Mrs Patricia Cross

Chair of the Board

Reappointed 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021

  • Chair of the Board since 1 July 2014
  • Member of the Board Governance Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration and HR Committee
  • Director of ARIA Co Pty Ltd

Mrs Cross is a non-executive director of Aviva plc (since 2013), a senior independent director of Aviva Investors Holdings Limited (since January 2017) and an Ambassador of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (since 2008).

Having begun her career in public service with the United States Government, Mrs Cross went on to gain extensive international financial services experience living and working in seven countries. She worked with Chase Manhattan Bank and Chase Investment Bank (1981–1987), Banque Nationale de Paris (1987–1988) and National Australia Bank (1988–1996) where she ran Wholesale Banking & Finance and was a Member of the Group Executive Committee.

Since 1996 she has served as a public company director for Suncorp-Metway Limited (1996-2000), AMP Limited (2000–2003), Wesfarmers Ltd (2003–2010), Qantas Airways Limited (2004–2013), National Australia Bank (2005–2013), Macquarie Group Limited (2013-2018) and Macquarie Bank Limited (2013-2018). She was also Chairman of Qantas Superannuation Limited (2002–2005), Deputy Chairman of the Transport Accident Commission of Victoria (1997–2001) a founding director of the Grattan Institute (2008-2015) and founding Chair of 30% Club Australia (2015-2018).

Mrs Cross has held a number of honorary government positions, including with the Financial Sector Advisory Council, Companies and Securities Advisory Committee, Panel of Experts to Australia as a Financial Centre Forum and Sydney APEC Business Advisory Council.

Mrs Cross has previously served on a wide range of not for profit boards, including the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (2002–2011) and was the Co-Chair of WomenCorporateDirectors in Australia (2014–2017). In 2001, Mrs Cross received the Australian Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through the finance industry and Mrs Cross has a BSc (Hons) in International Economics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Services. In 2018, she was awarded Life Fellowship with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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