One of the Institute’s key strengths is the expertise of its staff. Our senior management team’s breadth of experience and depth of knowledge continue to drive us in new directions. They are supported by committed and talented staff members across each of our divisions.

Executive team


Professor Sally Redman AO, CEO

Professor Redman is an international leader in driving the use of research in policy, programs and service delivery at the Sax Institute and in her previous role as the inaugural Director of the National Breast Cancer Centre. She recently led a National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence aimed at testing ways to increase the capacity of policy agencies to use research. Professor Redman’s background is in public health and health services research, and she has written or contributed to more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. In 2013, she was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to public health and the promotion of relationships between researchers, policy makers and practitioners. She received the President’s Award from the National Heart Foundation in 2017.

Norman Pack

Mr Norman Pack, Chief Operating Officer

Mr Pack is an experienced business executive, with a successful career spanning a blend of senior finance and management roles across ASX-listed and private organisations. He has more than 20 years of board, committee and advisory experience, across a range of sectors including construction and superannuation.

Ms Sian Rudge, Head, Knowledge Exchange Division

Ms Rudge has a Masters in International Public Health from Sydney University and a background in physiotherapy. She previously worked in the Centre for Aboriginal Health at the NSW Ministry of Health where she completed the NSW Public Health Officer training program.

Dr Martin McNamara, Head, Research Assets Division

Dr McNamara has extensive experience in senior leadership roles responsible for strategy and performance within health organisations at local, state and Commonwealth levels. He was previously Executive Director, National Health Performance Authority.

Mr Adam Cresswell, Chief Communications Officer

Mr Cresswell has a background as one of Australia’s leading health journalists and has run communications teams in a number of Australian Government agencies, most recently the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Mr Cresswell was also Health Editor of The Australian newspaper and was deputy editor of Australian Doctor.

Management forum

Anna Williamson

Dr Anna Williamson, Director, CIPHER

Dr Williamson has led several projects on mental health, Aboriginal health and drug and alcohol misuse. She has special interests in longitudinal and intervention research and knowledge translation. SPIRIT is Supporting Policy In health with Research: an Intervention Trial.

Sumi Muthayya

Dr Sumithra Muthayya, Study Director, SEARCH

Dr Muthayya’s career in research has focused on vitamin and mineral deficiency during pregnancy and childhood. She was previously the global coordinator of a public-private partnership promoting rice fortification to address food and nutrition security concerns.

Mark Bartlett

Mr Mark Bartlett, Manager, Analysis for Policy Program

Mr Bartlett has a background in operational public health management, infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance and pharmacoepidemiology. He has worked in a range of public health service delivery, policy development and program evaluation roles.

Anne Redman

Ms Anne Redman, Director, Evaluate

Ms Redman has more than 20 years’ experience managing research and evaluation projects for a wide range of government and non-government organisations, with specific expertise in public health and social services. Before joining the Sax Institute, Anne was National Director of the Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia.

Mr Richard Urquhart, Director, Finance & Business Transformation

Mr Urquhart has a depth of experience at senior financial, business partnering and strategic levels with both national and international companies in infrastructure and services industries including AGL, Lang O’Rourke and Leightons. He has broad understanding of business processes and a proven ability to manage all aspects of the financial process.


Millie Au

Ms Millie Au, Director, Corporate Services

Millie has over 25 years’ experience in senior management positions in a complex, large-scale industry as well as other mutual organisations. She has been a founding director of a successful start-up with a $1.5 billion turnover and has strong regulatory and compliance skills.

Mr Anthony Ashton, Director, IT

Mr Ashton has extensive experience in Information Technology and a foundation career in accounting. He has a strong background working in global companies and most recently not-for-profit organisations in technical roles and senior IT management positions.

Dr Jo-An Atkinson, Director, Decision Analytics Program

Dr Atkinson has more than 20 years’ experience in health service delivery and clinical research in Australia, as well as in public health operational research to inform strategic planning for disease prevention in the Asia-Pacific region. She currently leads a program of work applying a participatory dynamic simulation modelling approach to co-develop decision-support tools for policy and practice.

Senior advisers

Professor Don Nutbeam, Senior Adviser and Editor-in-Chief of Public Health Research & Practice

Professor Nutbeam recently returned to Australia after a six-year term as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, UK.  His career in Australia and the UK has spanned positions in universities, government, health services and an independent health research institute, and a period as Head of Public Health in the UK Department of Health during the Blair Government.

Professor Emily Banks, Scientific Director, 45 and Up Study

Professor Banks is an epidemiologist and public health physician with expertise in large-scale cohort studies, women’s health, healthy ageing and pharmacoepidemiology. She is also Head of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health.

Professor Fiona Bylth, Sax Institute

Professor Fiona Blyth, Senior Adviser, Knowledge Exchange

Professor Blyth is an epidemiologist with a special research interest in chronic pain. She is Coordinator of Medical Education at The University of Sydney’s Concord Clinical School.

Professor Andrew Wilson, Director, The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre

Professor Andrew Wilson’s research and teaching interests include all aspects of health policy but especially in the area of chronic disease. In addition to his academic career, he has been Deputy Director General, Policy, Planning and Resourcing, Queensland Health, and Chief Health Officer, and Deputy Director General, Public Health, NSW Health. He leads the Solutions domain in the University of Sydney Charles Perkins Centre.

Associate Professor Mary Haines, Senior Adviser

Associate Professor Haines has worked in senior positions across the government, academic, corporate and independent sectors on health research, evaluation and translational initiatives.

Lucie Rychetnik

Associate Professor Lucie Rychetnik, Director, Research in Knowledge Synthesis and Exchange

Associate Professor Rychetnik has more than 15 years’ experience in appraising and translating research evidence for public health policy and practice, and empirical research on the use of evidence in public health, disease prevention and clinical settings.