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.

 

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James M Millar AM

Chair

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 (EY) in the Oceania region and was a Director of the EY Global Board. His career before his leadership roles at EY was as a corporate reconstruction professional for large and small businesses, both within Australia and globally.

James is currently Chair of the Forestry Corporation of NSW.

He is a Non-executive Director of Mirvac Limited. He is the Chair of The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.
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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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David Bennett

Deputy Chair

Term of appointment: 09/07/2021 - 08/07/2024

Qualifications: B.Comm MAICD

David has extensive experience in advising on, arranging and underwriting a range of financing instruments in the Australian and overseas bank debt and capital markets including corporate and acquisition debt, project finance, CPI-linked debt, mezzanine, subordinated, high-yield and private placement debt securities.

David retired from Macquarie Group Limited on August 30, 2013, where he held the position of Executive Director, after almost 36 years in Investment Banking.

David was the Group Treasurer from March 2012 until his retirement. Prior to this he was Global Head of Debt Capital Markets within Macquarie Capital.

David’s current roles include; Chair, Challenger Retirement Investments Services Limited; Director, AquaSure Holdings Pty Ltd; member Palisade Investment Partners Investment Committee.

Previous roles include; Chair, Social Enterprise Finance Australia Limited; Investment Committee, Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions Fund; Director, Macquarie Group Foundation; Director, Centre for Social Impact; Member, Australian Advisory Board for Impact Investing and Chair, Manjeri School Project.
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Jodie Baker

Board member

Term of appointment: 01/07/2018 to 30/06/2021 and 09/07/2021 to 08/07/2024

Independent, Non-executive member

Qualifications: BCom, GAICD, TFASFA

Jodie is a Non-executive Director with 30+ years of experience in investment banking and funds management. She is on the board of Beyond Bank, where she chairs the Risk Committee 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

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, T-Ports, Barossa Infrastructure Ltd and ZeroCo. He is also a Director on the Board of Coopers Brewery Limited and ICAM, a South Australian Institutional Funds Manager. He is the past Chairman of Adelaide Football Club, 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 and 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

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

Independent, Non-executive member

Qualifications: BCom, LLB (Hons), GAICD

Lynda has more than 25 years as a finance executive. She is currently Director of Corporate Development and Mergers & 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

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

James 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.

He helped commercialise and scale listed Australian company Carbon Revolution and remains Chair of that company. Mr Douglas also holds directorships with Marketplacer, Flare HR, Splend Group, Elenium Automation, mx51 and Scotch College Melbourne.

Prior to his venture capital career, he was 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 was formerly the 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 US, South America and Indonesia across multiple commodities.
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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.