National COVID-19 Coordination Commissioners and Key Staff

National COVID-19 Coordination Commissioners and Key Staff

Chair

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Neville Power
Chairman, National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC)
Focus Sectors
  • Mining and resources
  • Tourism and hospitality

Nev is the Chairman of Perth Airport, the Foundation for the WA Museum and the Royal Flying Doctors Federation Board and is the Deputy Chairman of Strike Energy Ltd.

Nev held the position of Managing Director and CEO of Fortescue Metals Group Ltd for seven years, having joined the group in 2011. During his tenure Fortescue more than quadrupled production and achieved engagement with Aboriginal communities. He was previously Chief Executive of the Australian operations at Thiess and prior to that spent more than ten years in senior executive positions at Smorgon Steel Group.

In 2016 Nev was named WA Business Leader of the Year. He also has a long history in agribusiness and aviation holding both fixed wing and rotary pilot licenses. Nev is a passionate advocate for health and development of regional and Aboriginal communities. He owns and operates a cattle station in Queensland where he was born and raised.

Deputy Chair

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David Thodey AO
Deputy Chairman
Focus Sectors
  • Telecommunications
  • Science and Research
  • Tertiary education
  • Technology

David Thodey is a business leader focused on innovation, technology and telecommunications with more than 30 years of experience.

He is currently Chairman of Australia’s national scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Tyro, Australia’s only independent EFTPOS banking institution, and Xero, a cloud-based accounting software provider for small and medium-sized businesses. Mr Thodey is also a non-executive Board director of Ramsay Health Care, a global hospital group and Vodafone Group Plc.

Mr Thodey recently lead an Independent Review of the Australian Public Service (APS). This review was commissioned by the Prime Minister to ensure that the APS is fit-for-purpose to serve Australian Governments and the Australian people into the future.

Mr Thodey is currently Chair of an eminent Panel appointed by the NSW Government to lead an independent review of Federal Financial Relations.

Previously, he had a successful career as CEO of Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company and CEO of IBM Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Thodey was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science and Technology from Deakin University in 2016 and an Honorary Doctorate of Business from University of Technology Sydney in 2018.

In 2017, Mr Thodey was made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Commissioners

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The Hon. Greg Combet AM
Focus Sectors
  • Employment, labour force and industrial relations
  • Manufacturing
  • Defence industry
  • Superannuation

The Hon. Greg Combet AM is well known for his former public roles as the leader of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and as a Labor Government Minister. Greg served as Minister for Industry and Innovation, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and Minister for Defence Personnel, Science and Materiel amongst other roles between 2007 and 2013.

Following two terms in Parliament Greg is now pursuing a career in the superannuation industry and the private sector. He is both Chair of IFM Investors and Industry Super Australia, as well as undertaking a variety of private consulting roles.

Greg is a proven leader, strategist, complex problem solver and crisis manager with extensive, hands-on knowledge of Australian industry.

He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006, and is the co-author of The Fights of My Life.

In 2018 Greg was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University of South Australia and in 2019 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in Business & Law from the University of Newcastle.

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Jane Halton AO PSM FAICD FIPPA
Focus Sectors
  • Health (incl health education)
  • Social services
  • Finance and banking
  • Immunity assurance
  • Not-for-profits

Jane Halton AO PSM FAICD FIPPA is a member of the board of the ANZ, Clayton Utz, Crown Resorts, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and the US Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation.

She is chairman of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, COTA, Crown Sydney and Vault Systems.

Her 33-year career within the Australian Public Service, included nearly 15 years as Secretary of the Departments of Finance and the Department of Health (and Ageing).

Previously she was Executive Co-ordinator (Deputy Secretary) of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

She has extensive experience in Health policy and delivery, the delivery of the Australian Government budget and the management and performance of Australian Government agencies.

Jane has held a number of significant roles in Global Health Governance including as Chair of the board of the WHO, president of the World Health Assembly and as chair of the OECD health committee.

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Paul Little AO
Focus Sectors
  • Transport and logistics
  • Infrastructure
  • Agriculture
  • Wholesale, retail and supply chain

Mr Paul Little is Chairman and Founder of the Little Group. Formed in 2006, the Little Group focused initially on opportunities in the property sector through Little Projects and Little Real Estate. The Group has since expanded investments across a range of enterprises including aviation and passenger ferries.

In November 2015, Paul and his wife, Jane Hansen, launched the Hansen Little Foundation, a large-scale, active philanthropic undertaking with the singular objective of leaving a legacy of significant and positive change.

From 1986 to 2011, Paul was the Managing Director of Toll Holdings and oversaw the Toll Group’s rise to become Asia’s pre-eminent provider of logistics services.

Paul is Chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and Skalata Ventures. He is a Past Chairman of Visit Victoria and the Essendon Football Club and a former Director of Property Exchange Australia (PEXA). Paul is a Fellow of the University of Melbourne, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Paul has received a Doctor of Business honoris causa from RMIT University.

In 2010 he was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the development of the transport and logistics industries, and for service to the community through philanthropic support of sporting and medical research organisations.

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Catherine Tanna
Focus Sectors
  • Energy and utilities

Catherine Tanna is Managing Director of EnergyAustralia, one of Australia’s leading electricity and gas retailers, serving almost 2.6 million customer accounts from a portfolio of coal, gas and wind energy generation assets. She is also a member of the boards of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Business Council of Australia.

Prior to joining EnergyAustralia in 2014, Catherine had spent her career in the international oil and gas industry. In 2009 she was appointed Managing Director of BG Group’s Australian business, QGC Pty Limited, and Executive Vice President for Australia and China. Catherine led the development of Queensland’s first LNG project, one of Australia’s largest capital infrastructure projects at the time. In 2012 she was elevated to the position of Chairman, BG Australia.

Catherine has also held senior roles at Shell and BHP Billiton. She was Executive Vice President of Shell Gas & Power with responsibility for the company’s LNG, gas transmission and power generation interests across Africa. She held similar roles covering North Asia, Russia, North America and Latin America. In the 1990s, she worked for BHP Petroleum in Melbourne and London.

Catherine was formerly a Director on the Board of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation and a member of the Australian G20 business body, the Lowy Institute's G20 Advisory Committee and the Catholic Foundation Board.

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Peter Harris AO
Chief Executive Officer

Peter Harris is a senior public policy adviser with extensive experience in both State and Commonwealth infrastructure projects, structural reform and national competition policy. He has had particular experience in transport and telecommunications issues over many decades.

Most recently, Peter was Chairman of the Productivity Commission (2013-18) and instrumental in the research and recommendations in reports such as “Public Infrastructure”, “Shifting the Dial” , “Data Availability and Use” and ”Competition in the Australian Financial System”.

In his earlier career, Peter served as Senior Private Secretary handling micro economic reform for then Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke; adviser to the Hilmer Inquiry on National Competition Policy; in senior positions in the Commonwealth Department of Transport dedicated to rail, road and aviation reforms, including the privatisation of Australia’s largest airports; as Vice President in the Ansett/Air NZ group; and as Director General of Public Transport in Victoria.

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Andrew N. Liveris
Special Adviser to the Commission

Andrew N. Liveris is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company and director of DowDuPont. He previously served as Executive Chairman of DowDuPont.

A recognised global business leader with more than 42 years at Dow, Liveris advocates the criticality of manufacturing worldwide. He is the author of ‘Make It in America’ and was tapped by the current U.S. Administration to help identify new ways to spur innovation, revitalize the U.S. manufacturing sector and drive economic growth and prosperity as chair of the manufacturing council and a member of the apprenticeship of the future task force. Previously he served as Co-Chair of U.S. President Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership steering committee and a member of the U.S. President’s Export Council. He was recently named Senior Advisor to the Saudi Arabian Governments Sovereign Wealth Fund, PIF.

He sits on the Board of Directors of IBM, Worley Parsons and Saudi Aramco, on the advisory board of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and NEOM.

He is the past Vice Chair of the Business Roundtable, an Executive Committee Member and past Chairman of the U.S. Business Council, and a member of the Concordia Leadership Council and the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee.