Board

  Ian MacDonald Chairman, Independent

Ian was appointed to the Board on 19 March 2012 and was appointed as Chairman of the Board on 31 August 2016.

Ian has over 40 years of financial services experience in Australia, the UK and Japan, specifically in banking, insurance, wealth management and technology. He previously held numerous positions with National Australia Bank including various senior executive roles from 1999 – 2006, Chief Operating Officer Yorkshire Bank from 1997 – 1999, and head of Retail Services Clydesdale Bank, Glasgow UK from 1994 – 1997.

Ian is a Senior Fellow and past President of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian is also a member of the 30% Club, a group formed by the Australian Institute of Company Directors who are committed to achieving better gender balance on Boards and in organisations.

Since 2006, Ian has held a number of directorships including publicly-listed companies, and is currently a director of Arab Bank Australia Ltd and Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation.

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Georgette Nicholas
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Genworth Financial designee

Georgette was appointed Managing Director on 30 May 2016.

Georgette became Chief Executive Officer in February 2016 after four months as Acting Chief Executive Officer following joining the business as Chief Financial Officer in February 2014. Georgette brings more than 30 years of financial and industry experience to the role including her extensive global experience in lenders mortgage insurance.

In her prior role as Chief Financial Officer, Georgette has effectively leveraged her financial acumen, industry experience and leadership skills across finance, audit, controllership, strategy, actuarial and investor relations. She has a deep understanding of the mortgage insurance business both in international markets as well as the United States having worked with Genworth for over ten years.

Previously, Georgette worked as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, Public Relations and Rating Agencies with Genworth Financial Inc. Other senior roles she has held at Genworth include Chief Financial Officer, US Mortgage Insurance where she was a key member of the management team leading the business through the economic downturn in the US housing market and the GFC, and Global Controller for both US Mortgage Insurance and International Segments.

Before joining Genworth in 2005, Georgette was a Director at Deloitte providing services to companies in the insurance, real estate and broadcasting industries. Earlier in her career, Georgette worked with Freed Maxick Sachs & Murphy, a top 100 accounting firm, in Buffalo, New York where she focused on audit, acquisitions and mergers, tax and strategic financial planning and prior to this as an Internal Auditor at ITT Corporation.

Georgette has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut and is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Georgette is a director of Insurance Council of Australia (effective 3 May 2018).

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Duncan West
Director, Independent

Duncan was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2018. He is Chairman of Genworth’s Capital & Investment Committee and is a member of Genworth’s Risk and Technology Committees.

Duncan has more than 30 years of insurance industry experience having held senior executive positions at Royal Sun Alliance Group PLC, Promina Group Limited, CGU Limited and MLC Limited.

He is currently a Director of Challenger Limited, Chairman of Hollard Insurance Company Pty Limited, Lawcover Insurance Pty Ltd, Pacific Life Re (Australia) Pty Ltd and Habitat for Humanity Australia and is a Director of Latitude Insurance Holdings Pty Ltd and Avant Group Holdings Limited.

Duncan is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Senior Associate of the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Economics) from the University of Hull, UK.

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  Gai McGrath   Director, Independent

Gai was appointed to the Board on 31 August 2016. She is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Risk Committee, Remuneration & Nominations Committee and Technology Committee.

Gai has over 20 years of financial services experience, specifically in retail banking and wealth management.

Gai previously held numerous senior executive positions with the Westpac Group including:

  • General Manager, Retail Banking, Westpac Australia from 2012 – 2015
  • General Manager, Retail Banking, Westpac New Zealand from 2010 – 2012
  • General Manager, Customer Service and General Manager, Risk Solutions at BT Financial Group.

Prior to the Westpac Group, Gai was General Counsel & Company Secretary at Perpetual Limited and a partner at a Sydney-based law firm.

Gai is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gai is currently a director of IMB Bank, Landcom, Investa Listed Funds Management Limited as responsible entity of Investa Office Fund (since 17 October 2017), Toyota Finance Australia Limited and Steadfast Group (effective 1 June 2018).

She is also a member of the Council of the State Library of New South Wales, a trustee and director of the State Library of New South Wales Foundation, a member of the Fundraising and Appeals Committee of The Salvation Army and a director of Humanitix.

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Gayle Tollifson Director, Independent

Gayle was appointed to the Board on 20 February 2012. She is Chairman of the Risk Committee and a member of the Audit Committee, Capital & Investment Committee and Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

Gayle has over 35 years of financial services experience and has been an Independent Director since 2006.

Prior to this she worked with QBE Insurance Group in senior executive roles including Chief Risk Officer and Group Financial Controller from 1994 – 2006.

Prior to QBE, Gayle held various roles in public accounting firms in Australia, Bermuda and Canada.

Gayle is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Gayle is currently a director of RAC Insurance Pty Limited, RAA Insurance Holdings Limited and RAA Insurance Limited.

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David Foster
Director, Independent, Genworth Financial designee

David was appointed to the Board on 30 May 2016.  He is Chairman of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee and Technology Committee and a member of the Capital & Investment Committee.

David has over 25 years of financial services experience, specifically in banking, insurance and wealth management.

David previously held numerous positions with Suncorp Group including various senior executive roles from 2003 – 2007 and was the Chief Executive Officer of Suncorp Bank from 2008 – 2013.

Prior to Suncorp Bank, David held various management roles at Westpac.

David is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David is the Chairman of Thorn Group Limited (Chairman since 1 February 2018, director since 1 November 2014), and a director of G8 Education Limited (since 1 February 2013), Kina Securities Limited (since 30 July 2013), Motorcycle Holdings Limited (since 8 March 2015) and Chairman of the Board of the Regional Investment Corporation (since 5 April 2018).

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Christine Patton
Director, Independent, Genworth Financial designee

Christine was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2018. She is a member of Genworth’s Audit and Capital & Investment Committees.

Christine began her career as a tax lawyer and recently returned to Australia after 26 years working in Bermuda in roles including Group General Counsel of NYSE listed reinsurer PartnerRe Ltd and Senior Legal Counsel and Assistant Secretary to the Board at Bank of NT Butterfield & Son Ltd. She has more than 30 years’ career experience in capital markets, banking and reinsurance.

Christine has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Stuart Take Director, Genworth Financial designee

Stuart was appointed to the Board on 20 February 2012. He is a member of the Risk Committee.

Stuart has over 25 years’ experience, primarily at Genworth and General Electric.

Stuart joined GE Capital in 1987 and has since held a number of senior management positions in Genworth’s mortgage insurance platform both domestically and overseas, including President/CEO of Genworth’s Canadian mortgage insurance business, and Senior Vice President of Asia.

Stuart is currently President of the Board of Directors of Genworth Seguros de Credito a la Vivienda S.A. de C.V. (Mexico) and also serves as a Director of India Mortgage Guarantee Corporation (a Genworth joint venture with the International Finance Corporation, the Asian Development Bank and the National Housing Bank of India). He was previously Head of Financial Institutions at Deutsche Bank, Asia ex- Japan.

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Jerome Upton Director, Genworth Financial designee

Jerome was appointed to the Board on 20 February 2012 and is a member of the Audit Committee, Risk Committee, Capital & Investment Committee and the Technology Committee.

Jerome was appointed as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial and Operations Officer, Global Mortgage Insurance for Genworth Financial in 2012.

Previously, Jerome was the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Genworth Financial International Mortgage Insurance from 2009. Prior to this Jerome has had a variety of roles at Genworth including Senior Vice President and CFO, Genworth Financial International – Asia Pacific, Canada and Latin America from 2007 – 2009, Head of Global Financial Planning & Analysis from 2004 –2007, International Finance Manager from 2002 – 2004, and Mortgage Insurance Global Controller from 1998 – 2002.

Prior to Genworth, Jerome served in a number of accounting positions at KPMG Peat Marwick, culminating in his role as Senior Manager – Insurance in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was formerly a Certified Public Accountant and the Controller and Director of Financial Reporting for Century American Insurance Company in Durham, North Carolina.

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