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. 

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Duncan West Director, independent

Duncan was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2018.

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 and Habitat for Humanity Australia and is a Director of 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, Toyota Finance Australia Limited, Steadfast Group and HBF Health Limited. 

She is also Chair of Humanitix and a member of the Fundraising and Appeals Committee of The Salvation Army.

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Andrea Waters Director, Independent

Andrea Waters was appointed to the Board on 16 March 2020.

Andrea has over 35 years’ experience in financial services as an auditor, accountant and non executive director. She was a former partner of KPMG (until 2012) specialising in financial services audit and has a deep experience in risk management and in implementing and enhancing audit and governance structures in financial services. She brings to the Board a strong strategic perspective and deep experience understanding complex business operations. 

Andrea is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and a member and accredited facilitator of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrea is currently a director of  MyState Limited, Grant Thornton Australia Limited, Bennelong Funds Management Group, Citywide Service Solutions Pty Limited and the Colonial Foundation.

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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, the Regional Investment Corporation and Motorcycle Holdings Limited, and a director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited, Youi Pty Limited and G8 Education Limited.

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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 and the Remuneration and Nominations 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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Pauline Blight-Johnston Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Pauline joined Genworth as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in March 2020. Pauline has over 25 years’ of senior management, financial and strategic experience in wealth management and insurance in Australia, New Zealand and globally.

Prior to joining Genworth, Pauline held senior leadership and strategic roles in Challenger, AMP and RGA Reinsurance Company. She has also served as Chief Financial Officer and Appointed Actuary of Asteron Life, and consulted to the insurance and wealth management industry at KPMG and Tillinghast-Towers Perrin.

An active industry participant, Pauline has served on the boards of the Institute of Actuaries, the Financial Services Council and the Australian Institute of Insurance and Finance, as well as been a member of and chaired numerous committees of these bodies.  

Pauline is a Fellow of each of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, the New Zealand Society of Actuaries, the Actuarial Society of South Africa, Finsia, the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She also holds a Master of Economics degree from Macquarie University.
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