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 was named President of Boeing Australia and South Pacific in March 2014. As the senior Boeing executive in the region, she is responsible for coordinating all Boeing activities and leads the Company’s government affairs efforts. Previously, Dougherty served as Vice President within Boeing Defence, Space & Security’s Boeing Military Aircraft unit. Throughout her 30-year career, Dougherty has held a variety of engineering and program leadership positions on missile, fighter, bomber and military commercial derivative aircraft programs. She has a broad technical background in structures, avionics, systems and test engineering and has managed programs through development, production and sustainment. Dougherty is a member of the Business Council of Australia, sits on the President’s Council of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Chairman’s Panel for The Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

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.

Tony E. Clemens

Director and Special Counsel

Tony is a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers Mergers & Acquisitions/International Tax Services Group in Sydney and has been with PwC since 1978. He was admitted as a partner of the Taxation Division in 1986. Since 1988 he has been a Lead Partner of Australian Tax, Mergers & Acquisitions and International Group. He is currently a member of the firm’s Board of Partners. Tony advises many Australian multinationals on their international business transactions. He is regularly included as an adviser on the largest transactions in Australia each year. Tony has been nominated by the International Tax Review as one of Australia’s leading tax advisers for many years. He holds a Bachelor of Economics, Sydney University and was awarded the T.J. McGoffin Prize for Taxation Law. Tony is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia and a Member of the International Fiscal Association.

Wendy King

President - Australia East
ConocoPhillips Australia Pty Ltd

Wendy King is President - Australia East, ConocoPhillips Australia Pty Ltd. Wendy began her career as a petroleum engineer with Conoco Inc. and has held various technical and leadership positions in the Exploration and Production business in the United States, United Kingdom and Africa. Prior to starting with Australia Pacific LNG in July 2011, Wendy fulfilled a variety of leadership roles for ConocoPhillips in Alaska serving as the Vice President, External Affairs and as Manager, Alaska North Slope gas development. In 2011, Wendy was seconded to Australia Pacific LNG as Vice President, Commercial. Wendy assumed her current role in 2017. Wendy has previously served on the University of Alaska Board of Trustees, the Resource Development Council of Alaska Board of Directors and the Board of United Way of Anchorage.

Richard Owen

ExxonMobil Australia Pty Ltd

Richard J. Owen is the Chairman and Managing Director of the ExxonMobil group of companies in Australia. Richard holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from The University of Sydney. He joined Esso Australia as an engineer at the Longford Plant in Sale in 1983. Throughout his career with ExxonMobil he has held various technical and operating management positions in Australia, USA, Germany and Indonesia. He was appointed to his current position in June 2013. Richard is currently a Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, a board member of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) and a member of the Business Council or Australia. Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Richard is married to Jennifer and has two adult sons.

April Palmerlee

Chief Executive Officer
American Chamber of Commerce in Australia

April Palmerlee is Chief Executive Officer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia. She joined AmCham in October 2017 after a distinguished career in government, education, and the corporate sector. Most recently, she was a senior executive at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Palmerlee has strong relationships with governments, business leaders and the public service in Australia and the U.S. American-born, Palmerlee has lived in Sydney since 2003 and is a dual citizen. She received a BS from Georgetown University and a Master’s from Columbia University. She served as Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues at the US Department of State. Before that, she was a senior executive at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Palmerlee has also worked for couturier Oscar de la Renta, financial publisher The Bank Credit Analyst, and The Spanish Institute. She is currently on the Centennial Park Community Consultative Committee and the Selection Board for the Fulbright scholarship in NSW.

Robbert Rietbroek

PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand

Robbert Rietbroek is Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand. Robbert has overall responsibility for PepsiCo’s snacks, beverage, and oats business and its portfolio of successful brands including Red Rock Deli, Pepsi Max and Gatorade. Robbert was previously Managing Director and Chief Executive of Kimberly-Clark Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and prior to that Global Vice President for Baby and Child Care at K-C. Before that, Robbert spent 16 years at Procter & Gamble in brand building and general management roles of increasing complexity and scope. Robbert has extensive professional experience in both developed and developing markets, having run businesses in North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Robbert is also a Director on the Board of Australia’s leading FMCG industry association, the Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFGC) and is Chairman of the AFGC Health, Nutrition and Scientific Affairs Committee.

Bill Townsend

General Manager External Affairs and Joint Venture
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

Chairman & Director
Nova Systems

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.