Community Advisory Committee


Ms Louise Sylvan is the Chair of Energy Consumers Australia, President and Chair of Bush Heritage Australia, a non-executive director of Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA), Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney School of Public Health, School of Medicine, and also a member of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council Economic Development Advisory Council.

Previously, Louise was CEO of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA), a Commissioner of the Productivity Commission, and Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Before working within government, Louise was Chief Executive of the CHOICE-Australian Consumers’ Association (ACA) and President of Consumers International.  She has served internationally on the OECD's Consumer Policy Committee and chaired their work on Economics for Consumer Policy.

She has also been Deputy President of the Council of the Medical Foundation of the University of Sydney, and a non-executive Director of the UNSW Diplomacy Training Program. Prior government committees include six years on the Australian Prime Minister’s Economic Planning Advisory Council, eleven years on the Australian Statistics Advisory Council to the ABS and memberships of the Expert Group on Electronic Commerce and and the Self-Regulation Task Force.


Narelle Bell has been a lawyer in private practice, community legal centres and the public sector including as Assistant Director of the Legislation and Policy Division of NSW Attorney General's Department and Corporate Counsel for the State Rail Authority.  She has been a Judicial Member of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal and a Legal Member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal.  In 2001 she was appointed to the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and served 13 years as Senior Member.

 Over the past 10 years she has taught reasoning, decision  writing and hearing skills to courts, tribunals and other decision makers in Australia and overseas and now consults in these areas.  Narelle is also a member of the Western Sydney Local District Human Research Medical Ethics Committee and is the Lawyer Member of the Medical Council of NSW.


Dr Jan Herbert is a gerontologist with extensive experience in aged care, public administration and health care. Her professional interests fall into the broad area of health, housing, economic and policy issues as they relate to older people.

She began her career as a registered nurse and university lecturer before taking up an appointment as Advisor in Gerontology to the Commonwealth Department of Health in Canberra in 1982. Following this she participated in the Commonwealth Public Service Executive Development Scheme, subsequently holding senior advisory, policy and managerial positions in aged care, health, welfare, and Aboriginal affairs.

After leaving the Commonwealth Public Service in 1989, Jan was appointed National Co-ordinator for the Abbeyfield Society - a voluntary, non-profit organisation providing supportive accommodation for small groups of elderly people. In 1991 she moved to the New South Wales North Coast to take up a position as Manager of Aged and Disability Services at NSW Health.

Since leaving the NSW Health Department in 1997, Jan has undertaken a number of aged care consultancies and continues as a guest lecturer in Certificate 111 in Aged Care programs in addition to her various professional appointments.


Megan Lavender is peer recognised as one of the Asia Pacific’s best third sector chief executives and has held senior executive roles in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors. 

An experienced company director, Megan sits on the boards of Sport NSW, the Royal Automobile Club of Australia and the Bankstown Harness Racing Club.  She has previously served as a director of the Comtax  Credit Union, Co-Op Bookshop, Australian Institute of International Affairs, Independent Living Centre NSW, Five Dock Leisure Centre and Macquarie University Union.  Megan has also been an Elected City Councillor on the City of Canada Bay Council and Ministerial Advisor to the Minister for Sport, Minister for Tourism and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney 2000 Games. She currently operates her own management consultancy business.


Roxane Marcelle-Shaw is a community member with an interest in record linkage for the benefit of the public and in the associated ethical, legal, privacy and confidentiality requirements. Her professional background is in the statutory regulation of human rights, health privacy, and health professions, as well as the quality and safety of service delivery in the health, disability, aged care, housing, and community sectors.

She has worked in a variety of statutory agencies in Commonwealth, State and Territory governments in senior roles involving standard setting, performance assessment, complaint handling, investigation, community engagement and service improvement. Roxane has also held positions on the governing bodies of community legal services and not-for-profit support services.

Roxane holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Science, Juris Doctor, and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, and recently completed an International Human Rights Law Summer School at the University of Oxford.


Karen McMahon is a solicitor with more than twenty years’ experience working with community organisations, in government and in the private sector. Since 2000 she has specialised in health law. Her previous positions include Senior Legal Officer with the Health Care Complaints Commission, Senior Solicitor and Legal Manager with GILD Insurance Litigation and Special Counsel in the Health and Government Group at Curwoods Lawyers.  She is currently Medico-Legal Adviser with MDA National.

Karen has extensive experience acting for NSW Ministry of Health, Local Health Districts and other government agencies and health practitioners in a wide range of clinical negligence claims, inquests, disciplinary proceedings and administrative law matters. She frequently advises on legislative and policy issues in relation to health information and privacy.


Dr Lee Taylor is a medical epidemiologist and public health physician in the Centre for Epidemiology and Research at the NSW Ministry of Health. She is a member of the CHeReL Executive Committee and has extensive experience in the legal, ethical and privacy issues relating to the collection, use and disclosure of health data for research and management of health services.

Lee is also the custodian of health department data collections that relate to the health of mothers and babies in NSW; she has been responsible for annual reports on the health of mothers and babies in NSW since 1994.


Dr Russel Taylor is a behavioural economist with interests in economic evaluation of human services provision and outcome evaluation methods.  He has a part-time role with NSW Treasury and a mentoring role in the Archerfish Foundation. Russell began his career as a clinical psychologist working in psychiatric, custodial and family health clinics. He has a commercial background as a line-of-business executive and business advisor in information management and business services procurement.