Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors provides the high level guidance for the Don Dunstan Foundation.

The Hon. Dr Jane Lomax-Smith AM

Chairperson, Board of Directors

Jane studied Medicine and has a degree in Anthropology and Comparative Anatomy from the University of London. She is the first member of her family to complete secondary education and trained as a Specialist Pathologist as well as gaining a PhD in renal immunology from Adelaide University. She engaged in laboratory research in Adelaide and Boston, before managing hospital departments and private pathology practices including the one she founded in South Australia.

She was elected to office in Local Government, as Adelaide City Councillor three times and twice as Lord Mayor. She has been a member of the House of Assembly and was State Minister for Education and Tourism for eight years.

Jane has written review reports for both the State and Commonwealth Governments and has been awarded an Order of Australia and an Honorary Doctorate. She has held several Board positions and has most recently been the Chair of the Board of the South Australian Museum and Presiding Member of the Teachers Registration Board SA.

Jane is actively involved in a range of science, academic and community organisations and remains the Patron of the Adelaide Poultry Club and the Adelaide Turf Umpires and Scorers Association.


The Hon. Rev. Dr Lynn Arnold AO


SA Reconciliation Ambassador
Former Premier of South Australia

The Hon. Rev. Dr Lynn Arnold AO was formerly a Member of the SA State Parliament, Cabinet Minister and Premier. Between 1979 and 1994 he served as a member of the South Australian Parliament, including over 11 years in Cabinet. During his service in government he was Premier of South Australia (1992-1993) and served for ten years in a wide range of senior ministries (including Education, State Development and Agriculture).

He has led charities such as Anglicare SA and World Vision International as Chief Executive Officer. Now an ordained priest in the Anglican Church, Lynn ministers out of St Peter’s Cathedral, with a special focus on ministry to the City of Adelaide. He also teaches at St Barnabas College as Reader in Public Theology and Church History.

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Cathie King

Deputy Chairperson, Board of Directors

Chair, Committee of Management

Cathie is a Director of EML, Adelaide Venue Management Corporation, Safecom and Homestart Finance. She was previously Deputy Chair of the Adelaide Fringe, a Director of Common Ground Adelaide and the SA Ambulance Service, a member of the Riverland Wine Advisory Panel and Chair of Eastside Skillshare.

Cathie has worked as a jillaroo, publican, Chief of Staff to two Ministers, Adviser to two Premiers and was the National Organiser of the Australian Labor Party. She has owned and managed public relations, communications and strategic advisory businesses since 2004.

She is a member of The Republican Movement, the Norwood Football Club and an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society.

Professor Colin Stirling


Vice Chancellor and President
Flinders University

Professor Colin J Stirling brings extensive experience in research, teaching and management to Flinders University as President and Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Stirling’s career provides a strong foundation for his ambitions for the University. Born and educated in Scotland he gained a BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh followed by a PhD in genetics from Glasgow University.

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Professor Peter Hoj AC


Professor Peter Høj AC has over 20 years’ senior leadership experience in higher education and research and is the current Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide.

He was educated at the University of Copenhagen, majoring in biochemistry and chemistry, and has a Master of Science degree in biochemistry and genetics, a PhD in photosynthesis, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Copenhagen.

A member of the Australian Government’s University Foreign Interference Taskforce, Professor Høj was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2019 for “eminent service to higher education and to science, particularly to the commercialisation of research, and to policy development and reform”.

Professor Høj is a Fellow of Academies in Australia, the USA and Denmark, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from institutions including the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, and University of Copenhagen.

In addition to his academic leadership roles, Professor Høj is a Board Member of Wine Australia and a Trustee of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.  His previous Board roles include the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board for the Medical Research Future Fund, Member of the Australian Human Rights Commission Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity, Group of Eight (including Chair in 2017), Universities Australia, CSIRO, Business SA and South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.