Our Board

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The Export Finance Australia Board is responsible for our corporate governance, managing our affairs and overseeing our operations. This includes establishing our corporate governance strategy, defining our risk appetite, monitoring our performance, making decisions on capital usage and dividend recommendations to the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment (Minister).

Our Board always ensures that a Board member does not participate in discussions where there is, or may be, a conflict between their own interests and those of Export Finance Australia or one of our clients. We maintain a register updated with the disclosed interests of all Board Members.

The Minister is responsible for Export Finance Australia, and is represented on the Board by the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (or their alternate).

Also sitting on the Board are seven non-executive directors, appointed by the Minister and our Managing Director – who is a full-time employee at Export Finance Australia.

The Minister’s expectations of Export Finance Australia are formally set out in a Statement of Expectations. Export Finance Australia responds with a Statement of Intent, which outlines how the Board intend to meet these expectations.



James M Millar AM


Terms of appointment: 09/12/2014 to 08/12/2017 and 09/12/2017 to 08/12/2020 and 09/12/2020 to 08/12/2023.

Independent, Non-executive member

Qualifications: BCom, FCA, FAICD

James is the former CEO and Area Managing Partner of Ernst & Young in the Oceania region, and was a Director of the Ernst & Young Global Board.

His career before his leadership roles at Ernst & Young was as a corporate reconstruction professional for large and small businesses, both within Australia and globally.

James is currently Chairman of the Forestry Corporation of NSW. He is a Non‑executive Director of Mirvac Limited. He is the Chairman of The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.

Swati Dave

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Appointed: 3/7/2017

Executive member

Qualifications: BCom, GAICD, GAIST

Swati is an experienced senior banking Executive and Non-executive Director with an established track record of successfully leading and growing complex businesses in Australia, the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Swati has over 30 years of banking and finance experience across a number of sectors, including infrastructure, energy and utilities, renewable energy and property. She has held senior positions at National Australia Bank, Deutsche Bank, AMP Henderson Global Investors, Bankers Trust and Westpac.

Swati currently serves on the board of State Super and is Deputy Chair of the Asia Society Australia. She is a Member of the Australian Government’s Advisory Board of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations and the QIC Global Infrastructure Investment Committee. She previously served as a Director of Australian Hearing, Great Western Bancorp, Inc. (USA) and the NAB Wealth Responsible Entity Boards.

Swati holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees.
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Jodie Baker

Board member, Audit and Risk Committee Chair

Term of appointment: 01/07/2018 to 30/06/2021

Independent, Non-executive member

Qualifications: B.Comm, GAICD, TFASFA

Jodie is a Non‑executive Director with 30+ years’ experience in investment banking and funds management. She is on the boards of Beyond Bank, where she chairs the Risk Committee, Spaceship Superannuation, a superannuation fund for millennials and performing arts group, Synergy and Taikoz.

During her executive career, Jodie’s roles included Managing Partner of Blackhall & Pearl, a board, risk and governance advisory firm, CEO and Managing Director of a fintech business, Morgij Analytics, and senior executive risk roles at ANZ, Société Générale and BT Financial Group.

Earlier in her career, Jodie worked in frontline and risk roles at Westpac, Macquarie Bank and Bankers Trust Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and is a Trustee Fellow of Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Rob Chapman

Board member, Audit and Risk Committee member

Term of appointment: 01/03/2019 to 28/02/2022

Independent, Non-executive member

Qualifications: SFFin, FAICD

Rob has enjoyed an extensive executive career within the financial services industry, having acted as both the Chief Executive Officer of St. George Banking Group (2010–2012) and the Managing Director of BankSA (2002–2010).

Rob is Chairman of Adelaide Airport Ltd, Adelaide Football Club, T‑Ports and Barossa Infrastructure Ltd. He is also a Director on the Board of Coopers Brewery Limited and ICAM, a South Australian Institutional Funds Manager. He is the immediate past Chairman of BankSA and past President of Business SA and CEDA South Australia.

Rob has also served on the boards of Business SA; CEDA SA, Perks Integrated Business Services, BankSA Advisory Board, Kelly & Co. Advisory Council, Chairman of Catholic Church Diocesan Finance Council, Deputy Chairman SA Economic Development Board & Global Chairman of Investment Attraction Advisory Board.

Rob is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and holds an Associate Diploma in Business from the South Australian Institute of Technology. Rob has been recognised for his consistent pursuit of excellence and outstanding contribution to South Australia with the 2005 SA Great Award for Business.
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Lynda Cheng

Board member, Audit and Risk Committee member

Terms of appointment: 13/05/2016 to 12/05/2019 and 13/05/2019 to 12/05/2022

Independent, Non-executive member

Qualifications: B.Com, LLB (Hons), GAICD

Lynda is currently a Director of Corporate Development and Mergers and Acquisitions at Pratt Holdings and has held other senior executive roles for the Pratt Group since 2005, including CFO of Visy Industries. Previously, Lynda was in investment banking for a decade and worked for J.P. Morgan in its New York, San Francisco, Sydney, and Melbourne offices. She brings a broad commercial and international corporate finance perspective.

Lynda was Deputy Chair of South East Water and Chair of its Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee, and is a current member of the Wesley College Council. She also served as a member of the Australian Government's International Development Policy Expert Panel in 2020.

Lynda holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and Commerce degree, majoring in actuarial studies and economics, from the University of Melbourne.
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James Douglas

Board member

Term of appointment: 09/12/2020 to 08/12/2023

Independent, Non-executive member

Qualifications: BSc, LLB, GAICD 2014

James has more than 20 years of senior investment banking and SME-focused venture capital experience in Australia and the United States.

Victorian based Mr Douglas is a Director of Acorn Capital and established and manages the Acorn Capital Expansion Platform (ACEP). ACEP is a venture capital fund focused on supporting innovative Australian companies across all industries. He is also the Founder of Newmarket Capital, a late-stage venture capital & growth fund established to support Australian innovation and help create an ecosystem where Australian ideas are developed and commercialised by Australians. Prior to establishing Newmarket Capital he helped commercialise and scale listed Australian company Carbon Revolution and remains Chair of that company.

Mr Douglas has more than 20 years of senior investment banking and SME-focused venture capital experience in Australia and the United States. He was also co-head of Global Banking at Citi (Australia) and Global Head of Consumer Products Investment Banking for Merrill Lynch In New York.
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James “Jimmy” Wilson

Board member

Term of appointment: 09/12/2020 to 08/12/2023

Independent, Non-executive member

Qualifications: BSc Mechanical Engineering

Jimmy has significant international infrastructure and supply chain experience.

Western Australian based Mr Wilson is currently Chief Executive Officer of CBH Group, a leader in the Australian grain industry along the value chain from grain storage, handling, transport, marketing and processing.

He was previously President of BHP Iron Ore and Member of the Group Management Committee at BHP Billiton from 2012 to 2016.

Mr Wilson has significant international infrastructure and supply chain experience in Australia, South Africa, the USA, South America and Indonesia across multiple commodities.
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Frances Adamson

Government member

Appointed: 13/09/2016

Qualifications: BEc

Ms Adamson has led DFAT as Secretary since August 2016.

Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Ms Adamson was International Adviser to the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, from November 2015. From 2011–2015, she was Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. She was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and then the Minister for Defence from 2009–2010.

Ms Adamson has twice served in the Australian High Commission in London, as Deputy High Commissioner from 2005–2008 and as Political Counsellor from 1993–1997. From 2001–2005, she was seconded as Representative to the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei. She served in the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the late 1980s during the early years of China’s reform and opening.

Ms Adamson is a member of the Export Finance Australia Board, the Advisory Board of the Australian National University’s National Security College and the Asia Society Australia Advisory Council. She is a Special Adviser to the Male Champions of Change and a member of Chief Executive Women. She was awarded a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship in 2015 and was made a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration (IPAA) in September 2019 on completion of her two-year term as President of IPAA ACT Division.

Ms Adamson has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and was a recipient of a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. She joined the then Department of Foreign Affairs in 1985.

She is married with four children.

Christopher Langman

Alternate Government member

Appointed: 04/04/2018

Qualifications: BA

Mr Langman is responsible for the Trade, Investment and Business Engagement Group at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which includes:

• Regional Trade Agreements Division
• Trade, Investment and Business Engagement Division
• Office of Trade Negotiations
• Europe and Latin America Division
• DFAT’s State and Territory Offices.

Mr Langman acts as the alternate ex‑officio Government member on the Export Finance Australia Board.

Mr Langman was appointed as a Deputy Secretary in DFAT in March 2018. Previously, he was Australia’s Ambassador to Iraq. Mr Langman earlier served as Ambassador to the OECD in Paris, as Deputy Head of Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, and in Washington and Buenos Aires.

In Canberra, Mr Langman has held a number of senior positions, including as First Assistant Secretary, G20 Policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in the lead-up to and during Australia’s host year in 2014. He also led DFAT’s Trade and Economic Division and the Office of Trade Negotiations, and was Special Negotiator for Agriculture and Australian Ambassador for the Environment.