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Simon McKeon AO

Simon McKeon is the 2011 Australian of the Year.

He is the Executive Chairman of Macquarie Group's Melbourne office and Chairman of CSIRO and Business for Millennium Development. Simon is a Director of VisionFund, World Vision International's microcredit arm, Global Poverty Project and Red Dust Role Models.

He is an Australia Day Ambassador for the Victorian Government and serves on the Federal Government's Human Rights Grants Scheme Advisory Panel. He previously served as Founding President of the Federal Government's Australian Takeovers Panel, Founding Chairman of MS Research Australia and Founding President of the Federal Government's Point Nepean Community Trust.

Simon is the helmsman of Macquarie Innovation which in March 2009 became the first sailboat in the world to sustain more than 50 knots and in so doing, peaked at a speed of 100 kmh (54 knots).

He is also a Patron of the Australian Olympic Sailing Team which won 2 gold and a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Carmel Benjamin AM

Carmel was founder and later Executive Director of the Court Network Inc., a non-partisan court support system that provides support to victims of crime while recognising that offenders and their families require support of equal care and concern. She also designed and established a mentor program to support women in their difficult transition from prison to the community. These innovative programs reflect her philosophy of empowering individuals to take responsibility for the management of their own lives at the earliest opportunity.

In 1988 Carmel was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). She has been awarded the VACRO A.R. Whatmore Award for services to Corrections, and the Women's Electoral Lobby's Vida Goldstein Award. Carmel has been inscribed on the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Sally Sinclair

Sally Sinclair is the CEO of the National Employment Services Association, the peak body representing the Australian employment and related services industry.

Sally has been instrumental in informing key stakeholders on addressing Australia's employment and inclusion challenges including strengthening the integration of employment, education and training, and increasing employment of disadvantaged jobseekers including Indigenous jobseekers, people with disabilities, long term unemployed, youth and mature aged.

Sally has extensive expertise in the design, development and delivery of employment and related services. Sally's experience spans the not for profit and for profit sectors as well as numerous government appointments.

Sally is currently a representative on the Minister's Consultative Forum on Mature Age Participation, the Minister's Indigenous Employment and Enterprise Action Group, the Workforce Development Supply and Demand Principal Committee, the Minister's Mental Health Expert Working Group, the Employment Services Industry Reference Group, the Employment Partnership Committee, and the Minister's Disability Employment Reference Group. Sally was also a participant in the Prime Minister's 2020 Summit.

Sally is a Board member of the OECD LEED Programme's Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance.

Sally holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, majoring in neuropsychology.



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