Former Managing Partner of a major law firm
CEO of a major consultancy group
Chair of major companies
Founding Executive Member of the N.S.W. Privacy Committee (1976-82) – the first privacy oversight agency in Australia
One of the world’s most experienced long-distance walkers, and a key player in the emergence of many Australian walking paths, including the complete Sydney Harbour circuit
Judge Kevin O’Connor AM
Senior researcher on the ALRC’s reference on privacy (1977-79)
Campaigner for FOI laws (1980-82)
Founding Australian Privacy Commissioner (1989-96)
President of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal (1998-)
Natasha Stott Despoja AM
A former Senator for South Australia (1995-2008) and a former Leader of the Australian Democrats.
She was the youngest woman ever to enter the Australian Federal Parliament.
She held the positions of Australian Democrats’ Leader and Deputy Leader and is the longest serving Democrat Senator in the party’s history.
Natasha has made contributions to a wide range of policy debates including as a spokesperson on higher education, science and biotechnology, Attorney-General’s, privacy, women, work and family. During her political career she also introduced Private Member’s Bills on issues including paid maternity leave, the Republic, genetic privacy and stem cells, and captioning.
Natasha is an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide. She writes a column for The Adelaide Advertiser.
She is a Director of beyondblue, the Burnet Institute, the South Australian Museum and is a member of the Advertising Standards Board, the Museum of Australian Democracy Advisory Council.
Natasha lives in Adelaide with husband Ian and their two children Conrad and Cordelia.