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Lynelle Briggs AO

Lynelle Briggs AO

Lynelle Briggs is a former Commonwealth Public Service Commissioner and former chief executive of Medicare Australia. Lynelle has extensive experience in the Australian Public Service, working in a wide range of fields including social security, health and community services, transport, external territories, employment and labour market support and veterans' affairs. She has been closely involved in unemployment and retirement incomes policies, health care agreements, transport and infrastructure policy, private health policy and health care delivery.

In the mid-1980s Lynelle was a policy adviser to the Minister for Community Services before spending two years working for the New Zealand Treasury. Ms Briggs was President and is currently a board member of the Commonwealth Association of Public Administrators and Managers.

Lynelle is a current board member of the Australian Rail Track Corporation and Chair of the Jigsaw Theatre Company Board.

The Hon. Mark Butler MP

The Hon. Mark Butler MP
  • Minister for Mental Health and Ageing
  • Minister for Housing and Homelessness
  • Minister for Social Inclusion
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform
  • Member of the House of Representatives for the Seat of Port Adelaide, South Australia

Mark has been a member of the Federal Parliament since 2007 representing the seat of Port Adelaide. In September 2010 he was appointed the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing. Mark was born in Canberra, into a politically minded family. Both his great‐grandfather and great‐great‐grandfather were conservative premiers of South Australia. After graduating from Adelaide University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Mark attained a Master of International Relations from Deakin University.

Before entering Parliament he was an official in the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union from 1992 to 2007. In 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to trade unionism.

Associate Professor Bob Cowan

Associate Professor Bob Cowan

Associate Professor Cowan is chief executive officer of The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre, and a principal research fellow of the University of Melbourne. He has extensive experience in management and commercialisation of research in the fields of cochlear implant and hearing technology, audiology and biomedical research management. He has written more than 120 publications and book chapters, holds a number of Australian and international technology patents and trademarks, and is a frequent speaker at international and Australian conferences.

Bob has worked in audiology since 1982. He has undergraduate training in Physiology (HonsBSc) as well as postgraduate qualifications in Kinesiology (MSc), Audiology (DipAud, PhD), Health Economics (GradCert) and Business Management (MBA) from universities in Melbourne and Canada. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Bob is a fellow and past president of Audiology Australia, and remains its treasurer and a federal councillor. He was president of the International Society of Audiology in 2010, and will be president for next year's XXXII World Congress of Audiology. Bob is also a member of the Commonwealth's Hearing Services Consultative Committee.

Shanelle Newton Clapham

Shanelle Newton Clapham

Shanelle Newton Clapham is the founder of Parachute Digital, and is a blogger, speaker and mentor who shares her love of the digital world in the hope that others, too, will want to give their online customer the best possible user experience.

Shanelle has more than 10 years' experience in digital marketing and 15 years' experience in broader marketing and communications, and has worked to transform the digital experiences of many of the largest brand names in Australia including Toyota, Telstra BigPond, the World Wildlife Fund and News Limited.

"The digital world changes and evolves so fast that it is difficult for businesses to stay on top of it. I work with digital businesses to ensure that their online service matches their customers' constantly changing behaviours, needs and expectations."

Lyn Swinburne AM

Lyn Swinburne

Lyn Swinburne, the founder and former CEO of Breast Cancer Network Australia, is a prominent women's advocate and inspirational speaker.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993 and underwent surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy. As a result she became an advocate for women with breast cancer and their families.

In 1996 Lyn began her work to establish Breast Cancer Network Australia, which was formally launched in October 1998 and now represents nearly 300 member groups and more than 70,000 individuals nationwide.

Lyn is the creator of the Field of Women concept. This major public awareness and fundraising event began in 1998 with the planting of 10,000 pink silhouettes (representing those Australians diagnosed with breast cancer that year) and 2,500 white silhouettes (representing those who would die) in front of Parliament House, Canberra. This concept has been taken up by various groups around the world.

She established The Beacon magazine, which now has a circulation of 70,000 and led the development of the My Journey Kit, designed as a one‐stop information shop for women recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

She now runs her own business and continues her passion for community/corporate engagement, public speaking, entrepreneurship and advocacy. In 2007 Lyn was named Melburnian of the Year. In 2006 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, in 2002 she was inducted on to the Victorian Women's Honour Roll, and in 2003 was awarded the Centenary Medal for her contribution to Australian society.

Sheryl Taylor

Sheryl Taylor

In a media career spanning 25 years across print, radio and TV, Sheryl Taylor broke numerous health and medical stories, won myriad awards, and has set up and been executive producer for some of Australia's best TV medical programs, notably the Logie Award‐winning medical reality program RPA.

Sheryl started her reporting career at ABC Radio, filing for the prestigious current affairs programs AM, PM and The World Today covering breaking political events and interviewing leading business and political figures.

She also filled in as presenter of Mornings on 702 ABC Radio, before moving into TV.

Sheryl presented newsbreaks regularly and was the first woman political reporter for TCN9 in the NSW press gallery, a position she held for 5 years. She WAS TCN9's national health and medical editor for 15 years and then Channel 10's health reporter for 2 years.

Sheryl now runs a consulting business and works on a contract/freelance basis with the NSW Department of Health.

Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson is the CEO and managing director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Australia, a not‐for‐profit organisation dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and its complications. The foundation works closely with governments, healthcare professionals, and the type 1 community in fundraising, advocacy, support and education programs.

Since Mike joined the organisation in 2004 its turnover has risen from $6 million to more than $11 million in 2011/12. In 2008 the foundation received the inaugural PricewaterhouseCoopers Transparency Award for governance and reporting.

Mike is a director of the Glycemic Index Foundation Ltd which provides an independent and standards‐approved certification program for the glycaemic index of foods to help consumers make healthy eating choices. He is also a director of Somark Innovations, a private medical equipment company, and serves on the Federal Government's Not‐for‐profit Sector Reform Council's working group developing legislation for the Australian Charities and Not‐for‐profit Commission.

Mike has broad experience in management consulting and the not‐for‐profit industry. Before joining the foundation, he was strategic relationships manager for The Smith Family. Mike holds a Bachelor of Economics with Honours and a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University.

The Hon. Michael Wooldridge

Michael Wooldridge

Michael Wooldridge initially trained in science and medicine and now works as a consultant specialising in healthcare, in particular in policy, regulatory and technology matters. He holds professorial appointments at Melbourne and Monash Universities, is chairman of two co‐operative research centres and is on the board of a number of public and private companies.

In 1987, at the age of 30, he was elected to Federal Parliament. He served as Deputy Leader of the Federal Opposition, Minister for Health and Aged Care (1996‐ 2001), chair of UNAIDS (Geneva) and was East Asia/West Pacific Regional chair of the World Health Organization.

As a former Health Minister, Michael has a knowledge of healthcare, political and bureaucratic process, and market regulation and reimbursement that is unmatched in Australia. In government, Michael sat as one of five senior ministers on the Expenditure Review Committee for six Federal budgets between 1996 and 2001.