Patricia has significant experience as both an executive and non-
executive director across a wide range of financial services and
other regulated industries in the US, Europe and Australia.
Patricia is currently Chair of the Commonwealth Superannuation
Corporation, a Non-Executive Director of Aviva plc and a senior
independent director of Aviva Investors Holdings Limited
(UK). Patricia is an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous
Having begun her career in public service with the United States
Government, Mrs Cross went on to gain extensive international
financial services experience living and working in seven countries.
She worked with Chase Manhattan Bank and Chase Investment Bank (1981–1987), Banque
Nationale de Paris (1987–1988) and National Australia Bank (1988–1996) where she ran
Wholesale Banking & Finance and was a Member of the Group Executive Committee.
Since 1996 she has served as a public company director for Suncorp-Metway Limited (1996-
2000), AMP Limited (2000–2003), Wesfarmers Ltd (2003–2010), Qantas Airways Limited
(2004–2013), National Australia Bank (2005–2013), Macquarie Group Limited (2013-2018)
and Macquarie Bank Limited (2013-2018). She was also Chairman of Qantas Superannuation
Limited (2002–2005), Deputy Chairman of the Transport Accident Commission of Victoria
(1997–2001) a founding director of the Grattan Institute (2008-2015) and founding Chair of
30% Club Australia (2015-2018).
Mrs Cross has held a number of honorary government positions, including with the Financial
Sector Advisory Council, Companies and Securities Advisory Committee, Panel of Experts to
Australia as a Financial Centre Forum and Sydney APEC Business Advisory Council.
Mrs Cross has previously served on a wide range of not for profit boards, including the
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (2002–2011) and was the Co-Chair of
WomenCorporateDirectors in Australia (2014–2017). In 2001, Mrs Cross received the
Australian Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through the finance industry and
Mrs Cross has a BSc (Hons) in International Economics from Georgetown University School of
Foreign Services. In 2018, she was awarded Life Fellowship with the Australian Institute of