Our Patrons are highly respected members and leaders of the Australian community and act as advocates in various ways for MS Australia.
Simon McKeon AO – 2011 Australian of the Year – is the current Chancellor of Monash University and is the Patron and Life Governor of MS Australia.
Simon McKeon was a founding Chairman of MS Research Australia, the research arm of MS Australia, and retired as a Director of MS Research Australia in 2011. Following, he was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to business, commerce and community through leadership and advisory roles, as a supporter of national and international charitable, educational and sporting organisations.
Previously, Mr McKeon was engaged as the former Executive Chairman of the Macquarie Group Limited, and is the former Chairman of the CSIRO.
He is the co-author of the Commonwealth Governments’ 2013 McKeon Review- providing a new blueprint strategy for health and medical research in this country. His many other humanitarian and philanthropic activities include being a Director of World Vision for 15 years, a Director of the Global Poverty Project and working directly with people addicted to drugs and with remote indigenous communities.
“I am proud to be the Patron of MS Australia.
“As the national voice for people with multiple sclerosis, MS Australia advocates for more than 25,000 Australians diagnosed with the disease, their carers and the broader MS community. From research, to advocacy and raising awareness, sharing resources and news and much more, MS Australia has and continue to make a tangible difference for so many Australians.
“On behalf of all Australians, I thank you. I look forward to supporting MS Australia and spending time with the hard working staff, volunteers and supporters over the next five years.”