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Liberty names new non-executive director

In a move partly focused on guiding its approach towards diversity and inclusion, the non-bank has appointed Dr Jane Watts to its board.

As confirmed by Liberty Financial Group Limited (Liberty), Dr Jane Watts commenced her role on 1 July. 

The latest appointee comes to her latest post with over 30 years of experience in the finance and banking sectors, including a decade with Westpac Group. 

In late 2010, Dr Watts joined BT Financial Group as its general manager, Westpac Private Bank. 

Less than a year later, this role expanded to general manager, BT Private Wealth – a position that comprised Westpac Private Bank, St. George Private and Bank of Melbourne Private. 

In 2017, this portfolio expanded to incorporate the BT Advice business.

In 2019, she was moved to the group’s consumer bank as its general manager of retail and premium.

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Dr Watts’ most recent role with the major banking group was as its chief customer engagement officer for Westpac’s Business Bank. 

Prior to her tenure at Westpac Group, Dr Watts led Lendlease’s retail distribution business and also served as both an executive director and the head of wealth management at Macquarie Bank.

She is currently sitting on the board of youth cyber-security outfit Family Zone, as well as the foundation boards for both Westpac Group and the youth mental health-focused not-for-profit Orygen. 

Speaking of Dr Watts’ appointment, Liberty chairman Richard Longes commented that he was “delighted to welcome” her to the board, noting her experience in customer business development and aligned values with the “free-thinking and customer-first ethos of Liberty”.

Mr Longes added that her addition will also help Liberty maintain its focus towards diversity and inclusion as it continues to grow. 

“Jane brings a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, a passion for people and a 30-year career in banking and finance, underpinned by strategic marketing and digital capabilities,” he said. 

“As the business continues to expand, Jane will play a key role in helping to guide our approach.”

Dr Watts added that she was also delighted to join the board and contribute to “Liberty’s ongoing growth”.

She added that the non-bank lender also has “a clear purpose” as well as a motivated, collaborative team”. 

“As a Certified B Corporation, Liberty is committed to creating exceptional, shared value in the community,” Dr Watts continued.

“It’s not a one-size-fits-all company in the way it supports its staff and customers. I like that approach and respect the strong culture this has created for close to 25 years.”

[Related: AMP enlists former JP Morgan director to board]

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