Simon McKeon is the Chancellor of Monash University and was also the 2011 Australian of the Year.
He retired from Macquarie Group in early 2014 after a 30 year career culminating in his position as Executive Chairman (Melbourne Office). He continues to be retained by Macquarie as a consultant.
Simon is also Chairman of In2Science and the Group of Eight’s Industry and Innovation Board and is also a member of The Big Issue Advisory Board. He is also an Australia Day Ambassador for the Victorian Government.
He previously served as Chairman of AMP and CSIRO and was Founding President of the Federal Government’s Australian Takeovers Panel, as well as its Point Nepean Community Trust.
He served as Founding Chairman of MS Research Australia and Business for Millennium Development. He was also Chairman of the Federal Government’s Panel which in 2013 completed a Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research.
Simon is the helmsman of Macquarie Innovation which in March 2009 became the first sailboat in the world to sustain more than 50 knots and in so doing, peaked at a speed of 100kph (54 knots). He is also a Founding Patron of the Australian Olympic Sailing Team which won 3 gold and a silver medal (and was the leading sailing nation) at the 2012 London Olympics.