Saul Eslake worked as an economist in the Australian financial markets for more than 25 years, including as Chief Economist at McIntosh Securities (a stockbroking firm) in the late 1980s, Chief Economist (International) at National Mutual Funds Management in the early 1990s, as Chief Economist at the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) from 1995 to 2009, and as Chief Economist (Australia & New Zealand) for Bank of America Merrill Lynch from 2011 until June 2015. In between these last two positions he was Director of the Productivity Growth program at the Grattan Institute.
In July 2015 Saul started up his own economics consultancy business, operating out of Hobart, and in April 2016 took up a part-time position as a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania.
Saul is a member of the Australian Parliamentary Budget Office’s Advisory Panel; the Australian Taxation Office’s ‘Tax Gap’ Advisory Panel; and is on the Advisory Board of Jamieson Coote Bonds, a Melbourne-based specialist bond investment manager.
Saul is a non-executive director of the Macquarie Point Development Corporation, which is responsible for the redevelopment of a large parcel of land adjoining Hobart’s iconic waterfront. He was previously on the Board of Hydro Tasmania, Tasmania’s state-owned electricity generation business, from March 2008 until September 2018.
Saul’s previous involvement with the arts world includes five years as Chair of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board (2006-2011), two years on Board of the Australian Business Arts Foundation, and three years as Chair of the Board of Ten Days on the Island (2015-18).