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Our Board of Trustees

Jim Tate

Jim Tate, Chair

 

Jim Tate recently retired as one of Westpac’s most experienced executives having been in the Group for 31 years and in the financial services industry for over 40 years.
 

After an early career in accounting and tax, Jim lead both Westpac’s New York and London branches through significant strategic change. On his return to Australia, he took responsibility for Westpac’s finance company arm, AGC, negotiating the successful sale to GE.
 

Jim has fulfilled several roles including CFO, Westpac Institutional Bank, Chief Product Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Westpac New Zealand Limited, as well as many Board roles in Westpac Group companies.
 

Jim is an alumnus of Christian Brothers’ College, Waverley and the University of New South Wales, where he earned both Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Commerce. He is a Fellow of both CPA Australia and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Jim was appointed Chair of Westpac Foundation in September 2020.

 


 

Jo Barraket

Jo Barraket

Distinguished Professor Jo Barraket is Director of the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne and National Research Director of the CSI network. Prior to this, she was Associate Professor of Social Enterprise at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at Queensland University of Technology.

Distinguished Professor Barraket is a leading researcher in the areas of social enterprise, social innovation and relationships between governments and the third sector in social policy development. She has more than 60 publications in these areas, including her most recent book, Social Procurement and New Public Governance (Routledge: 2016). Her work has contributed to policy development and practice in social enterprise and development of the social economy. Based on her expertise in these areas, Distinguished Professor Barraket has been the national expert adviser to the OECD on two projects related to the social economy and socio-economic participation. She has led more than $9 million in grant-funded and commissioned research, including national competitive grants funded by the Australian Research Council and projects funded by corporate and private philanthropy, and federal, state and local governments.

 


 

Ghanesh Chandrasekkar

Ganesh Chandrasekkar

Ganesh is the Group General Manager, Reward, Culture and Capability Human Resources for Westpac Group. Ganesh returned to the Human Resources Executive Team after three years in the Business division, most recently as General Manager, SME & Connect Now, Business Bank. Ganesh has led a team of over 700 bankers and senior leaders across Australia, covering four brands – Westpac, St.George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne, that support Australia’s thriving and growing Micro, Small and Medium Business sector. Ganesh has held senior roles in Westpac’s Institutional Bank; Westpac’s Consumer Bank as General Manager for Premium & Growth Markets; and General Manager in Westpac Group Human Resources where he was responsible for Reward, Performance Management & Employee Relations. 
 

Prior to joining Westpac, Ganesh held senior roles in management consulting firms in Australia, Asia and the Middle East for several years including a role focused on Mergers & Acquisitions. Ganesh has also worked in the Hospitality and Hotels sector for many years.
 

Ganesh has worked in the financial services and banking sector for 12 years; and has over 17 years’ experience working in Human Resources.
 

Ganesh holds an MBA from the AGSM. He also serves on Westpac’s Community Board which exists to drive greater support for community partnerships and sustainability.

 


 

Nicky Lester

Keith Rovers

As a partner in MinterEllison’s Corporate & Capital Markets Group with a finance and projects background, Keith possesses valuable experience across the financial capital spectrum, acting for sponsors and funders in many industry sectors, including real estate, infrastructure and technology. He takes pride in his commercial acumen and solutions-oriented approach.
 

Keith’s commercial experience and interest in sustainability help inform his current work with corporates, not-for-profit and emerging social enterprise clients. He strives to create shared value, collaborating across the corporate, government, not-for-profit and education sectors working with others to develop innovative approaches to tackling social and environmental issues.
 

He leads the MinterEllison Pro Bono and Community Investments programs and in this role, develops partnerships with clients who are seeking to amplify their social impact through engaging with charities and social enterprises, working on social business models, impact investment and social finance and developing cross sector collaboration.
 

Keith also advises a number of social enterprise clients on corporate and financial structures so that they can take advantage of capital and funding streams and corporate and government partnerships. He is on the ISO and Standard Australia’s Technical Working Groups for Green and Sustainable Finance. This engagement enables him to provide clients with up to date information about sustainable finance, local market and global trends.

 


 

Nicky Lester

Jane Watts

Jane is Westpac Group’s Chief Customer Engagement Officer Business, and has extensive experience in the Banking and Financial Service Industry.


Previously Jane was General Manager, Private Wealth for 8.5 years. Private Wealth brings together Westpac Private Bank, St George Private and Bank of Melbourne Private, as well as a unique direct wealth offering for high net worth clients. From October 2017 to April 2019, Jane’s role was expanded to cover BT’s Advice business which encompassed both its salaried financial advice business as well as its licensee businesses. Jane was also the GM BT Marketing and Digital for 15 months from 1 July 2014 to 30 November 2015 in addition to her Private Wealth leadership remit.


Before that Jane was an Executive Director at Macquarie Bank and Head of Wealth Management. Jane also spent time at Lend Lease/MLC where she was the CEO of one of the retail financial services distribution businesses.


Jane started her career at Westpac, with roles including General Manager of Human Resources for Westpac’s Retail Financial Services Group.


Jane is passionate about inclusion and diversity. She has been actively involved in many causes including Dress for Success and The Multiple Sclerosis 24-hour mega-swim. Jane was also one of the BT GM sponsors for the Cultural Diversity Leadership Employee Action Group which champions and celebrates cultural diversity and inclusion for our people, customers and communities. Jane is passionate about empowering employees to make a meaningful difference for our customers and clearing the way to ensure this can happen.


Jane has a Bachelor Social Science (Honours) and a PhD (Organisational Psychology).

 


 

Our Leadership Team

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, now known as Westpac Scholars Trust. Westpac Scholars Trust 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.