Dr. Matthew Butlin

Dr Matthew Butlin

Dr Butlin is the part-time Chair and Chief Executive of the South Australian Productivity Commission (SAPC), a role he has held from the inception of the Commission.

He was previously Victoria’s Red Tape Commissioner (2015-2018); the Chair of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (2008-2015), a body that was the first state-level productivity commission; and a Commissioner with the Australian Productivity Commission (2007-2008). In these various capacities he has undertaken more than twenty public inquiries in addition to the current SAPC inquiry and regulatory reviews.

Prior to this he 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.

He was the national President of the Economic Society of Australia from 2013-2019 and is an honorary Enterprise Professor at the Melbourne University’s Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. He is a member and former Chair (2013 – 2020) of the Melbourne Institute’s Advisory Board. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia in 2019 and is a former honorary Professorial Fellow at the Monash Business School.

Dr Butlin holds profession 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 AM

Professor Christopher Findlay was appointed Commissioner in May 2019. He previously was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions at the University of Adelaide (2011 – 2018). Earlier positions include Professor of Economics at the Australian National University (1999 – 2005) and Head of the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide (2005 – 2011).

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). His Membership in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) (2007) was for ‘service to international relations in the Asia-Pacific region, to economic co-operation in trade, transportation and economic reform, and to education.’

He taught economics for many years at all levels, with a focus on microeconomics and international economics. His 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), since 1980.

Jim Hallion AM

Jim Hallion was appointed a Commissioner in March 2021 to support the Commission’s inquiry into the reform of South Australia’s regulatory framework.

He has significant experience in the leadership and management of significant South Australian Government functions both as Chief Executive and as the State Coordinator General. As former Chief Executive of the Departments of the Premier and Cabinet, Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, Primary Industries and Resources and Industry and Trade, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of policy and regulation development and regulator performance.

He was directly involved in the design, approval and construction of major infrastructure projects for South Australia and was also involved in major reforms of inter-government relations in education, health and housing and facilitated the development of South Australia’s Bio-Medical precinct.

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. His Membership in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) (2017) was for significant service to public administration in South Australia, particularly transport infrastructure, energy and agriculture.

Jim has held both Commonwealth and State Government Board memberships, including the Murray Darling Basin Commission (Commissioner), Interstate Water Trading Board (Chair), Infrastructure Australia Council, the Council of Australian Governments’ Infrastructure Working Group (Deputy Chair), the Standing Committee on Transport – Australian Maritime Group (Chair), the Rail Safety Regulation Reform Project Board (Chair) and Australasia Railway Corporation.