Advisory board

The Mitchell Institute is guided by an advisory board comprising a range of  highly experienced individuals with substantial expertise across a range of  sectors including government, public policy leadership, academia, business, health and philanthropy.

Lindsay Tanner

Lindsay Tanner

Advisory Board Chairman

A former Federal Minister for Finance, Lindsay Tanner retired from politics in 2010 and is now a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow and Adjunct Professor at Victoria University and a special adviser to corporate advisory firm Lazard Australia.

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Peter Dawkins

Peter Dawkins

Vice-Chancellor Victoria University

Current Victoria University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Peter Dawkins has a distinguished career that includes high level leadership roles in the Victorian Government and 28 years in the university sector.

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Warren Payne

Warren Payne

Advisory Board member

Professor Warren Payne is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Research Training at Victoria University. Warren has over 20 years’ experience in the tertiary education sector and has researched and taught in a variety of exercise science and health promotion areas.

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Fran Thorn

Fran Thorn

Advisory Board member

Fran Thorn is National Lead Partner for Human Services with Deloitte TTA. Between 2005 and 2011 she was the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Health, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, respectively.

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Dominic Cato

Dominic Cato

Advisory Board member

Dominic Cato is the Chief Executive Officer of SEDA Group and former Chief Operating Officer of Essendon Football Club. After a successful career as a lawyer and partner at a leading sports law firm, Dominic held a range of executive positions within sporting organisations.

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Andrea Pearman

Andrea Pearman

Advisory Board member

Andrea Pearman is the General Manager, Community Relations at Australia Post and former General Manager, Community Partners & Sponsorship at NAB. Andrea has a diverse background with 25 years' experience in strategy, marketing and community development.

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