Jane-Frances Kelly

Jane-Frances Kelly headshot
  • Category: Staff
  • Job Title: Chief Education Strategy Officer
  • Organisation: ANZSOG
  • Country: Australia

Jane-Frances Kelly is ANZSOG’s Chief Education Strategy Officer. Originally from the Isle of Bute in Scotland, Jane-Frances returned to Australia in 2019 after several years in Scotland as Director of the David Hume Institute, a non-partisan Scottish-focused policy think tank.

Her time in Scotland came after a nine-month secondment to Australia in 2004 evolved into an eleven-year stay. During that time, she led strategic policy stock takes for the Victorian and Queensland Governments, worked in a senior capacity at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and played a central role in organising the Australia 2020 Summit. She also worked with the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Indigenous leader Noel Pearson, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne (with whom she worked on the development and implementation of the Melbourne Model), and was senior adviser to the global public sector practice of the Boston Consulting Group.

In 2010, Jane-Frances helped set up the Grattan Institute, which quickly established itself as Australia’s most prominent policy think tank. From 2010 to 2015 she directed Grattan’s Cities Programme, where her work, which was extensively covered by the media, resulted in substantial legislative and policy change at local, state and Federal levels of government.

Prior to Australia, Jane-Frances spent several years at the Boston Consulting Group’s London office, and was recruited in 2001 by the Strategy Unit of the UK Prime Minister's Office, a role that involved providing evidence-based policy advice to Prime Minister Tony Blair and the British cabinet. In 2003, she led the team that produced the UK’s first Strategic Audit, described by The Economist as “A detailed and frank survey examining the state of the nation”.

She holds a first class honours degree from Oxford University, an MPA from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (previously the Woodrow Wilson School), and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.