SPEAKERS

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Kate Alexander
Senior Practitioner
NSW Department of Communities and Justice 
 

Kate Alexander is the Senior Practitioner, Office of the Senior Practitioner (OSP) for the NSW Department of Communities and Justice. The role of the OSP is to inspire, influence and review child protection practice. Kate is responsible for the OSP’s work in the review of child deaths, leading evidence based child protection approaches, and facilitating learning through conferences, publications and coaching strategies. 
 
Kate has a Masters of Social Work (Family Therapy) and has worked in the field of child protection for more than 25 years. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne, focused on decision making in child protection. In June 2018, Kate was awarded a NSW Public Service Medal for outstanding contribution to family and community services. 

Jodi Cant
Director General
Department of Finance

Jodi Cant was appointed Director General of Department of Finance in August 2018. Previously, Jodi was Chief Executive of Landgate, Western Australia’s Land Information Authority. Under Jodi’s leadership, this business was named Australia’s Most Innovative Government Agency and 19th Most Innovative Business by the Australian Financial Review.

Jodi is a transformative leader who embraces disruption with a positive and creative outlook. She is an innovator, collaborator and connector with excellent communication skills. Her experience ranges across the government, start-up, private and not-for profit sectors – bringing each of those perspectives to any challenge she faces. Jodi is a member of the IPAA WA Council and has previously sat on the Boards of PSMA Australia, PEXA Ltd and earthmineAustralia.

John Daley 
Chief Executive
Grattan Institute


John Daley has been the Chief Executive of the Grattan Institute since it was founded over eleven years ago. He has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, tax reform, retirement incomes, housing affordability, and generational inequality. This work is underpinned by themes of prioritising government initiatives, and the limits to government effectiveness.

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 worked at the University of Oxford, the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, McKinsey and Co, and ANZ Bank, in fields including law, public policy, strategy, and finance.

Julie Inman Grant
eSafety Commissioner
Office of the eSafety Commissioner


Julie Inman Grant is Australia’s eSafety Commissioner. In this role, Julie leads the world’s first government agency committed to keeping its citizens safer online. Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors, and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter and Adobe.

The Commissioner’s career began in Washington DC, working in the US Congress and the non-profit sector before taking on a role at Microsoft. Julie’s experience at Microsoft spanned 17 years, serving as one of the company’s first and longest-standing government relations professionals, ultimately in the role of Global Safety Director for safety policy and outreach. At Twitter, she set up and drove the company’s policy, safety and philanthropy programs across Australia, New Zealand & Southeast Asia.

Martin Hoffman FIPAA
CEO
National Disability Insurance Agency


Martin Hoffman was appointed CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency in November 2019. Previous roles include Secretary of the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation and Deputy Secretary at the Commonwealth Department of Industry & Science. Before joining the public sector, Martin had a lengthy private sector career primarily in digital media and technology.

Martin holds an MBA (Hons) from the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, Master of Applied Finance (Macquarie), and Bachelor of Economics (Sydney). He completed the Executive Fellows program at the Australia New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) in 2009, and was awarded the James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship to study at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2013. In October 2016 he was made a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Misha Kaur
Assistant Commissioner
Australian Tax Office


Misha has over 13 years’ experience achieving transformative economic and social outcomes from within government as well as a consulting advisor, drawing on her knowledge and passion in systems-thinking, design, behavioural economics, innovation and building government organisational capability. More broadly Misha is also known for supporting women’s social issues and leadership and has designed and facilitated mentoring programs for women, and supported the ACT Government in using systems-thinking and design to tackle some of the most challenging issues facing women. 

Joining the ATO in August 2019, Misha is currently leading an altitude shift to the purpose, vision and role of ATO’s design capability. She is driving a shift towards a transdisciplinary approach that integrates systems-thinking, design and behavioural insights, in order to more effectively support the ATO and government in understanding and responding to complex challenges. 

Susannah Le Bron
Chief Executive
The Y NSW (previously known as YMCA NSW)


Susannah Le Bron has more than 18 years of senior leadership experience including strategy development, operations and customer service delivery and innovation. Prior to joining the Y NSW, Susannah was Executive Director Customer Service with Sydney Trains, Transport for NSW. She was responsible for the leadership and accountability of 2,431 frontline customer service representatives across 178 stations and the experiences of more than one million travellers each day. 

For almost 15 years she held senior managerial roles at QANTAS including introducing innovations in customer service, relationship management and program transformation. Susannah believes the customer should always be placed at the centre and she has a strong desire to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of communities, including its most vulnerable members.

William Murphy
Deputy Secretary, Customer Delivery and Transformation
NSW Department of Customer Service


William's role in the newly formed Department of Customer Service is to create a powerful, evidence-driven platform to drive transformation in the design, funding and delivery of government services. He brings together the Customer Service Commission, the Behavioural Insights Unit, the Data Analytics Centre, and other assets such as digital transformation and brand and advertising to improve customer service and engagement across government.

Before joining the Department of Customer Service, William was Executive Director of the Premier's Implementation Unit at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. In that role, his focus was to improve outcomes for customers through the delivery of the 12 Premier's Priorities, including improving customer satisfaction with key government services, reducing domestic violence re-offending, improving service levels in hospitals, improving education outcomes, reducing litter and delivering better outcomes for children at risk of significant harm.

 
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