Diane Smith-Gander AO



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Diane Smith-Gander AO is a CEDA Director. CEDA's Board of Directors provides strategic advice and is made up of Australian business and policy leaders.
Diane Smith-Gander AO was elected as the CEDA National Chairman in 2019. Diane has recently served as one of three panellists reviewing the capability of APRA, the banking industry regulator following the findings of the Hayne Royal Commission. She is a non-Executive director of AGL Energy, Wesfarmers Limited, NQA group of companies, Keystart Loans group and Chair of Safe Work Australia, Asbestos Safety & Eradication Council. Diane is a past president of Chief Executive Women. Diane has held a wide range of non-executive roles in the past including Chairman of Broadspectrum, Deputy Chairperson of NBNCo, non-executive director of the CBH Group, commissioner of Tourism WA and board member of the Committee for Perth. Diane’s last executive role was Group Executive at Westpac; a member of the leadership team of the corporation, responsible for all Information Technology, back office operations, global vendor management and property. Diane was a General Manager at Westpac for 10 years in the 1990s responsible for back office functions, retail networks and support functions. Prior to re-joining Westpac Diane was a partner at McKinsey & Company in Washington and New Jersey serving clients in diverse industries globally. Diane became a senior advisor to McKinsey in Australia in 2016. Diane has been active in sports administration and is a past Chairman of both Basketball Australia Limited, the sport’s peak body, and the Australian Sports Drug Agency, the government agency responsible for deterring the use of performance enhancing drugs. Diane holds an MBA from the University of Sydney and a BEc from the University of Western Australia (UWA). In 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Economics from UWA. She is a Fellow of the AICD and Governance Institute of Australia and an adjunct professor of corporate governance at UWA where she serves on the advisory board of the Business School.

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On the CEDA Blog

The CEDA blog aims to deliver informed debate and new ideas for discussion on the economic and social issues facing Australia. Read blog articles by Diane Smith Gander: