Board profiles

Dr Helen Nugent AO (Chair)

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Helen Nugent is an experienced Chairman and Non-Executive Director, with a background in insurance, banking and energy. She gives back to the community in the arts, education and health.

She is currently a Non-Executive Director of IAG, TPG Telecom and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and is Chairman of Ausgrid and the National Portrait Gallery. Previously, she was Chairman of Swiss Re (Australia), Chancellor of Bond University, President of Cranbrook School, and a Non-Executive Director of Macquarie Group and Origin Energy.

In 2004, Dr Nugent was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to business, the arts and the community. Previously, she has been Chairman of the Major Performing Arts Inquiry and the Opera Review, as well as Deputy Chairman of Opera Australia.

Qualifications: MBA (Distinction) from Harvard Business School, PhD and a BA (Hons) from the University of Queensland, and Honorary Doctorates from Bond University and the University of Queensland.

Member: Sustainability Committee, Risk Committee, People and Remuneration Committee, ICT and Digital Committee. 

Attends: Audit Committee.

Ms Sandra Birkensleigh

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Ms Sandra Birkensleigh is an experienced non-executive director, bringing extensive experience in the financial services and insurance industries to the Agency. She currently holds board positions with MLC Insurance Ltd, Auswide Bank Limited, Horizon Oil Limited, 7-11 Holdings Limited (and its subsidiaries) and Sunshine Coast Children's Therapy Centre. She chairs the Audit Committee for each of these organisations. 

She is a member of the Council for the University of the Sunshine Coast, an independent member of the Audit Committee of the Reserve Bank of Australia, and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Public Trustee of Queensland. She was formerly a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers including its Governance, Risk and Compliance practice.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and a Chartered Accountant.

Chair: Audit Committee.

Member: People and Remuneration Committee.

Attends: Risk Committee.

Professor Jane Burns

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Jane Burns has extensive experience advising government, industry, university and the social enterprise sectors. She is Chair of Open Arms, Veterans Families Counselling Service, STREAT, and the Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University. In 2000 she joined Beyond Blue to lead and manage the youth and public health agenda in its initial start-up. 

Professor Burns is founder and CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and Professor of Innovation and Industry at the University of Sydney. She is also the Founder and a Non-Executive Director of InnoWell, Applied Positive Psychology Learning Institute and Mind Medicines Australia.

She was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy at the University of California, a VicHealth Fellow in Health Promotion at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and an NHMRC Fellow in Suicide Prevention at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. 

She won the category of Social Enterprise for 2015’s Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence for her achievements in entrepreneurship and a Victorian Finalist in the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Currently the Mental Health and Wellbeing Innovator at Bupa and Professor of Innovation and Chair of the Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University.

Qualifications: PhD in Medicine, University of Adelaide.

Member: ICT and Digital Committee, Risk Committee.

Mr Glenn Keys AO

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Glenn Keys has been a member of the NDIS Board since inception. He has long been involved in efforts to improve the lives of people with disability through his involvement in the Special Olympics, the Down Syndrome Association and the disability housing sector.

He has a health sector background as co-founder and cC-Executive Chairman of Aspen Medical, and founder and Chairman for Project Independence, an initiative offering home ownership to people with disability. 

He was awarded an Officer in the General Division (AO) in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his distinguished service to disability, business and commerce, and as an advocate for corporate social responsibility. Mr Keys was named 2015 ACT Australian of the Year and was a board member of the organising committee for the Australian Invictus Games 2018. He has a child with an intellectual disability.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, University of New South Wales.

Chair: ICT and Digital Committee.

Member: People and Remuneration Committee.

Ms Robyn Kruk AO

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Robyn Kruk has extensive experience as a chief executive of national and state policy, regulatory and service delivery agencies, including NSW Health and Premier and Cabinet. She established and served as inaugural CEO/Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission.

She is currently Chair, Board Director or member of international, national and state statutory, non-government and private entities in healthcare and emergency services, quality and safety, governance and mental health.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science, Psychology (Hons), University of New South Wales and a Master of Administration, Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School.

Chair: People and Remuneration Committee.

Member: Risk Committee, Audit Committee. 

Principal Member: Independent Advisory Council from 1 July 2020.

Mr Jim Minto

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Jim Minto is Chair of Swiss Re Life & Health Australia Ltd, Chair of Swiss Re Asia Pte. Ltd, Chair of New Zealand-based life insurer Partners Life Limited, Deputy Chair of ASX listed company Equity Trustees Ltd and a Director of Singapore based Dai-ichi Life Asia Pacific. 

He retired as Group CEO and Managing Director of life insurer TAL (formerly TOWER Australia) in March 2015. Previously he was Group CEO of the Trans-Tasman TOWER Limited Group.

He has extensive experience in the financial services sector. A Chartered Accountant, he retired in 2015 as Chair of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia and was a panel member of the Australian Government’s Review of Natural Disasters Insurance in 2011.

Qualifications: Chartered Accountant, Massey University.

Chair: Risk Committee.

Member: Sustainability Committee, Audit Committee. 

Ms Estelle Pearson

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Estelle Pearson has extensive experience in the insurance and injury compensation sector having worked as an actuary and consultant in this sector since 1989. She is currently a Director of Finity Consulting Pty Limited, and was previously on the Council of the Actuaries Institute, including a term as President in 2015.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Mathematics, University of Oxford and FIAA.

Chair: Sustainability Committee. 

Member: Audit Committee.

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26 October 2021