The responsibilities and experience of our Board of Directors and Group Management Committee.
The 11-member Board comprises a majority of independent Non-Executive Directors who, together with the Executive Director (Group CEO), have extensive experience and diverse perspectives. They bring independence, accountability and judgement to the Board's deliberations to ensure maximum benefit to shareholders, customers, suppliers, employees, government regulators and members of the community where Qantas operates.The Board is made up of four women and seven men.
Leigh Clifford AO
BEng, MEngSci | Board Chair and Independent Non-Executive Director
Leigh Clifford was appointed to the Qantas Board in August 2007 and as Chairman in November 2007.
He is Chair of the Qantas Nominations Committee.
Mr Clifford is a Director of Bechtel Group Inc and Chairman of Bechtel Australia Pty Ltd, Crestone Wealth Management and the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation. He' s a Senior Adviser to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, a Member of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria, and Chair of the University of Melbourne's philanthropic campaign.
Mr Clifford was Chief Executive of Rio Tinto from 2000 to 2007. He retired from the Board of Rio Tinto in 2007. His executive and board career with Rio Tinto spanned some 37 years, in Australia and overseas.
Alan Joyce AC
BApplSc(Phy)(Math)(Hons), MSc(MgtSc), MA, FRAeS, FTSE | Chief Executive Officer
Alan Joyce was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Qantas in November 2008.
He is a Member of the Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee.
Mr Joyce is a Director of the Business Council of Australia and a Member of the International Air Transport Association's Board of Governors, having served as Chairman from 2012 to 2013. He is also a Director of a number of controlled entities of the Qantas Group.
Mr Joyce was the CEO of Jetstar from 2003 to 2008. Before that, Mr Joyce spent over 15 years in leadership positions with Qantas, Ansett and Aer Lingus. At both Qantas and Ansett, he led the network planning, schedules planning and network strategy functions. Prior to that, Mr Joyce spent eight years at Aer Lingus, where he held roles in sales, marketing, IT, network planning, operations research, revenue management and fleet planning.
BA, LLB | Independent Non-Executive Director
Maxine Brenner was appointed to the Qantas Board in August 2013.
She is a Member of the Remuneration Committee and the Audit Committee.
Ms Brenner is a Director of Origin Energy Limited, Orica Limited and Growthpoint Properties Australia Limited. She is a Member of the Council of the University of New South Wales.
Ms Brenner was formerly a Managing Director of Investment Banking at Investec Bank (Australia) Limited. She has extensive experience in corporate advisory work, particularly in relation to mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructures and general corporate activity. She also practised as a lawyer with Freehill Hollingdale & Page (now Herbert Smith) where she specialised in corporate work, and spent several years as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at both University of NSW and the University of Sydney.
Ms Brenner was the Deputy Chairman of Federal Airports Corporation and a Director of Neverfail Springwater Limited, Bulmer Australia Limited and Treasury Corporation of NSW. She also served as a Member of the Australian Government's Takeovers Panel.
BCom, BEc, MBA, MCE | Independent Non-Executive Director
Richard Goodmanson was appointed to the Qantas Board in June 2008.
He is Chair of the Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee and a Member of the Nominations Committee.
Mr Goodmanson was a Director of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited from 2004 to 2016.
From 1999 to 2009 he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. Previous to this role, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of America West Airlines. Mr Goodmanson was also Chief Operations Officer for Frito-Lay Inc, a subsidiary of PepsiCo. and a Principal at McKinsey & Company Inc. He spent 10 years in heavy civil engineering project management, principally in South East Asia. Additionally, Mr Goodmanson was an Economic Adviser to the Governor of Guangdong Province, China from 2003 until 2009.
Mr Goodmanson was born in Australia and is a citizen of both Australia and the United States of America.
Richard Goyder AO
BCom, FAICD | Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Goyder was appointed to the Qantas Board in November 2017.
He is a Member of the Audit Committee.
Mr Goyder is Chairman of Woodside Petroleum Limited the Australian Football League Commission, JDRF Australia, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and of the Channel 7 Telethon Trust. He is an honorary member of the Business Council of Australia, and a Fellow of the AICD.
Mr Goyder was the Managing Director and CEO of Wesfarmers Limited from July 2005 to November 2017. He also previously held the roles of Finance Director between 2002 and 2004, and Deputy Managing Director and CFO between 2004 and 2005.
Mr Goyder was also formerly Chairman of the Australian B20 (the key business advisory body to the international economic forum which includes business leaders from all G20 economies).
BCom, Grad Cert (Mgmt), GAICD | Independent Non-Executive Director
Jacqueline Hey was appointed to the Qantas Board in August 2013.
She is a Member of the Audit Committee.
Ms Hey is a Director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited and is Chairman of its Technology Committee. She is a Director of AGL Energy Limited and Chairman of its Safety, Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Committee. She is also a Director of the Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited and Cricket Australia.
Ms Hey was formerly a Director of the Melbourne Business School from 2013 to 2018, the Special Broadcasting Service from 2011 to 2016 and a Member of the ASIC Directory Advisory Panel from 2013 to 2016.
Between 2004 and 2010, Ms Hey was Managing Director of various Ericsson entities in Australia and New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the Middle East. Her executive career with Ericsson spanned more than 20 years in which she held finance, marketing, sales and leadership roles.
Belinda Hutchinson AM
BEc, FCA, FAICD | Independent Non-Executive Director
Belinda Hutchinson was appointed to the Qantas Board in April 2018.
She is a Member of the Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee and the Remuneration Committee.
Ms Hutchinson is currently Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Chairman of the Future Generation Global Investment Company, Chairman of Thales Australia and a Director of AGL Energy.
She has over 30 years' experience in the financial services sector, working in senior roles at Citibank and Macquarie Group. Ms Hutchinson also has extensive board experience, she was formerly Chairman of QBE Insurance Limited, a Director of Telstra Corporation Limited, Coles Group Limited, Crane Group Limited, Energy Australia Limited, TAB Limited, Snowy Hydro Trading Limited and Sydney Water.
Ms Hutchinson was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2007 for her service to business through a range of executive roles in the finance sector, and to the development of financial planning and fundraising initiatives for cultural, medical and social welfare organisations.
Michael L'Estrange AO
BA, MA (Oxon) | Independent Non-Executive Director
Michael L'Estrange was appointed to the Qantas Board in April 2016.
He is a member of the Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee.
Mr L'Estrange was Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University from 2009 to 2015. Prior to this, he was the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for almost five years and the Australian High Commissioner to the UK between 2000 and 2005. He served as Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Cabinet Policy Unit from 1996 for more than four years and, prior to that, as Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre.
He has been a Non-Executive Director of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited, and a Director of the University of Notre Dame, Australia since 2014. He was appointed Deputy Chancellor of the University of Notre Dame, Australia in 2017.
Mr L'Estrange studied at the University of Sydney and later as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where he graduated as a Master of Arts with First Class Honours.
BEc, MAdmin, FAICD | Independent Non-Executive Director
Paul Rayner was appointed to the Qantas Board in July 2008.
He is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a Member of the Nominations Committee.
Mr Rayner is Chairman of Treasury Wine Estates Limited, a Director of Boral Limited and Chairman of its Audit Committee and a Director of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.
Mr Rayner was formerly a Director of Centrica plc from 2004 to 2014 and Chairman of its Audit Committee from 2004 to 2013. From 2002 to 2008, Mr Rayner was Finance Director of British American Tobacco plc based in London. Mr Rayner joined Rothmans Holdings Limited in 1991 as its Chief Financial Officer and held other senior executive positions within the Group, including Chief Operating Officer of British American Tobacco Australasia Limited from 1999 to 2001.
Previously, Mr Rayner worked for 17 years in various finance and project roles with General Electric, Rank Industries and the Elders IXL Group.
MBA BA(Hons) | Independent Non-Executive Director
Todd Sampson was appointed to the Qantas Board in February 2015.
He is a Member of the Remuneration Committee.
Mr Sampson was Executive Chairman of the Leo Burnett Group from September 2015 to January 2017, and National CEO from 2008 to 2015. He also sits on the board of Fairfax Media Limited.
Mr Sampson has over 20 years' experience across marketing, communication, new media and digital transformation. He has held senior leadership and strategy roles for a number of leading communication companies in Australia and overseas, including as Managing Partner for D'Arcy, Strategy Director for The Campaign Palace and Head of Strategy for DDB Needham Worldwide.
Barbara Ward AM
BEc, MPolEc | Independent Non-Executive Director
Barbara Ward was appointed to the Qantas Board in June 2008.
She is Chair of the Audit Committee, a Member of the Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee and a Member of the Nominations Committee.
Ms Ward is a Director of Caltex Australia Limited, a number of Brookfield Multiplex Group companies.
She was formerly a Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Lion Nathan Limited, Multiplex Limited, Data Advantage Limited, O'Connell Street Associates Pty Ltd, Allco Finance Group Limited, Rail Infrastructure Corporation, Delta Electricity, Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy. She was also Chairman of Country Energy, NorthPower and HWW Limited, a Board Member of Allens Arthur Robinson and The Sydney Opera House Trust and Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation and on the Advisory Board of LEK Consulting.
Ms Ward was Chief Executive Officer of Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services from 1993 to 1998. Before that, Ms Ward held various positions at TNT Limited, including General Manager Finance, and also served as a Senior Ministerial Advisor to The Hon PJ Keating.
The Qantas Group’s Management Committee is made up of 12 senior executives (eight men and four women). They bring a breadth of experience spanning the operational and commercial dimensions of multiple airlines in different countries, as well as experience in marketing, customer experience, loyalty, legal and other disciplines.
Alan Joyce AC
Chief Executive Officer
Alan Joyce has been Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Qantas since November 2008.
Under his leadership Qantas has implemented its biggest transformation since privatisation in 1995, renewed its fleet and technology, lifted customer satisfaction to record levels and expanded with new ventures and partnerships.
Mr Joyce served as founding Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar for five years from October 2003, establishing its operations in Australia and across Asia.
He was Chairman of the International Air Transport Association between July 2012 and June 2013.
Among other roles in business and the community, Mr Joyce is a Director of the Business Council of Australia and member of the Male Champions of Change.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (Physics and Mathematics) (Honours) and a Master of Science in Management Science.
Chief Executive Officer, Qantas Domestic and Freight
Andrew David has extensive airline experience.
He commenced with Qantas as Chief Operating Officer in July 2014 and on 1 March 2015 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Domestic. Prior to joining Qantas he was Executive Director for Jetstar Japan. Previous roles have included Chief Executive Officer of Tiger Airways Australia for eighteen months, and Chief Operating Officer of Virgin Australia for five and a half years.
Andrew moved to Australia in 2005 from New Zealand where he’d spent thirteen years with Air New Zealand in various executive roles. Andrew began his career in IT consultancy.
He has an Executive MBA from Auckland University. His work experience covers both full service and low cost carriers. He has been involved in start-ups, mergers, acquisitions and major change programs. He has a broad range of commercial, operational and people leadership skills.
Chief Executive Officer Jetstar Group
Gareth Evans was appointed CEO Jetstar Group in November 2017. Prior to this, Mr Evans was CEO Qantas International and Freight where he led the successful turnaround of Qantas’ international operations and the arrival of Boeing 787-9 Deamliners into the Qantas Fleet. He started this role in March 2015.
Mr Evans was the Chief Financial Officer of the Qantas Group from March 2010 to February 2015. As Chief Financial Officer his portfolio included Finance, Strategy, Treasury, IT, Procurement (including Fleet), Investor Relations, Mergers and Acquisitions and the Group’s Business Transformation Program.
Prior to March 2010, Mr Evans’ roles with Qantas covered many areas including a number of senior financial roles within the Group, commercial and business analytics and the implementation of major business change initiatives; scheduling of the international and domestic network, ticket pricing, revenue management and airline operations on the day; as well as readiness activities for the arrival of the Airbus A380.
Prior to joining the Qantas Group in 1999, Mr Evans held a number of corporate finance roles with Caltex Australia and KPMG in Australia and the UK.
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
General Counsel and Group Executive, Office of the CEO
Andrew Finch joined the Qantas Group in 2012 and is the Qantas Group’s General Counsel and Group Executive, Office of the CEO (being the Group’s central assurance functions of safety, security and internal audit). Andrew is also the Qantas Group Company Secretary.
Mr Finch leads a team that is responsible for the management of legal, governance, compliance and business integrity, safety, security and internal audit risk across the Qantas Group.
Mr Finch has more than 25 years legal experience in Australia and overseas, joining the Qantas Group from the leading Australian practice of Allens, where he had been a partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and general corporate and governance advice.
Mr Finch holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws from UNSW, a Master of Laws with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Business Administration (Exec) from the AGSM. He is a member of the ACC General Counsel Advisory Board, and ACC Australia’s GC100 and Advocacy Network.
Group Executive Associated Airlines and Services
John Gissing was appointed as Group Executive, Associated Airlines and Services in March 2015.
Mr Gissing previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer, Qantas Regional Airlines Group responsible for QantasLink branded operations.
His current role includes these functions as well as shared services for safety, workforce planning and ground operations as well as Auckland based B737 operator Jetconnect.
He held the position of Executive Manager, Group Safety and Health between 2009 and 2012, following six years at Jetstar as the Group General Manager, Flight Operations and Safety where he was a founding member of the Jetstar senior management team in 2004.
Mr Gissing joined Qantas Airways in 1999 and holds an Air Transport Pilot Licence with 10,000 hours flying experience.
He has more than 35 years’ experience in the aviation industry across regional, domestic and international operations in both the premium and low cost carrier sectors.
Group Executive People and Culture
Lesley Grant was appointed as Group Executive, People, Culture and Corporate Affairs from 1 November 2017 and previously held the positions of Chief Executive Officer, Qantas Loyalty from 2012 to 2017 and Group Executive Customer and Marketing.
Lesley is a Director of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra since October 2015, a Director of Venues NSW since May 2017, a member of Chief Executive Women and was previously a Director of Taylor Fry Pty Ltd from 2015 to 2017, a Director of the Qantas Foundation from 2009 to 2017, and a non-executive director of UNICEF Australia from 2006 to 2015.
In addition to her current responsibilities, Lesley has played an active role within Qantas Group in talent development and inclusion and diversity.
Lesley has extensive senior executive experience in the airline industry in customer, brand, marketing, operations, digital and new ventures.
Chief Customer Officer
Vanessa Hudson was appointed as Chief Customer Office of Qantas in February 2018. The role is responsible for all aspects of the customer experience and strategy including digital, customer products including lounges and inflight as well as food and beverage. She is also responsible for managing the Qantas brand, marketing and sponsorship for the Qantas Group including Jetstar.
Joining Qantas in 1994 she has held a variety of senior commercial, customer and finance roles across the Group, both onshore and overseas.
Immediately prior to her appointment as Chief Customer Officer, Vanessa was the Executive Manager of Sales and Distribution with responsibility for the airline’s revenue through all sales channels including key corporate and agency accounts.
Prior to that, Vanessa was Senior Vice President for Qantas across the Americas and New Zealand; Executive Manager of Commercial Planning, where she was accountable for network planning and revenue management; and Executive Manager for Product and Service where she oversaw transformation in catering, airports and network aimed at driving better commercial and customer outcomes.
Vanessa has a Bachelor of Business and was admitted as a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1994.
Tino La Spina
Chief Financial Officer
Tino has significant experience in the Transport industry in both Commercial and Financial roles having worked for a number of Airlines.
He joined Qantas in 2006 as General Manager Strategy, then CFO and Head of Commercial for Loyalty and was Group Deputy CFO from August 2009 before being appointed Group CFO in March 2015.
Tino’s airline experience also includes roles at Ansett and Skywest.
Prior to joining Qantas, Tino was the CFO of National Express Group Australia (the Australian operations of National Express Group plc), a public transport provider.
Tino commenced his career in professional firms, including Ernst & Young, where he held Tax Accounting and Audit positions in Australia and the UK.
Tino is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Securities Institute of Australia and the Institute of Company Directors and is a member of the National Executive of the G100.
Tino’s portfolio includes Group Finance, Group Procurement, Treasury, Investor Relations and Mergers and Acquisitions.
Group Executive Strategy, Innovation and Technology
Rob Marcolina joined Qantas in October 2012 as Executive Manager Strategy and has expanded his role over the past few years to now having responsibility for driving the overall strategy of the Qantas Group, leading the group wide transformation program and day-to-day responsibility for Qantas’ IT systems, and their ongoing efficiency and effectiveness.
Prior to joining Qantas, Rob was a Partner with Bain & Company in Los Angeles and Sydney working across multiple industries, with an emphasis on media, technology and telecom businesses.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in the USA.
Group Executive Government, International and Regulatory Affairs
Andrew manages the Group’s government, industry, public policy, regulatory, environment and international affairs worldwide.
Andrew is a board member of the peak advocacy group for airlines in the region - Airlines for Australia New Zealand (A4ANZ) – and is also a member of the IATA Industry Affairs Committee and an Advisory Board Member of the Tourism and Transport Forum. Before Qantas, Andrew was Senior Vice President – Public, International, Industry, Environment Affairs at Emirates, based in Dubai.
Over six years he helped grow the airline’s network across six continents.
He was also a key architect in the Qantas Emirates alliance that launched in 2013.
Andrew was previously the founder and Managing Director of a large public affairs firm that was acquired by the Ogilvy Group in 2001.
He has also been a press secretary and senior political adviser to various Australian political leaders and Ministers and worked as a journalist in newspapers and television in Australia, the USA and UK.
Chief Executive Officer Qantas International
Alison Webster was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Qantas International in November 2017.
She has more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, and has held a variety of senior leadership roles in the Qantas Group over the past decade.
Prior to her current role, Alison was the Executive Manager Freight and Catering, with Australian Airports added to her responsibilities in March 2017.
In this role she was responsible for three wholly owned specialty businesses, SnapFresh, an inflight catering and frozen food facility; JETS Transport Express, a national trucking business and Express Freighters Australia, a nine freighter airline. She also managed Qantas’ Australian airport portfolio consisting of more than 50 airport locations.
Alison joined Qantas in 2004, initially as Head of Qantas Cabin Crew, moving to the position of Executive Manager, Customer Experience in 2010.
In these customer focused roles, Alison delivered a range of transformational service improvements, major core operating system upgrades and introduced a customer advocacy program which has helped to ensure the customer remains at the heart of every decision.
She was responsible for the strategic planning, design and implementation of the end to end customer experience, inflight services, procurement and supply chain management as well as Qantas’ cabin crew, global customer care and baggage services teams.
Prior to joining Qantas in 2004, Alison held a range of senior positions at British Airways in both Australia and the UK, including sales, marketing and brand management.
Chief Executive Officer Qantas Loyalty
Olivia Wirth was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Loyalty in February 2018.
Olivia joined Qantas in 2009 and has held several positions, including the role of Chief Customer Officer, Group Executive, Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs and Group Executive for Government Relations and Corporate Affairs.
Prior to Qantas Olivia had held senior executive roles for a number of organisations including lobby group, the Tourism and Transport Forum and the Australian Tourist Commission.
Olivia is also on the Board of UNICEF Australia.