Board of Directors

Leigh Clifford AO

Leigh Clifford was appointed to the Qantas Board in August 2007 and as Chairman in November 2007.

He is Chairman of the Nominations Committee.

Mr Clifford is a Director of Bechtel Group Inc and Chairman of Bechtel Australia Pty Ltd and the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation. He is a Senior Advisor to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, a Member of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria, and Chair of the University of Melbourne’s philanthropic campaign.

Mr Clifford was Chief Executive of Rio Tinto from 2000 to 2007. He retired from the Board of Rio Tinto in 2007. His executive and board career with Rio Tinto spanned some 37 years in Australia and overseas.

Alan Joyce

Alan Joyce was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Qantas in November 2008.

He is a Member of the Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee.

Mr Joyce is a Director of the Business Council of Australia and a Member of the International Air Transport Association’s Board of Governors, having served as Chairman from 2012 to 2013. He is also a Director of a number of controlled entities of the Qantas Group.

Mr Joyce was the Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar from 2003 to 2008. Before that, he spent over 15 years in leadership positions with Qantas, Ansett and Aer Lingus. At both Qantas and Ansett, he led the network planning, schedules planning and network strategy functions.

Prior to that, Mr Joyce spent eight years at Aer Lingus, where he held roles in sales, marketing, IT, network planning, operations research, revenue management and fleet planning.

Maxine Brenner

Maxine Brenner was appointed to the Qantas Board in August 2013.

She is a Member of the Remuneration Committee and the Audit Committee.

Ms Brenner is a Director of Origin Energy Limited, Orica Limited and Growthpoint Properties Australia Limited. She is a Member of the Council of the University of New South Wales.

Ms Brenner was formerly a Managing Director of Investment Banking at Investec Bank (Australia) Limited. She has extensive experience in corporate advisory work, particularly in relation to mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructures and general corporate activity. She also practised as a lawyer with Freehill Hollingdale & Page (now Herbert Smith Freehills), where she specialised in corporate work, and spent several years as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at both the University of NSW and the University of Sydney.

Ms Brenner was the Deputy Chairman of the Federal Airports Corporation and a Director of Neverfail Springwater Limited, Bulmer Australia Limited and Treasury Corporation of NSW. She also served as a Member of the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel.

Richard Goodmanson

Richard Goodmanson was appointed to the Qantas Board in June 2008.

He is Chairman of the Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee and a Member of the Nominations Committee.

Mr Goodmanson was a Director of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited from 2004 to 2016.

From 1999 to 2009, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. Previous to this role, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of America West Airlines. Mr Goodmanson was also Chief Operations Officer for Frito-Lay Inc, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, and a Principal at McKinsey & Company Inc. He spent 10 years in heavy civil engineering project management, principally in South East Asia. Additionally, Mr Goodmanson was an Economic Advisor to the Governor of Guangdong Province, China from 2003 until 2009.

Mr Goodmanson was born in Australia and is a citizen of both Australia and the United States.

Jacqueline Hey

Jacqueline Hey was appointed to the Qantas Board in August 2013.

She is a Member of the Audit Committee.

Ms Hey is a Director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited and is Chair of its Technology and Change Committee and is a Member of its Governance and HR Committee. She is also a Director of AGL Energy Limited, the Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited, Melbourne Business School and Cricket Australia.

Ms Hey was also formerly a Director of the Special Broadcasting Service from 2011 to 2016 and a Member of the ASIC Directory Advisory Panel from 2013 to 2016.

Between 2004 and 2010, Ms Hey was Managing Director of various Ericsson entities in Australia and New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the Middle East. Her executive career with Ericsson spanned more than 20 years in which she held finance, marketing, sales and leadership roles.

Michael L'Estrange

Michael L’Estrange was appointed to the Qantas Board in April 2016.

He is a Member of the Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee.

Mr L'Estrange was Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University from 2009 to 2015. Prior to this, he was the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for almost five years and the Australian High Commissioner to the UK between 2000 and 2005. He served as Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Cabinet Policy Unit from 1996 for more than four years and, prior to that, as Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre.

He has been a Non-Executive Director of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited and a Director of the University of Notre Dame, Australia since 2014. He was appointed Deputy Chancellor of the University of Notre Dame, Australia in 2017.

Mr L'Estrange studied at the University of Sydney and later as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he graduated as a Master of Arts with First Class Honours.

William Meaney

William Meaney was appointed to the Qantas Board in February 2012.

He is a Member of the Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Mr Meaney is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Iron Mountain Inc. He is a Member of the Asia Business Council and also serves as Trustee of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Mr Meaney was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of The Zuellig Group. He was also the Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of Swiss International Airlines and Executive Vice President of South African Airways responsible for sales, alliances and network management.

Prior to these roles, Mr Meaney spent 11 years providing strategic advisory services at Genhro Management Consultancy as the Founder and Managing Director, and as a Principal with Strategic Planning Associates.

Mr Meaney holds United States, Swiss and Irish citizenships.

Paul Rayner

Paul Rayner was appointed to the Qantas Board in July 2008.

He is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a Member of the Nominations Committee.

Mr Rayner is Chairman of Treasury Wine Estates Limited, a Director of Boral Limited and Chairman of its Audit Committee, and a Director of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

Mr Rayner was formerly a Director of Centrica plc from 2004 to 2014 and Chairman of its Audit Committee from 2004 to 2013. From 2002 to 2008, Mr Rayner was Finance Director of British American Tobacco plc based in London. Mr Rayner joined Rothmans Holdings Limited in 1991 as its Chief Financial Officer and held other senior executive positions within the Group, including Chief Operating Officer of British American Tobacco Australasia Limited from 1999 to 2001.

Previously, Mr Rayner worked for 17 years in various finance and project roles with General Electric, Rank Industries and the Elders IXL Group.

Todd Sampson

Todd Sampson was appointed to the Qantas Board in February 2015.

He is a Member of the Remuneration Committee.

Mr Sampson was Executive Chairman of the Leo Burnett Group from September 2015 to January 2017, and National Chief Executive Officer from 2008 to 2015. He also sits on the Board of Fairfax Media Limited.

Mr Sampson has over 20 years’ experience across marketing, communication, new media and digital transformation. He has held senior leadership and strategy roles for a number of leading communication companies in Australia and overseas, including as Managing Partner for D’Arcy, Strategy Director for The Campaign Palace and Head of Strategy for DDB Needham Worldwide.

Barbara Ward AM

Barbara Ward was appointed to the Qantas Board in June 2008.

She is Chairman of the Audit Committee, a Member of the Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee and a Member of the Nominations Committee.

Ms Ward is a Director of Caltex Australia Limited, a number of Brookfield Multiplex Group companies, and the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.

She was formerly a Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Lion Nathan Limited, Multiplex Limited, Data Advantage Limited, O’Connell Street Associates Pty Ltd, Allco Finance Group Limited, Rail Infrastructure Corporation, Delta Electricity, Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy. She was also Chairman of Country Energy, NorthPower and HWW Limited, a Board Member of Allens Arthur Robinson and the Sydney Opera House Trust and on the Advisory Board of LEK Consulting.

Ms Ward was Chief Executive Officer of Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services from 1993 to 1998. Before that, Ms Ward held various positions at TNT Limited, including General Manager Finance, and also served as a Senior Ministerial Advisor to The Hon PJ Keating.