Freehills chairman, Geoff McClellan, has announced the appointment of two new board members from outside the firm. This is the first time external members have been appointed to the Freehills.
Dr Helen Nugent and John Harvey join the board following an extensive search for two suitable candidates, and bring with them experience in professional and financial services and an understanding of the structure, workings and culture of a partnership.
‘John and Helen will add considerably to the board’s capabilities in developing the complex and vibrant business that is Freehills,’ says Mr McClellan. ‘It’s important for a partnership to have the external perspective they can contribute.’
Mr Harvey is currently Chief Executive of the Mt Eliza Business School. Prior to that he was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers, following their merger. During his time at PwC, Mr Harvey led a number of change initiatives. He is currently on the Board of David Jones Limited and the Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust.
Dr Nugent also has a background in a professional and financial services environment. She was previously a Partner at McKinsey & Company before joining Westpac as Director of Strategy. Dr Nugent is currently Chairman of Swiss Re Australia Limited, a Director of Macquarie Bank, Australia Post, UNiTAB and has recently joined the board of Origin Energy Limited.