Dr. Matthew Butlin

Dr Matthew Butlin

Dr Butlin is the Chair and Chief Executive of the South Australian Productivity Commission. This is a part-time appointment.

Dr Butlin previously held the role of Red Tape Commissioner in Victoria from September 2015 to June 2018. He was Chairman of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC) from 2008 to 2015, a body that performed a similar role to the SAPC, and a Commissioner with the Commonwealth Productivity Commission in 2007 and 2008. He has held various senior executive roles in the Australian Public Service, and in the mining and management consulting industries.

Dr Butlin is also a part-time Senior Associate of ACIL Allen Consulting. There are strict protocols in place with the South Australian Government to avoid any conflicts of interest between this role and his concurrent role as the Chair of the SAPC.

In addition, he was the national President of the Economic Society of Australia from 2013-2019 and is an honorary Enterprise Professor at Melbourne University’s Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. He was made a Honorary Fellow of the Economic Society of Australian in 2019 and is a former honorary Professorial Fellow at the Monash Business School.

Dr Butlin holds qualifications from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Australian National University.


Adrian Tembel

Adrian Tembel was appointed as a Commissioner with the South Australian Productivity Commission in November 2018.  This is a part time appointment.

Adrian has held the position of Chief Executive Partner of South Australian headquartered national law firm, Thomson Geer, since April 2009. Adrian was a specialist corporate and technology lawyer at Thomson Geer for more than 15 years prior to his appointment as the firms’ Chief Executive Partner.

As a business leader, Adrian has been instrumental in growing Thomson Geer into a nationally recognised law firm with offices in 4 cities across Australia. As an advisor, Adrian has extensive experience in public and private sector innovation and technology commercialisation as well as the medical, media and information technology and telecommunications industries. He has considerable experience in international transactions involving large multinational corporations.

Adrian previously held a long-term non-executive directorship with Internode Pty Ltd and has been a Thomson Geer Board member since 2009.

Adrian studied at the University of Adelaide, receiving a degree in Economics and an honours degree in Law. Adrian has also been admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales.


Prof Christopher Findlay

Professor Christopher Findlay was from June 2011 until October 2018 the Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions at the University of Adelaide. Earlier positions include Professor of Economics in the Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University (1999-2005) and Head of the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide (2005 – 2011), where he had also been a member of staff from 1984 to 1999.

His qualifications include BEc (Hons) (1974) [Adelaide], MEc (1977) [ANU] and PhD in Economics (1982) [ANU]. He is a Member of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (2002). He is also a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) (2007) where he was cited for ‘service to international relations in the Asia-Pacific region, to economic co-operation in trade, transportation and economic reform, and to education.’

Findlay for many years taught economics at all levels, with a focus on microeconomics and international economics, and was an author of a leading first year textbook for its first 7 editions. Findlay’s research interests include Australia’s economic relationships with Asia, especially in the services sector.  He is a regular contributor to projects coordinated by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). He has provided consultancy services for the APEC Secretariat and the ASEAN Secretariat.  He has been a contributor to capacity building projects funded by Australia Awards in Indonesia and PNG.

Findlay is currently Vice-Chair of the Australian Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (AUSPECC): he has been involved in the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), a second track organisation linked to APEC, since its foundation in 1980.


Prof Edwina Cornish

Professor Edwina Cornish AO FTSE obtained her PhD for research undertaken in the Biochemistry and Microbiology departments of the University of Melbourne.  After working as a post-doctoral fellow in the Botany School of the University of Melbourne she joined the newly established plant biotechnology company Calgene Pacific (later named Florigene). She spent 11 years with the company in various leadership roles including Research Director and Managing Director.

In 2000 Edwina moved to the University of Adelaide as Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and in 2004 she was appointed to the same role at Monash University. In 2012 Edwina was appointed Monash’s inaugural Provost and Senior Vice-President a position she held until her retirement in 2016.

Edwina has extensive experience at the interface between government, research, industry and the higher education sector, and has held numerous board positions.  She is currently a member of the Board of CSIRO, the Council of La Trobe University and is a Director of the Biosciences Research Centre.

She has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science (honoris causa) by The University of Melbourne (2018) and an Honorary Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from Monash University (2019).