Thursday, 10 September 2020: Woolworths Group today announced that Ms Maxine Brenner will join the Board as a non-executive director effective 1 December 2020, subject to completion of relevant licencing approvals.

Ms Brenner is currently a non-executive director of Orica, Origin Energy and Qantas, and a member of the University of NSW Council. She is also an independent director of Growthpoint Properties Australia.

Ms Brenner’s former directorships include Treasury Corporation of NSW, Bulmer Australia, Neverfail Springwater and Federal Airports Corporation, where she was deputy chair. She has also served as a council member of the State Library of NSW and as a member of the Takeovers Panel.

Ms Brenner previously worked in investment banking at Investec Bank (Australia) and as a corporate lawyer at Freehills. She also lectured in law at the Universities of NSW and Sydney, and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws.

Ms Brenner is expected to chair the Woolworths Group Sustainability Committee following the retirement of Jillian Broadbent at the 2020 AGM. She will also join the Audit, Risk Management and Compliance Committee.

Woolworth Group Chairman, Gordon Cairns, said: “I am delighted that the Board was unanimous in the decision that Maxine should join the Board, following the conclusion of a thorough and externally-supported search process. Having previously worked with her at Origin, I have no doubt that her skills and experience will add tremendous value to the Woolworths Group Board. As the incoming Chair-elect of the Sustainability Committee, Maxine also has the passion and experience to successfully lead the Board’s oversight of the next generation of Woolworths Group’s sustainability plans.”

Ms Brenner will stand for election at the 2021 AGM.