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Profile of Nathan Goonan

Nathan Goonan

Nathan Goonan joined the Executive Leadership team in April 2020 in the newly created position of Group Executive Strategy and Innovation. Prior to this, he was NAB’s Executive General Manager, Group Strategy and Development, with responsibility for the execution of corporate strategy and global mergers and acquisitions. He has also held the role of NAB’s Executive General Manager for Corporate Affairs.

Nathan began his banking career in 2004 when he joined NAB as a graduate in the Mergers and Acquisitions team. He has worked at Lazard in London and in the investment banking teams at Goldman Sachs. Nathan re-joined NAB in 2013 and has led several major strategic initiatives since, playing a lead role in the divestment of NAB’s UK and US businesses.

Nathan is a Director of MLC Limited and holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

Profile of Cath Carver

Cath Carver

Cath Carver is Executive General Manager, Client Coverage. Cath’s previous roles at NAB include Acting Chief Customer Officer, Corporate and Institutional Banking and Executive General Manager, Corporate and Specialised Banking.

Before joining NAB in January 2016, Cath was Senior Managing Director, Institutional, Australia at ANZ Bank. Cath joined ANZ as Managing Director of Corporate Finance in 2005 and then became Global Head of Capital Markets in 2008. In 2010 she relocated to Hong Kong and led the team responsible for providing debt capital markets solutions to ANZ’s Institutional and Financial Institution borrower base in 14 countries.

Prior to joining ANZ, Cath held senior management roles at Westpac as Global Head of Capital Markets, General Manager Corporate Finance, and General Manager Global Industries Group. Cath’s career has also included six years with Macquarie Bank as Head of Capital Markets.

In addition, Cath is a member of Chief Executive Women, an organisation representing over 500 of Australia’s most senior women leaders.

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Howard Silby

Howard Silby is Executive, Innovation and Partnerships (Chief Innovation Officer) for the NAB Group. Howard’s career has encompassed a broad range of customer, product, marketing and risk leadership roles in the financial services sector. He has over 18 years’ experience in major banks in the UK, Australia and New Zealand and a further six years in wealth management.

Howard joined NAB in 2006 and has held a variety of roles with the company, including Executive for Business Lending, Deposits, Enterprise Risk; Chief Marketing Officer and CEO of UBank.

Prior to his current role, Howard was Chief Operating Officer at BNZ. Previous roles have also included Head of Commercial Operations, Banking and Savings at HBOS Retail, where he managed transactional banking and the largest end-to-end deposits business in the UK. Prior to working at HBOS, Howard worked in wealth management at Aviva plc.

Howard holds an MBA from Durham University and an MSc in Mathematics from New Zealand.

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Profile of Rob Webb

Rob Webb

Rob Webb is General Manager, Customer Service and Third-Party Technology. Before joining NAB, he was General Manager at CBA in Hong Kong, leading their investment into international businesses. Rob was in charge of developing a regional execution team with a focus on digital strategy, and he helped develop South Africa’s first fully digital bank, Tyme Bank, a CBA subsidiary. Prior to this, Rob was responsible for the scoping, planning and delivery of work into NetBank, Mobile Banking and CommSec, as well as leading CommSec’s software development team.

Rob began his career as a mine geologist in Western Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (Geology) from the University of Adelaide.

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Profile of Leigh O’Neill

Michelle Sherwood

As the Digital Executive for Personal Banking, Michelle Sherwood has the remit for Digital Channels, Digital Sales and Commercialisation, Digital Customer Engagement and Customer Experience.

Before joining NAB in October 2018, Michelle held senior executive positions at Qantas, IAG and Telstra, where she led several large high-performing sales, product and marketing teams. She has broad expertise across a range of industries and disciplines, including customer experience and advocacy, human-centred design, digital strategy and management, data commercialisation, business transformation, brand and marketing communications and CRM.

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Profile of Bill Bartee

Bill Bartee

Bill Bartee is the Managing Partner of Main Sequence Ventures and was a co-founder and partner at Blackbird Ventures. Bill has led investments in and served on the boards of several market-leading companies including Seek, Altium, Looksmart, Culture Amp, Autopilot, Prospection and many others.

Bill is a mentor at Startmate and an active angel investor.

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Profile of Leigh O’Neill

Leigh O’Neill

Leigh O’Neill was appointed to the role of Executive, Personal Everyday Banking in June 2020 and is responsible for driving excellence in NAB’s personal everyday banking proposition.

Leigh has more than 18 years’ experience in financial services across the UK, US and Australia. Prior to her current role, she held the position of Customer Executive, Business Direct and Small Business. In this position she led a large team responsible for direct and digital business customer services and relationship management for NAB Small Business customers.

Previous positions at NAB include Executive General Manager, Consumer Customer Solutions, supporting the transformation of the consumer customer experience. This included overseeing home lending, everyday banking, self-directed wealth, Insurance or Wealth at NAB and segment performance. Leigh was also Executive General Manager, Micro and Small Business at NAB, and established the industry-recognised NAB Small Business Customer Advisory Council.

Leigh is a strong advocate for corporate responsibility and has been a proponent for many NAB programs that support diversity, inclusion and financial empowerment for women. She is passionate about the arts and has been the chair of Chunky Move since 2015. Leigh sits on the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Foundation Board and is a member of the Human Rights Watch Melbourne Committee.

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Profile of Rob Webb

Peter Whitelaw

Peter Whitelaw is the Executive, Resilience Risk at NAB, responsible for NAB Group’s capital, liquidity, operational, information security and ESG risk management. Since joining NAB in 2006, he has held the roles of Chief Risk Officer, Corporate and Institutional Banking; General Manager, Group Market Risk; and Chief Risk Officer of BNZ, where he was a member of the Executive Team.

Peter began his banking career in 1986 in the Bullion department of Credit Suisse, London, and now has over 30 years’ experience in financial markets. He spent much of his early career as a derivatives trader both at Bank of Montreal and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). He moved into risk management in 1998, taking up the challenge to build a market and liquidity risk management capability for SMBC in Europe, and led teams across London, Paris, Brussels and Düsseldorf. In 2005 Peter relocated to Australia to establish the risk management capability for SMBC’s new Sydney branch.

Peter has a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics, a Masters Degree in Quantitative Finance. He is also an alumnus of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he completed the Stanford Executive Program.

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