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

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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.

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Dr Martin McNamara, Deputy CEO

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.

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Mr Norman Pack, Chief Operating Officer

Mr Pack is an experienced business executive, with a successful career spanning senior finance and management roles across Public, Private and NFP organisations. He has extensive board and advisory experience across a range of industries. In addition to the Sax Institute, he is currently an Independent Trustee Director and Audit Chair for the Maritime Superannuation Fund and an independent member to the Audit Committee of the Planning Institute Australia. Norman holds a number of degrees and professional memberships.

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Mr Adam Cresswell, Chief Communications Officer

Mr Cresswell has extensive experience as a health writer and communications leader. He spent 25 years as a journalist in Australia and the UK, working in medical, financial and metropolitan media, and spent eight years as health editor of The Australian newspaper. Since leaving journalism he has led communications teams in a number of Australian Government agencies.

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Ms Sian Rudge, Head, Evidence for Action Division

Ms Rudge has extensive experience in policy and practice, and in the nexus between research and decision making. She leads the Institute’s work in connecting decision makers with research and researchers to support the use of the best evidence in policy and practice. She has a background in health policy and as a paediatric physiotherapist.

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PROFESSOR LUCIE RYCHETNIK, CO-DIRECTOR, THE AUSTRALIAN PREVENTION PARTNERSHIP CENTRE

Professor Rychetnik has over 30 years of experience in translating research and mobilising knowledge for public health policy and practice; conducting empirical research on the use of evidence in population health, disease prevention and clinical settings; and leading methodological work on evidence synthesis and appraisal for public health decisions. Her other areas of interest include the synergies of chronic disease prevention, sustainable development and the health impacts of climate change.

Senior advisers

PROFESSOR DON NUTBEAM, PRINCIPAL SENIOR ADVISER AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH & PRACTICE

Professor Nutbeam is a world-renowned and widely published expert in public health; over a distinguished 30-year career he has held a number of important posts, including a six-year term as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, Head of Public Health for the UK Government, Academic Provost at the University of Sydney and consultant for the World Health Organization.

Professor Emily Banks, Senior Adviser

Professor Banks is an epidemiologist and public health physician with expertise in large-scale cohort studies, including the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study, as well as expertise in women’s health, healthy ageing and pharmacoepidemiology. She is also Head of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health.

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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.

Dr Michael Frommer AM, Senior Adviser

Dr Frommer is a public health physician with extensive experience in government, NGO and academic roles. His contributions have been in injury epidemiology, perinatal health and data linkage systems, cancer services, and medical education. He designed and implemented the NSW Government’s research infrastructure funding program (now Medical Research Support Program).  A former head of the University of Sydney’s medical program, he is an Adjunct Professor in the university’s Faculty of Medicine and Health,  and is helping to develop the university’s satellite Dubbo medical program.

Associate Professor Mary Haines, Senior Adviser

Associate Professor Haines has 20 years of senior experience across the government, corporate, academic and not-for-profit sectors, with expertise in health research, evaluation and translational initiatives. Mary has held senior executive service and Board positions in the NSW Government, and serves as board member of Sydney Local Health District. Mary is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, School of Public Health, Menzies Centre for Health Policy.

PROFESSOR ANDREW WILSON, CO-DIRECTOR, THE AUSTRALIAN PREVENTION PARTNERSHIP CENTRE

Professor 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.

Program and team leads

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Mr Anthony Ashton, Director, IT

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

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Ms Millie Au, Director, Corporate Services

Ms Au 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 and has strong regulatory and compliance skills

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Ms Bethany Brett, Director, People & Culture, Corporate Services

Bethany is a collaborative and passionate HR professional with experience across a diverse range of HR facets including employee engagement, HR leadership, strategy development, recruitment and talent management. With over 15 years of experience in the field, Bethany has gained experience in both global and national businesses across a number of industries, including legal, not for profit and FMCG.

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Mr Matthew Gorringe, Program Manager, Research Assets Division

Mr Gorringe has over 20 years’ experience in research management and government administration. He has worked in both private and public sector roles including in data management and analysis, management of large-scale research operations, and as a senior executive in a human services delivery agency.

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Mr Alvin Lee, Program Manager, Research Assets Division

Mr Lee program manages the day to day activities of the 45 and Up Study, the largest ongoing longitudinal cohort study on healthy ageing in Australia. Alvin is a Graduate of the NSW Public Health Training Program and holds a Master of Public Health. He has strong skills and experience in epidemiology, research and evaluation, policy, health promotion, communication and partnership development.

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Mr Luciano Melo, Program Manager, Research Assets Division

Mr Melo has over 18 years of experience in health service delivery, clinical research and clinical education both overseas and in Australia. In the last 5 years, he has developed a keen interest in Knowledge Translation (KT) and has developed his KT skills through post-graduate studies in Canada. He is interested in assisting people in making evidence-informed decisions about their health and contributing to an efficient healthcare system in Australia. He is currently responsible for developing and implementing a framework to allow the translation of 45 and Up evidence for policy and practice, and increase the impact profile of 45 and Up

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Dr Gabriel Moore, Manager, Knowledge Exchange

Dr Moore has led the development of knowledge exchange services for policy and practice agencies for more than 10 years, including Evidence Check rapid reviews and the Institute’s knowledge brokering program. Her research focuses on knowledge mobilisation, rapid reviews and the process and effectiveness of knowledge brokering.

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Dr Sumithra Muthayya, Study Director, SEARCH

Dr Muthayya has over 20 years’ experience in investigating maternal and child undernutrition, vitamin and mineral deficiency and implementing nutrition specific interventions for improved maternal and child health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. She currently leads a program of work Aboriginal childhood obesity and food insecurity and the development of potential system level interventions to address these problems.

Ms Cindy Peng, Manager, Decision Analytics

Cindy Peng leads the Decision Analytics team in building dynamic simulation models that support strategic and operational decisions, and she has a passion for promoting the use of such smart decision-support tool in health and social policies. Cindy has strong skills and experience in translating evidence into policies and practices in not-for-profit, research institutes, and government organisations. She has an Honours Degree in dietetics and a Masters of Public Health.

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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.

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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. He has broad understanding of business processes and a proven ability to manage all aspects of the financial process.

 

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Dr Anna Williamson, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Williamson has led several projects on mental health, Aboriginal health and drug and alcohol misuse and directed the Centre for Informing Policy in Health with Evidence from Research (CIPHER). She has special interests in Aboriginal child and adolescent social and emotional wellbeing, longitudinal and intervention research and knowledge translation.