Dr Helen Nugent AO


Dr Helen Nugent AO
CEW Member

Macquarie Group Limited
Non-Executive Director

Helen Nugent is a full time Non-Executive Director.

Helen has over thirty years experience in the financial services sector. Currently, she is Chairman of the Veda Group, whose major clients are financial services institutions. She served for fifteen years as Chairman of Funds SA the $26 billion investment fund of the South Australian Government (stepping down in December 2015), and as a Non-Executive Director of Macquarie Group (retired in July 2014). She has also served as Chairman of Swiss Re (Australia) and Swiss Re (Life & Health) Australia; and as a Non-Executive Director of Mercantile Mutual and the State Bank of New South Wales. She was also Director of Strategy at Westpac Banking Corporation reporting to the CEO, and as a partner at McKinsey & Company extensively serving companies in the financial services sector.

Helen has also been actively involved in the energy and resources sector. Currently, she is a Non-Executive Director of Origin Energy. Previously, she served on the Board of United Energy, and while at McKinsey, worked extensively with companies in the resources and energy sectors.

In addition, Helen has been on the Boards of Freehills, Australia Post, UNiTAB and Carter Holt Harvey. She is also currently the Chairman of Australian Rail Track Corporation.

Helen has been actively involved in education and the arts.

In education, she is currently Chancellor of Bond University and President of Cranbrook School. She was a member of the four person Bradley Review into higher education in 2008; Professor in Management and Director of the MBA Program at the AGSM; and a Tutor and Senior Tutor in Asian history and culture at the University of Queensland.

In the arts, she is currently Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. Previously, she has been Deputy Chairman of the Australia Council for the Arts; Chairman of the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council; Deputy Chairman of Opera Australia; and a Director of Playbox Theatre. In 1999, she was Chairman of the Nugent Inquiry into the Major Performing Arts.

In 2004, she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to business, the arts and the community.

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