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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.

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:

Professor Caron Beaton-Wells: Dean/CEO/Board Member

Ms Sharyn O’Neill (Chair): WA Public Sector Commissioner

Ms Kathrina LoNSW Public Service Commissioner

Ms Belinda Clark QSO: Board member, ANZSOG

Professor Jane Bryson: Dean of the Wellington School of Business and Government at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

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

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

Ms Heather Baggott: Deputy Public Service Commissioner, New Zealand

Ms Brigid Monagle: Victorian Public Service Commissioner 

Dr Gordon de Brouwer: Australian Public Sector Commissioner

Ms Jasmina Joldić PSM: Director-General, Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Ms Nicole Hurwood: Director

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)

Ms Dawn Oldham: Chair/Committee Member

Ms Belinda Clark QSOCommittee Member/Board Member

Brigid Monagle: Committee Member/Board Member

Robert Johanson: Committee Member

Finance Audit & Risk Management Committee (FARMC)

Mr Peter McDonald: Chair/Committee Member

Professor Jane Bryson: Committee Member/Board Member

People and Remuneration Committee

Ms Sharyn O’NeillChair/Board Member

Ms Kathrina LoCommittee Member/Board Member

Ms Kathy Leigh: Committee Member/Board Member

Ms Heather Baggott: Committee Member/Board Member

Academic Board

Professor Caron Beaton-Wells: Dean/CEO/Committee Member/Board Member

Professor Mark Scott AO: Chair/Board Member

Professor Jane Bryson: Committee Member/Board Member

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.

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 4000-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 Jenny Lewis, 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 Allen: Deputy Head of School & Senior Lecturer in Public Management, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington

Patrick Brownlee: Deputy Director of Research and Advisory, Australian New Zealand School of Government

Professor Jenny Lewis: Academic Director, Scholarly and Social Research Impact for Chancellery Research Enterprise. Professor of Public Policy, School of Social and Political Sciences (Chair)

Professor Helen Dickinson: Professor of Public Service Research, School of Business, ADFA 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 Gruen: Chief Statistician of the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Ms Carmel McGregor PSMAdjunct Professor, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra and Academic Fellow, Australian New Zealand School of Government

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

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

Ariadne Vromen: Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administration, Crawford School, Australian National University and Deputy Dean, Australian New Zealand School of Government

Professor Ruth Wallace: Dean of College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, Charles Darwin University

Caroline Walsh: CEO, Institute of Public Administration Australia

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

Ms Danielle Wood: CEO, Grattan Institute

Roz Smith: Executive Officer Canberra ANZSOG (Secretariat)

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.

Dr Nicole Steele, Australian Public Service Commission, CWTH​

Dr Subho Banerjee, Australian Public Service Commission, CWTH​

Dr Aidan Smith, Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission, NZ​

Sandra Lerch, Public Service Commission, QLD

Gemma Hicks, Public Sector Commission, QLD​

Yvette Steele, State Service Management Office, TAS

Lorraine Gregoriadis, Public Sector Commission, WA​

Dr Kalotina Halkitis, Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment, NT​

Ursula White, Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment, NT​

Brenton Caffin, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, SA​

Sonny Lee, Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, SA​

Dr Frances Foster-Thorpe, The Cabinet Office, NSW​

Sam Nielsen, Public Service Commission, NSW​

Sarah Gruner, Victorian Public Sector Commission, VIC​

Janet Wilson, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, ACT​

Caitlin Roy, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development, ACT


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 Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research The Australian National University
NSW Institute for Public Policy & Governance University of Technology, Sydney
NSW Jumbunna Institute  University of Technology, Sydney
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
QLD Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing Griffith University
TAS Tasmanian Policy Exchange University of Tasmania
VIC Melbourne School of Government 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
NT Northern Institute Charles Darwin University
NZ School of Government Victoria University, Wellington
NZ Public Policy Institute Auckland University
NZ New Zealand Work Research Institute Auckland University of Technology

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