Matthew O'Callaghan, President

Member since 26 March 2020, appointed until 25 March 2023

Matthew O’Callaghan was a Senior Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission and the former Australian Industrial Relations Commission from 2001 to his retirement in 2017. He was involved in workplace relations issues throughout Australia with primary involvement in South Australia and Western Australia.

Matthew has held senior roles in the South Australian Public Sector.  He was formerly the Chief Executive of the South Australian Department of Industrial Affairs and was, at various times, responsible for printing, fleet management, forensic science and other functions.

Before entering the public service, Matthew was the Chief Executive of the South Australian Employer’s Federation, which has subsequently become Business SA. He has had particularly extensive involvement in major civil and mechanical construction projects throughout Australia. He commenced his workplace relations career with BHP in the Whyalla Steelworks.

Peter Alexander, APM, Member

Member since 27 November 2014, appointment until 1 October 2020

Mr Peter Alexander has provided advice on government relations at the Federal, State and Local Government levels. Peter’s previous involvement in the Police force over four decades gives him in-depth experience in Industrial Relations. He was elected President of the Police Federation of Australia (1996 -2007) and President of the Police Association of South Australia (PASA) (1991-2008) following his role as Detective Sergeant in the Criminal Investigation Branch SA.

Mr Alexander holds a Law Degree and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management.

As President of the Police Federation, Mr Alexander represented 50,000 police officers across Australia. He provided advice to various jurisdictions concerning salary and work conditions of police officers of all levels.

Mr Alexander has extensive hands-on experience in education and training, work conditions, superannuation, termination of employment, promotions, business reviews, staffing levels and Enterprise Bargaining. He has negotiated at Ministerial level with the Federal Government regarding issues of national significance including the deployment of internal police to overseas countries in the Oceania region.

Mr Alexander has been awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2001 in recognition of his services to both the State and Federal Police.

Pamela Martin, PSM, Member

Member since 23 May 2016, appointment until 1 October 2020

Ms Pamela Martin has considerable experience as a legal practitioner in both the public and private sectors and as a lecturer and tutor in the legal discipline. Ms Martin currently sits on various boards and committees, including chairing Walford Anglican School for Girls council, the South Australian Museum Foundation, the Attorney-General’s Department Audit and Risk Committee, and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Risk Management and Audit Committee.

Ms Martin has previously been the Deputy Chancellor of the University of Adelaide and has held various other appointments at the university, and in the broader sectors of academia and government.

Ms Martin has been awarded the Public Service Medal and holds a law degree.