Sustainability Committee

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Nicola M. Wakefield Evans

Independent Non Executive Director

Ms Wakefield Evans joined the Board in September 2013.

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Independent Non Executive Director

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Term of Office

Ms Wakefield Evans joined the Board in September 2013.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Ms Wakefield Evans is a business leader and non executive director with broad ranging commercial, business management, strategy and legal experience gained over a 30 year international career.

Ms Wakefield Evans was Managing Partner, International at King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) in Hong Kong where she was responsible for the overall governance and strategic positioning of the business in the Asia region. In addition to holding a number of senior management and leadership roles, Ms Wakefield Evans has had a diverse career as one of Australasia’s leading lawyers. Ms Wakefield Evans has been involved in a number of significant and ground-breaking M&A transactions and has advised some of the largest companies in Australia, Asia and globally. She has extensive international experience having worked in Australia, New York and Hong Kong.

Ms Wakefield Evans was included in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group’s inaugural list of ‘Australia’s 100 Women of Influence’. She is a member of Chief Executive Women Inc.

Ms Wakefield Evans holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales and is a qualified lawyer in Australia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

Listed Company Directorships (held within the last three years)
  • Non Executive Director of Macquarie Group Limited (appointed February 2014)
  • Non Executive Director of Viva Energy Group Limited (appointed August 2021)
Other Current Appointments
  • Chair of 30% Club, Australia
    Director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation
    Director of UNSW Foundation Limited
    Director of Australian Institute of Company Directors
    Director of Chief Executive Women

Board Committee Memberships
  • Chairman of the Sustainability Committee
    Member of the Nomination Committee
    Member of the Audit Committee
    Member of the Risk Committee
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Elizabeth M. Proust, AO

Independent Non Executive Director

Ms Proust joined the Board in February 2018.

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Elizabeth M. Proust, AO
Independent Non Executive Director

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Term of Office

Ms Proust joined the Board in February 2018.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Ms Proust is one of Australia’s leading business figures and has had a diverse career holding leadership roles in the public and private sectors for over 30 years. Ms Proust spent eight years at ANZ Group including four years as Managing Director of Esanda, Managing Director of Metrobanking and Group General Manager, Human Resources, Corporate Affairs and Management Services. Before joining ANZ, Ms Proust was Secretary (CEO) of the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria) and Chief Executive of the City of Melbourne. 

Ms Proust has extensive board experience in listed and private companies, subsidiaries and joint ventures, as well as government and not for profits. She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to public administration and to business, through leadership roles in government and private enterprise, as a mentor to women, and to the community through contributions to arts, charitable and educational bodies.

Ms Proust holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from La Trobe University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne. In March 2021, Ms Proust was appointed a Life Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Other Current Appointments
  • Chairman of Cuscal Limited
  • Chairman of GQC Partners Inc
  • Chairman of SuperFriend Industry Funds’ Mental Health Initiative
  • Member of the Fujitsu Advisory Board

Board Committee Memberships
  • Chairman of the People and Culture Committee
  • Member of the Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Risk Committee
  • Member of the Sustainability Committee
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Michael J. Ullmer, AO

Chairman (Independent Non Executive Director)

Mr Ullmer joined the Board in December 2011 and was appointed Chairman in November 2018.

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Michael J. Ullmer, AO
Chairman (Independent Non Executive Director)

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Term of Office

Mr Ullmer joined the Board in December 2011.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Mr Ullmer brings to the Board extensive strategic, financial and management experience accumulated over his career in international banking, finance and professional services.

He was the Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer of the National Australia Bank (NAB) from 2007 until he retired from the Bank in August 2011. He joined NAB in 2004 as Finance Director and held a number of key positions including Chairman of the subsidiaries Great Western Bank (US) and JB Were. Prior to NAB, Mr Ullmer was at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, initially as Group Chief Financial Officer and then Group Executive with responsibility for Institutional and Business Banking. Before that, he was a Partner at accounting firms KPMG (1982 to 1992) and Coopers & Lybrand (1992 to 1997).

Mr Ullmer has a degree in mathematics from the University of Sussex. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Listed Company Directorships (held within the last three years)

  • Non Executive Director of Woolworths Limited (appointed January 2012) (retired November 2021)
  • Board Committee Memberships
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Nomination Committee
  • Member of the People & Culture Committee
  • Member of the Risk Committee
  • Member of Sustainability Committee
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Philip M. Coffey

Independent Non Executive Director

Mr Coffey joined the Board in January 2017.

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Independent Non Executive Director

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Term of Office

Mr Coffey joined the Board in January 2017.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Mr Coffey served as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Westpac Banking Corporation from April 2014 until his retirement in May 2017. As the Deputy CEO, Mr Coffey had the responsibility of overseeing and supporting relationships with key stakeholders of Westpac including industry groups, regulators, customers and government. He was also responsible for the Group’s Mergers & Acquisitions function. Prior to this role, Mr Coffey held a number of executive positions at Westpac including Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank. He has successfully led operations based in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia and has extensive experience in financial markets, funds management, balance sheet management and risk management. He began his career at the Reserve Bank of Australia and has also held executive positions at Citibank.

Mr Coffey holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Adelaide and has completed the Executive Program at Stanford University Business School. He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Listed Company Directorships (held within the last three years)

Non Executive Director of Macquarie Group Limited (appointed August 2018)

Other Current Appointments
  • Director of Goodstart Early Learning Ltd

Board Committee Memberships
  • Chairman of the Risk Committee
  • Member of the Sustainability Committee
  • Member of the Nomination Committee
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Robert Welanetz

Independent Non Executive Director

Mr Welanetz joined the Board in March 2020.

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Independent Non Executive Director

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Term of Office

Mr Welanetz joined the Board in March 2020.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Mr Welanetz is based in the US and has significant executive, advisory, strategic and operational experience in the property and construction sectors, gained over an international career spanning over 40 years.

In his most recent role, Mr Welanetz served as Chief Executive Officer in the property division of Majid Al Futtaim (MAF), based in Dubai, where he had overall responsibility for managing MAF’s property portfolio and development pipeline. Mr Welanetz retired from that position in 2018. Prior to joining MAF, Mr Welanetz spent over seven years in a global role in Blackstone’s Real Estate Group advising and identifying acquisition opportunities in retail real estate and providing strategic guidance for Blackstone’s portfolio of retail assets and retail operating companies.

Mr Welanetz also served as Chief Executive Officer of Shanghai Kinghill Ltd, based in China, with responsibility for the operations and delivery of retail and development projects in mainland China. Prior to this, Mr Welanetz was President and Chief Executive Officer, Retail at Jones Lang LaSalle Inc Americas.

Mr Welanetz holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University. He is a former Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centres and served on the board of the Galileo Property Trust, an Australian shopping centre investor.

Listed Company Directorships (Held within the last three years)

Nil

Board Committee Memberships
  • Member of the Nomination Committee
    Member of the People & Culture Committee
    Member of the Risk Committee
    Member of the Sustainability Committee