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 has extensive experience in public health research, particularly evaluation of programs designed to improve health and healthcare. She is an inaugural Director of the National Breast Cancer Centre and received the Centenary Medal for service to women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Mr Bob Wells, Deputy CEO

Mr Wells has deep knowledge of medical workforce issues and has represented Australia internationally on workforce matters. He was formerly Director of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute and Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Australian National University.

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

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.

Ms Kellie Bisset, Communications Director

Ms Bisset has extensive experience in journalism and communications, including more than 20 years as a writer and editor. She has edited both of Australia’s weekly medical publications for doctors, Australian Doctor and Medical Observer, and previously worked at the NSW Bureau of Health Information.

Associate Professor Sonia Wutzke

Associate Professor Wutzke has more than 20 years’ experience in senior and executive management roles in academia, the not-for-profit sector and state government. Her research interests include systems approaches to improving health services and outcomes, operationalising knowledge from research and practice, the power of organisational networks for innovation and change, and evaluations for complex program designs.

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.

Ms Margo Barr

Dr Margo Barr, Study Director, 45 and Up Study

Dr Barr is an epidemiologist with expertise in public health including behaviour risk factor and communicable disease surveillance, survey and cohort methodology and management. She has worked in the state and federal government sector for 30 years. She is also an Honorary Principal Fellow with the University of Wollongong.

Amanda Dominello

Ms Amanda Dominello, Manager, Research Office

Ms Dominello is an experienced public health researcher and administrator who has worked in public health advocacy, tobacco control, health promotion and policy. She currently teaches in the Master of Health Policy program at The University of Sydney.

Anne Redman

Ms Anne Redman, Co-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 Daniel Ram

Mr Daniel Ram, Financial Controller

Mr Ram has more than 15 years’ experience in financial management roles in sectors including telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and private hospitals. Before joining the Sax Institute, Mr Ram was Chief Financial Officer and company secretary of Parramatta Leagues Club and Parramatta Eels Rugby League Club.

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.

Priya Subrahmanyan, Manager, Human Resources

Priya is an HR professional, with expertise of more than 18 years, drawn from both not for profit and commercial sectors. She is passionate about aligning HR to business strategy and establishing a positive employment experience.

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 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.