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Meet the CEFC Board

 Steven Skala AO

Steven Skala AO, Chair

Mr Skala has a distinguished career of service on the boards of public, private, not-for-profit and government organisations, with more than 35 years of experience in the law, business and banking sectors.

He is the Vice Chairman, Australia of Deutsche Bank, a position he has held since 2004. Mr Skala has also served as a partner focusing on corporate, banking and commercial law in two leading Australian law firms for more than 20 years. A former Chairman of Film Australia Limited, Hexima Limited, Island Food Company Limited and Wilson Group Limited, Mr Skala is also a former Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Channel Ten Group and Max Capital Group Limited. 

Active beyond banking and commerce, Mr Skala is Chairman of the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Deputy Chairman of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, a Director of The Centre for Independent Studies, and a Member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. His other not-for-profit roles have included being Chairman of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Deputy Chairman (Vice President) of the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and a Director of the Australian Ballet.

In 2010, Mr Skala was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the arts, business and commerce, and to the community. He has Arts and Law (Honours) degrees from University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Civil Law from University of Oxford.

Mr Skala was appointed to the CEFC Board with effect from 7 August 2017 for five years.


Leeanne Bond

Leeanne Bond

Ms Bond is one of Australia's leading engineers and has extensive experience in the water and energy sectors in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Ms Bond is Chair of Synertec Corporation and serves on the boards of Snowy Hydro, Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd and JKTech Pty Ltd. Ms Bond recently retired from the board of Coffey International Limited.  She was previously Chair of Brisbane Water and has held board positions with water and energy businesses, including Tarong Energy and the Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority (Seqwater).

Ms Bond held a variety of senior positions at Worley Parsons, including General Manager (Queensland, the Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea), where she negotiated project alliances and supervised contracts and projects with many Australian and international companies, prior to starting Breakthrough Energy Pty Ltd in 2006.  

Ms Bond was awarded Australian Professional Engineer of the Year in 2007. She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an honorary fellow of Engineers Australia.

Ms Bond was appointed to the CEFC Board with effect from 7 August 2017 for five years.


Philip Coffey

Philip Coffey

Mr Coffey has extensive experience across the financial services sector, with a distinguished career in senior roles in banking, including funds management, balance sheet management and risk management.

Mr Coffey served as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Westpac Banking Corporation from April 2014 until his retirement in May 2017. As the Deputy CEO, Mr Coffey was responsible for overseeing and supporting relationships with key Westpac stakeholders, including industry groups, regulators, customers and government. He was also responsible for the Group’s Mergers & Acquisitions function. 

Prior to this role, Mr Coffey held a number of executive positions at Westpac, including Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank.  Mr Coffey successfully led operations in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia.  Mr Coffey is Chairman of the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, a non-executive Director of Macquarie Group Limited and Macquarie Bank Limited, and a non-executive Director of Lend Lease Corporation Limited.

Mr Coffey began his career at the Reserve Bank of Australia and has also held executive positions at Citibank. Mr Coffey holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Adelaide and has completed the Executive Program at Stanford University Business School. He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Mr Coffey was appointed to the CEFC Board with effect from 1 February 2018 for five years.


Laura Reed

Laura Reed

Ms Reed has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy infrastructure sector, including as Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of Spark Infrastructure from 2008 until May 2012. Before joining Spark Infrastructure, Ms Reed spent nine years at Envestra Limited (now known as Australian Gas Networks) in a number of senior financial roles including Chief Financial Officer. 

Ms Reed is Chair of Epic Energy, which owns the Moomba to Adelaide gas transmission pipeline in South Australia, as well as a director of Canadian Utilities, Plus ES Partnership, ATCO Australia Pty Ltd and ATCO Gas Australia GP Pty Ltd.

Ms Reed holds an MBA from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting). She is a fellow of Certified Practising Accountants Australia.

Ms Reed was appointed to the CEFC Board with effect from 1 February 2018 for five years.


Andrea Slattery

Andrea Slattery

Mrs Slattery is a recognised leader in Australia’s financial services, superannuation, investment and retirement sectors, having led the transformational growth of the Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) sector as founder and former Managing Director/CEO of the SMSF Association.

An experienced director, she has served on boards and advisory committees in the publicly scrutinised, high-profile and highly regulated environments of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Mrs Slattery has also been involved in infrastructure, government relations, energy and innovation sectors and has had more than 25 years of experience in strategy, governance, culture, entrepreneurship and transformational change as a non-executive director, managing director, advisor and business owner.

She currently serves on the Board of AMP Limited and is Chair of AMP Limited’s Audit Committee. Mrs Slattery is also on the board of Argo Global Listed Infrastructure and is Vice Chairman of the Woomera Prohibited Area Advisory Board.

Previously, she served on the ASX-listed Centrepoint Alliance Limited board and Government Advisory Committees including the Federal Innovation Investment Partnership, Federal Industry Working Group and Future Infrastructure Committee.

Mrs Slattery was named Australian Woman of the Year in the Australian Women in Financial Services Awards in 2014.

Mrs Slattery was appointed to the CEFC Board with effect from 1 February 2018 for five years.


 Samantha Tough

Samantha Tough

Ms Tough has had a distinguished and varied career in the energy and resources industries in Western Australia, as both a director and senior executive. Ms Tough is Chair of Horizon Power, and also serves on the boards of Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd and Ox Mountain Pty Ltd.

Ms Tough was previously Chair of Retail Energy Market Company Ltd, Structerre Pty Ltd, Molopo Energy Ltd, Aerison Pty Ltd and Southern Cross Goldfields Ltd. She is also a former director of Synergy, Cape plc, Strike Resources Ltd and Murchison Metals Ltd.  Ms Tough's executive roles include General Manager North West Shelf at Woodside Energy Ltd; Director Strategy for Hardman Resources Ltd; Senior Vice President Natural Resources at the Commonwealth Bank and Project Director for the Pilbara Power Project.

Ms Tough completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Jurisprudence at the University of Western Australia and worked as a barrister and solicitor before progressing to the commercial sector. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Tough was appointed to the CEFC Board with effect from 7 August 2017 for five years.


 Nicola Wakefield Evans

Nicola Wakefield Evans

Ms Wakefield Evans is a non-executive director of Macquarie Group Ltd, Lend Lease Corporation Ltd, Metlife Insurance Limited, Chief Executive Women and the national board of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a member of the Takeovers Panel, on the board of the University of New South Wales Foundation and a Director of the Goodes O’Loughlin Foundation Limited. 

Ms Wakefield Evans has almost 30 years of legal experience. She was a partner of King & Wood Mallesons for 20 years before retiring from the partnership in September 2013.

During her time at King & Wood Mallesons, Ms Wakefield Evans held a variety of part-time and full-time management positions, including Managing Partner, Practice and Managing Partner, International (located in the Hong Kong office) with responsibility for the development and growth of the international practice and the Hong Kong, China and London offices of King & Wood Mallesons.

Ms Wakefield Evans' key areas of industry expertise include resources and energy, infrastructure, airports, financial services, technology and media and communication.

Ms Wakefield Evans was appointed to the CEFC Board with effect from 7 August 2017 for five years.