Plenary Speakers

David Bell joined the Actuaries Institute as Chief Executive Officer in January this year. David was previously CEO of the Australian Bankers’ Association, and has also been General Manager for Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Westpac, General Manager Communications and Investor Relations at NRMA/IAG and Group Manager for Corporate Affairs at Telstra. He started his career as an officer in the Australian Army, and on leaving the army he became Chief of Staff to the NSW Agriculture Minister. David is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Economics, and an MBA. He is a Member of the Advisory Council of the St James Ethics Centre, and a Director of the Banking and Finance Oath Ltd.
Christine Brownfield is an actuary with 20 years of experience in financial services, primarily in life insurance and wealth management. Christine’s past roles have been at Norwich Union, Tillinghast-Tower Perrin and ING Australia where she worked in actuarial, finance and strategy roles, including five years as Chief Actuary. She is currently working at Homesafe Solutions, the sole established provider of a non-debt product which enables seniors to release the equity in their homes.
Tony Cole AO is currently a member of the Board of The Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation and a director of Australian Ethical Investors. His public sector career began in Treasury in 1968, with roles at the World Bank, as Principal Advisor to Treasurer Paul Keating and Minister, Economic, in Australia’s High Commission in London. He subsequently held positions in Prime Minister and Cabinet, Treasury and Health and Community Services. Tony served as the Secretary to the Commonwealth Loans Council, a director of the Commonwealth Bank, the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Health Insurance Commission, Medibank Private and the National Institute of Health and Welfare before joining Mercer in 1996, as Head of its Australian investment consulting business.
Sophie Dyson works for a Cooperative Research Centre where the healthcare research focus is on using data analytics to improve health system performance. Prior to her current role, she spent over twelve years in the private health insurance and public health sectors. Over her career in the UK and Australia, Sophie has worked in pensions, investment management, general insurance and health.
Professor Rodney Maddock is the Vice Chancellor’s Fellow and Professor at Victoria University, the Adjunct Professor of Economics at Monash University, a Director of CEDA and President of the Economic Society of Australia (Victoria). Rod returned to academia in 2012 after a long stint at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia as Head of Group Strategy and Head of Global Markets Research. Before joining CBA Rod was the Chief Economist at the Business Council of Australia, and earlier Head of Economic Policy in the Victorian Cabinet Office and Head of the School of Business at La Trobe University. Rod’s academic research is mainly focussed on finance and Australian economic development.
Michael Rice has extensive experience in the financial services industry both in Australia and overseas. He specialises in providing strategic advice to financial institutions, fund managers, government agencies, industry associations and large superannuation funds. Michael founded Rice Warner in December 1987 and heads up Rice Warner’s public policy work. Michael was Chairman of QSuper’s Investment Committee from January 2009 to June 2013 and remains an independent investment expert on the committee. He is a former Councillor of the Actuaries Institute and has served on several of its committees.