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Ms Elaine Henry OAM

Appointed July 2010

Experience and Expertise

At the end of 2010 Elaine stepped down after almost 13 years as Chief Executive Officer of The Smith Family. In the previous 13 years, Elaine was the Executive Director of the Cancer Council (NSW). She has held multiple non-executive roles over the last three decades, mainly in the government and not-for-profit sectors as well as being a director of AXA (National Mutual) Trustees from 1998-2001. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1994 and a Doctorate of Letters (h.c.) from the University of NSW in 2006 for her service to the community, particularly her contribution to the control of breast cancer. She played a major role in developing the model for Australia’s breast screening program, oversaw the establishment of the National Breast Cancer Centre and Breastscreen NSW and convened the National Steering Committee for Australia’s inaugural Breast Cancer Day. Elaine is currently Chair of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, a Director of Social Ventures Australia, the Australian Social Innovation Exchange, the Public Interest Journalism Foundation, the Financial Literacy Board and the Australian Statistics Advisory Board.

Special Responsibilities

  • Chair, Nominations Committee
  • Member, People and Culture Committee