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AMP Limited Board


The directors of the AMP Limited Board are responsible for the overall governance and performance of the AMP group. 

 

 

Catherine Brenner
Independent Chairman
Craig Meller
Chief Executive Officer
Patricia (Patty) Akopiantz
Independent Director
Andrew Harmos
Independent Director
Catherine Brenner
Independent Chairman

BEc, LLB, MBA

Catherine was appointed to the AMP Limited Board in June 2010 and assumed the role of Chairman in June 2016. She became Chairman of the Nomination and Governance Committee in May 2013 and a member of the People and Remuneration Committee in June 2016. Catherine served as a Director of AMP Life Limited from May 2009 and The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited from March 2011, serving both companies until May 2016 and as Chairman for the last five years.

Experience

Catherine has extensive corporate finance and public company experience and is a former senior investment banker and corporate lawyer with a background in corporate advisory and equity capital markets. She has served on public company boards in the resources, property and biotech sectors for over a decade. Catherine has also previously served as a member of the Takeovers Panel and as a board member and trustee of not-for-profit and government organisations, including the Sydney Opera House.

Listed directorships

  • Director of Boral Limited (appointed September 2010)
  • Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited (appointed April 2008)

Government and community involvement

  • Director of SCEGGS Darlinghurst Limited
  • Trustee, Art Gallery of NSW

 

Craig Meller
Chief Executive Officer

BSc (Hons)

Craig was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in January 2014. He has been a Director of AMP Life Limited since October 2007 and a Director of The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited since March 2011.

Experience

Prior to becoming CEO, Craig was Managing Director (MD) of AMP Financial Services from 2007–2013. Craig started with the AMP group’s United Kingdom (UK) business in 2001 before coming to Australia in 2002 to take up the role of MD, AMP Banking. He moved to the role of Director of Product Manufacturing in 2003.

Craig started his career at Lloyds TSB in the UK where he spent more than 14 years working across the business in a number of management roles. From 1998 he worked at Virgin Direct where he was MD from 1999–2001.

Government and community involvement

  • Member, Financial Sector Advisory Council

 

Patricia (Patty) Akopiantz
Independent Director

BA, MBA

Patty was appointed to the AMP Limited Board and the People and Remuneration Committee in March 2011, becoming Chairman of that committee in August 2014. She joined the Nomination and Governance Committee in August 2015 and the Risk Committee in February 2017. Patty was appointed a Director of AMP Bank Limited in November 2011 and Chairman in November 2015. She became a member of the AMP Bank Audit Committee and the AMP Bank Risk Committee in November 2014.

Experience

Patty has extensive experience in retail and consumer-facing industries internationally, having spent over 25 years in senior management and consultancy roles in Australia and overseas. She has served as General Manager of Marketing at David Jones, Vice President for a United States apparel manufacturer and as a management consultant with McKinsey, advising some of Australia’s leading companies on strategy and organisational change.

Over the last 15 years, Patty has served on numerous boards including AXA Asia Pacific Holdings and Coles Group. In 2003, she was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in business leadership.

Listed directorships

  • Director of Ramsay Health Care Limited (appointed April 2015)

Government and community involvement

  • Director of Belvoir St Theatre

 

Andrew Harmos
Independent Director

BCom, LLB (Hons)

Andrew was appointed to the AMP Limited Board in June 2017 and is a member of its Audit and Risk Committees. Andrew was appointed a Director of AMP Life Limited and The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited in August 2013. He has served as a member of the Audit Committees of both life company boards since August 2013 and was appointed as a member of the Risk Committees of both life company boards in November 2014. Andrew became Chairman of the Audit Committees of both life company boards in May 2016.

Experience

Andrew is one of the founding directors and shareholders of Harmos Horton Lusk Limited, an Auckland-based specialist corporate legal advisory firm. He specialises in corporate takeovers, corporate structure and governance advice, company, business and asset acquisitions and disposals, securities offerings, and strategic and board corporate advice.

Andrew is also a director of Pascaro Investments Limited (a farm investment company) and Elevation Capital Management Limited, and was previously Chairman of NZX Limited and a trustee of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.

Listed directorships

  • Director of Scentre Group (appointed June 2014)

 

Holly Kramer
Independent Director
Trevor Matthews
Independent Director
Geoff Roberts
Independent Director
Peter Varghese AO
Independent Director
Holly Kramer
Independent Director

BA (Hons), MBA

Holly was appointed to the AMP Limited Board in October 2015 and was appointed a member of the Audit Committee in November 2015. In May 2017, she was appointed a Director of AMP Bank Limited, Chairman of the AMP Bank Audit Committee and a member of the AMP Bank Risk Committee. Holly served as a Director of AMP Life Limited and The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited and as a member of their Audit Committees and Risk Committees from May 2016 until February 2017.

Experience

Holly has considerable retail, marketing and digital experience with more than 20 years spent in general management, marketing and sales for customer-focused organisations. Most recently, Holly was Chief Executive Officer of apparel retailer Best & Less, where she transformed the business and returned it to growth and profitability. Holly has also held senior executive and marketing roles with Pacific Brands, Telstra, eCorp and the Ford Motor Company.

Listed directorships

  • Director of Woolworths Limited (appointed February 2016)
  • Director of Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Limited (May 2015 to February 2017)

Government and community involvement

  • Deputy Chair of Australia Post
  • Director of Southern Phone Company Limited
  • Director of The GO Foundation 
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Western Sydney University

 

Trevor Matthews
Independent Director

MA

Trevor was appointed to the AMP Limited Board in March 2014, became a member of its Audit Committee in May 2014 and a member of the Risk Committee in November 2014. Trevor joined the AMP Life Limited and The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited Boards in June 2014 and was appointed Chairman of those boards in May 2016. He is also a member of the Audit Committee and Risk Committee of each of those boards.

Experience

Trevor, an actuary with more than 40 years’ experience in financial services, has expertise in life insurance, general insurance, wealth management, banking, investment management and risk. He has held life and general insurance chief executive roles in Australia, North America, Asia and Europe. He returned to Australia in 2013 after 15 years overseas and has assembled a portfolio of non-executive directorships. His last overseas position was as an executive director of Aviva plc. a leading global life and general insurer. He was also chairman of its UK and French businesses. Prior to that he was Group CEO of Friends Provident plc.

Listed directorships

  • Director of Cover-More Group Limited (December 2013 to April 2017)
  • Chairman of 1st Group Ltd (appointed February 2015)

Government and community involvement

  • Chairman of the NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority

 

Geoff Roberts
Independent Director

BCom, MBA

Geoff was appointed to the AMP Limited Board and as Chairman of the Audit Committee in July 2016. He became a member of the Risk Committee in January 2018. He was a Director of AMP Life Limited and The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited and a member of the Audit Committee of each from July 2011 until March 2012.

Experience

Geoff has more than 30 years’ experience in financial services across Australia, Asia and Europe, with a particular focus on accounting, financial management and strategic advice. He was appointed CFO of SEEK Limited in June 2015 and prior to that held the positions of Managing Partner of Deloitte Victoria and Director of Deloitte Australia, and Group CFO of AXA Asia Pacific Holdings. Geoff is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has also served the not-for-profit sector as Chairman of the Reach Foundation and a Director of Vision Australia.

 

Peter Varghese AO
Independent Director

BA (Hons)

Peter was appointed to the AMP Limited Board and as a member of its Risk Committee in October 2016. He became a member of the Nomination & Governance Committee in May 2017. Peter was also appointed to the AMP Capital Holdings Limited Board and as a member of its Audit and Risk Committee in October 2016. 

Experience

Peter has extensive experience in public administration and governmental and international affairs, which spans 38 years and includes senior positions in foreign affairs, trade policy and intelligence. Most recently, Peter was Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he was CEO of a complex global operation including 100 overseas posts. His previous appointments include High Commissioner to India, High Commissioner to Malaysia, Director-General of the Office of National Assessments, and Senior Adviser (International) to the Prime Minister of Australia. He also was a member of the Australia-China High Level Dialogue and was the Minister (Political) at the Australian Embassy in Japan.

Peter was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to public administration. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Queensland in recognition of his distinguished service to diplomacy and Australian public service.

Government and community involvement

  • Chancellor, University of Queensland
  • Chairman, Queensland Health Export and Investment Advisory Council

 

Vanessa Wallace
Independent Director
Mike Wilkins AO
Independent Director
Vanessa Wallace
Independent Director

BCom, MBA

Vanessa was appointed to the AMP Limited Board and as a member of the People and Remuneration Committee in March 2016. She was appointed Chairman of the AMP Capital Holdings Limited Board in August 2016, having joined the board and its Audit and Risk Committee in May 2016.

Experience

Vanessa has wide-ranging experience in financial services strategy, having spent over 30 years consulting to the financial services sector across Asia Pacific. Most recently Vanessa was Executive Chairman of Strategy& Japan Inc, which formed from the merger of PwC and Booz & Company. Previously she was Booz & Company’s financial services practice leader for global markets and held multiple governance roles at the highest level within Booz’s global partnership, including as a member of its board. She was actively involved in the firm’s strategy and customer, channels and markets activities which focused on areas such as customer experience, offer design and channels to market across a number of industries. Vanessa also has experience in mergers and acquisitions and post-merger integration.

Listed directorships

  • Director of Wesfarmers Limited (appointed July 2010)
  • Director of SEEK Limited (appointed March 2017)

Government and community involvement

  • Member of the Chairman's Council of the Australian Chamber Orchestra
  • Member of the MS Research Australia Leadership Council
Mike Wilkins AO
Independent Director

BCom, MBA

Mike was appointed to the AMP Limited Board and as a member of its Audit and Risk Committees in September 2016. In May 2017, he became Chairman of the Risk Committee. He was also appointed to the AMP Life Limited and The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited Boards in October 2016 and as a member of their Audit and Risk Committees in November 2016, becoming Chairman of those Risk Committees in February 2017.

Experience

Mike has more than 30 years’ experience in financial services in Australia and Asia, including life insurance and investment management. Mike has more than 20 years’ experience as CEO for ASX100 companies. Most recently, he served as Managing Director and CEO of Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG). He is the former Managing Director and CEO of Promina Group Limited and Tyndall Australia Limited.

Mike has served as a director of Alinta Limited, Maple-Brown Abbott Limited, The Geneva Association and the Australian Business and Community Network. He was on the Business Council of Australia for eight years and a member of the B20 Human Capital Taskforce in 2014. Mike is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Mike was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017 for distinguished service to the insurance industry.

Listed directorships

  • Director of QBE Insurance Group Limited (appointed November 2016)
  • Director of Medibank Private Limited (appointed May 2017)

 

Catherine Brenner
Independent Chairman
Craig Meller
Chief Executive Officer
Catherine Brenner
Independent Chairman

BEc, LLB, MBA

Catherine was appointed to the AMP Limited Board in June 2010 and assumed the role of Chairman in June 2016. She became Chairman of the Nomination and Governance Committee in May 2013 and a member of the People and Remuneration Committee in June 2016. Catherine served as a Director of AMP Life Limited from May 2009 and The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited from March 2011, serving both companies until May 2016 and as Chairman for the last five years.

Experience

Catherine has extensive corporate finance and public company experience and is a former senior investment banker and corporate lawyer with a background in corporate advisory and equity capital markets. She has served on public company boards in the resources, property and biotech sectors for over a decade. Catherine has also previously served as a member of the Takeovers Panel and as a board member and trustee of not-for-profit and government organisations, including the Sydney Opera House.

Listed directorships

  • Director of Boral Limited (appointed September 2010)
  • Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited (appointed April 2008)

Government and community involvement

  • Director of SCEGGS Darlinghurst Limited
  • Trustee, Art Gallery of NSW

 

Craig Meller
Chief Executive Officer

BSc (Hons)

Craig was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in January 2014. He has been a Director of AMP Life Limited since October 2007 and a Director of The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited since March 2011.

Experience

Prior to becoming CEO, Craig was Managing Director (MD) of AMP Financial Services from 2007–2013. Craig started with the AMP group’s United Kingdom (UK) business in 2001 before coming to Australia in 2002 to take up the role of MD, AMP Banking. He moved to the role of Director of Product Manufacturing in 2003.

Craig started his career at Lloyds TSB in the UK where he spent more than 14 years working across the business in a number of management roles. From 1998 he worked at Virgin Direct where he was MD from 1999–2001.

Government and community involvement

  • Member, Financial Sector Advisory Council

 

Patricia (Patty) Akopiantz
Independent Director
Andrew Harmos
Independent Director
Patricia (Patty) Akopiantz
Independent Director

BA, MBA

Patty was appointed to the AMP Limited Board and the People and Remuneration Committee in March 2011, becoming Chairman of that committee in August 2014. She joined the Nomination and Governance Committee in August 2015 and the Risk Committee in February 2017. Patty was appointed a Director of AMP Bank Limited in November 2011 and Chairman in November 2015. She became a member of the AMP Bank Audit Committee and the AMP Bank Risk Committee in November 2014.

Experience

Patty has extensive experience in retail and consumer-facing industries internationally, having spent over 25 years in senior management and consultancy roles in Australia and overseas. She has served as General Manager of Marketing at David Jones, Vice President for a United States apparel manufacturer and as a management consultant with McKinsey, advising some of Australia’s leading companies on strategy and organisational change.

Over the last 15 years, Patty has served on numerous boards including AXA Asia Pacific Holdings and Coles Group. In 2003, she was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in business leadership.

Listed directorships

  • Director of Ramsay Health Care Limited (appointed April 2015)

Government and community involvement

  • Director of Belvoir St Theatre

 

Andrew Harmos
Independent Director

BCom, LLB (Hons)

Andrew was appointed to the AMP Limited Board in June 2017 and is a member of its Audit and Risk Committees. Andrew was appointed a Director of AMP Life Limited and The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited in August 2013. He has served as a member of the Audit Committees of both life company boards since August 2013 and was appointed as a member of the Risk Committees of both life company boards in November 2014. Andrew became Chairman of the Audit Committees of both life company boards in May 2016.

Experience

Andrew is one of the founding directors and shareholders of Harmos Horton Lusk Limited, an Auckland-based specialist corporate legal advisory firm. He specialises in corporate takeovers, corporate structure and governance advice, company, business and asset acquisitions and disposals, securities offerings, and strategic and board corporate advice.

Andrew is also a director of Pascaro Investments Limited (a farm investment company) and Elevation Capital Management Limited, and was previously Chairman of NZX Limited and a trustee of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.

Listed directorships

  • Director of Scentre Group (appointed June 2014)

 

Holly Kramer
Independent Director
Trevor Matthews
Independent Director
Holly Kramer
Independent Director

BA (Hons), MBA

Holly was appointed to the AMP Limited Board in October 2015 and was appointed a member of the Audit Committee in November 2015. In May 2017, she was appointed a Director of AMP Bank Limited, Chairman of the AMP Bank Audit Committee and a member of the AMP Bank Risk Committee. Holly served as a Director of AMP Life Limited and The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited and as a member of their Audit Committees and Risk Committees from May 2016 until February 2017.

Experience

Holly has considerable retail, marketing and digital experience with more than 20 years spent in general management, marketing and sales for customer-focused organisations. Most recently, Holly was Chief Executive Officer of apparel retailer Best & Less, where she transformed the business and returned it to growth and profitability. Holly has also held senior executive and marketing roles with Pacific Brands, Telstra, eCorp and the Ford Motor Company.

Listed directorships

  • Director of Woolworths Limited (appointed February 2016)
  • Director of Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Limited (May 2015 to February 2017)

Government and community involvement

  • Deputy Chair of Australia Post
  • Director of Southern Phone Company Limited
  • Director of The GO Foundation 
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Western Sydney University

 

Trevor Matthews
Independent Director

MA

Trevor was appointed to the AMP Limited Board in March 2014, became a member of its Audit Committee in May 2014 and a member of the Risk Committee in November 2014. Trevor joined the AMP Life Limited and The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited Boards in June 2014 and was appointed Chairman of those boards in May 2016. He is also a member of the Audit Committee and Risk Committee of each of those boards.

Experience

Trevor, an actuary with more than 40 years’ experience in financial services, has expertise in life insurance, general insurance, wealth management, banking, investment management and risk. He has held life and general insurance chief executive roles in Australia, North America, Asia and Europe. He returned to Australia in 2013 after 15 years overseas and has assembled a portfolio of non-executive directorships. His last overseas position was as an executive director of Aviva plc. a leading global life and general insurer. He was also chairman of its UK and French businesses. Prior to that he was Group CEO of Friends Provident plc.

Listed directorships

  • Director of Cover-More Group Limited (December 2013 to April 2017)
  • Chairman of 1st Group Ltd (appointed February 2015)

Government and community involvement

  • Chairman of the NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority

 

Geoff Roberts
Independent Director
Peter Varghese AO
Independent Director
Geoff Roberts
Independent Director

BCom, MBA

Geoff was appointed to the AMP Limited Board and as Chairman of the Audit Committee in July 2016. He became a member of the Risk Committee in January 2018. He was a Director of AMP Life Limited and The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited and a member of the Audit Committee of each from July 2011 until March 2012.

Experience

Geoff has more than 30 years’ experience in financial services across Australia, Asia and Europe, with a particular focus on accounting, financial management and strategic advice. He was appointed CFO of SEEK Limited in June 2015 and prior to that held the positions of Managing Partner of Deloitte Victoria and Director of Deloitte Australia, and Group CFO of AXA Asia Pacific Holdings. Geoff is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has also served the not-for-profit sector as Chairman of the Reach Foundation and a Director of Vision Australia.

 

Peter Varghese AO
Independent Director

BA (Hons)

Peter was appointed to the AMP Limited Board and as a member of its Risk Committee in October 2016. He became a member of the Nomination & Governance Committee in May 2017. Peter was also appointed to the AMP Capital Holdings Limited Board and as a member of its Audit and Risk Committee in October 2016. 

Experience

Peter has extensive experience in public administration and governmental and international affairs, which spans 38 years and includes senior positions in foreign affairs, trade policy and intelligence. Most recently, Peter was Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he was CEO of a complex global operation including 100 overseas posts. His previous appointments include High Commissioner to India, High Commissioner to Malaysia, Director-General of the Office of National Assessments, and Senior Adviser (International) to the Prime Minister of Australia. He also was a member of the Australia-China High Level Dialogue and was the Minister (Political) at the Australian Embassy in Japan.

Peter was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to public administration. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Queensland in recognition of his distinguished service to diplomacy and Australian public service.

Government and community involvement

  • Chancellor, University of Queensland
  • Chairman, Queensland Health Export and Investment Advisory Council

 

Vanessa Wallace
Independent Director
Mike Wilkins AO
Independent Director
Vanessa Wallace
Independent Director

BCom, MBA

Vanessa was appointed to the AMP Limited Board and as a member of the People and Remuneration Committee in March 2016. She was appointed Chairman of the AMP Capital Holdings Limited Board in August 2016, having joined the board and its Audit and Risk Committee in May 2016.

Experience

Vanessa has wide-ranging experience in financial services strategy, having spent over 30 years consulting to the financial services sector across Asia Pacific. Most recently Vanessa was Executive Chairman of Strategy& Japan Inc, which formed from the merger of PwC and Booz & Company. Previously she was Booz & Company’s financial services practice leader for global markets and held multiple governance roles at the highest level within Booz’s global partnership, including as a member of its board. She was actively involved in the firm’s strategy and customer, channels and markets activities which focused on areas such as customer experience, offer design and channels to market across a number of industries. Vanessa also has experience in mergers and acquisitions and post-merger integration.

Listed directorships

  • Director of Wesfarmers Limited (appointed July 2010)
  • Director of SEEK Limited (appointed March 2017)

Government and community involvement

  • Member of the Chairman's Council of the Australian Chamber Orchestra
  • Member of the MS Research Australia Leadership Council
Mike Wilkins AO
Independent Director

BCom, MBA

Mike was appointed to the AMP Limited Board and as a member of its Audit and Risk Committees in September 2016. In May 2017, he became Chairman of the Risk Committee. He was also appointed to the AMP Life Limited and The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited Boards in October 2016 and as a member of their Audit and Risk Committees in November 2016, becoming Chairman of those Risk Committees in February 2017.

Experience

Mike has more than 30 years’ experience in financial services in Australia and Asia, including life insurance and investment management. Mike has more than 20 years’ experience as CEO for ASX100 companies. Most recently, he served as Managing Director and CEO of Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG). He is the former Managing Director and CEO of Promina Group Limited and Tyndall Australia Limited.

Mike has served as a director of Alinta Limited, Maple-Brown Abbott Limited, The Geneva Association and the Australian Business and Community Network. He was on the Business Council of Australia for eight years and a member of the B20 Human Capital Taskforce in 2014. Mike is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Mike was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017 for distinguished service to the insurance industry.

Listed directorships

  • Director of QBE Insurance Group Limited (appointed November 2016)
  • Director of Medibank Private Limited (appointed May 2017)