David Thodey AO

Non-Executive Director (appointed November 2017)
Lead Independent Director (appointed March 2020)

David Thodey AO

David has had an executive career in the technology and telecommunications industries, with more than 30 years' experience creating brand and shareholder value.

In addition to being a Non-Executive Director and Lead Independent Director of Ramsay, David is currently Chair of Xero Limited (a small business accounting software company).

David was previously CEO of Telstra (Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company), Chair of CSIRO (Australia’s national scientific research agency) and prior to that he was CEO of IBM ANZ.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, attended the Kellogg School of Management postgraduate General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science and Technology from Deakin University in 2016 and an Honorary Doctorate of Business from University of Technology Sydney in 2018.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

David was awarded an Order of Australia in 2017 for his service to business and the promotion of ethical leadership and workplace diversity.

In the past three years, David has served as a Director of the following listed companies:

  • Xero Limited (appointed June 2019)
  • Vodafone Group Plc (resigned July 2020)
  • Tyro Payments Limited (resigned March 2023)
Committee memberships:
  • Nomination and Governance Committee (Chair)
  • Audit Committee (Member)
  • People and Remuneration Committee (Member)
Independence status:
  • Independent