Success and Leadership
Richard Goyder AO - Wesfarmers Limited
Join us for breakfast with one of WA’s most respected and successful business leaders, Richard Goyder AO.
How did a boy from the WA bush become the architect of Australia’s biggest ever takeover, run the nation’s largest private employer and expand hardware chain Bunnings to the UK? Learn about his leadership of Wesfarmers, one our most successful companies, and discover what he hopes to bring to roles with the AFL and Woodside.
Richard joined Wesfarmers in 1993, after working in various commercial roles at Tubemakers. He held a number of commercial positions in Wesfarmers' Business Development department, including General Manager. In 1999, Richard was appointed Managing Director of Wesfarmers Dalgety, which subsequently became Wesfarmers Landmark, a position he retained until his appointment as Finance Director of Wesfarmers in 2002. He was appointed Deputy Managing Director and CFO of Wesfarmers in May 2004 and assumed the role of Managing Director and CEO on 13 July 2005. Richard joined the Board of Wesfarmers in 2002 and is a director of a number of the Group's subsidiaries.
Outside of his Wesfarmers commitments, Richard is an Australian Football League Commissioner, and a director of the Business Council of Australia and The University of Western Australia Business School Advisory Board. In February 2013, Richard was appointed Chairman of the Australian B20, the key business advisory body to the international economic forum which includes business leaders from all G20 economies. He is also a Council Member of the Australian Business and Community Network. Richard was appointed a director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Australia Board in March 2016, and Chairman of the Board in June 2016. He is also the Co-Chairman of the JDRF Australia Advisory Board.
In 2017 Richard will step down as CEO of Wesfarmers and take on a number of directorships. In April, he was appointed as Chairman of the AFL and later this year will become a non-executive director of Qantas. He will also become a non-executive director of Woodside in August and take over as its Chairman in April 2018.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from The University of Western Australia. He completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 1998. He is a Fellow of AICD.
Richard was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2013 for distinguished service to business through executive roles and through the promotion of corporate sponsorship of the arts, indigenous programs and the community.