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Jane Diplock

Jane Diplock

Job title
Member Governing Council
New Zealand
Current employer
ESG Exchange

Jane has been engaged in a governance career, focusing on sustainability, the UN SDGs,  and capital markets since her retirement from executive roles in 2011. 

She was appointed Chairman of the New Zealand Securities Commission in September 2001, and reappointed in 2006 for a further five-year term, which ended in April 2011. She was concurrently the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) from 2004 until April 2011.  

Before these appointments, she was the National Director, Infrastructure and Strategic Planning, and New South Wales Regional Commissioner with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. She held senior executive positions with Westpac Banking Corporation, and was Managing Director of the New South Wales Technical and Further Education Commission. 

She has chaired and been a member of a number of boards and committees in the public, private and not for profit sectors. She is experienced in governance and standard setting globally and nationally. 

Jane was a member of the Financial Crisis Advisory Group set up in December 2008 by the International Accounting Standards Board and the United States Financial Accounting Standards Board. It examined financial reporting issues arising from the global financial crisis. 

Jane was a member of the Steering Committee set up by, among others, HRH The Prince of Wales to establish an International Integrated Reporting Committee. This body, the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) has developed a financial reporting model to support the information needs of long-term investors and sustainable investment. She was deputy Chair of the governing board for eight years, before becoming Chairman of the Governance and Nominations Committee of that Board. 

The IIRC has recently merged with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board to form the Value Reporting Foundation (VRF). She is a Director of this US based charitable trust, sits on the Strategy Committee and Co Chairs the Nominations Committee of the VRF. 

She is an advisor to The Impact Management Project which is facilitating the establishment of the IFRS Foundation’s initiative to form a Sustainability Standards Board. She Chairs a digitisation Working Group to develop interoperability of taxonomies of sustainability standard setters. 

She is an Ambassador for the World Benchmarking Alliance which benchmarks companies’ performances with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Jane was honoured as an Officer of the General Division of the Order of Australia in January 2003 for “service to business and commerce, to public administration, particularly in the areas of education and training, and to the community through a range of social justice, health, educational and cultural organisations”.

On International Women’s Day in March 2011 Jane was honoured by the Australian Government as one of the “Advance 50” current and emerging Australian women leaders globally.

Jane holds degrees in arts and law, a Diploma of Education from Sydney University and a Diploma of International Law, International Economics and International Relations from the Australian National University.  She was a Chevening Research Fellow at the London School of Economics.

She is also:

  • Barrister of the New South Wales Supreme Court and the High Court of Australia
  • Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management Inc
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

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