BA (Hons) (London), MEcon (Manchester), MCom (UWA)
Robert has been a non-executive Director of Westpac Banking Corporation since the start of 2012; and chaired its Audit Committee during his initial three-year term on the Westpac Board. His other non-executive roles have included being a Director of the National Australia Bank (2004-2006), an inaugural member of the Board of Guardians of the Commonwealth Government’s Future Fund (2006) during its establishment phase; and Chairman of the Federal Government’s Financial Sector Advisory Council (2007-2009), accountable to the Federal Treasurer during the period of the global financial crisis in 2008.
Robert’s executive career concluded with being Managing Director and CEO of the Australian Securities Exchange (2006-2011), prior to which he was the Managing Director and CEO of the Sydney Futures Exchange (2000-2006), at the time of its merger with the ASX.
Prior to the last decade of his career as CEO of Australia’s major financial exchanges, he worked for a decade as the Chief Financial Officer of two major listed companies in the resources and aviation sectors, after an initial decade of his career spent in international investment banking, advising on capital markets and merger/acquisition activities for major listed companies.
Robert has a BA (Hons) from the University of London, an MA (Econ) from the University of Manchester and an MCom from the University of Western Australia. He has also completed the senior executive development programs at the Harvard (PMD, 1983) and Stanford (SEP, 1997) Graduate Schools of Business.
He is an Adjunct Professor in Finance at the University of Sydney as well as an Adjunct Professor in Banking and Finance at the University of Western Australia (UWA) Business School, where he is also a member of the Board of the UWA Business School.