NBN Co's deputy chair steps down

NBN Co’s deputy chair Diane Smith Gander is set to step down from her role on the board almost two years ahead of the end of her term.

The move comes as a result of Ms Smith Gander taking up a role as the Chair on the board of one of the companies charged with rolling out the NBN, Transfield Services.

According to a statement on Transfield Services’ website, Ms Gander resigned from her role at NBN Co to avoid any conflict of interest between the two parties.

Ms Smith Gander is a currently also a non-executive director on the board of Wesfarmers Ltd, CBH Group and a Commissioner of Tourism WA.

In a statement following the news, NBN Co chairman Siobhan McKenna welcomed her appointment.

“Diane was one of the first directors of NBN Co and became Deputy Chair in December 2011,” Ms McKenna said.

“On behalf of the Board I want to thank her for her contribution to the company overall and in particular to the People and Performance Committee which she chaired.”