Simon Crean has been a leading figure in industrial relations and politics for over 40 years. He holds degrees in economics and law and was ACTU President, and on entering Parliament in 1990 served in the Cabinets of four Prime Ministers. He also led The Australian Labor Party.
Simon's portfolio responsibilities have seen his involvement in science and innovation, primary industries and energy, employment, education and training, industry, treasury, trade, regional development, local government and the arts.
Following his Parliamentary career, Simon remains connected with many of these fields serving on the boards, including as chair, of many organisations, including not for profits, involved in these areas. He is Deputy Chancellor of Monash University and an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University.