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Section 1

Directors and Group Executives

Group Executives

As at 30 September 2008 our Group Executives were:

Group Executives

There are no family relationships between or among any of our Directors or Group Executives.

Gail Kelly   Gail Kelly Dip. ED, BA, MBA, Doctor of Bus. Age 51
Managing Director and CEO

Gail commenced as Managing Director and CEO in February 2008. Immediately prior to this she served as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of St.George for five and a half years. Between October 1997 and December 2001, Mrs Kelly was employed at the Commonwealth Bank; firstly as General Manager, Strategic Marketing, and later as Head of Customer Service and a member of the bank’s Executive Committee. Mrs Kelly began her career at Nedcor Bank, one of the largest banks in South Africa, where she held various General Manager positions, including human resources, cards and personal banking.
Ilana Atlas BJur (Hons.),   Ilana Atlas BJur (Hons.), LLB (Hons.), LLM. Age 54
Group Executive People and PerformanceIlana was appointed Group Executive, People & Performance in 2003. She is responsible for human resources strategy and management including reward and recognition, learning and development, careers and talent, employee relations and employee policy. She is also responsible for corporate affairs and sustainability including internal and external communications and Westpac's strategy in relation to sustainability. Ilana joined Westpac in 2000 as Group Secretary & General Counsel. Prior to joining Westpac she was a partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques for 15 years. She practised as a corporate lawyer and held a number of managerial roles in the firm including Managing Partner and Executive Partner, People & Information.
Andrew Carriline   Andrew Carriline BCom LLB. Age 48
Acting Chief Risk Officer

Andrew assumed his current responsibilities, which include Group Risk, Group Operational Risk and Compliance, Group Secretariat and General Counsel, in 2007. After joining Westpac in 1996, Andrew played a key role in Westpac's extensive outsourcing and Mergers and Acquisitions agenda, including the sale of AGC and acquisition of BT and Rothschild Australia Asset Management. Since 2002, Andrew has had a number of senior roles in risk and sourcing areas of Westpac. Prior to joining Westpac, Andrew practised law firstly in the public sector at the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department and then in private practice at Freehills.
Phil Chronican   Phil Chronican BCom(Hons), MBA, SF Fin. Age 52
Group Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank

Phil was appointed Group Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank in December 2005, responsible for Westpac's relationships with corporate, institutional and government clients in Australia and worldwide, as well as the business areas of financial markets, debt capital markets, specialised capital, equities, structured investments, treasury execution and transactional banking. In addition, Phil has geographic responsibility for Westpac's Asian and Pacific Island businesses. Phil has held a broad variety of positions in both Australia and New Zealand since 1982. His previous roles include business group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) roles in both retail and institutional banking, Deputy CFO and then Group CFO from February 2001.
Peter Clare   Peter Clare BCom, MBA. Age 45
Group Executive, Product and Operations

Peter was appointed Group Executive, Product and Operations in July 2008, with responsibility for all consumer and business product development, management and operations. Peter joined Westpac as Group Executive, Consumer Financial Services in March 2008, with responsibility for sales, service, third party consumer product relationships and product development for our consumer customers across Australia. Prior to joining Westpac, Peter was Group Executive, Group Technology and Operations at St.George Bank Limited following over five years as Group Executive, Strategy with St.George Bank Limited. Prior to that Peter worked for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia between 1997 and 2002 in a range of senior roles, covering strategy, merger programs, operations and performance improvement. He has also worked in management consultancy and chartered accountancy roles.
Phil Coffey   Phil Coffey BEc (Hons.). Age 49
Chief Financial Officer

Phil was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Westpac Group in December 2005. Phil began his career in the financial markets with the Reserve Bank of Australia before moving to Citibank where he worked in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. Phil joined Westpac in March 1996 and was appointed Group Executive for the Institutional Bank in 2002. As CFO, Phil has responsibility for finance, tax, group treasury policy and investor relations. Phil has an honours degree in Economics and has completed the Executive Program at Stanford University Business School.
Rob Coombe   Rob Coombe LLB (Hons.), Age 45
Chief Executive Officer, BT Financial Group

Rob joined Westpac with the acquisition of the BT Financial Group in 2002 and has over 24 years experience in banking, finance and wealth management. Rob was appointed to his current role in January 2005. He started with BT in 1991 and has held a number of positions, including Senior Legal Counsel, Head of BT's International Funds Management and CEO of BT's Funds Management business in Malaysia. Rob is actively involved in industry issues and is a Director of the Investment and Financial Services Association Limited and The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.
Brad Cooper   Brad Cooper DipBM, MBA, FAIM. Age 46
Group Chief Transformation Officer

Brad was appointed Group Chief Transformation Officer in June 2008, to lead the merger implementation planning and integration. Brad was Chief Executive and Group Executive, Westpac New Zealand from April 2007 until this appointment. Prior to joining Westpac, Brad was Chairman of GE Capital Bank and Chief Executive Officer of GE Consumer Finance UK & Ireland. He drove GE's UK Six Sigma program and was certified as a Quality Leader (Black Belt) in December 2002. He was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of GE Consumer Finance UK in January 2003 and appointed Chairman of GE Capital Bank in April 2004.
Peter Hanlon   Peter Hanlon BA (Comms), CTech (Aero Eng), AMP (Harvard). Age 53
Group Executive, Retail and Business Banking

Peter was appointed Group Executive, Retail and Business Banking in July 2008, with responsibility for the sales and service interactions for all consumers, small-to-medium enterprises and commercial customers in Australia. Prior to this position, he was Group Executive, Business Financial Services, responsible for business banking sales, relationship management, customer service, and product and risk management in Australia. Peter has held several other senior roles in Westpac, including General Manager roles in marketing, branch banking and consumer credit. Peter joined Westpac in 1995 from BankSA where he was the Chief Manager, Branch Sales and Service and Head of Strategic Marketing. Prior to his banking career, Peter served in The Royal Australian Air Force.
Bob McKinnon   Bob McKinnon BCom, ACA, MAICD. Age 55
Group Executive, Technology

Bob joined Westpac as Group Executive, Technology in August 2008. Over a 36 year career, Bob has held a variety of senior executive and board roles in finance, technology and general management across the financial services and property industries. Until March 2008 he was Joint Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Brookfield Multiplex Group. Previously he was Group Executive, Technology and Chief Information Officer of Commonwealth Bank of Australia from 2000 to 2006 and prior to that Chief Executive of State Street Australia, Chief Financial Officer and Chief General Manager of MLC Group and Chief Financial Officer of Lend Lease Corporation. He is also currently a non-executive director of Alesco Corporation.
Bruce McLachlan   Bruce McLachlan BCA. Age 45
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Westpac New Zealand

Bruce was appointed Acting CEO New Zealand in June 2008. He was formerly General Manager, Consumer Banking New Zealand, from November 2007. Prior to that appointment, he held the role of General Manager, Business Banking for a period of five years. Bruce joined Westpac in 2000 as a project manager, moving into the role of Head of Private and Priority Banking in November 2000. Prior to Westpac, Bruce gained experience with the National Australia Bank in Melbourne, BNZ Finance and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
Rob Whitfield   Rob Whitfield BCom, GradDipBanking, GradDipFin, AMP (Harvard). Age 43
Group Executive

Rob joined Westpac as a graduate in 1986, where he gained broad experience across most financial market products. Rob joined Group Treasury in 1993 and was appointed Group Treasurer in 2000. Rob became Chief Risk Officer in 2004 and joined the executive team in December 2005. From April 2007 Rob undertook advisory work for Westpac's Chief Executive in a part time capacity and recommenced a full time Group Executive role in January 2008 with responsibility for the oversight of the proposed merger with St.George Bank Limited.
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