Plenary Speakers


Stuart Rodger is a Partner in Deloitte Australia.  He focuses on health, health finance, and strategy for those in the sector.  Stuart’s clients include governments, health funds, and healthcare providers. In a career lasting over 30 years he has worked as a business leader or an actuary in Australia, the UK, Japan, and Singapore.

Stuart has been active in the Australian health sector for many years; but during that time has also been the actuarial advisor for Singapore’s national health insurance scheme MediShield, and can bring an international perspective to issues.  

He has participated in several Committees of the Australian Actuaries Institute, including Health Practice Committee, Ageing Population Taskforce, and Membership Committee.


PaulBates Paul Bates 
Chief Medical Officer, Australia and New Zealand, Bupa

Paul joined Bupa in 2011, he is a member of the senior Executive Team, as well as the Bupa Foundation, the Clinical Governance Committee and the Medical Advisory Panel. He brings a wealth of experience in health management and health coaching, and is leader of Bupa’s medical team

Prior to joining Bupa, Paul was the National Medical Director for Innovations at OptumHealth, one of the USA's largest health and wellness companies, working in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Paul is a passionate healthcare advocate who is strongly focused on improving outcomes for consumers.  Throughout his career, Paul has developed a strong reputation for leading programs which improve healthcare quality and efficiency, help consumers make more informed healthcare decisions, and improve their engagement and knowledge of their condition.


Professor Graeme Samuel AC
Vice Chancellor’s Professional Fellow, Monash University’s Business School and Co-Director of the Monash Business Policy Forum

Graeme is also Chair of the Victorian Taxi Services Commission, a Commissioner of the Australia Rugby League Commission, a Councillor of the Australia National University, President of the Alzheimer’s Australia, Chair of the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network, Council member of the National Health and Medical Research Council and Chair its Health Innovation Advisory Committee and the National Institute for Dementia Research a Member of the Aged Care Financing Authority. He was Chair of the Commonwealth Government’s Panel of Review of Australia’s Independent Medical Research Institutes. He is currently advising the Commonwealth Department of Health in relation to its review of private health insurance.

James Gilliespie

James Gillespie
Deputy Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney, and Associate Professor in Health Policy, Sydney School of Public Health
James was educated at the University of Melbourne and completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge.  He has been a chief investigator on National Health and Medical Research Council–funded projects researching management of chronic illness, care integration and research translation into policy. His current research focuses on improving health system responses to severe and continuing mental illness.

His books include The Price of Health: Australian Governments and Medical Politics (Cambridge University Press 1991, 2002) and (with Anne-marie Boxall) Making Medicare: the Politics of Universal Health Care in Australia (2013). 

   Natalie Kelly
General Manager of Strategy for the Provider Networks and Integrated Care (PNIC) division, Medibank
Natalie has 15 years’ experience across the healthcare, finance and Government sector. As General Manager of Strategy, her key responsibilities include developing, executing and sustaining strategic initiatives that align with the ‘Triple Aim of Healthcare’ (to improve patient experience, improve patient outcomes and reduce costs). 

Prior to joining Medibank, Natalie was the Senior Healthcare Analyst in the Institutional Equities Group at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and a Senior Project Officer in the Mergers and Asset Sales division of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Natalie has a Masters Degree in Commerce (Economics) from The University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics Honours) from Monash University.

  Adam Jupp
Senior Manger, PwC


Since joining PwC's Actuarial team in 2007, Adam's role has been to assist public and private sector clients with the projection and costing of risk and providing advice on the effective management, retention and/or transfer of that risk. He has worked on a diverse range of projects such as determining pharmaceutical stockpile levels, policy change impacts on an insurers’ demographic and claiming profile, developing hospital bed capacity plans and option analysis for the design of mandatory insurance schemes.

He holds the Appointed Actuary role for two private health insurers and one general insurer and is a member of the IAA's Health Practice Committee. Prior to joining PwC in 2007, Adam worked in the WA Department of Health as a system modeller.


  Barry Leung
Head of Strategy and Actuarial Services, Defence Health

Barry joined Defence Health in 2008 and is part of the executive team.  He is responsible for the development of strategies, provision of actuarial support and successful operation of the program management office.

Prior to working with Defence Health, Barry worked in other large health insurers like HCF and Medibank Private, including actuarial services, marketing analytics, and market research.

Barry is proud to be part of a not-for-profit health insurer, and is actively involved in seeking innovative ways to improve the health and wellbeing of the Defence Community.

  Jamie Reid
Principal, Finity

Jamie Reid is a Principal of Finity Consulting. Jamie has worked in the insurance industry for 15 years, and manages Finity’s health insurance practice. He’s the Appointed Actuary of four Australian private health insurers of various sizes. He is also AA to a New Zealand health insurer, and works with APRA-regulated general insurers.

Jamie is a member of the Actuaries Institute Health Practice Committee, and a past convenor of that group.

  Cindy Shay
Chief Benefits Officer, The Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia Limited

Cindy has more than 20 years of experience in health care having served as Group Executive of Provider Relations at Medibank, CEO of a group of Private hospitals, adviser to public hospitals and managing a large hospital supply provider.

 Ms. Shay is responsible for managing provider relationships, funding model developments, health initiatives and improved models of care initiatives encompassing HCF’s relationships with hospitals and medical and ancillary professionals.

  Andrew Matthews
Chief Actuary, Medibank Private

Andrew is the Chief Actuary for Medibank Private and oversees the actuarial services capability including capital management, pricing, financial forecasting.  The actuarial team’s work is to bring together technical and human endeavor that creates conditions for informed opinion, exploring options and supporting performance.

Andrew joined Medibank in April 2013 and brings more than 20 years of experience leading strategic development, business advisory involving probability, statistics and the assessment of possibility. He is a former partner of Ernst & Young, Asia pacific, a senior actuary for Insurance Australia Group (IAG); manager of actuarial and financial strategies with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC); consultant with Trowbridge consulting and an actuarial trainee with National Mutual.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Actuaries institute; He also has a Masters in Organizational Development (MSOD) with Pepperdine University in California, USA - a leadership program in the art and science of strategic change and building organizational capability.  Andrew keeps active outside work with family and sporting interests.