Board of Directors

  • Stephen Johns
    Non-Executive Chairman

    Chairman of the Nominations Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee

    Joined Brambles as a Non-Executive Director in August 2004 and was appointed Chairman in September 2014. He is a Non-Executive Director of Goodman Group. He is former Chairman and a Non-Executive Director of Leighton Holdings and Spark Infrastructure Group, and a former Executive and Non-Executive Director of Westfield Group. Stephen had a long executive career with Westfield where he held a number of senior positions including that of Finance Director from 1985 to 2002. He is also a Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. He has a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Graham Chipchase
    Chief Executive Officer

    Chairman of Executive Leadership Team

    Joined Brambles at the beginning of January 2017 as Chief Executive Officer Designate and became Chief Executive Officer on 20 February 2017. Prior to Brambles, Graham was Chief Executive Officer of Rexam plc, one of the world’s largest consumer packaging companies, from 2010 to June 2016. Graham had first joined Rexam in 2003 as Group Finance Director before moving to Group Director of Plastic Packaging. Graham left Rexam in June 2016, after Rexam was successfully acquired by Ball Corporation. He is also a Non-Executive Director of AstraZeneca plc and chair of its Remuneration Committee, and a member of the Worldwide Board of Directors of Enactus. He holds a MA (Hons) Chemistry from Oriel College, Oxford and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. 

  • Christine Cross
    Non-Executive Director

    Member of the Remuneration Committee

    Joined Brambles as a Non-Executive Director in January 2014. She is a Non-Executive Director of Sonae Group, Kathmandu, Plantasjen, Hilton Food Group and Coca-Cola European Partners and previously served on the Boards of Woolworths, Next, Empire Canada, Fairmont Hotel Group Canada and Taylor Wimpey and as Chief Retail Advisor for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Christine is a food scientist by background, having lectured at Edinburgh and Bath Universities for 15 years prior to joining Tesco. From 1989 to 2003, she held a variety of Director-level roles at Tesco, focusing on own brand, non-food and global sourcing, and international and small format expansion. Christine left Tesco in 2003 and now runs a retail advisory business providing international best practice in customer-led business planning and value chain management. She currently retains the title of Visiting Professor at Belfast and Hull University Business Schools. Christine has a Bachelor of Education degree, Master of Science in Food Science degree and a Diploma in Management. 

  • George El Zoghbi
    Non-Executive Director

    Joined Brambles as a Non-Executive Director in January 2016. George has extensive international consumer packaged goods and supply-chain experience. He is currently Chief Operating Officer of US commercial businesses for Kraft Heinz Company, based in Chicago, USA, and prior to the merger of Kraft Foods Group and Heinz in July 2015, George was Chief Operating Officer of Kraft. Prior to joining Kraft in 2007, he held a number of executive roles with Fonterra Cooperative and various managerial and sales roles with Associated British Foods. He holds a Diploma of Business, Marketing, as well as a Masters of Enterprise from the University of Melbourne and has also completed an Accelerated Development Program at MC London Business School in the United Kingdom. 

  • Tony Froggatt
    Non-Executive Director

    Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Member of the Nominations Committee

    Joined Brambles as a Non-Executive Director in June 2006. He is a Non-Executive Director of Coca-Cola Amatil and Chairman of Foodbank Australia. Previously, Tony was a Non-Executive Director of AXA Asia Pacific Holdings and Billabong International and was Chief Executive Officer of Scottish & Newcastle plc from May 2003 to October 2007. He began his career with the Gillette Company and has held a wide range of sales, marketing and general management positions in many countries with major consumer goods companies including HJ Heinz, Diageo and Seagram. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Queen Mary College, London and a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Business School, New York.

  • David Gosnell
    Non-Executive Director

    Member of the Audit Committee and Member of the Nominations Committee

    Re-joined Brambles as a Non-Executive Director in December 2011. David was a Non-Executive Director of Brambles from June 2006 until March 2010, when he retired due to his other commitments at that time. He is a Non-Executive Director of Coats and Coats Group. David retired from his role as President of Global Supply & Procurement for Diageo plc on 31 December 2014. In that role, he led a global team of 9,000 people across manufacturing, logistics and technical operations as well as managing Diageo's multi-billion pound procurement budget. Prior to joining Diageo in 1998, David spent 20 years at HJ Heinz, where he served on the UK board and held various European operational positions. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Middlesex University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, England. 

  • Tahira Hassan
    Non-Executive Director

    Member of the Remuneration Committee

    Joined Brambles as a Non-Executive Director in December 2011. Tahira is a Non-Executive Director of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and was previously a Non-Executive Director of Recall Holdings. She had a distinguished career with Nestlé. From 2003 to 2006, she was Senior Vice President & Head of Global Supply Chain. Based in Switzerland, this was a new role created to lead the reshaping of Nestlé’s global approach to supply chain management. Her other roles included Senior Vice President & Global Business Head for Nescafé Ready To Drink from 2006 to 2009, and Vice President, Deputy Operations, Zone Americas from 2001 to 2003. Previously, Tahira held various leadership positions in Nestlé Canada including President, Ice Cream and Executive Vice President, Consumer Demand Chain & Information Services. Tahira is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK and a Certified Member of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada. 

  • Carolyn Kay
    Non-Executive Director

    Member of the Audit Committee

    Joined Brambles as a Non-Executive Director in June 2006. She is Non-Executive Director of Scentre Group, John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd, Chief Executive Women and The General Sir John Monash Foundation, an External Board Member of Allens Linklaters and a member of the Future Fund Board of Guardians. She was also formerly a Non-Executive Director of a number of organisations including Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Infrastructure NSW. Carolyn has more than 30 years’ experience in the finance sector and worked as an executive in finance at Morgan Stanley in London and Melbourne, JP Morgan in New York and Melbourne and Linklaters & Paines in London. She holds Bachelor of Law and Arts degrees from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management. Carolyn is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of Chief Executive Women and Women Corporate Directors and has a Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in business leadership. 

  • Brian Long
    Non-Executive Director

    Chairman of the Audit Committee

    Joined Brambles as a Non-Executive Director in July 2014. He is a Non-Executive Director of Commonwealth Bank of Australia, at which he is Chairman of its Audit Committee. Previously, Brian was a Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of Ten Network Holdings Limited. He was a senior Australian audit partner at EY, retiring in 2010 after 29 years with that firm, at which he was Chairman of both the Global Advisory Council and the Oceania Area Advisory Council (respectively, its worldwide and regional partner governing bodies). Brian is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has been a member since 1972.

  • Nessa O’Sullivan
    Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer

    Nessa joined Brambles in October 2016 and was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer on 17 November 2016. She became an Executive Director of Brambles in April 2017. Prior to joining Brambles, Nessa worked for ten years at Coca-Cola Amatil in a number of senior financial and operating roles, including Group Chief Financial Officer from 2010 to May 2015. She was also Group Chief Financial Officer for Operations and Chief Financial Officer for Australia and New Zealand. Nessa began her career working as an Auditor at Price Waterhouse in Dublin, New York and Sydney. She spent two years at Tyco Grinnell Asia Pacific before joining PepsiCo/Yum! Restaurants in 1995. Over a 10-year period at Yum! Restaurants International, she held a number of senior finance, IT and strategy roles, including five years as Chief Financial Officer for the South Pacific Region. Nessa is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Scott Perkins
    Non-Executive Director

    Member of the Audit Committee

    Joined Brambles as a Non-Executive Director in June 2015. Scott is a Non-Executive Director of Woolworths Limited and Origin Energy and was a Director of Meridian Energy from 1999 to 2002. He is a Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art and is active in the charity and public policy sector as the founder or director of a number of organisations. Scott has extensive experience in corporate strategy, capital markets and investment banking. He held senior executive leadership positions at Deutsche Bank from 1999 to 2013, including as Managing Director and Head of Corporate Finance for Australia & New Zealand and as a member of the Asia-Pacific management committee.