Department of Premier & Cabinet NSW
Peter 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 frontline 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 is delivered to the customer and citizen.
Tengku Azian is currently the Executive Vice President and Partner of PEMANDU Associates Sdn Bhd, a management consulting firm, focused on public sector transformation and business turnaround with global experience. From 2010 to February 2017, she was the Director of Education and Human Capital Development, in the Performance Management and Delivery Unit, Prime Minister’s Department. She was tasked to oversee the delivery of the Education and Human Capital Development initiatives under the National Transformation Programme, which spanned from 2010 to 2018.
Before joining PEMANDU, she was in Investment Banking for 18 years, the last position as Head of Corporate Finance in RHB Investment Bank Berhad, a member of RHB Banking Group, the 4th largest fully integrated financial services group in Malaysia.
Tengku Azian is also an Independent and Non-Executive Director of Sunway REIT, a Malaysian listed Real Estate Investment Trust, with total assets valued at USD1.90 Billion as at 30th April 2019 and Dutch Lady Milk Industries of Friesland Campina, a listed company on the Malaysian Stock Exchange. She is also a board member of Global School Leaders, Malaysia.
Tengku Azian graduated with a law degree from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London. After her graduation, she obtained her Barrister of Law from the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and was subsequently admitted and enrolled as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court in Malaya.
Western NSW Local Health District
ANZSOG & RMIT University
Patricia Rogers has worked in evaluation for more than 30 years, including projects with government departments in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa, the USA and the UK, UN agencies,, bilateral development agencies, multilateral development banks and NGOs. . Her work has particularly focused on ensuring that evaluations and monitoring systems are actually useful as well as being valid, ethical and feasible, and on using theories of change to inform planning, management, evaluation and evidence synthesis. She is the author of Purposeful Program Theory: Effective Use of Logic Models and Theories of Change, and Director of BetterEvaluation, an international collaboration to co-create, share and support the use of knowledge about choosing and using evaluation methods, processes and approaches. (www.betterevaluation.org). Her work has been recognised by awards for her evaluation practice and research by the Australasian Evaluation Society and the American Evaluation Association.
Sutherland Shire Family Services
Diane Manns is the CEO of Sutherland Shire Family Services (SSFS). SSFS provide a range of innovative programs to support children, young people and families; particularly those impacted by domestic and family violence. Diane is the executive producer of the highly successful ‘Pull Ya Head In’ Domestic Violence film campaign and the driver behind Toolbox Talks – DV Education program taken to workers in the Construction Industry.
Diane has a background in Social Science, Community Education and more recently an Executive MBA. Over the 17 years Diane has been engaged with the service, she has project managed two domestic violence programs, provided casework supervision and support, moved into the Operations Manager role and in the last five has taken up the role of CEO.
During her time of service at SSFS, Diane has been nominated for NSW Woman of the Year (2010), Sutherland Shire Citizen of the Year (2015) and was recently honoured with the University of Wollongong Alumni of the Year for Social Impact (2018). All nominations were an acknowledgement for her work with domestic and family violence and the impacts on children and families.
NSW Minister for Customer Service
Victor was born and raised in the Ryde area. He went to school at Marist Brothers Eastwood before studying law. He was a partner in a commercial law firm, where he represented clients in a number of landmark cases. Victor was elected as Member for Ryde at a by-election in October 2008. He was re- elected at the 2011 state election. In April 2011 he was sworn in as Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister for Citizenship and Communities. His portfolio responsibilities included multicultural affairs, veterans’ affairs, volunteering and youth.
Following the Liberals & Nationals Government’s re-election in March 2015, Victor was sworn in as the state’s first Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation. In this role Victor was responsible for the Office of Fair Trading, the State Insurance Regulatory Authority, Safework NSW and DFSI’s Services & Digital Innovation Division. Victor oversaw a number of reforms including the establishment of a NSW Data Analytics Centre as well as changes to strata title laws, real estate underquoting laws and the use of sunset clauses in off-the-plan property contracts. He also led the Social Innovation Council, a partnership between NSW Government agencies and NGO leaders, established to drive sectoral reform in human service delivery.
In January 2017, Victor was appointed Minister for Finance, Services and Property and has responsibility for Service NSW, Property NSW, the State Insurance Regulatory Authority, Revenue NSW and more. His portfolio achievements included reforms to the CTP Green Slip scheme, the rollout of additional Service NSW Centres in regional areas, launch of the real-time FuelCheck app, the Toll Relief program, and the NSW Digital Strategy. Following the Liberals & Nationals Government’s re-election in March 2019, Victor was sworn in as the state’s first Minister for Customer Service.
Prior to his parliamentary career, Victor cherished the opportunity to travel to many places around the world and looks back fondly on his experiences in India, Central and South America, Europe, the US and Asia. He is also a passionate supporter of West Tigers rugby league team. Victor completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course in 2017.
ALphaDemographics & Planning Information
Dr Alison Taylor is a highly skilled researcher, with broad experience in the research and application of population and other projections in an urban and regional planning policy context. This has included applying demographic and related data to support policy, planning, service delivery and infrastructure decisions.
Alison was most recently the NSW Chief Demographer, before that a demographer for the Queensland and ACT governments and manager of social research at the City of Gold Coast.
Alison has been responsible not only for producing projections but also providing relevant interpretation and advising on data used in major regional planning exercises. A significant component of Alison’s work has involved providing advice regarding infrastructure planning and contributing to a quality evidence base that underpins strategic decision-making and investment choices.
Department Planning, Industry & Environment, NSW
NSW Department of Primary Industries Agriculture
Liane has spent the past 25 years supporting rural communities to strengthen their resilience and achieve their personal and business goals. For the past five years, Liane has designed new resilience programs for the NSW Department of Primary Industries that support farmers to prepare for, and recover from, adverse events such as bushfires, floods and droughts through award-winning programs including the Sir Ivan Fire Recovery Support Service and the Rural Resilience Program.
Liane is committed to client-centric approaches, delivering programs which truly make a difference to the lives of people and developing a team culture of continuous improvement with people at the centre.
Liane has recently been seconded to a 12-month position managing the evaluation of the NSW Government’s 2018-19 Emergency Drought Relief Package.
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, VIC
Ian Robertson is the Manager of Planning Delivery in the Strategy and Performance division of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in the State of Victoria. He has worked in the Victorian Public Sector for more than 23 years in a number of agencies and departments. The formative years in Ian’s career were spent as a Budget Analyst in the Department of Treasury and Finance where he learnt the fundamentals of accrual output management, which was introduced in the late 1990s. Ian has been with DELWP since 2004, and soon after joining the department worked with the then secretary to introduce the department’s first outcomes framework. As his job title suggests, Ian is responsible of corporate planning processes that support strategic and operational planning, and the development of corporate documents such as the department’s corporate and business plans. Ian has also managed the development of the department’s annual report and has managed the monthly reporting cycle and the development of a number of executive reports and dashboards. Ian’s ethos in this work is to be efficient, simple and consistent while maximising the benefits and minimising the burden of reporting. He has found that using a corporate database to manage the data generated by planning reporting has benefits, but managing expectations is also key to ongoing success.
Department for Innovation & Skills, SA
The Smith Family
Anne is Head of Research and Advocacy at the national not-for-profit, The Smith Family. Anne has a background in education, research, social policy, service innovation and advocacy. She has worked across the community and government sectors, including at national, state, regional and local levels for over 25 years.
Anne has researched and written in a range of areas, including young people, children and families, mental health, unemployment, social capital and rural and regional communities
Michael holds an Honours Degree in Financial Accounting and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He has spent over 30 years as a Finance Professional, and the last 20 years in the Business Intelligence Industry. He has worked with hundreds of organisations of various sizes and industries and developed a deep understanding of how Business Intelligence can improve and support the business.
Prior to entering the BI space in 2000, Michael worked for a number of years in the corporate world holding a variety of senior financial roles, including Deputy CEO of the South African Futures Exchange, Financial Risk Manager of Investec Merchant Bank, and as CFO and Finance Director of Leisure, Hospitality, Wholesale and Distribution companies.
Michael is a co-founder and Director of the CALUMO Group.
Transport Accident Commission, VIC