The Evaluator's Collective, Department of Social Services, Australian Evaluation Society
With over thirty-five years’ experience, Dr Lyn Alderman brought a wealth of expertise to her role as Chief Evaluator, Australian Department of Social Services (2017-2019). Lyn’s experience spans several sectors including government, nonprofit, corporate, higher education and vocational education. She has a deep disciplinary knowledge and experience in program evaluation, evaluation frameworks, performance models, monitoring of quality assurance, institutional analytics and curriculum writing. Lyn previously held the position of Associate Director, Academic Quality and Standards, QUT (2007-2017) where she led two portfolios: evaluation of teaching, programs, subjects and student experience; and course quality assurance. Her qualifications include: Doctor of Philosophy in evaluation of higher education government policy; Master of Education research in curriculum analysis; and Bachelor of Education (Adult Education).
She continues to contribute to the evaluation community through The Evaluation Catalogue and past voluntary positions: President, Australasian Evaluation Society (2014-2018); Editor, Evaluation Journal of Australasia (2012-2018). Lyn was awarded the prestigious L H Martin Institute Award for Excellence in Leadership (2016).
Department of Premier and Cabinet, NSW
Peter Ryan is in the Premier’s Implementation Unit supporting the Premier in driving delivery of the Government’s priorities. The unit provides oversight of progress, working closely with agency implementation teams to provide expert advice to support delivery, ensure risks are managed, and address barriers to progress. Peter’s career has a consistent theme around bringing evidence to bear on practice, specialising in program design and delivery.
Peter has spent a couple of decades developing outcomes for front line services in health, agency level programs, state (Premier’s Priorities) and national initiatives like Closing the Gap. Peter uses practical approaches designed to ensure impact and benefits are delivered to the customer and citizen.
Department of Home Affairs
Susan Pietrukowski is a Director in the Department of Home Affairs responsible for performance and assurance of the Humanitarian Settlement Program. Susan has worked in the public service for 16 years in program policy and program management roles and has dedicated the last seven years of her career to improving outcomes for refugees and humanitarian entrants. Susan led the co-design for the Humanitarian Settlement Program, including the development of an outcomes focussed delivery framework. Susan is now exploring opportunities to evolve the Humanitarian Settlement Program from an outputs to an outcomes based model, including associated measurement and performance.
Dan O’Halloran is the Senior Director, System Performance within Queensland Health. Dan is responsible for leading and building the capability of a team that provides actionable insights promoting enhanced system performance across Queensland Health and evidenced based purchasing decisions that support system performance.
Dan has held positions in a range of healthcare organisations at clinical, management and governance levels. Prior to joining Queensland Health, Dan was the Director, Financial Performance Reports, National Health Performance Authority where he led the development and production of Australia’s first reports on the relevant efficiency of Australia’s largest public hospitals including contributing to the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation.
Dan has over 10 years’ experience in Primary Health Care, and National and State Health experience in organisational performance reporting. Dan has designed and implemented a wide variety of primary care programmes including the first system in Australia to share data with the Emergency Department 24 hours a day.
National Blood Authority
Mr Ashley Jackson is the Chief Finance Officer of the National Blood Authority and has more than 35 years’ experience in industry, commerce and the public sector. He has worked in diverse range of industries including retail, film and television production, viticulture and commercial television networks.
Ashley holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Business in Accounting and Finance from University of Technology Sydney and a MBA from Deakin University.
He is a former President of the ACT Divisional Council for CPA Australian, and the inaugural CFO of the Future Fund.
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, VIC
Hiba Molaeb is a recognised thought leader in outcomes reform. Hiba has spent more than 10 years in the Victorian public sector working across education, health and economic development agencies to drive outcomes-based decision-making and develop performance monitoring systems for government. Hiba is currently leading the development of an Outcomes Framework for the newly established Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, building the foundations for the department to move towards an outcomes-based integrated strategic planning and budgeting approach.
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, VIC
Ian has worked in the Victorian Public Service for 25 years. He has had a range of roles at the State Revenue Office, Victoria Police and the Department of Treasury and Finance. He has been the Manager of Strategic Planning at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for the past 15 years.
Relationships Australia NSW
Trish Nowland has a research background that spans psychometric modelling, methodology, and theory development; her interest in statistics and mathematical modelling has a longer history in economics and business analysis. She is also today a registered psychologist with six years’ experience in the non-profit sector working on the frontlines in state and federally funded community services. She is passionately interested in social justice concerns for vulnerable communities, with specific focus on economic inequality, Aboriginal community, LGBT health outcomes, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities, with a specific interest in the use of data science to enhance outcomes for individuals.
Mark Hocknell’s experience spans 25 years across corporate management roles, consulting and academia, including 14 years with Suncorp in senior management roles. Mark completed an MBA with QUT and was then asked by the Graduate School of Business to develop two courses for the MBA Program which Mark then delivered at QUT for eight years, whilst also embarking on a career in consulting.
Mark has worked with PuMP® (Performance Measurement Methodology) for ten years and has collaborated with more than 40 organisations to apply PuMP® to a broad range of industries and contexts. Mark’s pragmatic experience is backed up with Change Management qualifications (Prosci) and certification in Net Promoter Score. Mark is the PuMP® Partner for Australasia.
Department Industry Innovation & Science
Yanfei Shi is an Assistant Manager with the Australian Government Department of Industry. His current role involves the departmental performance measurement and reporting.
Since joining the Australian Public Service in 2000, Yanfei has been working with a number ofdepartments and agencies, undertaking research and analysis related to information economy, communications, education, science, research, industry and innovation.
Prior to the Australian Public Service, Yanfei had worked as an Assistant Professor (1991-92) and Associate Professor (1992-95) with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China.
Yanfei earned a PhD from the University of Newcastle, Australia (2000) and a PhD from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China (1991). He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. His main work includes two books – Economics of Scientific Knowledge (Edward Elgar, the United Kingdom, 2001) and Hermeneutics of Science (Hunan Publishing, China, 1991).