Lynne is Office Managing Partner of Deloitte Canberra, leading the national Health and Social Policy practice. Formerly Chair of Access Economics, she won the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award ACT 2008 for pioneering and building the company’s health practice into a global business that now spans five continents. Prior to this, Lynne worked for a decade in the Australian Government departments of the Treasury, Defence, and Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as for Senator Gareth Evans to develop Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and to compile the book Australia’s Foreign Relations.
Lynne is also now a World Health Organization advisor, Medical Journal of Australia reviewer, and ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) spokeswoman on health and social issues. She has authored hundreds of reports and contributed to books and journal articles on health conditions (including chronic diseases and risk factors such as obesity), policy reform, financing and funding, workplace health and safety, pharmaceuticals and technologies, e-health, homelessness, child protection, domestic violence, welfare reform and social inclusion. She has special interests in mental health, rural health, women’s health and Indigenous health.
Lynne first degree was a Bachelor of Economics with first class Honours from the University of Adelaide. Lynne subsequently tutored part time at the ANU in her early work years, and she is currently completing her PhD there at the Research School of Population Health, her thesis being on best practice cost-of-illness methods. She is married and lives in Canberra, Australia, with her husband and four children. In 2010, Lynne also wrote ‘Reality Check: work life balance’ which quantifies the impacts of work life conflict and provides evidenced based solutions for achieving equilibrium. In 2012 she launched her new website ‘HealthEdata’, at the Health Informatics Conference in Sydney.
In addition to her business success, Lynne has a passion for giving back to her community through challenging fundraisers that have included climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, scaling peaks in Nepal and Patagonia, trekking the Tour de Mt Blanc, spearheading CEO Sleep outs in sub-zero temperatures, and leading Swimathons and endurance hikes.