Philip Coffey joins Goodstart’s Board
Goodstart Early Learning has appointed one of Australia’s most experienced financial services leaders to its board.
Goodstart’s chair Paul Robertson AO said Phil Coffey’s appointment complemented the depth of experience of its existing eight board members.
“I’m excited to welcome Phil who brings experienced leadership and deep financial services experience to our board,” Mr Robertson said.
“For over 20 years, Phil worked at Westpac Banking Corporation. He was the Deputy CEO of Westpac Group for three years and prior to that appointment, Phil was the Chief Financial Officer for eight years.
“Phil is highly regarded for his financial services expertise, his insightful leadership and unrelenting attention to detail and the priority he places on business and operational risk.
“Beyond this business acumen, he brings a deep passion and understanding of the power of education as a son of a primary school teacher who become a principal supporting children experiencing disadvantage.”
Mr Robertson said that Goodstart, together with the early learning and care sector, continued to navigate the effects of COVID-19 and the Board’s key priority was to ensure children had the learning, development and wellbeing outcomes they needed for school and life while achieving financial and operational goals.
“The Goodstart Board remains focused on ensuring that despite adversity our vision, purpose and strategic goals remain firmly at the heart of everything we do.”
Mr Coffey is serving as a board member for three other organisations; Lend Lease, Macquarie Group Limited and Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
He began his career at the Reserve Bank of Australia and he has also held executive positions at Citibank.
Read more about his biography here.