Peter Varghese AO has been appointed to the AMP Capital Holdings Limited Board effective 17 October 2016.

This follows Mr Varghese’s appointment as an independent director to the AMP Limited Board on 1 October 2016.

Mr Varghese has more than 38 years’ experience working in the public sector, which included senior positions in foreign affairs, trade policy and intelligence.

Mr Varghese recently retired as the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was previously the High Commissioner to India, the High Commissioner to Malaysia and the Director-General of the Office of National Assessments. He was also a member of the Australia-China High Level Dialogue and the Minister (Political) at the Australian Embassy in Japan. In July, Mr Varghese became the Chancellor of the University of Queensland.

AMP Capital Holdings Board Chairman Vanessa Wallace said: “Peter’s deep knowledge and broad set of skills will be a valuable addition to the AMP Capital Holdings board as the business continues to expand internationally. His experience in Japan and China is particularly relevant as we enhance AMP Capital’s strategic partnerships with MUTB and China Life and establish a greater presence in Asia.”

Peter Varghese biography

Peter is Chancellor of the University of Queensland.

Prior to this appointment, Peter's extensive career in public service spanned 38 years and included senior positions in foreign affairs, trade policy and intelligence. Most recently, Peter was Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His previous appointments include High Commissioner to India, High Commissioner to Malaysia, Director-General of the Office of National Assessments, and senior adviser (international) to the Prime Minister of Australia. He also was a member of the Australia-China High Level Dialogue and was the Minister (Political) at the Australian Embassy in Japan.

Peter was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to public administration. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Queensland in recognition of his distinguished service to diplomacy and Australian public service.