Dr Helen Nugent AC

Helen Nugent is an experienced company director who is committed to giving back to the community.  She is a Companion of the Order of Australia and has received a Centenary Medal.

Helen is currently Chairman of Ausgrid Pty Ltd; Senior Independent Director of TPG Telecom; and a Non-Executive Director of IAG.  She previously served as Chairman of Veda Group; Australian Rail Track Corporation; Sydney Airport; Funds SA; Swiss Re (Australia) Life and Health; and was a Non-Executive Director of Macquarie Group; Origin Energy; Carter Holt Harvey; Australia Post; and Freehills, among others.

Helen has given back to the community in areas including disability, health, the arts, education, and the Olympics.  She was Chairman of the National Disability Insurance Agency for five years until the end of 2021.  In health, she is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Garvan Institute for Medical Research.  In the arts, she is currently a member of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia Foundation, having previously been Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia; Chairman of the National Opera Review, the Major Performing Arts Inquiry, and the Major Performing Arts Board; and Deputy Chairman of the Australia Council and Opera Australia.  In education, she was Chancellor of Bond University, and President of Cranbrook School.  She is also a member of the Australian Olympic Foundation.

Helen holds an MBA (Distinction) from the Harvard Business School; and a Doctorate of Philosophy and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Queensland.   She has received an Honorary Doctorate in Business from the University of Queensland, and an Honorary Doctorate from Bond University. She was awarded the Order of Merit by the Australian Olympic Committee and received the Richard Pratt Business Arts Leadership Award from Creative Partnerships Australia.