NAIF Executive Team

NAIF Executive Team

The NAIF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is appointed by the Board for a period of up to five years. The CEO is supported by a dedicated team of staff and Export Finance Australia by a Service Level Agreement entered into by NAIF to provide additional support services.


Role Title
NAIF Executive
Chief Executive Officer
Chris Wade

Chris is an experienced senior investment management executive with extensive experience in leading and developing investment businesses across a range of sectors including infrastructure, renewable energy, property and impact investing.

Prior to joining NAIF in January 2020, Chris led and grew significant businesses in infrastructure funds management (in Asia and Australia) and in Property and Clean energy financing (as an Executive Director at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation).

Chris has held director roles with a range of infrastructure bodies including the Infrastructure Association of Queensland.

Chris is based in Cairns where NAIF is headquartered.

Chief of Staff
Carol Bellettini

Carol has been involved with NAIF since its inception working in Government on the policy development and establishment of NAIF’s legislation and Investment Mandate. She has over 10 years’ government experience across a range of northern Australia, strategic and innovation policy issues.

Carol’s Chief of Staff responsibilities include Executive and Board support, Government engagement and corporate administration oversight.

General Counsel (GC)
Adam Thatcher

Adam has over 30 years’ experience providing valued advice on infrastructure projects and corporate transactions across a variety of industries, acting on disputes and litigation, and leading legal teams. His previous role was as General Counsel for Virgin Australia. Prior to joining Virgin Australia, Adam was Executive Partner of the Allens Linklaters Financial Services and Projects group.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Stuart Neilson

CFO services are provided by Export Finance Australia.

Stuart is responsible for the Finance, Information Technology, Treasury and Risk Transfer functions. He has over 40 years’ experience in banking and finance having started his career as a graduate at the Reserve Bank of Australia. Since then, Stuart has worked for a number of global investment banks and prior to joining Export Finance Australia, he worked for eight years in Australia with Chase Manhattan Bank and JP Morgan Chase, where his roles included Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

Chief Credit Officer (CCO)
John Pacey

CCO services are provided by Export Finance Australia.

John Pacey is responsible for the credit risk management framework, including transaction approvals, the management of exposure levels and the overall portfolio risk profile. He also manages the Technical and Environmental Risk Assessment and Portfolio Management teams.

John has over 20 years’ experience in credit management. Prior to joining Export Finance Australia, John was Country Portfolio Manager & Senior Vice President at Bank of America, where he worked from 1987. In this role he had credit responsibility for the corporate and financial institutions portfolios in Australia and New Zealand. Other roles at Bank of America included Country Portfolio Manager, Thailand and Vice President, Special Assets Group based in Indonesia.

Executive Directors (Origination)
Amanda Copping

Amanda is an experienced infrastructure and financial professional with nearly 25 years’ experience advising, developing and financing the infrastructure and utility sectors, including road, rail, airports, ports, schools, oil and gas, telecommunications and renewables projects. Previous roles include Executive Director at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Royal Bank of Scotland and ABN AMRO and the founder of the infrastructure advisory firm SAC Capital Partners. Amanda was the CFO of a publicly listed infrastructure company, establishing its corporate governance, administrative and risk management regimes and has sat on the boards of multiple infrastructure companies.

Tim Hallam

Tim has over 25 years’ experience in banking, and has held senior leadership roles as an Executive Director, Corporate and Asset Finance at Macquarie Bank and Head of Corporate Banking at RBC Capital Markets. He has extensive experience in public and private sector financing of infrastructure including airports, roads, rail energy and telecommunications.

Peter Ross

Peter brings to NAIF strong credentials across project finance, advisory and equity with particular expertise across the infrastructure and resource sectors. Peter has held a number of roles at Westpac Banking Corporation and Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), most recently as a Director in CBA’s Project Advisory team. Peter’s transactional experience includes roles across a large number of Public Private Partnerships (PPP), infrastructure projects and resource projects with particular experience in greenfields projects. Roles include PPP bid leadership; PPP equity investment, board representation and divestment; financial advisory; debt advisory and project financing.