Jane Lomax-Smith is Chair of the South Australian Teachers' Registration Board and Chair of the Don Dunstan Foundation, a thought leadership organisation that works on collaborative projects to inspire action for a fairer world, building on the legacy of the late South Australian Premier, Don Dunstan.
She is president of the Australian Federation of Friends of Museums and consulting to a pathology laboratory during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Jane recently completed her roles as Chair of the South Australian Museum Board and a Director of Adelaide’s iconic Jam Factory Centre for Contemporary Craft and Design.
In 2002 Jane was elected to the South Australian Parliament as Member for Adelaide and was a Minister in several portfolios including Education and Tourism for eight years until March 2010. Before entering Parliament, Jane served the community in Local Government as an Adelaide City Councillor for three terms and as Lord Mayor of Adelaide for two terms.
Born in the East End of London, she attended the local Grammar School and studied at the London Hospital Medical School in Whitechapel. She became a clinical pathologist, medical researcher and teacher in London, Boston and Adelaide. In Adelaide, Jane established and ran her own pathology practice for several years.
Jane and her family live in the south-west corner of the City of Adelaide, which has been their home for more than 30 years.
Among Jane’s many local activities, such as being convenor for the Cooks Society in Adelaide and a supporter of local history groups, she has for many years also been Patron of a number of community organisations, including the Adelaide Poultry Club Inc.; Callisthenic Association of SA (Joint Patron); Adelaide Turf Cricket Umpires Association and Restless Dance Theatre.
In 2013, Jane was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the Parliament and the community of South Australia.