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Board and leadership

The Australia and New Zealand School of Government Limited – ANZSOG – was established in 2002 by a consortium of governments, universities and business schools as a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for the organisation, setting direction and overseeing the effectiveness of delivery against strategy.

Our Board of Directors are:

Mr Peter Woolcott AO (Chair)Australian Public Service Commissioner

Adam Fennessy: Dean and CEO, ANZSOG

Professor Margaret Gardner ACPresident and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University

Mr Jeremi Moule: Secretary for the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet

Ms Kathrina LoNSW Public Service Commissioner

Ms Belinda Clark QSO: Board member, ANZSOG

Professor Deborah Terry AO: Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Queensland

Ms Erma Ranieri: Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, SA

Ms Kathy Leigh: Head of Service and Director-General | Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, ACT Government

Ms Jenny Gale: Secretary of Tasmanian Department of Premier and Cabinet and Head of State Service

Ms Sharyn O’Neill: WA Public Sector Commissioner

Professor Mark Scott AO: Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Sydney

Professor Mark Hickford: Pro Vice-Chancellor of Government, Law and Business, Victoria University of Wellington

Ms Vicki Telfer PSM: Commissioner for Public Employment, Northern Territory Government

Mike Kaiser: Director-General of the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Queensland Government

Committees of the Board

The Board can establish its own committees from time to time and currently has four committees.

Committee membership comprises Board Directors and individuals who bring relevant expertise to the Committee’s deliberations in providing advice to the Board.

The current committees are:

  • Foundation and Investment Committee – providing advice to the Board and oversight of the School’s Foundation Trust and investment portfolio.
  • Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee – providing oversight of the School’s financial strategy and audit and risk functions, and recommending appropriate actions to the Board.
  • People and Remuneration Committee – comprises a small group of Directors only to oversee the performance of the School’s CEO and Dean.
  • Academic Board – providing advice to the Board on ANZSOG programs with particular regard to issues of academic accountability and quality assurance.


Foundation and Investment Committee (FIC)

Mr Robert JohansonChair/Committee Member

Ms Belinda Clark QSOCommittee Member/Board Member

Professor Margaret Gardner ACCommittee Member/Board Member

Ms Dawn OldhamCommittee Member

Mr Peter Woolcott AOCommittee Member/Board Member

Finance Audit & Risk Management Committee (FARMC)

Professor David BoymalChair/Committee Member

People and Remuneration Committee

Mr Peter Woolcott AOChair/ Board Member

Professor Margaret Gardner ACCommittee Member/Board Member

Ms Kathrina LoCommittee Member/Board Member

Ms Sharyn O’NeillCommittee Member/Board Member

Academic Board

Professor Margaret Gardner ACChair/Board Member

Adam FennessyCommittee Member/ANZSOG Dean and CEO

Professor Deborah Terry AOCommittee Member/Board Member

Professor Mark Scott AO: Committee Member/Board Member

Professor Mark Hickford: Committee Member/Board Member

Our auditors

Deloitte have been ANZSOG’s external auditors since 2013, with the previous auditors, KPMG having undertaken audit services for the ten years prior. Deloitte provide statutory audit services in accordance with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 and all applicable accounting standards.

In 2016, ANZSOG appointed Grant Thornton as internal auditors following the retirement of the School’s previous internal auditor. Grant Thornton provide assurance services across the School’s operations, consistent with our risk framework, seeking to ensure the School maintains better practice across its operations.

Legal Framework

ANZSOG is incorporated in Australia under the Corporations Act 2001 as a company limited by guarantee and is an income tax exempt charity. ANZSOG operates under a Constitution approved by all current member universities and governments.

Management Committees

Executive Leadership Team (ELT)

Adam Fennessy: Dean/CEO (Chair)

Professor Catherine Althaus: Deputy Dean, Teaching & Learning

Dr Subho Banerjee: Deputy CEO, Research and Advisory

Mr Simon Kent: Deputy CEO, Thought Leadership

Ms Radha Thomas: COO/Company Secretary

Professor Ariadne Vromen: Deputy Dean, Research

Dr Chris Walker: Deputy Dean (Education and University Relations) and Academic Director, EMPA

Ms Sally Washington: Director ANZSOG New Zealand

EMPA University Advisory Council

The EMPA Academic Advisory Council (EAAC) was established in 2020 as the conferring university partners’ principal advisory body on the EMPA’s governance and quality assurance framework.

Mr David de Carvalho: EMPA Alumnus, CEO of Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

Professor Carolyn Hendriks: Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

Associate Professor Paul FawcettChair of Political Science Discipline School of Social and Political Sciences University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Karl Lofgren: Deputy Head, School of Government, Victoria University Wellington

Professor John Phillimore: Executive Director of John Curtin Institute of Public Policy, Curtin University

Professor Juliet Pietsch: Head of School, Griffith Business School, Griffith University

Dr. Chris WalkerDeputy Dean (Education and University Relations) and Academic Director, EMPA

Ms. Rachel Weiss: University Quality Manager, University of Sydney

Dr. Samantha YoungDirector, Office of Quality & Policy

Alumni Advisory Council

ANZSOG’s Alumni Advisory Council was appointed in 2018 to represent our 3500-strong alumni and give them a greater involvement in ANZSOG’s activities and the chance to advise on our future direction.

The Council’s objectives are to build a strong, engaged and cohesive alumni community, and foster two-way communication between alumni and the ANZSOG executive, and between alumni and public services.

The members of the Alumni Advisory Council can be found here.

Research Committee

The Research Committee, led by Chair Professor Glyn Davis, provides ANZSOG management with independent external advice on overall research priorities for the ANZSOG research model. Its responsibilities are to; provide strategic intelligence and advice to the CEO and management team to support the objective of ANZSOG’s Research and Advisory model, to determine the research priorities and to track, at a high-level, the implementation of the research model and its impact.

Dr Barbara AllenSenior Lecturer in Public Management, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Glyn Davis AC: CEO, Paul Ramsay Foundation (Chair)

Professor Helen DickinsonDirector of the Public Service Research Group, University of New South Wales

Professor Tony DreiseProfessor of Indigenous Policy Research & Director Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), Australian National University

Dr Michael FotheringhamManaging Director, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Dr David GruenAustralian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics

Ms Carmel McGregor PSMAdjunct Professor, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra

Professor Marc Stears: Director, Sydney Policy Lab, University of Sydney

Ms Angie Tangaere: Intrapreneur – Community and Social Innovation, the Southern Initiative, Auckland Council

Professor Ruth WallaceDean of the College of Indigenous Futures, Education & the Arts, Charles Darwin University

Professor Mark WesternDirector of the Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland

Ms Danielle Wood: CEO, Grattan Institute

Research Network

In 2021, ANZSOG established a Research Network with representatives of the public service commissions and/or central agencies of all 10 member governments. The purpose of the network is to provide a forum to discuss demand for research from governments, strengthen the interface between practice and research, and identify opportunities for collaboration on shared research questions on public administration. The Research Network plays a critical role in supporting ANZSOG’s research model and the development of a national public sector evidence base.

Damian WestTreasury and Economic Development Directorate, ACT

Grant Lovelock: Australian Public Service Commission

Sam NielsenNSW Public Service Commission

Camille Lew FattNorthern Territory Government

Rodney ScottNZ Public Service Commission

Sandra LerchQLD Public Service Commission

Sonny LeeOffice of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, SA

Graham PoskittDepartment of Premier and Cabinet, TAS

Sam Hannah-Rankin: Victorian Public Sector Commission

Sonja O’LearyWA Public Sector Commission

Policy Institutes Panel for ANZSOG Research Model Collaboration

ANZSOG is partnering with a range of applied public policy institutes and graduate public policy schools across Australia and New Zealand in the ANZSOG research model.

We have formed an informal panel arrangement for testing expressions of interest into undertaking public administration/public management research projects funded by ANZSOG and sponsoring governments.

The Institutes and Schools who have currently agreed to join the Panel are listed in the table below.

Jurisdiction Institutes and Schools University
ACT Crawford School of Public policy The Australian National University
ACT Centre for Social Research and Methods The Australian National University
ACT Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis University of Canberra
NSW Social Policy Research Centre University of New South Wales
NSW Centre for Social Impact University of New South Wales
NSW Public service research group UNSW ADFA
NSW Sydney Policy Lab University of Sydney
QLD Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) University of Queensland
QLD Centre for Policy Futures University of Queensland
QLD Centre for Governance and Public Policy Griffith University
QLD Policy innovation hub Griffith University
SA College of Business, Government and Law Flinders University
VIC Melbourne School of Government University of Melbourne
VIC Melbourne Policy Lab University of Melbourne
VIC Future of Work Lab University of Melbourne
VIC Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne University of Technology
VIC Monash sustainable development institute Monash University
WA John Curtin Institute of Public Policy Curtin University
WA UWA Public Policy Institute University of Western Australia
NZ Institute for Governance and Policy Studies University of Wellington
NZ Public Policy Institute Auckland University

Note: Discussions on potential academic collaborations in Tasmania and the Northern Territory are continuing