Dr. Matthew Butlin

Dr. Matthew Butlin

Dr. Butlin is the Chair and Chief Executive of the South Australian Productivity Commission. This is a part-time appointment.

Dr Butlin previously held the role of Red Tape Commissioner in Victoria from September 2015 to June 2018. He was Chairman of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC) from 2008 to 2015, a body that performed a similar role to the SAPC, and a Commissioner with the Commonwealth Productivity Commission in 2007 and 2008. He has held various senior executive roles in the Australian Public Service, and in the mining and management consulting industries.

Dr Butlin is also a part-time Senior Associate of ACIL Allen Consulting. There are strict protocols in place with the South Australian Government to avoid any conflicts of interest between this role and his concurrent role as the Chair of the SAPC.

In addition, he is currently the national President of the Economic Society of Australia and an honorary Enterprise Professor at Melbourne University’s Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. He is a former honorary Professorial Fellow at the Monash Business School.

Dr Butlin holds qualifications from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Australian National University.


Adrian Tembel

Adrian Tembel was appointed as a Commissioner with the South Australian Productivity Commission in November 2018.  This is a part time appointment.

Adrian has held the position of Chief Executive Partner of South Australian headquartered national law firm, Thomson Geer, since April 2009. Adrian was a specialist corporate and technology lawyer at Thomson Geer for more than 15 years prior to his appointment as the firms’ Chief Executive Partner.

As a business leader, Adrian has been instrumental in growing Thomson Geer into a nationally recognised law firm with offices in 4 cities across Australia. As an advisor, Adrian has extensive experience in public and private sector innovation and technology commercialisation as well as the medical, media and information technology and telecommunications industries. He has considerable experience in international transactions involving large multinational corporations.

Adrian previously held a long-term non-executive directorship with Internode Pty Ltd and has been a Thomson Geer Board member since 2009.

Adrian studied at the University of Adelaide, receiving a degree in Economics and an honours degree in Law. Adrian has also been admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales.