Board of

Board of Directors

The Coles Group Board provides leadership and approves and monitors the strategic direction, risk management systems, values, business plans and policies of the Coles Group to uphold corporate reputation and maximise value to shareholders.

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James Graham AM

Chairman and Non-executive Director

James Graham has extensive investment, corporate and governance experience, including as a Non-executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited for 20 years, prior to his retirement in July 2018.

James is Chairman of Gresham Partners Limited, having founded the Gresham Partners Group in 1985. From 2001 to 2009, he was a Director of Rabobank Australia Limited, initially as Deputy Chairman and then Chairman, responsible for the Bank's operations in Australia and New Zealand. He was also Chairman of the Darling Harbour Authority between 1989 and 1995. James holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Senior Fellow of FINSIA, a Fellow (EngExec) of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors. James was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2008.

James Graham is Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a Member of the People and Culture Committee.

Steven Cain

Steven Cain

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Steven Cain has over 20 years of experience in Australian and international retail.

Steven was previously Chief Executive Officer of Supermarkets and Convenience at Metcash Limited. He was Chief Executive of Carlton Communications plc, a FTSE 100 media group company, and Operating Director and Portfolio Company Chairman at Pacific Equity Partners, a private equity firm. He was Group Marketing Director, Store Development Director and Grocery Trading Director of Asda Stores Ltd (UK) during its turnaround and has held roles at Kingfisher plc, and Bain & Company.

Steven was previously the Managing Director of Food, Liquor and Fuel at Coles Myer and was an advisor to Wesfarmers Limited on its takeover of the Coles Group in 2007.

Steven holds a Master of Engineering (First Class) from the Imperial College London, attended Retail, Supply Chain & Strategy programs at Harvard Business School, and Digital Transformation & Innovative Program at INSEAD.

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David Cheesewright

Non-executive Director

David Cheesewright retired in early 2018 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart International, which comprises Walmart's operations outside the United States, including more than 6,200 stores and over a million associates in 27 countries. David was also responsible for Walmart's global sourcing operations and offices around the world. He was previously President and CEO of Walmart EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), CEO Walmart Canada, and COO Asda. David’s other prior roles include a range of key positions with Mars Confectionary in the UK across manufacturing, marketing, sales and logistics. David is also a previous board member Walmex (Walmart Mexico), Chinese online grocery business Yihaodian, South African retailer and distributor Massmart, The Retail Council of Canada and ECR Europe and is a prior Chair of Walmart Canada Bank and Gazeley Holdings (UK). David currently sits on the Deans Advisory Board of the Smith Business School and is a Non-executive Director of Rapha Racing (UK). He holds a first-class Honours degree in Sports Science and Mathematics from Loughborough University, UK.

David Cheesewright is a Member of the Nomination Committee and the People and Culture Committee.

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Jacqueline Chow

Non-executive Director

Jacqueline Chow is a Non-executive Director of nib Holdings Limited (appointed 2018), the Charter Hall Group (appointed 2021), and a Senior Advisor at McKinsey Consulting RTS, advising clients across industrial, retail, telecommunications, financial services and consumer sectors on performance transformation projects. She is also a Director of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce of New South Wales (appointed February 2020). From 2016 to June 2019, Jacqueline was a Director of Fisher & Paykel Appliances. Jacqueline previously held senior management positions with Fonterra Co-operative Group, one of the world's largest dairy product producers and exporters, including Chief Operating Officer, Global Consumer and Food Service. Prior to that, she was in senior management with Campbell Arnott's and Kellogg Company. She was also Programme Steering Group Director, Ministry for Primary Industries, NZ (2013 to 2016) and Deputy Chair, Global Dairy Platform Inc (2014 to 2018). Jacqueline holds an MBA from Northwestern University Chicago and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of New South Wales. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jacqueline Chow is a Member of the Nomination Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee.

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Abi Cleland

Non-executive Director

Abi Cleland is a Director of Computershare Limited (appointed 2018), Sydney Airport Corporation Limited (appointed 2018) and Orora Limited (appointed 2014). Abi is also a Director of Swimming Australia and Methodist Ladies College. Abi's previous board appointments include Australian Independent Business Media, Chairman of Planwise Australia and membership of the advisory committee of Lazard PE Fund 2. From 2012 to 2017, Abi established and ran an advisory and management business, Absolute Partners, focusing on strategy, mergers and acquisitions and disruption. Before that, she held senior management roles at KordaMentha's 333, where she was Managing Director, and at ANZ, Incitec Pivot Limited and Amcor Limited. She holds an MBA from the University of Melbourne's Melbourne Business School and has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University.

Abi Cleland is a Member of the Nomination Committee and the People and Culture Committee.

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Richard Freudenstein

Non-executive Director

Richard Freudenstein is a Director of REA Group Limited (since 2006), including as Chairman from 2007 to 2012. He is also currently a board member of Cricket Australia, Deputy Chancellor of the University of Sydney and a member of the Advisory Board of start-up artificial intelligence software company Afiniti. Richard was previously Chief Executive Officer of Foxtel (2011 to 2016), Chief Executive Officer of The Australian and News Digital Media at News Ltd (2006 to 2010), and Chief Operating Officer at British Sky Broadcasting plc (2000 to 2006). His previous board positions include Ten Network Holdings (2015 to 2016), Foxtel (2009 to 2011) and ESPN STAR Sports ESS (2009 to 2012). Richard has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Richard Freudenstein is Chairman of the People and Culture Committee and a Member of the Nomination Committee.

Paul O’Malley

Paul O’Malley

Non-executive Director

Paul O’Malley is a Director of Commonwealth Bank of Australia Limited (since 2019). He was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BlueScope Steel Limited from 2007 to 2017, after joining the company as Chief Financial Officer. Paul was previously the Chief Executive Officer of TXU Energy, a subsidiary of TXU Corp based in Dallas, Texas. He has held other senior financial management roles within TXU and previously worked in the investment banking and consulting sectors. Paul is a former Director of the Worldsteel Association, Chair of their Nominating Committee and Trustee of the Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust. Paul currently serves as the Chairman for Australian Catholic Redress Ltd.

Paul O’Malley is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and a Member of the Nomination Committee. 

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Wendy Stops

Non-executive Director

Wendy Stops is a Director of Blackmores Limited (appointed 2021). She is also a Director of Fitted for Work, a Council member at the University of Melbourne, Chair of the Advisory Board for the Melbourne Business School’s Centre for Business Analytics and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Digital Technology Taskforce of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Wendy was previously a senior management executive in the information technology and consulting sectors, including 16 years with Accenture in various senior management positions in Australia, Asia Pacific and globally. Her previous board experience includes Altium Limited, Accenture Software Solutions Australia and Diversiti. She is currently a member of Chief Executive Women.

Wendy Stops is a Member of the Nomination Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee.