Rob Coombe was appointed Group Executive Westpac Retail & Business Banking on 1 February 2010, with responsibility for all Westpac's retail, small-to-medium enterprises and commercial customers in Australia.
Rob joined Westpac with the acquisition of the BT Financial Group in 2002 and has over 28 years experience in banking, insurance, and finance and wealth management. He started with BT in 1991 and held a number of positions, including Senior Legal Counsel, Head of BT's International Funds Management and CEO of BT's Funds Management business in Malaysia.
"I was at UTS from 1983 to 1989 and I appreciated the degree because it gave me very practical skills, compared to other universities at that time."
Prior to joining BT, Rob accumulated ten years of experience in commercial banking, property investment and funds management.
Rob is also a Director of The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, Ascalon Capital Management and Surfing Australia and is a member of the UTS Faculty of Law Advisory Board as well as acting as a mentor in the Faculty's high achievers student program.
Rob credits much of his success with the way his Law degree at UTS combined practical skills with the more traditional technical skills: "To have the opportunity to develop the required practical skills while studying and then to be able to apply them in the workplace was fantastic."
"I sit on the university’s law advisory board now and that’s helped me a lot too."