointed Chairman of NBN Co on 15 March 2013 and as a Director on 5 August 2009. She chairs the Board’s Nominations and Communications committees.
Ms McKenna has extensive experience in the media and telecommunications industries. She is Managing Partner and a Director of the private media investment company Illyria Pty Ltd, a director of DMG Radio Australia and a Non-executive Director of Ten Network Holdings. Ms McKenna was a Non-executive Director of Prime Media Group, an ASX-listed regional television and radio company, from 2009-2012.
Before joining Illyria, Ms McKenna was a partner at international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company where she specialised in advising telecommunications and media companies. Ms McKenna is currently on a leave of absence from her role as Commissioner at the Productivity Commission, has been a director of The Australian Ballet since May 2010 and was an Advisory Board Member of the Bureau of Meteorology.
Ms McKenna holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the Australian National University, and Master of Philosophy (International Relations) from Cambridge University. She is married and has three sons. Ms McKenna’s current term will expire on 4 August 2015.
Ms Diane Smith-Gander - Deputy Chair
(Non Executive Director, Chair of the People and Performance Committee)
Ms Gander was appointed as a director on 5 August 2009 and Deputy Chair on 15 December 2011. She was reappointed as a director and Deputy Chair on 5 August 2012. Ms Smith-Gander is a non executive director of Wesfarmers Limited, Transfield Services Limited and CBH Group Limited and, is on the advisory Board of the University of Western Australia Business School. She will become a commissioner of Tourism WA on 1 July 2012. Ms Smith-Gander was previously the head of Westpac’s Business & Technology Solutions & Services Division. Before joining Westpac, Ms Smith-Gander was a partner with McKinsey & Company in the USA, where she led major transformation projects with a focus on post merger integration and organisational restructuring. Ms Smith-Gander IS A PAST Chair of the Board of Basketball Australia and of the Australian Sports Drug Agency.. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of the Chartered Secretaries of Australia. Ms Smith-Gander holds a B.EC and MBA. Ms Smith-Gander's current term will expire on 4 August 2015.
Mr Terrence (Terry) Francis
(Non Executive Director, Chair of the Audit Committee)
Mr Francis was appointed as a director on 22 December 2009. He was reappointed as a director effective 22 December 2012. Mr Francis commenced his career in infrastructure and mine design and project management. This was followed by over twenty years in corporate finance including as Senior Vice President and CEO of Bank of America in Australia, Executive Director of Deutsche Bank Australia and Vice President of Continental Illinois National Bank. Over the past ten years Mr Francis has worked as a non executive director and as an advisor to government and business, especially in project financing and delivery. He is currently a Board member of ANZ Specialist Asset Management Limited and Boom Logistics Limited. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institution of Engineers Australia and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Mr Francis’ current term will expire on 21 December 2015.
Ms Alison Lansley
(Non Executive Director)
Ms Lansley was appointed as a director on 7 December 2012. Ms Lansley was a partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice of Mallesons Stephen Jaques for over 16 years. She is a non-executive director of Schools First Australia and heads the Victorian Regional Council of Redkite. She has previously served on a number of boards and authorities, including the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation, the Takeovers Panel, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and the national listing committee of the Australian Stock Exchange. Ms Lansley’s current term will expire on 6 December 2015.
Mr Brad Orgill
(Non Executive Director)
Mr Orgill was appointed as a director on 5 August 2012. Mr Orgill worked for the UBS group and its global investment bank for 22 years. He retired in 2008 as Chairman of UBS Australia having previously been CEO and/or UBS Country Head in each of Australia, Hong Kong, China and Singapore. From 1998-2005 he concurrently was Head of the Asia and then Asia/Japan/Australia Equities business, UBS’s largest in Asia Pacific and from 2006-8 he was a member of the UBS Group Managing Board. Post retirement, Mr Orgill has completed a Masters degree in Environmental Science & Law, travelled extensively, been involved in philanthropic and think tank activities and chaired a task force (2010-11) to examine the $16 billion Building the Education Revolution GFC stimulus program. He currently represents the Commonwealth on the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Board and is a member of the Regional Development Australia Fund advisory panel. Mr Orgill is a past member of the BCA and past Board member of AFMA. Mr Orgill’s current term will expire on 4 August 2015.
Mr Michael (Mike) Quigley
Chief Executive Officer (Executive Director)
Mr Quigley was appointed as the interim chairman and a director of NBN Co on 24 July 2009 after a 36-year career at the French telecommunications company Alcatel. Mr Quigley’s term as a director and the interim chairman of NBN Co concluded with the appointment of Mr Harrison Young as chairman on 15 March 2010 at which time Mr Quigley was reappointed as a director. Mr Quigley’s current term as a director expires on 14 March 2013. Mr Quigley was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of NBN Co on 20 July 2009. After starting his career in research and development, Mr Quigley took on progressively more senior positions in Alcatel culminating in his appointment as Alcatel’s President and Chief Operating Officer in 2005. Mr Quigley was educated at the University of NSW and graduated with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics and Physics, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunications. Mr Quigley is also a Director of Neuroscience Research Australia and an Honorary Professorial Fellow of the University of Wollongong.
Dr Kerry Schott
(Non Executive Director)
Dr Schott was appointed as a Director on 28 September 2012 and has recently been appointed by the NSW Treasury to be the Project Director of the proposed sale of the government owned electricity generating plants. Dr Schott was previously the Project Director of the successful sale and lease of the Sydney desalination plant. She completed her role as CEO of the Commission of Audit for the NSW Government earlier this year, was Managing Director and CEO of Sydney Water from 2006 to 2011 and before that was Deputy Secretary, NSW Treasury.
Dr Schott spent 15 years as an investment banker, including as Managing Director of Deutsche Bank and Executive Vice President of Bankers Trust Australia. During this time she specialised in privatisation, restructuring, and infrastructure provision. Early in her career she worked as an economic policy adviser with the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Commonwealth Government and as an academic at University College London and at Oxford University. Dr Schott holds a doctorate from Oxford University (Nuffield College), a Masters of Arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and a Bachelor of Arts (first class Honours) from the University of New England. She is a member of the TCorp Board in NSW and the Infrastructure Australia Board and is also a Patron and Board member of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and a member of the Whitlam Institute Board. Dr Schott’s current term will expire on 27 September 2015.
Mr Richard (Rick) Turchini
(Non Executive Director, Chair of the Implementation Committee)
Mr Turchini was appointed as a director on 14 September 2011. Mr Turchini is a civil engineer who has more than 40 years experience in the construction industry. He retired from the construction firm Leighton Contractors in 2003, leaving his position as a Company Director and General Manager for New South Wales and the ACT. From mid 2005 until the end of 2010 Mr Turchini was Managing Director of Baulderstone, a construction company that employed more than 1,300 employees. Mr Turchini served on the Board of Directors for Hastie Group from 1 January 2012 to 2 May 2012. Mr Turchini was an Honorary Board Member of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. Mr Turchini’s current term will expire on 13 September 2014.
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