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. Chief Financial Officer and Chief Credit Officer services, among other functions, are provided by Export Finance Australia.

Amanda Copping

Acting CEO

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.

Jacinta Hynes

Chief Operating Officer

Jacinta Hynes

Jacinta joins NAIF from a senior management role at Uniting Care. A qualified accountant, Jacinta brings with her over 15 years experience across a range of commercial and government organisations.

Her career includes being the General Manager of Business and Finance for Australia’s Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board, Senior Elections Officer at the Electoral Commission of Queensland as well as finance and management roles with a number of private sector companies in property and infrastructure.

Based in Cairns, Jacinta has oversight over key operational areas including finance and budgeting, risk and compliance, IT, legal and management of the EFA shared services agreement.

Gerard Paynter

Chief of Stakeholder Relations & Communications

Gerard Paynter

Gerard was formerly the Queensland State Manager of one of Australia’s largest government relations companies. In that role, he worked with some of Australia’s largest corporations and developed strong government relationships in Queensland and a network of relationships across Australia.

Most recently, he has been a partner in a project advisory business that focused on projects where an understanding of government and stakeholder issues were critical to the project’s success.

Nicholas Mant

Chief Investment Risk Officer

Nicholas Mant

Nicholas is a risk leader and regional development specialist with nearly 20 years of investment structuring and portfolio management experience.  Nicholas joined NAIF most recently from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing.

Nicholas has oversight over the investment risk and portfolio management functions of NAIF.

Katrina Syrkiewicz

Chief People & Culture Officer

Katrina Syrkiewicz

Katrina is a senior HR professional with deep expertise in Organisational Development, Talent Management, Learning and Development, Change Management, Diversity and Human Resources.  Her career has spanned both consulting and corporate roles within the Financial Services Sector for over 30 years.

As Chief People and Culture Officer, Katrina leads NAIF in building its organisational people capability, implementing initiatives to promote a high-performing collaborative team focused on creating a positive impact, whilst caring for the health and safety of the team.

A summary of NAIF’s organisational chart can be found here.

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