Speakers Profile - Diane Smith-Gander

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Diane Smith-Gander is Chairman of Transfield Services, a non-executive director of Wesfarmers, a commissioner of Tourism WA - the government agency charged with development of WA's tourism industry - and a board member of the Committee for Perth, a think tank focused on making Perth more liveable. Diane is a past Deputy Chairperson of NBNCo and past non-executive director of the CBH Group.

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 continues to provide advice to McKinsey Asia on merger management topics.

Diane has been active in sports administration and is a past chairman of Basketball Australia Limited, the sport's peak body, and past Chairperson of 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). 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. A frequent commentator on diversity issues, Diane is President of Chief Executive Women (2015/16). She is a Council member of Perth's Methodist Ladies College.

Diane is a keen down hill skier and operates a vineyard in Margaret River.