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Advisory Board

The chief role of the Advisory Board is to facilitate two-way engagement between stakeholders and researchers. Board members provide independent advice to the Management Committee with regard to strategy and external relations, facilitate the Centre's engagement with relevant stakeholders, identify new opportunities for engagement, and act as advocates and champions of CEPAR.


Chair - Marc de Cure
Independent Non-Executive Director, Zurich Financial Services Australia, Adjunct Professor and Advisory Board member, UNSW Business School

Marc de Cure has long recognised the social and economic significance of demographic change and the need to undertake and promulgate research to inform government policy, and social and commercial responses. He played a key role in the establishment of the Leaders’ Forum in 2004 and, as its Chair, was pivotal in securing industry and government support for the Centre of Excellence bids in 2010 and 2016.
Marc is a non-executive company Director and business advisor and previously held senior executive roles in leading financial and professional services groups across Australia and Asia. He was AIA Group CFO and AMP Group CFO, Executive General Manager Strategy & Development and Executive Director of its main operating subsidiaries.
In professional services Marc was a senior Partner with PwC including Chairman of the Australian Financial Services practices, and more recently he was a Principal Advisor with Bain & Company.
In 2015 Marc served on the Business Advisory Council and the Executive Committee of the UNSW Business School and was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the UNSW Business School. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from UNSW, a Master of Wine Quality from UWS and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Michelle Baxter
CEO, Safe Work Australia

Dr Margot McCarthy
Deputy Secretary, Department of Heath

Dr David Gruen
Deputy Secretary, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Robert Jeremenko
Division Head, Retirement Income Policy Division, The Treasury

Matthew Lawrance
Executive Group Manager, National Wealth Management Services Limited

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Pip O'Keefe
Practice Manager, Social Protection & Jobs Global Practice, East Asia and Pacific, World Bank Group

Dr Michael Orszag
Head of Research, Willis Towers Watson

The Hon Kay Patterson AO 
Australian Human Rights Commission

Dr John Simon
Head of Economic Research Department, Reserve Bank of Australia

Serena Wilson
Deputy Secretary, Department of Social Services

Ian Yates AM
Chief Executive, Council on the Ageing (COTA)

Dr Linda Swan
Chief Medical Officer, Medibank

Natalie Horvat
Executive Director, Economic Forecasting & Revenue Analysis, NSW Treasury

Sarah Butler
PwC Australia, SE Asia and NZ Health Leader


CEPAR Representatives

Professor John Piggott
CEPAR Director

Professor Warwick McKibbin AO
CEPAR Director of Policy Engagement

Professor Michael Sherris
CEPAR Director of Industry Engagement

Anne Gordon
CEPAR Director of Operations