Innovation Through Collaboration
20-21 October 2016, Adelaide
IPAA 2016 National Conference provides a platform for thought leaders and practitioners to discuss, workshop and collaborate ideas around innovation within the public and private administration sectors.
George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades’ experience in the media. His books include The Australian Moment, which won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for the ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. Annabel Crabb said “George Megalogenis is Australia’s best explainer”, David Marr posits “this man is perhaps the sanest journalist in Australia. He believes in facts and figures. He has a unique grasp of politics in all its messy detail. The result is this splendid account of the great reforms of the last 40 years that have made Australia”. Waleed Aly claims “Megalogenis has the rare gift of being both comprehensive and detailed.
He identifies big-picture global trends and demonstrates them forensically. The Australian Moment is him at his insightful, meticulous best.” George is also the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade and Quarterly Essay 40: Trivial Pursuit – Leadership and the End of the Reform Era. His most recent book Australia’s Second Chance was launched by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. This year George will publish Quarterly Essay 61: Balancing Act: Australia Between Recession and Renewal.
Professor Anne Tiernan is the Director of the Policy Innovation Hub at Griffith University. A political scientist, with earlier careers in government in the Commonwealth and Queensland, and in teaching and consultancy, Anne is respected for her independent, professional and research-informed analysis and commentary on national politics, public administration and public policy. Anne is author and co-author of five books including: Lessons in Governing: A Profile of Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff, The Gatekeepers: Lessons from Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff, Learning to be a Minister: Heroic Expectations, Practical Realities, Power Without Responsibility: Ministerial Staffers in Australian Governments from Whitlam to Howard, Caretaker Conventions in Australasia: Minding the Shop for Government. With Julianne Schultz, Anne edited Fixing the System, the most recent edition of Griffith Review.
Janine O’Flynn is Professor of Public Management, University of Melbourne and her expertise is in public management, in particular, reform and relationships. Her current work focuses on the emergence and evolution of ‘markets for misery’ in public services across the world. Her book Rethinking Public Service Delivery (with J. Alford 2012) was awarded the Best Book prize at the U.S. Academy of Management in 2014 and her most recent book was Crossing Boundaries in Public Management and Policy (with D. Blackman and J. Halligan, 2014). Janine is one of the Editors of the Australian Journal of Public Administration. She also sits on the Editorial Boards for Public Administration Review, Public Administration, Canadian Public Administration, International Journal of Public Administration, Teaching Public Administration, and the Journal of Management & Organisation. She is an elected member of the Executive Board of the International Research Society for Public Management and an IPAA Fellow (Vic).
Rabia Siddique is an Australian criminal and human rights lawyer, retired British Army officer, former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor, international humanitarian, hostage survivor, professional speaker, coach and published author.
Rabia has undertaken human rights and community aid work in the Middle East, South America, the United Kingdom and Australia, receiving numerous awards including a Queen’s commendation in 2006 for her work in Iraq, Runner Up for Australian Woman of the Year UK in 2009, Australian Business Woman of the Year Finalist and being named one of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence. Rabia was also selected as a State finalist in the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards and has been appointed as a Director of the International Foundation for Non-Violence.
Leading with professionalism, integrity, ethics and compassion, Rabia, who speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic, is committed to peace, gender equality, inclusion and education. This is evidenced in her philanthropic work and dedication to inspiring others to find their voice and embrace their capacity to create ripples of change.
Follow Rabia on Twitter @rabia_speaks #ripplesandwaves
National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University
Dr Susan Carland has a PhD from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, and is a lecturer and researcher at Monash University’s National Centre for Australian Studies. Her teaching and research expertise are in gender, sociology, contemporary Australia, and the modern Muslim experience. She is also the host of the new ABC Radio National series Assumptions.
In 2012 she was named on the 20 Most Influential Australian Female Voices list by The Age. She has also been named on the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World list, and as a “Muslim Leader of Tomorrow” by the UN Alliance of Civilizations. She is a regular paper reviewer on ABC TV’s News Breakfast, and the regular Muslim correspondent on the ABC radio’s Sunday Night program, where she presents a summary of the global events affecting the Muslim world that week.
Rob Hanson is a professional futurist who supports decision makers in dealing with uncertainty. He is trained and experienced in identifying challenges and issues then addressing them before they become a problem. He uses Governance, Risk, Foresight and Strategy to reveal blind‐spots and specialises in delivering actionable decision support products and services that integrate into planning and operations. Rob is quoted by his clients as an accomplished writer, original thinker and engaging speaker. Rob has over 18 years of government experience in primarily risk management and strategic foresight roles. Rob is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), is Certified in Risk and Information System Control (CRISC) and has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). Rob currently volunteers his time on various Boards and Committees for the Association of Professional Futurists, the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners and ISACA.
The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI)
Carolyn Curtis started her career as a social worker, supporting families at risk of having their children removed into state care, and removing children at risk of harm. Her front line experience with the limitations of government service systems, and her passion for social equality, lead her to seek positions where she could transform the system. For over a decade Carolyn worked in a range of positions for the public sector including operations, policy and senior management. Carolyn joined TACSI in 2010 as a secondee from state child protection services – having hit barriers at the policy and management level she wanted to explore making a different to the system from outside. Carolyn was co-lead on the project that created the family peer support program Family by Family; winner of a NAPCAN award for innovation in child protection and winner of the Good Design Australia award for the service design category. As Director of Family by Family, Carolyn took the program from prototype to a functioning and funded service operating in multiple sites across South Australia and New South Wales, creating outcomes for families going through tough times, including those at risk of losing their children to state care. As CEO, Carolyn has grown TACSI from an initiative funded by government to a sustainable social enterprise operating in most major cities across Australia. She has deepened TACSI’s expertise in child protection and broadened TACSI’s influence into other areas including ageing and disability. The Family by Family program is on track to scale and Weavers, a second TACSI designed program that provides peer support for carers, is about to follow in its footsteps. Carolyn is a strong advocate for the need to focus social innovation efforts in the areas where it is a necessity – to change outcomes for families, older people, people with disabilities, and Indigenous Australians and to transform the government service system. Carolyn is a Director with the Social Innovation Exchange.
Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based journalist, columnist and screenwriter. He is the author of two books: the black comedy memoir The Family Law (2010) – which has been adapted into a TV comedy for SBS – and the travelogue Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012). The Family Law has been translated into French and is currently being developed for television. Gaysia was published in India in 2013, with the US and other territories to follow in 2014. Both of his books were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards, and he is currently working on his third.
Benjamin has also written for over 50 publications in Australia and worldwide, including Good Weekend, frankie, The Monthly and Qweekend. He has a PhD in television writing from QUT, and is a regular speaker at writers’ festivals, and on radio and television.
Erma Ranieri is the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment in South Australia. She was named 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year and SA Winner of the Telstra Community and Government Award for her role in leading transformational change throughout the public sector. Erma’s vision is for a world-leading public sector that serves South Australians well, does what it says it will do, and to which every public servant is proud to belong. As Commissioner, she leads transformation in working practices, with an emphasis on ethics, productivity, community-focused cultures, flexible work arrangements, and gender equity. Erma is President of IPAA SA, and Deputy President of IPAA National.
Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with a longstanding interest in cities, and technological and social innovation. She chaired the Committee for Sydney from 2012 to 2015 and has been appointed Chief Commissioner of the new Greater Sydney Commission, tasked by the NSW state government to assist in delivering strong and effective strategic planning for the whole of metropolitan Sydney.
She is Chairman of Prima BioMed Limited, an ASX- listed biomedical company undertaking clinical development for an immuno-therapeutic cancer treatment and is a board member of the Grattan Institute. She was the first female Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney from 2003-4 and in 2011 she became an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community, local government and business. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Business by the University of NSW.
Rick Persse was appointed to lead the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) in June 2016. Rick joins DECD after a successful 4 year period as Chief Executive of the Attorney-General’s Department where he was central to delivery of the government’s program of criminal, civil and administrative justice reform. With expertise in policy and strategy development, change management, public sector reform and project delivery, Rick’s knowledge of public administration was gained from an expansive career working at a variety of South Australian central Government agencies at an executive level. Prior to being appointed to the role of Chief Executive, Attorney-General’s Department, Rick worked with government and non-government clients as PricewaterhouseCoopers SA Government and Health Leader. Rick has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from Griffith University.
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Sandy Pitcher commenced as the Chief Executive of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in January 2015. Sandy was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet for 5 years. She was responsible for many areas, including the South Australian Cabinet Office, the Economic Analysis Division and the Strategic Engagement and Communications division. In 2012 Sandy was awarded the South Australian Telstra Business Woman of the year for the Community and Public sector category, and went on to win the national title in November 2012. Previously she was Executive Director, Office of the Executive Committee of Cabinet, where she worked on the development of the 2009 State Reform Agenda and led the across Government implementation of South Australia’s Strategic Plan. Sandy joined Cabinet Office at the end of January 2009, following a busy three years as the Director, Office for Women. In this role, Sandy led the implementation of the State Government’s plan for South Australia to become a national leader in gender equity. She was a delegate to the social inclusion stream of the Australia 2020 Summit in Canberra in 2008.
Indy Johar is an architect, co-founder of 00 (project00.cc) and a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield.
Indy, on behalf of 00, has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham and the HubLaunchpad Accelerator, along with working with large global multinationals and institutions to support their transition to a positive Systems Economy. He has co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, whilst supporting several 00 explorations/experiments including the wikihouse.cc, opendesk.cc. Indy is an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative and a director of WikiHouse Foundation.
Indy Johar is a co-founder of the Project00.cc Research Laboratory & Skunk Works.
Indy is a Fellow of the RSA, Respublica Fellow, JRF Anti-Poverty Strategy Programme Advisory Group member and a member of the Mayor of London’s SME Working Group and most recently a member of the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission.
Indy was Director of the Global Impact Hub Association and Impact Hub Islington [the original Impact Hub in the Hub Network] and worked with Jonathan Robinson to design the protocols and modes of the network scaling.
Indy has taught and lectured at various institutions from the University of Bath, TU-Berlin; Architectural Association, University College London, Princeton.
Indy has written for many national and international publications on the future of design, systems change and social investment.
Scott Smith is the founder and managing partner of Amsterdam based futures consultants Changeist, where he leads strategy, research and design activities. His work is built on over 20 years’ experience tracking social, cultural, technological and economic trends, and combines grounded research with narrative design to explore the unanticipated. Scott has over two decades of experience in the forecasting and futures fields, having worked and led workshops in almost 20 countries. Scott has been deeply involved in foresight and innovation education, first as codeveloper, lead instructor and advisor for the Futures Institute at the Duke University TIP program, and currently as programme coordinator and lead lecturer in futures, innovation and design at IED Barcelona. He was also a 2015 visiting lecturer at the School of International Futures (SoIF) in the UK. On the public side, Scott is also a commentary writer for Quartz and has been a contributor to How We Get to Next, WIRED UK and HOLO. He has guest lectured at the RCA in London, and has been a returning speaker at LIFT, FutureEverything, and Media Future Week, and has spoken at SXSW, EPIC, NRC Moonshot, and The Next Web Europe. He also designed and led an innovation lab for FutureEverything in fall 2015 in Singapore.
The Australian Financial Review’s political editor Laura Tingle has reported politics from the Canberra press gallery for almost thirty years, after beginning her career in Sydney reporting on the financial markets and economics. She is the author of Chasing the Future –a book about the recession of the early 1990s – and a 2012 Quarterly Essay Great Expectations: Government, entitlement and an angry nation. She has won both Walkley and Lyneham Awards for Journalism.
Jay Weatherill is South Australia’s 45th Premier. Jay was born and educated in Adelaide’s western suburbs, completing his secondary education at Henley High School. He is a lawyer with an economics degree. He established his own law firm in 1995 and practised until he was elected as the Member for Cheltenham in 2002. Jay was subsequently re-elected as Member for Cheltenham in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He has previously held a range of senior Cabinet portfolios including Education, Early Childhood Development, Environment & Conservation, Aboriginal Affairs & Reconciliation, Minister Assisting the Premier in Cabinet Business & Public Sector Management, Families & Communities, Housing, Ageing, Disability, Urban Development & Planning, Administrative Services, Local Government and Gambling. Jay held additional portfolio responsibilities including Treasury, from January 2013 until the March 2014 election. Following the successful 2014 election, he was sworn in as Premier of South Australia on 26 March 2014. Jay and his wife Melissa have two young daughters, Lucinda and Alice.
Professor Marcia Langton AM PhD Macq U, BA (Hons) ANU, FASSA, has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at The University of Melbourne since February 2000. Professor Langton has made a significant contribution to Australian Indigenous studies. Her primary research has concerned the engagement between Indigenous people and the mining and resource sector through the Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements research projects (atns.net.au).
Her other research concerns Indigenous relationships with place, land tenure and legal recognition in Australia. In 1993 she was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her work in anthropology and the advocacy of Aboriginal rights. Professor Marcia Langton is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of Trinity College, Melbourne and is an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College at The University of Queensland. In 2016 Professor Langton is honored as a University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor.
John Daley is one of Australia’s leading public policy thinkers. He has been Chief Executive of the Grattan Institute, Australia’s leading domestic policy think tank, since it was founded seven years ago. Grattan Institute’s work is independent, rigorous, and practical. It fosters informed public debate on the key domestic policy issues for Australia, through both private forums and public activities, engaging key decision makers and the broader community.
John graduated from the University of Oxford in 1999 with a DPhil in public law after completing an LLB (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Melbourne in 1990. He has 25 years’ experience spanning academic, government and corporate roles at the University of Melbourne, the University of Oxford, the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, consulting firm McKinsey and Co and ANZ Bank. John has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy and Australia’s growing public debt, and tax reform. He has written a number of reports on fiscal policy for Grattan institute, including Budget Pressures 2013, Budget Pressures 2014, Fiscal Challenges for Australian Government (being re-published by Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies), Balancing Budgets, and a number of other papers on the reform of taxation in Australia. These are frequently cited in government and parliamentary publications. John regularly speaks with senior politicians, public servants and journalists, and appears in media such as The Australian Financial Review and on the ABC’s 7.30 Report to discuss budget issues. John is a keen amateur pianist and gardener.
Penny Armytage is the Lead Partner of KPMG’s Victorian Government Account and the National Sector Lead for Justice and Security. Before joining KPMG as a senior partner in 2012, Penny held the position of Secretary of the Victorian Department of Justice for almost 10 years. She has overseen major policy and service delivery reforms in the public sector and worked extensively with Ministers, senior departmental and agency executives and heads of jurisdiction within Victoria and nationally.
Penny has held a number of other executive roles within the Victorian Public Service, including Assistant Director, Protection and Care, Youth and Family Services Division in the Department of Human Services; Manager, Child Protection, in the then Department of Health and Community Services (DHCS); and Assistant Director, Staff Development Branch, in DHCS. Penny was made a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia in 2006 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the study and practice of public administration. She is currently the national President of IPAA Australia. Her capabilities as an influential public sector leader, and the high regard in which she is held by senior government and public sector leaders, are evidenced by the many leadership positions she has held on a range of boards and advisory committees. It is also reflected by the frequency with which she is asked to mentor public sector leaders and address national, state and business fora about Public Sector Leadership and reform.
Suhit is a Partner & Strategy Designer with Business Models Inc, his expertise is in social innovation and entrepreneurship, working at the highest level of government policy design, NFPs business models, social ventures and with a keen eye for business model transformations, Suhit’s focus is on creating system wide social value and positive change.
Founding President of the Davinci Institute (Italy)
Dr Bianco offers valuable strategic advice to major global organisations and entrepreneurs boasting clients such as Warren Buffett, Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg.
Dr Bianco has both a Masters in Business Leadership and Neuropsychology from Cambridge University in the UK. His bestselling book entitled 22nd Century Mega Leading depicts how leading, partnering, influencing, networking, and innovative thinking will evolve over the next century. The book highlights the importance of all of us having a creative, entrepreneurial, tech and sales savvy spirit and passion for great outcomes.
Langdon has worked at CPA Australia since 1980, and is currently General Manager – SA. He was CPA Australia’s Director – Member Growth from 2000 to 2009, and has worked in the professional conduct and training areas.
Tim Boundy took charge of Renew Adelaide this year with a focus on building a more active, entrepreneurial and economically strong Adelaide.
He had previously been telling the story of Adelaide, while producing new and original solutions to perceived problems, through his work at the Adelaide Convention Bureau and IHG. His success lied in demonstrating the value that a city can deliver, tying the small experiences that make a place attractive to individuals into key industry strengths across the state. His mandate is to support unique experiences and ventures that help build a places identity and raise its profile.
In the last 30 years Neil has had extensive experience in delivering concurrent programs of work. These have been in the Military, the International Red Cross, Commercial and Government sectors; the complexity of these programs and their unique environmental factors have equipped him with the right balance of leadership, technical and EQ skills needed in todays modern workplace to deliver essential outcomes to exacting timelines.
Neil is considered an authentic and inspirational leader. He is passionate about people, and he believes in the strength and power of teamwork to deliver efficient and cost effective programs, projects and services. Neil enjoys the challenge of garnering the full support and trust of cross-cultural, multi-functional teams to unite around a common set of objectives in what have often been extremely tense socio-political environments.
Dan Butler is a specialist in public sector reform and curator of the IPAA 2016 National Conference. He joined the SA Government’s Public Sector Performance Commission as a graduate in 2008, and has held leadership roles in subsequent reform offices since. He is a co-designer of the High Performance Framework (winner of a Prime Minister’s Award for Public Sector Excellent in 2013) and co-designer and manager of Change@SouthAustralia, the public sector cultural reform program. He is a former film maker and small business manager. His head shot makes him look like an ABC TV presenter, but he isn’t one.
Advisor – Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Adelaide City Council
Convenor, Adelaide Entrepreneurship Forum
Principal, Babelshark Innovation and Commercialisation Consulting
Paul Daly played a central role in the establishment of m.Net Corporation Limited. He was responsible for building the shareholder consortium, securing $15 million of inaugural funding and establishing the company’s early structure.
m.Net established the first 3G network in the Southern hemisphere and played a key role in the emergence of a dynamic mobile internet industry in Australia. It is a leading provider of mobile marketing services.
For many years, Paul has provided consulting services in the areas of innovation and commercialisation and has worked extensively with the creative and ICT industries. He mapped the local entrepreneurship ecosystem in late 2012 and is Convenor of the Adelaide Entrepreneurship Forum. Through this, and his work with Adelaide City Council, he is helping to build a globally recognised startup community in Adelaide. Paul also coordinated the application that resulted in Adelaide winning the inaugural Most Innovative Region Award through the 2015 Australian Technology Awards.
In 2015, Paul was asked to coordinate the launch of the Adelaide Smart City Studio. He has worked closely with the key stakeholders to establish and promote a facility that provides a real focal point for smart city innovation in Adelaide. He continues to help shape Adelaide’s smart city agenda.
Wayne Dixon is an Interior Designer and Director of DesignInc with broad experience in all aspects of design, space planning, documentation and contract administration. Direct experience in a variety of industry sectors such as Education, Health, Commercial and Defence at both a local and national level.
ACT Government - Environment and Planning Directorate
Ms Dorte Ekelund is the Director-General, Environment and Planning Directorate.
Dorte has had extensive experience in urban planning and administration across all spheres of government.
In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing the development of policies and programs that promote sustainable living and resource use, responding to the challenges of climate change, and providing an integrated planning, transport and land use system that contributes to the sustainable development and future of the ACT.
Equity of access to services and facilities, the provision of lifestyle and transport options, and transitioning to a less carbon intensive community are central objectives of Dorte’s work.
Dorte has previously headed up the Major Cities Unit in the Australian Government, worked in NSW local government and held the role of the Deputy Director General of the Western Australian Department for Planning and Infrastructure.
The newly appointed Chair of Restorative Care, Flinders University Strategic Professor Susan Gordon, is committed to transforming South Australia into a state that is at the forefront of active, healthy ageing and wellness. ACH (Aged Care Housing) Group and Flinders University have jointly invested in the establishment of this new position at Flinders University, in recognition of the importance of restoration and rehabilitation to the future of aged care and to inspire a change in thinking. It is a unique opportunity to bring together the aged health, education and research sectors to ensure collaborative research and optimise translation of research into practice. Susan brings to this position over 30 years of clinical and research experience, including high level clinical physiotherapy skills developed during 23 years of clinical practice the vast majority directly related in diverse ways to the field of restorative care, rehabilitation and aged care.
Nicholas Gruen is a widely published policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator on our economy, society and innovation.
He is CEO of Lateral Economics, Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School and Chair of:
• The Australian Centre for Social Innovation
• The Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia)
He chaired the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia until 2014.
He is Patron of the Australian Digital Alliance, comprising Australia’s libraries, universities, and providers of digital infrastructure such as Google and Yahoo. He was a Council Member of the National Library of Australia until April 2016.
He Chaired successful San Francisco based data analytics crowdsourcing platform Kaggle.com and is an investor in numerous Australian and international start-ups.
He has advised Cabinet Ministers, sat on Australia’s Productivity Commission (then Industry Commission and founded Lateral Economics and Peach Financial. He has had regular columns in various daily papers and published numerous essays on political, economic and cultural matters.
In 2009 he chaired Australia’s internationally acclaimed Government 2.0 Taskforce.
Adam Hannon is an Architect and Studio Director for Cox Architecture in Adelaide with significant experience in public and urban design projects, working in major Australian cities and overseas.
Adam is engaged in the design and delivery of high quality, innovative built form, which responds both to the aspirations of his clients and the progressive environment of contemporary architectural practice. His specialist experience includes education, sport and recreation, mixed-use, cultural projects and transportation.”
Emily Jenke is one of Australia’s most skilled engagement practitioners and an accomplished and talented facilitator of nearly 20 years. She is a specialist in deliberation and participation, encouraging clients (including corporates, not for profits and government) to allow the public a greater role on making decisions that can be complex and which impact their lives.
Her strong relationships and commitment to her engagement philosophy has resulted in Mrs Jenke presiding over five Citizens’ Juries in South Australia. Most recently she facilitated the most significant issue ever considered by a Citizens’ Jury, surrounding the future of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle in the State.
Mrs Jenke’s connection to the community extends far beyond her work as a facilitator. She is a long time board member of the SA Murray Darling NRM Board, presiding member of the SA Native Vegetation Council, holds a seat on both the Coorong Lower Lakes & Murray Mouth Community Advisory Panel and River Murray Advisory Committee, and is Chair of St Francis de Sales College. Emily is a mother of three and together with her husband Paul also runs well renowned boutique food business Talinga Grove on Fleurieu Peninsula.
Follow Emily on Twitter @democracyCo #democracyco #reformingdemocracy
James is the senior technology leader for Microsoft Australia responsible for public sector market strategy, technology policy engagement with government, information assurance and long term service and technology planning. He is the spokesperson for Microsoft on software innovation and how it enables business and government leaders to achieve more. As Microsoft drives to reinvent productivity, build the intelligent cloud and deliver more personal computing experiences, James leads a team focusing on innovation, trust and the adoption. This entails collaboration with research, engineering, sales, marketing, legal and operational units within Microsoft as well as engagement with customers, partners and digital leaders within the Australian community.
Richard is internationally recognised as an expert in helping schools integrate contemporary teaching and learning philosophies into creative design responses. A strong advocate for collaborative and research-driven design, he regularly collaborates with leading education specialists.
Richard has a keen interest in dynamic and integrated solutions that extend beyond the boundaries of traditional education typologies. He is the project director of the South Melbourne Primary School, an innovative model of a vertical school integrated with its community.
Current Chair of the Association for Learning Environments Australasia, Richard is also active at the organisation’s international level as Co-Chair Global Expansion workgroup and International Jury member of the SchoolsNext program. He is a member of the Learning Environments applied Research Network (LEaRN) and collaborates with the University of Melbourne where he is Linkage Partner in several research initiatives.
Hayball is one of Australia’s largest architecture practices, with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Tim O’Loughlin is a highly-rated teacher in CMU-A’s Public Policy and Management program. A graduate of Columbia University’s intensive Executive Program in Business Administration with a Masters in Political Science from the University of Melbourne, Tim’s career combines 30 years of experience at senior levels in the public service and in the oil and gas industry.
In management, Tim has held several senior positions in both public and private sectors, including five years as Chief Executive of the South Australian Government’s Department of Transport and Urban Planning. During his tenure as CE, Tim initiated the development of major policies and projects covering areas as diverse as an investment program for public transport in South Australia; new road safety legislation; new freight route investment projects; and reforms to the Government’s land use planning system. Subsequently, as Commissioner for Renewable Energy, Tim led the development of Australia’s first solar feed-in scheme; produced investment attraction policies which helped South Australia to become one of the world’s leading provinces for renewable energy; developed policy for the South Australian Government’s Green Power purchases; and led preparation of one of the first pieces of climate change legislation in the world. He was also Deputy Chief Executive for Sustainability and Workforce Management in the Department of Premier and Cabinet of South Australia. Before joining the Government, Tim worked in a variety of commercial roles at Santos Ltd, one of Australia’s top 30 companies.
Department for Education and Child Development, SA
Deb O’Riley is Project Director, New CBD School, one of the most significant projects embarked upon by the Department for Education and Child Development. Deb is an enthusiastic and passionate educator with a real commitment to improving outcomes for all learners. She has held teaching and leadership roles in a variety of schools and education settings in South Australia.
More recently her focus has been to understand elements critical to the successful delivery of contemporary learning environments. Deb believes that learning environments need to encourage and promote multiple modalities of learning, supporting individual, small and large group work.
As Project Director for the new CBD School, Deb has an exciting opportunity to lead and create a cohesive learning environment where physical, social and pedagogical elements continuously evolve, and teaching and learning is enacted with energy and imagination.
How many opportunities are we given to set a vertical school in a stimulating CBD environment amongst universities, Adelaide Zoo, Botanic Gardens, business and cultural precincts?
As the Managing Director of Optus Business, John Paitaridis leads Optus’ enterprise, business and government organisation. With 25 years’ industry experience, he is accountable for all aspects of sales, marketing, products, operations and service delivery.
Optus Business provides a wide range of network and technology solutions to support customers with their digital experience, innovation and transformation objectives. Key services include voice and data networks, enterprise mobility, collaboration, cloud and cyber security services.
John joined Optus in 2012, bringing a deep understanding of the telecommunications and ICT requirements of enterprise and government across many markets and industries. Previously, he was Executive Director at Telstra.
John has extensive experience managing businesses in the international markets including almost 10 years based in Europe and Asia. A seasoned senior executive, John has a strong track record of driving growth in revenue and profitability with a committed focus on serving customers and building high performance teams.
John holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2012, he was appointed as a member of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) National Board of Directors and in 2014 was appointed Deputy Chair of the Association.
Dr Sarah Pearson is CEO of the CBR Innovation Network (CBRIN), an entity set up recently to transform the ACT economy through innovation and entrepreneurship. CBRIN is a collaboration between the ACT Government and six universities, education and research institutes, growing an innovation ecosystem covering startups, SMEs, MNCs and government.
She is also a Board Director on 10 Boards, panels and committees covering manufacturing, social innovation, international development, angel investment and STEM support. These include Julie Bishop’s International Reference Group for DFAT’s InnovationXchange, Questacon Advisory Council, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and ANSTO Nuclear Medicine.
Sarah’s eclectic career has spanned industrial innovation, academia, management consulting, government, and science communication, from the University of Oxford, to McKinsey, Cadbury and ANU.
Sarah has published extensively and is an author on eight international patents, for cancer diagnosis and novel confectionary.
Follow Sarah on Twitter @InnovationSarah; @CBR_IN #CBRIN
Policy for Design and Collaboration Lead, Innovation Partnerships
Federal Department of Employment
Dr David Pecotic is the Design for Policy and Collaboration Lead in the Innovation Partnerships team at the federal Australian Government Department of Employment. David was team lead for the recent capability initiative to begin embedding user-centred design in all the agency does, directing with Business Models Inc. several case studies on how to build user research capability focusing on job seekers, the future of work and staff co-design.
As an innovation team facilitator, David helps staff move ideas through the co-design processes at the heart of the Department’s Innovation Framework launched last year. He has also developed tools to support the use of innovation processes to generate, develop and implement ideas.
David has a long a long history as an intrapreneur with the federal Public Sector Innovation Network and is a mentor for the Design Thinking Mentoring Program, sponsored by the APS Senior Executive Innovation Champions Group.
Follow David on Twitter @djp1974 #strategybydesign
Ryan Quade is a Director in the Commonwealth Department of Employment. Ryan has extensive experience in employment services policy and implementation and has worked in a variety of positions across the Department of Employment over the past nine years.
Ryan currently manages the Job Seeker Eligibility and Services section which focuses on the governments employment services program jobactive which delivers services to over 750,000 job seekers across Australia.
School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University
Gerry Redmond is Associate Professor at the School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders University. He has previously worked at the University of NSW, and for UNICEF. The main focus of his research is measurement of, and analysis of policies relating to child poverty and well-being in Australia and in other countries, with a particular focus on poverty and inequality, child rights, and children’s own perspectives on their well-being. He has advised both the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on the derivation of statistics on gender and child wellbeing. Most recently, he has led the Australian Child Wellbeing Project, which has used child-centred approaches to develop a survey to measure children’s wellbeing in their middle years.
Dr Tim Richards is an environmental, climate change and low carbon economy expert, with experience in emissions reduction, land sector and environmental policy. As a member of CMI’s leadership team, Tim focuses on carbon market and climate policy development, primarily at the federal and state levels with various public and private stakeholders.
Tim has worked in government and in the private sector and is well versed in navigating the intricacies of government policy and its interactions within the business community.
Tim holds a PhD in Science, focusing on environment, a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Hons) and a Bachelor of Natural Resource Management from the University of Adelaide.
Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Agency
Madeline is the Chief Executive of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Consultation and Response Agency (CARA). Following the handing down of the Royal Commission’s Report in May 2016, the Agency has been leading community consultation across South Australia.
Madeline has held a wide range of senior leadership positions across the public sector spanning 15 years. Prior to her role as Chief Executive, Madeline led the Implementation and Public Value Division in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, responsible for delivery of the government’s key commitments and best practice engagement. Madeline is has a strong public policy background, leading a number of significant and whole of government reforms and major projects.
Matt has worked with leaders in government, NGOs, universities and industry to build environments that enable public policy change to be created and sustained.
Before joining The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Matt was the Deputy Chief of Staff to South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, advising on a wide range of policy areas, including strategic engagement and communication, inter-governmental relations and climate change.
In this role he led work on Reforming Democracy: Deciding, Designing and Delivering Together, a program to reform policy development processes, from which has arisen Australia’s largest citizens’ jury (on the nuclear fuel cycle), the Adelaide to Zero carbon neutral challenge and the Open State festival.
Matt is passionate about making change for and with the people affected by it.
Sheila is currently the Director of Service Delivery at the Victorian School Building Authority, where she is tasked with delivering a $2B plus capital works program. Prior to this role she was the acting Director of Standards and Planning within the Victorian School Building Authority, where she led a number of major reform programs including the Information Management Roadmap and the Department’s land sales program. Prior to joining government Sheila worked as a procurement consultant to the manufacturing, government and mining sectors.
Simon Schrapel has enjoyed a 35+ year career of working in the Social and Community Services in Australia and abroad in a range of policy, planning and management positions. He is currently Chief Executive of Uniting Communities, an SA based community service agency committed to delivering a range of social and health services to over 20,000 South Australians each year and its commitment to environmental sustainability saw it become the first certified carbon neutral charity in Australia in 2016. Simon has undertaken a number of leadership positions including as President of ACOSS and SACOSS. Simon is currently Chair of the Council for the Care of Children, Foodbank SA, a Board member of Families Australia and Director Foodbank Australia. He is Chair of the University of SA’s School of Psychology & Social Work and Social Policy Advisory Committee and member of the University Research Node for Low Carbon Living Strategic Management Committee.
Tanya leads Nous’ education sector and public policy reform work. She has almost 25 years’ experience in public policy development and implementation at the Commonwealth and state level. A former diplomat who served in London and Washington D.C., she counts among her achievements the design and implementation of a strategy to secure passage of the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement through the US Congress and the introduction of a new visa category for Australian professionals.
In 2005 Tanya moved to state government, initially to drive implementation of the whole-of-state Strategic Plan, later serving for three years as Deputy Chief Executive in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. In the latter role, Tanya briefed the Premier on Cabinet issues, whole-of-government policy and federal-state relations. She represented the State’s interests in a large number of inter-jurisdictional forums – spanning domestic security and emergency management, housing and infrastructure and health. She was also a member of the South Australia’s Social Inclusion Board for four years during the roll-out of landmark changes to promote school retention and improve services to those suffering mental illness.
Tanya knows government policy-making processes at the national and state level. She understands the issues in and dynamics of federal-state relations and key issues in the national reform agenda – notably around health, housing, schooling, infrastructure and VET. With 17 years in DFAT and three years on the National Counter-Terrorism Committee, she also has expertise in national security and emergency management.
Foundation Director Melbourne School of Government
University of Melbourne
Professor Helen Sullivan is Foundation Director of the Melbourne School of Government (MSoG, 2012-16) and a public policy scholar. Her research and teaching explores the changing nature of state-society relationships and their implications for public governance.
She has published widely on public policy, public governance and public service reform. She also appears regularly in the media commenting on public policy issues.
Helen’s work reflects a long-term commitment to finding new ways to bridge the gap between research and policy; a contribution acknowledged by a Fellowship from the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria) where she is also an Executive Board Member.
From December 2016 Helen will take up the role of Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.
Amanda is a Fellow of CPA Australia and is 2016 Deputy President of the SA Divisional Council. She joined Kaplan Business School in 2015 as Campus Manager in Adelaide and has previously held a number of roles in universities. In 2010 Amanda relocated from Canberra where she worked in the Australian Public Service, the ACT Government and the Australian National University.
Chris started his career designing biscuits and razors. For 16 years he’s been working to bring the rigour of product development to tackling social issues – in the UK and in Australia.
At TACSI Chris is works with Government, NGOs, business and philanthropy to build innovation capability, realise the potential of the NDIS and to address inter-generational cycles of abuse, neglect and disadvantage for families.
Chris was design lead on TACSI’s Family by Family program and worked with carers to develop Weavers, both winners of Australian International Design Awards.
Mark Wiggins is a Professor of Organisational Psychology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He has a PhD from the University of Otago (New Zealand), and is Deputy Director of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training and Director of the Macquarie University Integrated Simulation Hub.
Mark currently leads two Australian Government-supported projects investigating the acquisition, development and assessment of cues in contemporary industrial environments. He has acted as an advisor to a number of national and international organisations, including the United States Federal Aviation Administration, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the Victorian Department of Infrastructure, the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission, and THALES. For the past five years, his laboratory has led the development and validation of the EXPERT Intensive Skills Evaluation 2.0 (EXPERTise 2.0) online assessment tool.
Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC)
Lance Worrall is at Flinders University and Director, Industry Transformation, for the national Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC).
Between 2013 and 2015 he worked on design and advocacy for establishment of the IMCRC, and on economic development projects focused on industry diversification and ‘new manufacturing’.
In 2012, as Deputy Chief Executive, DMITRE, he led development of the State’s Manufacturing Strategy and Engagement Strategies for India and China, initiatives to leverage manufacturing opportunities from the mining expansion, the development of Tonsley Park as an integrated education and advanced manufacturing precinct, etc.
Lance was Principal Policy Adviser to Premier Mike Rann from 2002 – 2008, working on major projects in defence, (e.g., Air Warfare Destroyer project and the development of Techport); and in minerals and resources. He was also a key designer and major driver of South Australia’s Strategic Plan, and of the Economic Development Board. From 1994 to 2002 he was Economic Adviser to Mike Rann as the Leader of the Opposition.
He has also been Chief Executive, Public Sector Performance Commission (2008-2010) and Chief Executive, Department of Trade and Economic Development (2010-2011).