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Term of Office

Ms Bains was appointed as a Director effective 19 March 2022. Her current term will expire on 18 March 2025.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Ms Bains was appointed Group Executive Network at Aurizon in March 2020. Prior to this appointment, she held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive Strategy from 2017.

Ms Bains has been with Aurizon since 2010 and has held various senior management roles at the company during this time. She played a key role during Aurizon Holdings’ initial public offering and listing on the Australian Stock Exchange, capital restructuring and separation of Aurizon’s Network business, as well as support for various regulatory reforms which have improved the financial performance of Aurizon’s Network business.

Ms Bains has broad experience in finance and leadership roles in both Australia and globally over the past 25 years. Prior to joining Aurizon, she was the Head of Finance, Customer Service at Telefonica O2 UK, a subsidiary of one of the largest global integrated broadband and telecommunications providers. She has also held senior management roles at Next PLC, General Electric and Arthur Andersen.

Ms Bains holds a BA (Honours) Accounting and Finance from the University of Huddersfield in the UK, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Current Company Directorships

Ms Bains is an Executive Director of Aurizon Network Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aurizon Holdings Limited. A Director of Coal Network Capacity Co Pty Ltd and is an Advisory Board Member for the Young Sikh Professionals Network (YSPN).

Board Committee Memberships

Ms Bains is a member of NBN Co’s Nominations Committee, Audit and Risk Committee and Financing Committee.