Jeff Forbes – Non Executive Director & Former CFO of Cardno Limited

Former CFO of Cardno Limited & Non Executive Director Jeff Forbes, on his Portfolio Career, Having No Regrets and Seizing Opportunity.

A desire for a change of direction saw Jeff retire from his role as CFO of Cardno Limited in 2013. Since then, Jeff has stayed busy as a Non Executive Director and Chairman of a broad range of organisations and not-for-profits across different industries. Presently, Jeff is a Non Executive Director of Cardno, PWR Holdings, Horizon Housing and Heron Todd White Australia.  He has previously worked as a NED for Affinity Education Group and Exoma Energy, among others.

Jeff grew up as the eldest of three siblings in Cardiff NSW, where he attended the local state high school. He has a Bachelor of Commerce in economics and accounting from the University of Newcastle, which he completed part-time while undertaking a cadetship in marketing at Commonwealth Steel. It wasn’t long before Jeff found his niche in accounting, relocating to Townsville for a role with Queensland Nickel, the rest, as they say, is history.

Jeff is a highly skilled Finance Executive and Company Director with over 30 years of merger and acquisition, equity and capital markets and project development experience. Jeff has extensive expertise in the financing and development of resource projects in both Australia and in the Asia Pacific Region. Prior to first joining Cardno in 2006, Jeff was the CFO, Company Secretary and Executive Director at Highlands Pacific Limited, and has also worked for a number of prominent companies including RTZ (now Rio Tinto), BHP and CSR.

Jeff lives with his wife in Queensland’s beautiful Noosa Heads, where he enjoys the outdoors, staying active and spending time with his children and grandchildren.


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