Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is key to the dynamic culture that drives AmCham, and they reflect the forward-thinking ethos that drives us and our members onward. They are responsible for the policy, direction and governance of the organisational activities in all states.


Maureen Dougherty

President, Boeing Australia, NZ & South Pacific
Boeing Australia Holdings Pty Ltd

Maureen Dougherty is president of Boeing Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific.  She is the senior company leader in the Oceania region and coordinates all Boeing activities, leads government relations and directs the implementation of Boeing’s strategy to expand its local presence and grow the business. Appointed in February 2014, Dougherty is based in Sydney, Australia. A thirty-five year veteran, Dougherty previously served as vice president and program manager for the KC-46 Tanker, the Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) surveillance aircraft, and the F-22 fighter programs. Dougherty is Chairperson of The American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, a Board Director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.  She is also a member of the Business Council of Australia and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Maureen earned her master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Washington and received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Deborah Chew

Partner - Corporate and Commercial
Hall & Wilcox Lawyers

Deborah has over 25 years of corporate and commercial experience across a broad range of commercial transactions, and has advised on substantial mergers and acquisitions and private equity and capital raising transactions. Deborah’s practice includes company and business acquisitions and sales, public and private issuances of equity and debt securities, shareholders agreements and joint ventures, management equity arrangements, commercial structuring and corporate organisational restructuring and corporate governance and ASX Listing Rule advice. Deborah has led and worked on a large number of major transactions, both at Hall & Wilcox and previous top tier firms (in Australia and the United States). Before joining Hall & Wilcox, Deborah was a partner at Allens Arthur Robinson and prior to that worked for almost ten years at a leading New York firm, Debevoise & Plimpton.

Martin Creighan

Managing Director

Martin Creighan was named Managing Director of AT&T Australia and New Zealand in 2013. With a career at AT&T that began in 2004, Martin is responsible for AT&T’s sales, business development and supporting business functions including service delivery, after sales support, marketing, finance and human resources for the region. Martin has more than 25 years’ experience in the technology, media and telecommunications industry and has a broad range of technical and business acumen. In Martin’s previous role as Director of Sales and business development for AT&T, he was responsible for growing business revenue and a local footprint to support multi-national enterprise customers. Prior to AT&T, Martin started his career in the US Navy where he spent almost 10 years as an Operations Specialist, he was responsible for building and project managing simulated warfare environments. Since then he has held Sales, Marketing and Business Management roles with Radware, SecureNet, Baltimore Technologies and Viasoft.

Nick McKenna

President, Australia East
ConocoPhillips Australia Pty Ltd

Nick McKenna is President, Australia East for ConocoPhillips based in Brisbane. Nick has 24 years of industry experience and joined ConocoPhillips in Houston in 2007 as the manager of Quality and Management Systems within the Project Development organization. In 2010, he was seconded to Australia Pacific LNG as the general manager, Project Office. In February 2013, Nick moved to Calgary, Canada, where he assumed the role of vice president, Oil Sands Development, and then was appointed vice president of Oil Sands Development and Subsurface in November 2015. Prior to assuming his current role in 2019, he was asset manager, Central Rockies and Anadarko, USA. Before joining ConocoPhillips, he worked for McKinsey & Company in Houston. Nick has also worked for Technip in Houston, Halliburton Subsea in Singapore and Brown & Root Energy Services in Australia. At these firms, he held a number of engineering and supervisory roles.

Chris Morris

Partner, M&A and International Tax

Chris is a Partner at PwC Australia and leads the Deals (Mergers & Acquisitions) Tax group. Chris also leads the Financial Assurance USA inbound practice. Chris was appointed Partner in 2006 and soon after was seconded to PwC USA for two years to establish the Australian tax desk to advise USA based clients on their Australian tax requirements. On returning from the USA, Chris focussed on USA inbound investment into Australia and has advised on a number of listed company takeovers both by USA corporations and USA based Private Equity Funds. Chris has been an active member of Amcham as Chairperson of Amcham's Tax Committee since its inception.

April Palmerlee

Chief Executive Officer
American Chamber of Commerce in Australia

April Palmerlee is the CEO of AmCham. Previously, she worked at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Potomac Partners, and the Centre for Independent Studies. Before moving from the US to Australia in 2003, she was the State Department’s Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues. Previously, she held leadership roles at the Council on Foreign Relations, Oscar de la Renta, The Bank Credit Analyst, and The Spanish Institute. She serves on the boards of the Centre for Independent Studies and the Georgetown University Australian and New Zealand Studies Center. She is on the Australian Fulbright Commission. Ms Palmerlee is a dual citizen. She received a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Bill Townsend

Acting Vice President Corporate Coordination
INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd

Bill Townsend is General Manager, External Affairs and Joint Venture at INPEX. In this role, Bill leads a 30-person team responsible for managing the company’s government and community relations, corporate social responsibility, Aboriginal affairs, regulatory approvals, communications, media relations and joint venture management. Bill joined INPEX in 2006 and is a member of the Ichthys LNG Project Executive Committee. Beginning his career as a US Navy submarine officer, Bill entered the oil and gas industry in 1994 as a Business Advisor to BP Russia based in Moscow. Further commercial and external affairs assignments with BP followed and include the Shah Deniz gas project in Azerbaijan and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline project in Georgia as well as additional roles with BP in the Caspian region. Bill earned a BA (Political Science) from Northwestern University and an MBA from Dartmouth College. He resides in Perth, Western Australia.

Jim Whalley

Chief Entrepreneur of South Australia
Government of South Australia

Jim Whalley is the CEO and co-founder of the Nova Group ( ), an engineering and project management professional services firm spanning defence, transport, utilities, energy and communications. Jim is a former RAAF fighter pilot and test pilot and among other qualifications holds a BSc, an MBA and is a Graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM Executive Education Program and the UK Empire Test Pilots’ School. Jim currently serves on several defence, industry and university boards and advisory committees. The Nova Group itself employs over 300 people throughout Australia and in the UK, NZ and Singapore with skills in areas ranging from flight testing and electronic warfare to system safety and satellite communications. Nova has been listed as an SA Top 100 company, a BRW fast 100 company, an SA Fast Movers Company and one of the BRW 50 best places to work in Australia.