CEDA's patrons champion the organisation's mission and goals.
CEDA's patrons have made valuable contributions to CEDA
over many years.
CEDA gratefully acknowledges our patrons who have
supported our research and share our vision to provide non-partisan
analysis on the economic and social issues affecting Australia
through research and events.
CEDA has four patrons:
MA (Tim) Besley AC
I was introduced to CEDA in the early 1960s soon after its
formation. I was involved in the preparation of a CEDA
speech for Sir William Hudson, who was a friend of CEDA's founder
Sir Douglas Copland. At the time Sir William told me how important
CEDA was and that it would have much to contribute to
Some ten years later I became actively engaged with CEDA
when Peter Grey was CEO and I was Chairman of the Board. I became a
Trustee of CEDA in the early 1980s.
Over it's more than 50 years of existence CEDA has achieved
a pre-eminent position as a broker of ideas and as a thought
leader. Through its various programs it exposes and promotes
discussion of issues of national significance. Its reports have
long been respected for presenting objective, well-researched and
apolitical advice and commentary.
I am honoured to be appointed as a patron of such a
well-respected organisation which, as Sir William Hudson
foreshadowed more than half a century ago, has indeed contributed
much to Australia. I have no doubt it will continue to do
Sir Eric Neal AC
Sir Eric Neal served as CEO and then Managing
Director of Boral and its subsidiary companies in the USA, UK and
Pacific Islands, from 1973 until 1987.
He served as a Director of Wormald, John Fairfax, Westpac as
Chair, Coca-Cola Amatil, Metal Manufacturers as Chair, Atlas Copco
Australia as Chair, BHP and AMP.
He served as Governor of South Australia from 1996 until 2001,
the first businessman to fill that role. He also served
as Chancellor of Flinders University for eight years until
He is currently Chair of the SA Governments' Road Safety
Advisory Council and its Veterans' Advisory Council.
Dr Maurice Newman AC:
It's a genuine honour for me to be CEDA's patron.
As a trustee, I have been associated with CEDA for more than
thirty years of productive engagement. Not only has this
association played an important role in my own career development,
it has also given me a first-hand appreciation of how CEDA's
platforms and research have influenced the development of sound
public policy in this country. It is not hyperbole to say, that if
there had been no CEDA, the public discourse would have been poorer
and the outcomes more problematic. This is why the organisation
enjoys such a strong and respected reputation and continues to
attract the most senior business, government and, political leaders
to its meetings. Through this medium our members can contribute
directly to the national debate.
Of course, aside from its forums and research, CEDA provides
many other valuable services, education and mentoring being among
This is why I see it as such a privilege to be CEDA's
patron. I can take pride in being actively involved in all the good
things CEDA brings to the Australian community.
Sir Arvi Parbo AC:
CEDA has been described as an apolitical, non-profit,
national, independent, member-based organisation providing thought
leadership and policy perspectives on the economic and social
issues affecting Australia. Since it was established in 1960, it
has done exactly that. Today, CEDA's objective and independent
knowledge and research-based evaluation of vital matters affecting
the future of all Australians is more important than ever.
It has been a privilege for me to be associated with CEDA's
activities for many years.
It is a great honour to be appointed one of CEDA's