Clough Foundation board

The Foundation is led by a semi-independent board featuring leaders from Western Australia’s corporate, philanthropic and academic sectors.

It is chaired by well-known entrepreneur and former CEO of Perth Glory Paul Kelly, and comprises Professor of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at the University of Western Australia John Dell, co-founder of the Cultural Connection Code Kia Dowell, and Clough EVP of HSSE and Corporate Governance Raj Ratneser.

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly

Non-Executive Chairman

Previously served as CEO of the Perth Glory Football Club, resigning in January 2013, after seeing the club through two A-League finals and the 2012 Grand Final.

Mr Kelly has more than 20 years’ experience in the fields of finance, investment and banking. He served as a National Manager of Advertising and Sponsorship for Members Equity Bank and has held a number of senior roles in the past two decades including: Director of Cape Lambert Resources; Non-Executive Chairman of DMC Mining Limited; Chairman of the Board of International Goldfields Limited; Non-Executive Director of Fe Limited; Non-Executive Director of Eclipse Metals Limited; Director of Orca Energy Limited; and Non-Executive Director of Kupang Resources Limited. 

Raj Ratneser

Raj Ratneser

Board Member
Clough Executive Vice President - Business Development and Commercial, and Executive Director

Raj Ratneser is started as one of Clough’s legal counsel in March 2004, before being promoted to General Counsel in 2008.  In February 2014, Raj was appointed Executive Vice President, HSSE and Corporate Governance.  He was also appointed as an Executive Director of Clough Limited effective 1 February 2014.

Raj has over 15 years of legal experience in both dispute resolution as well as front end contract negotiation for large capital projects.  He has extensive experience and knowledge in Clough’s major forms of contracting strategy including EPC, EPCM and Alliancing.  He has been heavily involved with the negotiation and administration of many of Clough’s project contracts including in the oil and gas, and mining and minerals markets.

Raj is responsible for administering the Corporate Governance framework for the group, including risk, HSSE, insurance, legal, claims and corporate audit, as well as the company secretariat. 

Peter Bennett

Peter Bennett

Board Member
Clough CEO and Managing Director

Peter Bennett was appointed as CEO of Clough on 1 February 2016, bringing 26 years’ international experience in the oil and gas, LNG and infrastructure contracting service sector to the organisation. His experience spans contracting business process, operational and corporate leadership.     
Peter commenced his career as a graduate mechanical engineer with CB&I in Australia.  During his 26 year tenure Peter progressed through a diverse range of roles including engineering, project management, business development, operations management, corporate function management and general management.  Prior to joining Clough Peter was President, Oil & Gas International for CB&I, based in The Hague.
Peter has run multinational business divisions, and has implemented programs to significantly improve cost and operational performance while delivering workforce and order book growth.  He has managed global market expansion and M&A programs, and as the VP of Sales, he set new records for business secured for several successive years. 

Peter has lived and worked across all of Clough’s strategic growth regions, including Australia, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and North America.

Professor John Dell

Winthrop Professor John Dell

Board Member
Dean of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, UWA

As Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, Prof Dell has changed the profile of engineering education and research at the University of Western Australia, dramatically changing the education model and focussing the research to be more industry focussed and collaborative between disciplines. 

Prof Dell has more than 300 refereed publications. John’s work has resulted in the awarding of a number of US and Australian defence contracts. He is also a co-inventor of a number of patented device structures and fabrication technologies. He is joint winner of the inaugural DSTO/Australia Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Support of Defence or National Security. This technology is now being developed for realtime analysis of soil properties for agriculture, as well as applications in food science, defence and medicine. 


Rechelle Hawkes AOM

Board Member

A former Olympic Gold medallist, Rechelle Hawkes OAM was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Clough Foundation.

Rechelle is one of only two Australian women to win Olympic Gold medals at three separate Olympic Games. Captain of the Australian female Hockey Team, the Hockeyroos, for eight years, Rechelle competed in four Olympic Games, winning three Olympic Gold medals.