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Meet our board

Michael Smith

Michael Smith profile and bio



Chairman, member of Strategy commmittee and Risk committee

Michael Smith has been a 7-Eleven Director since 1999, taking on the role of Chair of the Board in 2015. Michael is also a member of the 7-Eleven Strategy and Risk committees.

Michael is a highly experienced company Director and Chair across a range of industries and not-for-profit organisations. He is currently the Managing Director of consulting firm Black House, Director of AusCycling, Chair of the Board for Starbucks Australia and Pioneer Credit, and Patron of the Co3 Dance Company and Variety – the Children’s Charity (Western Australia).

Michael previously held roles as the Chair of iiNet, Synergy, Verve, the Lionel Samson Sadleirs Group, Perth International Arts Festival, West Coast Eagles, Australian Institute of Company Directors and Pearling Industry Advisory Committee. He was also the Deputy Chair of Automotive Holdings Group (AHG), State President and Board member of the Australian Marketing Institute and Director of Creative Partnerships Australia and HOME Building Society.

In March 2014, Michael was awarded a Doctor of Letters from the University of Western Australia for his contribution to the business and arts sectors.

Robert (Bob) Baily

robert bob profile and bio



Chair of the Audit and Compliance committee

Bob has been a 7-Eleven Director since 2001 and is chair of the Audit and Compliance committee. He is also a Director of Starbucks Coffee Australia.

A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Bob has extensive experience in the retail and FMCG sectors, with previous roles including non-executive Director of PFD Food Services, The Muir Electrical Company (The Good Guys Australia), the CPL Group (PNG’s largest retailer), Self Service Wholesalers (SSW) and co-founding Director of Best Friends Pet Holdings and as well as Chairman of the Australian Association of Convenience Stores.

Bob’s former executive leadership roles include Interim CEO for 7-Eleven Australia, Managing Director of Best Friends Pets, the Swan Brewery Company and the South Australian Brewing Company Limited. He was also previously the CEO of Ampol Road Pantry, Director of Sales and Marketing at SPC foods and a multi-site owner of SSW and IGA Supermarkets. 

Chris Barlow

chris barlow profile and bio

Member of the Risk committee

Chris has been a Director of 7-Eleven since 2015. Chris is a member of the 7-Eleven Risk committee and a Director of R.G. Withers Nominees Pty Ltd and the Withers Family Office Group.

Chris has extensive experience in the franchise and retail industries, having held a range of roles at 7-Eleven Australia and internationally at 7-Eleven Inc.

Chris’ first experiences of grocery and the retail sector were centred around the family dinner table in the late 1970s where his mother, Beverley Barlow (nee Withers), and father, Doug Barlow, would talk about the family’s first grocery business - the Withers Family Warehouse – and their fledgling 7-Eleven Australia business.

From the age of 14, Chris spent his holidays working in the Withers self-service grocery warehouse in Cheltenham or working at the family-owned dairy in Port Melbourne. At 17, Chris worked the night shift at the 7-Eleven on Punt Road in St Kilda where he learned the ropes before moving into the support office. After that time, Chris spent time working in every department across the organisation, from operations and accounts, to property, fuel and marketing. Chris was also the first-ever 7-Eleven licencee from outside the United States to work for 7-Eleven Inc. 

Sandra Birkensleigh

Sandra Birkensleigh profile and bio



Chair of the Risk committee and a member of the Strategy committee

Sandra has been a Director of 7-Eleven since 2016 and was elected Chair of the Risk Committee in July 2020. Sandra is also a member of the 7-Eleven Strategy committee. Sandra has extensive experience as a Director and leader, bringing strong expertise in finance, audit and risk.

She is an independent member of the Reserve Bank of Australia Audit Committee, a member of the board for Collection House Limited (Chairing its Audit and Risk Committee and member of its Nominations and Remuneration Committee) ,  Chairman of Auswide Bank Ltd (serving as a member of its Audit Committee), Horizon Oil and Gas Ltd (Chairing the Audit Committee and serving as a member of the risk and remuneration and nomination committees) and Adore Beauty Group (Chairing its Audit and Risk Committee and member of its Remuneration Committee and Disclosure Committee)

Sandra is also a non-executive Director of the National Disability Insurance Agency and a council member for the University of the Sunshine Coast. She was formerly a non-executive Director for National Australia Bank Wealth Group.

Sandra is a former senior partner of Price Waterhouse Coopers, where she was the global lead for Governance, Risk and Compliance, the National Lead Partner for Risk and Controls Solutions specialising in risk management, a member of the board of partners, and the Service Team Leader for Performance Improvement.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting and Finance from the University of New South Wales.

Sandra also volunteers as Director and Treasurer of Your Best Life on the Sunshine Coast.

Dharmendra (Dharma) Chandran

 Dharmendra Dharma Chandran profile and bio

Member of the Audit and Compliance committee

Dharma has been a Non-Executive Director of 7-Eleven since June, 2016. He is also a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee.

A partner within Boyden Australia's consulting services practice, Dharma also currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Mortgage Choice Limited, where he Chairs their Remuneration Committee and is a member of their Audit and Risk Committee.

Dharma is also a former member of the Advisory Board of Service NSW, the Advisory Panel for the Board's of iCare and SafeWork NSW, and Advisory Council of the University of Wollongong in Dubai.

Dharma’s previous executive roles include Partner in Charge of KPMG Australia’s People Advisory Practice, Managing Partner of Ernst and Young's Far East Area Performance and Reward Practice (based in Hong Kong), Leader of Towers Perrin's Asia-Pacific Financial Services Practice (based in Singapore) and Leader of Hewitt Associates Asia-Pacific M&A Practice (based in Kuala Lumpur). 

Dharma has also held permanent and interim, C-level, senior executive roles in HR, corporate communications, legal and strategy at McKinsey & Co, Westpac, Suncorp, Leighton Holdings, GFG Alliance and Emaar (based in Dubai). 

He has a Master of Commerce degree majoring in Organisation and Management Studies; a Bachelor of Laws degree; and a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Marketing, all from the University of New South Wales.

Marina Go

Marina Go


Chair of the Strategy committee and a member of Audit and Compliance committee

Marina has been a 7-Eleven Director since 2018 and was elected Chair of the Strategy Committee in 2020. She is also a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee.

Marina is a highly experienced Director with expertise in media, sport, energy, digital and retail sectors. She is Chair of the Super Netball Commission and Ovarian Cancer Australia, and a non-executive Director of the Walkley Foundation, Energy Australia, Autosports Group, O’Connell Street Associates and Pro-Pac.

She is a Price Waterhouse Coopers Diversity Advisory Board member and the author of Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders.

Marina is a former Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club, Office Brands and Juggle Street and a former non-executive Director of Odyssey House, the McGrath Foundation, Kids in Need, the Cell and Gene Trust, Netball Australia and the Apparel Group.

She previously held multi-media business leadership roles at Fairfax, Bauer Media, Pacific Publications and Private Media.

Marina holds an MBA from the University of New South Wales and Bachelor of Arts – Mass Communication from Macquarie University, was listed as an Australian Financial Review (AFR) Boss True Leader in 2016, and is an experienced author, keynote speaker, panellist and moderator.


Angus McKay

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CEO and Managing Director

Angus joined 7-Eleven as CEO in 2016 and was elected as Managing Director in 2020. He is responsible for leading the 7-Eleven team, driving the business strategy, growing the 7-Eleven brand in Australia and maintaining the company’s position as Australia’s first choice in convenience retailing. 

Angus is a seasoned executive who has operated internationally as a Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer for a variety of companies across a mix of industries. His former roles include Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Skilled Group, Managing Director of Pacific National Rail, and Chief Financial Officer for Asciano Limited. He also previously held senior roles at Foster’s Group, including Chief Financial Officer.

A values-led leader, Angus is respected for his commercial skills as well as his steadfast focus on customer service and talent management.

Angus holds a Bachelor of Economics and Accounting from the University of Sydney, and a Diploma of Corporate Management from the University of New South Wales.