Keynote Speakers


Dr Kerry SchottDr Kerry Schott

Dr Schott was previously CEO at Sydney Water and was CEO of the NSW Commission of Audit. She has 15 years' investment banking experience, including as Managing Director of Deutsche Bank and Executive Vice President of Bankers Trust Australia.

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Dr Schott is currently: Chair of the Board of Directors of Moorebank Intermodal Company; Director of NBN Co Limited; Director of NSW Treasury Corporation (TCorp); and a member of the Advisory Board at Infrastructure Australia, Deutsche Asset Management (Australia), the Whitlam Institute and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. She is also a member of Macquarie University Council.


Professor Joanne B CiullaProfessor Joanne B Ciulla
Coston Family Chair in Leadership and Ethics, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond

Joanne B Ciulla holds the Coston Family Chair in Leadership and Ethics at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond, where she is one of the founders of the School.

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Ciulla has had academic appointments at La Salle University, Harvard Business School, and The Wharton School; and visiting appointments at Oxford University, The University of Fort Hare, the University of Melbourne (Trinity College), and Nyenrode Business University. Ciulla was also the UNESCO Chair in Leadership Studies at the United Nations International Leadership Academy in Jordan.

The recipient of a BA, MA and PhD in philosophy, Ciulla publishes extensively on leadership ethics, business ethics, and the philosophy of work. She received the Outstanding Educator Award from The Virginia State Council of Education and the Distinguished Educator Award from the University of Richmond. She is president of the International Society for Business, Economics, and Ethics and the former president of the Society for Business Ethics.

Ciulla has given talks and seminars on ethics for organizations such as Aspen Institute, The Brookings Institution, The World Economic Forum, as well as various government agencies and businesses in the US and abroad.


Mr Graeme HeadMr Graeme Head
NSW Public Service Commissioner

Mr Graeme Head was appointed as the inaugural NSW Public Service Commissioner in October 2011.

Prior to his appointment, Graeme had most recently served as Deputy Secretary with the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and as Chief Executive of the Health Reform Transition Office in 2010-11.

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Prior to joining the Commonwealth Government, Graeme had around 30 years experience in a variety of public sector roles in New South Wales, with more than 18 years in executive roles.

He was Director General of the former Department of Services, Technology & Administration (now the Department of Finance and Services) and Deputy Director General with the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC). Before that he had spent 17 years in a range of senior roles in the environment portfolio and 11 years in the health system.

Featured Speakers


Professor Gary Banks AOProfessor Gary Banks AO
Chief Executive and Dean, Australia and New Zealand School of Government

Gary Banks commenced as Chief Executive and Dean of ANZSOG in January 2013, having been Chairman of the Productivity Commission since its inception in 1998. In that period, Gary's other roles included chairing the COAG senior officials group that reports on government service performance, and overseeing the Office of Regulation Review.

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In addition to heading many inquiries by the Commission, he was a member of the West Review of Higher Education and he chaired the Prime Minister's Regulation Taskforce in 2006. In earlier years, Gary worked for the GATT/WTO Secretariat in Geneva, the Trade Policy Research Centre in London and the Centre for International Economics, Canberra.

Gary is a Professorial Fellow at Melbourne University and Adjunct Professor at the ANU. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and a National Fellow of the IPAA, for whom he delivered the 2013 Garran Oration.

Among other current roles, he chairs the Regulatory Policy Committee of the OECD and is an Independent Director of the Macquarie Group. In late 2013, he was appointed to the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council. His contributions to public policy have been recognised in the Economic Society's inaugural Distinguished Public Policy Fellow Award and the Order of Australia.


Mr Bruce BarbourMr Bruce Barbour
NSW Ombudsman

Bruce has been the NSW Ombudsman since June 2000. He has over 25 years' experience in administrative law, investigations and management. Bruce has led the Ombudsman's Office through significant change and growth.

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Bruce was regional vice president of the International Ombudsman Institute for seven years, representing the Australasian and Pacific Region Ombudsman. Bruce is currently a member of the Board of the Pacific Ombudsman Alliance. Before his appointment as Ombudsman, Bruce was a senior member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal and a member of the Casino Control Authority.



Ms Belinda ClarkMs Belinda Clark QSO
Victorian Public Sector Commissioner

Belinda Clark is the inaugural Commissioner of the Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC), which was established in April 2014.

Belinda is a lawyer with more than 30 years� public sector management experience in New Zealand. Prior to taking up the role of Victorian Public Sector Commissioner she held a number of senior government roles in New Zealand.

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Key roles include Secretary of Justice for more 10 years; inaugural Director of the Office of Treaty Settlements (a body set up to negotiate and settle Maori claims against the Crown) and Chief Executive of the Tertiary Education Commission. Belinda also served as Deputy Secretary in both Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Maori Development) and the Accident Compensation Corporation, a State entity.

In her earlier career Belinda served for 10 years with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which included a four-year posting to the United Nations as New Zealand Representative on the Human Rights (Third) Committee.

In the course of her career in New Zealand, Belinda chaired a number of key bodies including the Justice Sector Chief Executives and the Committee for Oversight of the Organised and Financial Crime Agency (OFCANZ). She was a long-serving member of many others, including the Electoral Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Trust. She was also a senior associate with the law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts for four years in banking and commercial practice.

Belinda has a BA and LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland and a LLM in International Law from New York University.

Belinda was admitted as a barrister and solicitor to the New Zealand Bar in 1983 and is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management (FNZIM) and Patron of a NZ Police Wing.

She is a past member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors (IoD) and the American Society of International Law. Belinda was made a Companion of the Queen�s Service Order (QSO) for services to the State in the 2014 New Zealand Honours Awards.

Belinda is a member of the Victorian Secretaries Board.


Mr Blair ComleyMr Blair Comley PSM
Secretary, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

Blair Comley is the Secretary of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and the State's senior public servant. He is a board member of Infrastructure NSW, the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board and is chair of the Secretaries Board of the NSW Public Service.

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Previously Blair was Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and was a member of the Secretaries Board. Prior to becoming Secretary, Blair was Deputy Secretary of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Earlier, Blair held a range of senior positions in the Treasury including as General Manager of the Business Tax Division, Indirect Tax Division, Macroeconomic Policy Division and the Debt Management Review Team.

He represented Australia for three years on economic matters at the OECD and was the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Office of Financial Management with responsibility for managing the Australian Government's debt and related derivative portfolio.

Blair has also been a special adviser at PricewaterhouseCooopers and was a lecturer in the Department of Economics at Monash University.

Blair holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and a Master of Economics from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the Australian National University.


Jerrold Cripps QC
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The Hon Jerrold Cripps QC
Former Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Commissioner

The Hon Jerrold Cripps practised at the Bar for a number of years and became a Queen's Counsel in 1973. Since 1980 he served as a Judge of the District Court, Judge and Chief Judge of the Land & Environment Court, Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (NSW), and Judge of the Court of Appeal.

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In 1994, he retired from the bench and for six years was Special Counsel to Allen, Allen and Hemsley. He returned to the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal from 1999 to 2004. Thereafter, he was the Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption for a five year non-renewable period and later became Acting Commissioner of the Police Integrity Commission.

During his career, Jerrold has been associated with administrative bodies and tribunals concerned with public (and private) sector activities. These include: Chair of the National Electricity Tribunal (1998-2004), Chair of the Electoral Commission of NSW (2003-2004), Arbitrator of the International Court of Sport (1998-), Member of the Corporation Securities Panel (1994-1998), part-time member of the NSW Law Reform Commission (1992-1998), Member of the Judicial Commission (1986-1992), Chair of the Legal Services Commission (1980- 1985), President of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board (1979), Chair of the Australian Commercial Dispute Centre (1993-2004), Special Counsel to Allen, Allen and Hemsley (1994-1999).

A great deal of Jerrold's post-judicial life has been concerned with the prevention, by investigation and exposure, of corruption in the public sector and of people in the private sector who attempt to corrupt public officials. He has spent a great deal of time educating public authorities, public officials and members of the public concerning corruption and its detrimental effects on public administration and on the community.


The Hon Bob Debus AM

The Hon Bob Debus AM
Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney
Former NSW and Commonwealth Minister

Bob Debus worked as a lawyer, publisher and ABC Radio broadcaster before serving as a minister in the New South Wales and Federal Governments.

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He held the portfolios of Federal Minister for Home Affairs (2007/2009), New South Wales Attorney General (2000/2007), Minister for the Environment (1999/2007), Minister for Emergency Services (1995/2003), Minister for Corrective Services (1995/2001), Minister for Arts (2005/2007), Minister Assisting the Premier for the Arts (1995/2005), Minister for Tourism (1997/1999), Minister for Energy(1997/1999), Minister for Finance (1984/88), Minister for Cooperative Societies (1986/88), Assistant Minister for Education (1986/88) and Minister for Employment (1984/86).

During the period 1989/1994 he was National Director of The Australian Freedom from Hunger Campaign, assisting in its amalgamation with Community Aid Abroad to form the organisation now known as Oxfam Australia.


The Hon Dr Geoff Gallop ACThe Hon Dr Geoff Gallop AC
Professor and Director, Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney

Professor Geoff Gallop was a member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 1986 to 2006 and the Premier of Western Australia from 2001 to 2006.

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He was a Minister in the Lawrence Labor Government from 1990 to 1993 (holding a range of portfolios most notably Education, Fuel and Energy and Minister Assisting the Treasurer) and when that Government was defeated in 1993 he took up a range of Shadow Ministerial appointments.

In 1994 he was elected Deputy Leader of the State Parliamentary Labor Party and in 1996 he was elected Leader.

As Premier, he oversaw a range of political and social reforms (electoral reform, gay and lesbian equality and a State Administrative Tribunal), upgraded the State's industrial and labour laws, brought a spirit of reconciliation to the resolution of Native Title and developed partnership models for the State's indigenous communities, changed the law to require all 16 and 17 year olds to be in education or training, was the first Premier to commit his government to a major desalination plant, stopped the logging of all of the State's Old Growth Forests creating record numbers of new national parks, restructured the State's electricity and racing industries, and started construction of the Perth to Mandurah Railway and City Tunnel.

As Minister for Science he established the Science Council, committed significant funding to Research and Development in the State, and established the Premier's Research Fellowship Program to attract leading researchers from overseas and interstate.

Geoff has been involved in a range of educational, community and sporting associations over many years and from 1983 to 1986 he was a Councillor at the City of Fremantle. In 2001 he was awarded a Commonwealth of Australia Centenary Medal and was honoured with Life Membership of the Association for the Blind (Western Australia). In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. In April 2006 he was admitted to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Murdoch University and in March 2012 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Western Australia. In 2008 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.

He is currently Deputy Chair of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council, Chair of the Australia Awards Board and Member of the International Education Advisory Council.


Mr Grant HehirMr Grant Hehir
Auditor-General of New South Wales

Grant Hehir commenced as the Auditor-General of New South Wales from 5 November 2013 for a period of eight years. Prior to being appointed Auditor-General of New South Wales, Mr Hehir was Secretary of the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance from 2006, and was Secretary of the Department of Education and Training from May 2003 to 2006.

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As Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance, he led the department, providing advice on economic and financial policy and resource allocation decisions.

Mr Hehir also worked in the Federal Department of Finance and Administration for several years.


The Hon Megan LathamThe Hon Megan Latham
Commissioner, Independent Commission Against Corruption

The Hon Megan Latham is the current Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption. She was appointed for a statutory five-year term in January 2014.

Ms Latham was a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales from 2005 to January 2014. From 1998 to 2005 she was a judge of the District Court of New South Wales.

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From November 1999 until October 2002 she was the part-time Deputy President of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal and Head of the Equal Opportunity Division of that tribunal.

From 1987 to 1994 Ms Latham practised as a crown prosecutor in criminal trials in the District and Supreme Courts. From 1994 to 1996, she was the Director of the Criminal Law Review Division of the Attorney General's Department. From 1996 until her appointment to the bench, she was Crown Advocate for NSW.


Su McCluskeyMs Su McCluskey
CEO, Regional Australia Institute (RAI)

Su McCluskey is the CEO of the Regional Australia Institute (RAI), the first national independent policy think tank devoted to regional issues. The RAI conducts research into priority policy issues impacting all areas of Australia lying outside capital cities. Su is also a member of the Competition Policy Review Panel.

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Su joined the RAI from the Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations where she served for three years as CEO. Su is a past Executive Director of the Office of Best Practice Regulation, was a Consultant Specialist Advisor to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources and held senior policy positions with the Business Council of Australia, the National Farmers' Federation and the Australian Taxation Office.

Su has extensive expertise in regional policy development, taxation, regulatory reform and governance. As well as a broad understanding of policy implementation, her personal experience running a beef cattle stud in Yass, NSW gives her grassroots insight into regional and rural issues.

Su was named the winner of the 2013 Australian Financial Review and Westpac Regional Women of Influence Award and the 2014 winner of the Women in Australian Agribusiness outstanding contribution to policy category.


Terry Moran ACMr Terry Moran AC
President, Institute of Public Administration Australia

Mr Moran is the National President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA).

He has had a varied public service career, working with successive Australian Federal and State governments in public policy and public sector management.

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Mr Moran was Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from March 2008 to September 2011. Mr Moran also played a lead role in driving reforms to the Australian Public Service. Mr Moran was named a Companion of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2012.

Mr Moran’s early career as a CEO focussed on building Australia’s education and technical skills capacity. In 2000 he was appointed Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria.

Mr Moran was Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from March 2008 to September 2011. Mr Moran also played a lead role in driving reforms to the Australian Public Service. Mr Moran was named a Companion of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2012.

Mr Moran’s current roles include Melbourne Theatre Company and Chair, Barangaroo Delivery Authority in NSW.


John Nethercote
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Mr John Nethercote
Adjunct Professor, Public Policy Institute, Australian Catholic University

John Nethercote is Adjunct Professor, Canberra Campus, Australian Catholic University. Educated at the University of Sydney, the Australian National University and the London School of Economics, he had a diverse range of assignments in the Australian Public Service (Public Service Board, the Royal Commission on Australian Government Administration, the Public Service Commission of Canada, the Defence Review Committee, the National Inquiry into Local Government Finance) before joining the Department of the Senate.

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In addition to overseeing publication of the final edition of Australian Senate Practice by J. R. Odgers, he was variously secretary of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration and the Senate Select Committee on Uranium Mining and Milling.

He edited the Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration for two decades (1980-2000) and then edited Australasian Parliamentary Review(2001-03). Among the many books he has edited are Parliament and Bureaucracy (1982), The Menzies Era (jointly, 1995), The House on Capital Hill (jointly, 1997), Liberalism and the Australian Federation (2001), and Restraining Elective Dictatorship (jointly, 2008). He writes frequently for the Public Sector Informant (Canberra Times).


Maree O'HalloranMs Maree O'Halloran AM
Director (CEO) of the Welfare Rights Centre

Ms O'Halloran is the Director (CEO) of the Welfare Rights Centre and part-time Tribunal Member at the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. She was previously President of the NSW Teachers Federation. She serves on the Boards of the NSW Public Service Commission, the Teachers Credit Union and the Health and the Community Services Industry Superannuation Fund (HESTA).

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Ms O'Halloran was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2011 Australia Day Honours list in recognition of her service to industrial relations and the education sectors.


Dr Stuart PalmerDr Stuart Palmer
Head of Ethics, Australian Ethical Investment

Stuart combines expertise in business and organisational ethics with over 20 years experience in the financial, investment and legal sectors. As Head of Ethics Stuart works with the research teams to ensure social and environmental impacts are integrated into Australian Ethical's investment process.

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Stuart also manages Australian Ethical's engagement and advocacy for sustainable corporate behaviour across the economy. Prior to joining Australian Ethical, Stuart was Head of Practice at St James Ethics Centre. He has also been a partner at law firm Middletons Moore & Bevins and Head of Asset Securitisation at ABN AMRO Australia.


Michael PrattMr Michael Pratt
Customer Service Commissioner NSW

Michael has an extensive career in banking and wealth management throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Most recently, he was CEO of Consumer and SME Banking, North East Asia with Standard Chartered Bank based in Shanghai. He is a former President of the Australian Institute of Banking & Finance and was the Inaugural Joint President of Finsia.

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In addition to his appointment as the inaugural Customer Service Commissioner for the NSW Government he is also the Chair of the NSW Customer Advisory Board which is the responsible entity for governing the delivery of core State Government Services to the citizens and businesses of NSW.

Michael is Deputy Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney and a Non Executive Director of Credit Union Australia. He is also a Non Executive Director of the Bennelong Group and the Bennelong Foundation and is Chairman of Bennelong Funds Management. He also undertakes some CEO coaching.

Michael's other previous roles include senior executive positions as Group Executive of Westpac Australia Consumer & Business Banking, CEO National Australia Bank, Australia and CEO, Bank of New Zealand. In all these roles he has driven major change, delivering strong financial results and much improved customer service across multiple channels.

Previous directorships include Non Executive Director of MasterCard International Inc New York, Non Executive Director of MasterCard Asia Pacific, Non Executive Director of BT Financial Services, Non Executive Director of Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong, Non Executive Director of Standard Chartered Bank China and Chairman of Prime Credit China.


Professor Charles SampfordProfessor Charles Sampford
Director, The Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith University

Professor Charles Sampford topped politics, philosophy and law at Melbourne, combining them in his Oxford DPhil (1986). As Griffith's Foundation Dean of Law from 1991, he established the curriculum and research culture that, within 21 years, earned the Law School a QS global ranking of 43rd in the world.

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Charles led the 1998 bid for the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance (the only law or governance centre to receive Australian Research Council centre funding) and was its Foundation Director until, in September 2004, he became the Director of the Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, a joint initiative of the United Nations University, Griffith, ANU and others. Foreign fellowships include a Senior Fulbright Award to Harvard (2000). He has written 125 articles and chapters and has completed thirty books and edited collections with OUP, Routledge, Ashgate and Federation Press.

In June 2008, his work on ethics and integrity systems was recognized by the ARC as one of the 20 researchers across all disciplines in the ARC's first 20 years who had had the greatest impact (Graeme Clarke Outcomes Forum in Parliament House, Canberra). Charles is also a Barrister and company director and has consulted on governance issues by numerous governments, parliamentary committees and international agencies and NGOs.

Peter Gallagher APMAssistant Commissioner Gallagher APM
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner

Assistant Commissioner Gallagher joined the New South Wales Police Force as a cadet in 1976. During cadet training he received three months seniority for academic excellence and was the last person sworn into the organisation at the age of 18 years and 9 months.

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He initially served at Maroubra Police Station receiving the Peter Mitchell Award for the highest place in secondary training, after which he transferred to Wagga Wagga.

He performed general duties at Wagga and eventually joined the Wagga Detectives’ Office as a plainclothes applicant. Assistant Commissioner Gallagher performed general duties and detectives work in Grafton, Ballina, Casino and Lismore throughout his career. He was awarded first place in both the Potential Crime Investigators Course and the Detectives Course. In the early 1990’s he was seconded to the Independent Commission Against Corruption where he worked as an investigator and senior investigator; in the main investigating allegations of corruption involving local councils.

Following this secondment, he returned to the Police Force and was eventually promoted to Commander, Canobolas Local Area Command (Orange) in 2000. He has worked as a Local Area Commander at Orange, Ku-ring-ai (Hornsby) and Flemington. He has also performed duties as the Commander - Employee Management Branch, Commander - HR Command Support Project Team, Director - Corporate Human Resources, Commander - Western Region, and Commander - Commissioner’s Special Projects Team. He is presently the Commander of the New South Wales Police Force Professional Standards Command.

Assistant Commissioner Gallagher has completed a secondment with the Australian Institute of Police Management which saw him travel throughout the Pacific Region delivering and reviewing capacity training for the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. He has conducted training in Human Resource governance and complaint management throughout the New South Wales Police Force. He has attended the Scottish Police College and studied policing within the London metropolitan area. He was invited to China by their Public Security Bureau to lecture on human resource management and he has completed a three week study tour of Canada which saw him lecture at the Canadian Police College (West) in British Columbia. He has performed many teaching roles throughout his career and has variously been a S.W.O.S. operative and hostage negotiator. He has also performed a great deal of duty with the (then) Child Mistreatment Unit.

Assistant Commissioner Gallagher holds a number of post-graduate qualifications, including a Masters of Leadership and Management (Policing), and a Master of Arts (Terrorism, Safety and Security). His present PhD studies involve the self-identification and motivation of police officers.


Stephen SedgwickMr Stephen Sedgwick AO FIPAA
Former Commissioner, Australian Public Service Commission

Mr Sedgwick has had a long and distinguished career in the public sector beginning in 1972 and has had senior leadership posts since the late 1980s. He was Secretary to the Commonwealth Departments of Finance, Employment and Education between 1992 and 2002, and was a member of the Board of the Asian Development Bank for five years until 2007.

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After a period as Professor and Director of a research institute at the University of Melbourne, Mr Sedgwick held the position of Australian Public Service Commissioner from December 2009 to December 2014. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in January 2001, was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in June 2012, and was awarded a National Fellowship of the Institute of Public Administration Australia in November 2013.

Mr Sedgwick also serves on a number of not for profit boards and advisory groups.


Sonja StewartMs Sonja Stewart
Deputy Commissioner, Public Service Commission

Prior to joining the PSC, Sonja was the Divisional Director of the Communities and Early Years Division, NSW Department of Family and Community Services with responsibility for delivering a range of whole-of-government policies and programs aimed at improving outcomes for children, families and communities.

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The Division also licensed and regulated around 3,500 early childhood education and care services in NSW. In 2002, Sonja joined the NSW Government as a Director of Strategic Projects in the former NSW Premier?s Department (now the DPC). Previous to this, Sonja was with the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, where she was the NSW State Policy Manager.


Mr Robert TicknerMr Robert Tickner
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Red Cross

Robert Tickner was appointed as Secretary General - Chief Executive Officer in February 2005. During his tenure, Robert has overseen historic reforms to modernise and harmonise the work of Australian Red Cross to increase the organisation's capacity to work for vulnerable people.

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Now operating under a cohesive national framework underpinned by a five-year strategy, Australian Red Cross has clearly defined its seven priority areas of service and ways of working.

In 2012, Robert was seconded to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva to act as Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Values and Diplomacy. Robert is focused on building a collaborative and innovative organisation to increase the impact and effectiveness of Australian Red Cross in addressing disadvantage among the most vulnerable people.

Prior to taking up his Red Cross appointment, Robert was the CEO of Job Futures Ltd, a large national network of community-based employment service providers.

Robert served as Federal Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 1990-1996 and is Australia's longest serving Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. Before being elected to the Federal parliament, he was a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the Institute of Technology as well as the Faculty of Business Studies. He later served as Principal Solicitor to the NSW Aboriginal Legal Service. Between 1977 and 1984 he served as a Councillor on the Sydney City Council including a very brief period as Acting Lord Mayor.

Robert holds Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Economics degrees and has undertaken the first stage of an Executive MBA.


Professor Anne TiernanProfessor Anne Tiernan
Program Director, Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University

Anne Tiernan is a Professor in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University. She is Director of Griffith's Executive Masters in Public Administration (EMPA) program.

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She is a Faculty Member with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and coordinates ANZSOG activities in Queensland. She is author of a forthcoming book Pest Controllers, Shock Absorbers: A Profile of Prime Ministers' Chiefs of Staff (with R.A.W. Rhodes, Melbourne University Press), Learning to be a Minister: Heroic Expectations, Practical Realities (with Patrick Weller, Melbourne University Press, 2010) and Power Without Responsibility: Ministerial Staffers in Australian Governments from Whitlam to Howard (UNSW Press, 2007).

Professor Tiernan's research interests include: policy advice, executive advisory systems, policy capacity, federalism and intergovernmental coordination, agenda-setting and policy influence.

Between 2008 and 2012 Professor Tiernan was a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Queensland Public Service Commission and has consulted regularly to Australian governments at all levels. In 2012 she was appointed as a Member of the Public Records Review Committee of the Queensland State Archives and is a member of the Board of Directors of St Rita's College Ltd.


Mr Chris WheelerMr Chris Wheeler
Deputy Ombudsman of New South Wales

Chris Wheeler is the Deputy NSW Ombudsman. He has over 30 years experience in complaint handling and investigations, as well as extensive experience in management and public administration.

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Among other things, Chris is responsible for the work of the Public Administration Division of the Ombudsman and direct oversight of the responsibilities conferred on the Ombudsman under the Public Interest Disclosures Act. He also has responsibility to lead and coordinate the preparation of publications issued by the NSW Ombudsman to guide and improve the performance by public officials of their duties.

Previous experience: Chris is a town planner and lawyer who has previously worked in a variety of positions in State and local government in NSW and Victoria. He also worked for some years as a solicitor in the private sector.




Peter MaresMr Peter Mares

Peter Mares is an experienced moderator with The Cranlana Programme, an independent not-for-profit organisation that promotes wisdom in leadership and ethical decision-making, using the methodology of moderated roundtable discussion in a confidential and respectful environment.

Peter combines his work at Cranlana with writing and is a contributing editor with the online journal Inside Story.

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Previously Peter worked as the Cities Fellow at the Grattan Institute, and for twenty-five years he was a broadcaster with the ABC, serving as a foreign correspondent and presenting national radio programs, including the daily regional current affairs program, Asia Pacific, and the weekly public policy discussion program, The National Interest. Peter has had a long engagement in public policy research and has been an adjunct fellow at the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University since 2002. He is particularly interested in migration and has published in scholarly books and journals. He is the author of Borderline (UNSW Press 2001 & 2002), an award-winning book analysing Australia's approach to refugees and asylum seekers.


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