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Our Board of Trustees

Jon Nicholson

Jon Nicholson, Chair

Jon was the Chief Strategy Officer for the Westpac Group for nearly 8 years, reporting to the Chief Executive and responsible for both Strategy and M&A across the Group. Jon played an important role in the acquisitions of RAMS and St George, the launch of Bank of Melbourne, the development of Westpac's Asia strategy and, most recently, the creation of the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.

Jon also chairs the Westpac Foundation and is a trustee of the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.

Before joining Westpac in 2006, Jon was a Senior Vice President at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his 18 years at BCG, Jon built and led BCG's Asian financial services practice. Earlier in his career Jon was the Senior Private Secretary to the Prime Minister of Australia (Bob Hawke), during a period of major economic and social reform in Australia.



 Bernadette Inglis

Bernadette Inglis

Bernadette is Group General Manager, Westpac Retail & Premium Banking.

She has deep financial services expertise through leadership roles across every point in the financial services value chain and in all segments of the industry, including retail banking, wealth and insurance. Bernadette also has diverse experience on boards, including industries ranging from financial services to education and fashion - serving on the boards of Opera Queensland, Ports Corporation Queensland, Whitehouse Institute of Design, AAI NZ, RACI, Hooker Corporation and the Insurance Council of Australia.



Lyn Cobley

Lyn was appointed Chief Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank in September 2015. She has responsibility for Westpac's global relationships with corporate, institutional and government clients as well as all products across financial and capital markets, transactional banking, structured finance and working capital payments. In addition, Lyn oversees Hastings Funds Management, global treasury as well as Westpac's International and Pacific Island businesses.

Lyn has over 20 years' experience in financial services. Prior to joining Westpac, Lyn held a variety of senior positions at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) including serving as Group Treasurer from 2007 to 2013 and most recently as Executive General Manager, Retail Products & Third Party Banking. She was also Head of Financial Institutions at Barclays Capital in Australia, held senior roles at Citibank in Australia and Asia Pacific including Head of Securitisation and was CEO of Trading Room (a joint venture between Macquarie Bank and Fairfax).

Lyn has a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University, is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Nicky Lester

Nicky Lester

Nicky is a finance specialist at Hogan Lovells and one of the firm's launch partners for its Australian practice.

Nicky leads the finance practice in Australia. She has a broad practice and has extensive experience advising arrangers, issuers, trustees and swap counterparties on Australian and global securitisation and debt capital markets transactions. She also advises corporate, issuer and borrower clients in the real estate sector on their full suite of financing options - from secured and unsecured bank deals to debt capital markets and structured deals.

Immediately prior to joining Hogan Lovells in Australia, Nicky was head of the banking and finance practice and a partner for more than 10 years at Allens.



Jocelyn Murphy

Jocelyn Murphy

Jocelyn has an extensive career in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors both as a CEO and in corporate governance as a Chair and Board Director.

She has broad experience in fundraising in Australia as CEO of YWCA NSW and YWCA South West Queensland, and internationally for the World YWCA, a global NGO, as Corporate Partnerships Director.  She brought the first volunteer child mentoring program, Big Sisters Big Brothers, to Australia. It is now Australia wide and is recognised as the safest and most rigorous program of its kind.



Carolyn Hewson

Carolyn Hewson

Carolyn has over 30 years' experience in the financial sector and is currently a non-executive Director of BHP Billiton and Stockland Corporation and is on the Federal Government Growth Centres Advisory Board.

Carolyn has also served as a Director on a number of boards including Westpac Banking Corporation and was a Panel Member on the Federal Government's Financial System Inquiry. 

Carolyn has had extensive involvement in the not- for -profit sector, including board roles with the YWCA, The Ted Noffs Foundation, Girl Guides Australia, Lyn Wrigley Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the St.George Foundation and Australian Charities Fund and is on the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing. In 2014 she was awarded her Life Membership of the Neurosurgical Research Foundation.

In 2001 Carolyn was awarded a Centenary Medal for "service to Australian society in business leadership" and in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2009, was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for her "services to the community, especially the YWCA, and to business."



Susan Bannigan, Westpac Foundation CEO

Susan Bannigan, Westpac Foundation CEO

Susan has over 26 years’ experience in the financial services industry in Europe and Australia.


Susan joined Westpac in 1995 and has held senior roles in finance, treasury and business leadership across the Westpac Group.


From 2007-2012 Susan was the Chief Financial Officer of RAMS with responsibility for the IT, finance, legal and compliance functions.


In 2014 she was appointed CEO of the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation. The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation is a scholarship fund with an exclusive focus on the education of Australia’s next generation of leaders who will shape the social and economic progress of our nation in the areas of our relationship with Asia, technology and innovation and community leadership.


In 2018 Susan was appointed to also lead the Westpac Foundation where she works closely with Westpac, community groups, social entrepreneurs and the business sector to support new innovations in addressing the complex issues of homelessness, long-term unemployment, social inclusion for refugees and those living with issues of mental health in communities across Australia.

Prior to joining Westpac, Susan spent three years in investment banking in London and five years as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Sydney, Solomon Islands and Paris.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Economics, is the Chair of the Business and Higher Education Roundtable and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.