Diane Smith-Gander AO
Past CEW President

Diane Smith-Gander is a professional non-executive director maintaining a diverse portfolio over varying types of entities, industries and geographies. An advocate for gender equity and past president of CEW.

Diane is non-executive director of AGL Energy Limited, Wesfarmers Limited, NQA (the operator of Cairns and Mackay airports) and the companies of the Keystart Loans group. Only independent member of the Norton Rose Fulbright Australia Partnership Council. In the Federal Government sphere, she chairs the member body for Safe Work Australia.

In 2019, Diane was a member of the panel that reviewed the capability of APRA (the Australian financial system prudential regulator) enacting one of the Hayne Royal Commission recommendations. She also was the Chair of a 3 member panel conducting the independent review of Football Federation Australia (FFA) National Teams’ Management. And the Chair of the inaugural Nominations Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Diane also serves pro bono as Chair Elect for the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Chair of the Business School Advisory Board for the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Deputy Chair of the Council for Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC).

Diane holds an MBA from the University of Sydney and a BEc from UWA. In 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Economics from UWA. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Governance Institute of Australia (GIA) and Australian Institute of Management (AIM), and an adjunct professor of corporate governance at UWA. In 2018 Diane was the Business Award winner in the West Australian of the Year Awards in recognition of her contribution to business in the state and her advocacy for gender equity. She received the President’s Award from the GIA in 2017 for exemplary service to the profession. She also became an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2019 for services to business, women’s engagement in executive roles, gender equality and the community.