Jane Halton

Jane Halton AO PSM has a CV that makes heads spin. A formidable, trailblazing woman in the Australian public service, she’s a giant in health policy leadership and right now the global ‘go-to’ girl on government responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

There is little Jane doesn’t know about leadership: what works, what doesn’t and why women need to strategically navigate those corridors of power normally reserved for men. As former head of the Commonwealth Department of Health and the first woman to head up the Department of Finance, Jane has never shied from a challenge.

She is Chair of the Gate’s Foundation initiative, CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and one of the few women on the Australian government’s National COVID Coordination Commission. She sits on a number of boards, including ANZ and has held international roles in health governance at the WHO and OECD.

In BroadTalk Jane speaks openly about what helped shape her ambition and what it’s like to be an ‘outsider’. She shares insights to what makes a good leader great; whether leadership traits are gendered; why women around the globe are leading better than many men right now, and the key skills needed to drive ‘new leadership’ in the 2020’s.

BroadTalk is hosted by journalist Virginia Haussegger and produced by Martyn Pearce.


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