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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 32 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 its successful sale to GE.

Jim has fulfilled several prominent roles including CFO, Westpac Institutional Bank, Chief Product Officer, Westpac Group 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

Professor Jo Barraket is Director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this, she was Director of the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne and National Research Director of the CSI network.

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 80 publications. Her work has contributed to national and state-based policy development and practice in social enterprise and development of the social economy. Based on her expertise in these areas, 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 $11 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.



Carolyn Hoy

Carolyn Hoy

Carolyn is a financial services professional with a legal and risk background.


Carolyn has been at Westpac for 17 years in a variety of roles. She is currently General Manager for Property, Procurement and Protective Services, part of the Corporate Services shared services function for the Westpac Group. In this role she is accountable for all of Westpac Group’s direct operations’ environmental and sustainability performance and meeting Westpac’s supply chain responsible sourcing requirements and diversity targets.


Previous Westpac roles include Chief of Staff to Westpac Group CEO, Head of Westpac Group Corporate Legal and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for BT Financial Group.


Carolyn has considerable experience in Corporate Governance, M&A transactions and large contracts including large supplier and property contracts and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.


Carolyn’s early experience was at Minter Ellison Lawyers in Commercial Property and Finance and at AWAS Aviation Services, Morgan Stanley’s aircraft leasing arm.


Carolyn has first class honours degrees in Arts and Law from the Australian National University.



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 has over 30 years’ experience across banking and financial services in Australia. She has held senior executive positions in Westpac, (including BT Financial Group), Macquarie and Lendlease. Over the decades Jane has led large customer-facing businesses covering Private Banking, Advice, Wealth Management, Consumer Banking and Business Banking. Most recently Jane was the Chief Customer Engagement Officer for the Business Bank of Westpac, before she embarked on a non-executive director board career.


Throughout her career, Jane has sat on a variety of internal company boards as well as foundations such as the ACTU-Lendlease Foundation and she is currently on the Orygen Youth Mental Health Foundation. Jane is currently a non-executive director on the boards of Liberty Financial Group (ASX: LFG) and Family Zone (ASX: FZO). 


Jane has a passion for supporting people in need and has been actively involved over the years in fundraising activities for Dress for Success, Fitted for Work and for people living with Multiple Sclerosis. She was also previously an executive sponsor of the School for Social Enterprises on behalf of BT Financial Group.


Jane has a Ph.D. in Organisational Psychology and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Our Leadership Team

Amy Lyden, Westpac Foundation CEO

Amy Lyden, Westpac Foundation CEO

Amy has over 25 years of experience across corporate, foundations, SME, and not-for-profit sectors as a senior manager, founder and CEO in Australia and North America. She joined Westpac as a Program Director for the Westpac Scholars Trust in 2015, became Acting CEO of the Trust and Westpac Foundation in April 2021 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2022.


Previously, Amy was the inaugural CEO of Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF), a start-up organisation dedicated to strengthening the not-for-profit sector by providing education opportunities. During her six years at ASF, Amy led the facilitation of 2500+ scholarships valued at over $5m and partnered with 25 universities and private education partners.


Amy was previously Chair and Selection Panel Member of the Fulbright Scholarship program, a member of the Curriculum Portfolio Committee at the AICD, a board member of the Australian Businesswomen’s Network and is currently Co-Chair of Philanthropy Australia’s Corporate Giving Network.


Amy holds a Master of Enterprise from the University of Melbourne (Melbourne Business School) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). She is currently completing a Master of Science in Coaching Psychology at the University of Sydney.