Board member biographies

Ziggy Switowski

Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO


Dr Switkowski was appointed Chairman of nbn on 3 October 2013.

Dr Switkowski is Chairman of the SuncorpGroup and a Director of listed companies Tabcorp Holdings and Oil Search Ltd (from which he is currently on a leave-of-absence). He is Chancellor of RMIT University.

Dr Switkowski is a former Chairman of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and of Opera Australia. He has previously held positions as Chief Executive Officer of Telstra Corporation Limited and Optus Communications Ltd and is a former Chairman and Managing Director of Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd.

He is a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dr Switkowski’s current term will expire on 2 October 2016.

Patrick Flannigan

Mr Patrick Flannigan

Non Executive Director

Mr Flannigan was appointed as a Director on 11 November 2013.

Mr Flannigan brings over 25 years of experience in infrastructure services and has held senior roles in both private and publicly listed companies. He recently founded Utility Services Group in 2011 serving as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.

Mr Flannigan established his own business, Integrated Maintenance Services in 2000 and was the founding Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Service Stream Ltd for six years from 2003. He managed network construction as nbn's Head of Construction establishing major contractor relationships from 2009 to early 2011. Mr Flannigan’s current term will expire on 10 November 2016.

Simon Hackett

Mr Simon Hackett

Non Executive Director

Mr Hackett was appointed as a Director on 11 November 2013.

Mr Hackett brings over 20 years of Internet industry experience and has been a noted opinion leader in the broadband debate for many years. 

Mr Hackett holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Adelaide. While working at the University he became a part of the team that created the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet), the first emergence of the internet in Australia. 

He founded an internet service provider, Internode in 1991 and licensed carrier Agile in 1997.  The group grew to be a national provider of Internet services using ADSL2+, optical fibre and fixed wireless infrastructure. Internode was one of the first companies to connect to the nbn™ network in 2010. The company group was sold to iiNet Limited in early 2012.

He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of the Australian Computer Society.

Mr Hackett’s current term will expire on 10 November 2016.

Alison Lansley

Ms Alison Lansley

Non Executive Director

Ms Lansley was appointed as a Director on 7 December 2012.

Ms Lansley is an experienced corporate lawyer and business leader, with a long exposure to the Australian telecommunications industry. She was a partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice of Mallesons Stephen Jaques for over 16 years. She is currently a non-executive director of Schools Connect Australia Limited, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival Inc and Community Food Marketplace Limited.

She previously served on a number of boards and authorities, including the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation, the Takeovers Panel, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and the national listing committee of the Australian Stock Exchange, and she headed the Victorian Regional Council of the Australian charity, Redkite, for several years. Ms Lansley’s current term will expire on 6 December 2015.

Justin Milne

Mr Justin Milne

Non Executive Director

Mr Milne was appointed as a Director on 11 November 2013.

His career combines experience in telecommunications, marketing and media.  He has run three of Australia's largest Internet Service Providers and as CEO of OzEmail, MSN and BigPond he built significant media businesses in the online and mobile phone worlds. He also helped Telstra to become active in Social Networks.  He has been responsible for many successful marketing campaigns and has been honoured with a number of awards. He is a Non Executive Director of Tabcorp, Members Equity Bank, NetComm Wireless, Basketball Australia and most recently SMS Management & Technology Ltd. Mr Milne's current term will expire on 10 November 2016.

Bill Morrow

Mr Bill Morrow

Managing Director

Bill Morrow was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of nbn in December 2013.

Mr Morrow was also appointed as a Director of nbn as at 2 April 2014. He joined the company in April 2014 with a remit to ensure all homes, businesses and communities across Australia can have access to high speed broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices and at least cost to taxpayers.

Mr Morrow is well known for his global experience in leading complex turnarounds and capital intensive start-ups. His industry experience spans Fixed Line Broadband Services, Fixed Wireless, Mobile Wireless, and Gas and Electric Utilities.

Prior to his present role, he served as CEO of Vodafone Hutchison Australia in Sydney, CEO of Clearwire Corporation in Seattle, and CEO of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in San Francisco. Previously he was CEO of Vodafone's Europe region through Vodafone Group PLC and ran the group’s businesses in Japan and the UK.

Mr Morrow holds an Associate of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Condie College and a B.A. in Business Administration from National University in San Diego. Mr Morrow’s current term will expire on 1 April 2017.

Kerry Schott

Dr Kerry Schott

Non Executive Director

Dr Schott was appointed as a Director on 28 September 2012. She is the Project Director of the proposed sale of the New South Wales government owned electricity generating plants.

Dr Schott completed her role as CEO of the Commission of Audit for the NSW Government in early 2012, was Managing Director and CEO of Sydney Water from 2006 to 2011 and before that was Deputy Secretary, NSW Treasury.

She spent 15 years as an investment banker, including as Managing Director of Deutsche Bank and Executive Vice President of Bankers Trust Australia. During this time she specialised in privatisation, restructuring, and infrastructure provision. Early in her career she worked as an economic policy adviser with the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Commonwealth Government and as an academic at University College London and at Oxford University.

She is Chairman of Moorebank Intermodal Company, a member of the TCorp Board in NSW and a member of the Infrastructure Australia Board, a Patron and Board member of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and, a member of the Whitlam Institute Board. Dr Schott’s current term will expire on 27 September 2015.