San Midha joined NSW Treasury as Deputy Secretary for the Agency Budget and Policy Group in May 2016. In this role he leads the key interface between Treasury and public sector agencies on financial and policy matters, this includes the NSW Government’s operating and capital expenditure.
San is also the chair of the School Asset Strategic Plan (SASP) review and is on the following boards and government bodies: Sydney Metro Board; NDIS Board; Health funding committee; Interagency working group on Homelessness; Transaction Services Board and Parramatta Light Rail Steering Committee.
Before he joined Treasury San consulted in financial services, and prior to that he worked for Santander UK in London for 10 years. During this time San was MD of the Product Sales division in the Corporate Bank, MD of the Intermediary Division and managed several large change programs involving extensive stakeholder management; delivering huge improvements in customer satisfaction and employee engagement; and building a track record of driving change through complex organisations. Prior to that San worked for Westpac in Mergers and Acquisitions, Strategy, Project management, and Finance.
San has a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University and Master of Business Administration from Macquarie University.
Louisa’s passion for social justice led her to working in the Community Sector and in her current role as Executive Leader, Community Services.
Her career spans over 25 years in the Community Sector working with both Government and Non-Government organisations. Within the sector she has worked in Community Development, Early Childhood Education, Learning and Development, Project Management & Child Protection.
Louisa has worked with a diverse range of communities and has taken on lead roles in the development of community initiatives that have supported collaboration with a range of partners and positive outcomes for the community. Many of these projects have been sustained and continue to contribute to the wellbeing of communities.
Louisa commenced using the RBATM framework approximately nine years ago whilst managing a range of community projects in Western Sydney. Louisa currently manages a team for FamS and RLG Australia and also provides workshops, consultation, group facilitation, mentoring and coaching for organisations including NGO’s and Government departments.
Louisa is passionate about RBATM as she believes that using the framework can make a real and lasting difference to communities and agencies as it assists to create a culture of ongoing quality improvement, supports an outcomes focussed approach and encourages an effective use of resources.
Department of Premier & Cabinet, NSW
Anna Needs is a Director in the Premier’s Implementation Unit at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. Anna specialises in public service project management, change management and training, having worked in the public and private sector over the past 13 years. Anna is passionate about the opportunity to apply the delivery approach to improve outcomes for citizens of NSW.
Department of Social Services & Australasian Evaluation Society (2014-2018)
With over thirty-five years’ experience, Dr Lyn Alderman brings 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 her voluntary positions of: President, Australasian Evaluation Society (2014-2018); Editor, Evaluation Journal of Australasia (2012-2018); and Lecturer (2016) in Evaluative thinking and practice for the Masters of Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies) at QUT.
Lyn was awarded the prestigious L H Martin Institute Award for Excellence in Leadership (2016).
Centre for Public Sector Governance, Accountability and Performance, La Trobe University
Dr Zahirul Hoque is Professor of Management Accounting/Public Sector in the Department of Accounting and Data Analytics and Executive Director of the Centre for Public Sector Governance, Accountability and Performance of La Trobe University. Professor Hoque is an established and reputed researcher in his field and has been continuously employed as a full-time Professor at La Trobe since December 2006, having previously been Professor and Chair of Accounting at Deakin University and Charles Darwin University. Professor Hoque obtained his PhD from the University of Manchester Business School in the UK. He is a fellow of CPA Australia and the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change (Emerald Group Publishing).
His research interests include management accounting and performance management, public sector accounting and management, accounting in developing economies, NGOs and Non-profits accounting, accountability and performance, and interdisciplinary research on management control systems. He has edited a number of research monographs for Routledge, Taylor and Francis (London and New York), including: “Performance Management in Non-Profit Organizations: Global Perspectives” (with Lee Parker), November 2014 and “Making Governments Accountable: The Role of Public Accounts Committees and National Audit Offices” (May 2015).
Department of Planning & Environment, NSW
Clare is a clear thinking leader, with experience in transformational programs, strategic planning and performance management, program & project management, bringing a keen commercial lens across operations, in both public and private sectors.
Currently Director of Performance an Accountability at Dept. Planning & Environment (~$4bn annual budget), Clare leads the development and implementation of the strategic planning and reporting framework, optimising the strategic planning process for the organisation. This includes implementing the Outcomes Budgeting Framework for the cluster, in collaboration with NSW Treasury and sector colleagues. Clare will share her insights on the challenges and opportunities of operationalising the OB framework in a service delivery cluster
Transport Accident Commission, VIC
Damian joined the TAC in 2007 and was appointed to his current role as Head of the Supported Recovery Division in November 2016. He has developed a track record for outstanding people leadership, working with partners and delivering for the TAC’s clients.
Prior to joining the TAC Damian worked as a Senior Speech Pathologist across Australia and Ireland in health, education and disability roles and has an education background in health, arts and leadership.
He has been a key contributor to the development of the TAC’s 2020 Strategy and is focused on the reform needed to assist the TAC’s Supported Recovery clients and help create a world leading offering for the Victorian community.
Damian has a Bachelor of Arts (History and Politics) from the University of Adelaide, a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from Flinders University and a Master of Business Administration (Management Specialisation) from Edith Cowan University.
Department of Premier & Cabinet, NSW
Peter has built a career delivering outcomes, and working alongside others helping them to define, measure and deliver outcomes. With over a decade in frontline service delivery and another partnering with others to assist, Peter has been involved in a range of high level outcomes based reforms in government and a range of different outcomes focused methodologies.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Over the last decade Lloyd has led major change initiatives in a number of government organisations in both Australia and New Zealand. He has played a central role in designing and deploying integrated planning, budgeting and performance measurement systems; establishing enterprise portfolio management functions; and implementing business improvement initiatives such as the Baldrige Business Excellence framework and lean thinking.
Lloyd is a former Army Officer, and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours, 1st Class) and a Masters of Business Studies (Distinction). He has OGC UK qualifications in project, program and portfolio management, is a Certified Balanced Scorecard Professional, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Lloyd lives in Canberra with his family, is a keen sportsman and an avid rugby follower.
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 manages the development of the department’s annual report and has manages 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.
Mark’s experience spans 25 years across corporate management roles, consulting and academia. 14 years with Suncorp in senior management roles. He completed an MBA with QUT and was then asked by the Graduate School of Business to develop two courses for the MBA Program which he then delivered at QUT for eight years (in the evenings), whilst embarking on a career in consulting during the day. 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. His pragmatic experience is backed up with Change Management qualifications (Prosci) and certification in Net Promoter Score. He is the PuMP® Partner for Australasia.
Equity Health Solutions
Adrian is currently Executive Director of First Australians Capital (FAC), Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing, Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship, Children’s Ground, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and Social Ventures Australia. He also runs his own business consulting in the not for profit sector in the areas of leadership, strategy, fundraising and program design.
A Gooreng Gooreng man, Adrian served with distinction in the Royal Australian Air Force. He is a graduand of the University of Sydney (UTS), Melbourne Business School and Harvard University. Other accolades include being a graduand of the Fairley Leadership’s Community Leadership and the Williamson Community Leadership Programs. He is a recipient of the Defence Service Medal, the Centenary Medal and the Order of Australia Medal in 2011 for service to Indigenous youth through
career planning, employment and training programs.
Often referred to as a ‘social entrepreneur’, Adrian has been the cornerstone founder of the two ‘green field’ not for profit start-ups Ganbina and First Australians Capital.
Ministry of Health, NSW
Liz is an economist with nearly 25 years experience in the Australian Health system. Liz is currently the Director of the Economics and Analysis Unit in the NSW Ministry of Health and has previously headed up the Evaluation and Economics function at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. Prior to that Liz had several inter-government relations roles in both QLD and NSW Health and has also worked at the Northern NSW Local Health District. Liz’s areas of expertise include economics and health policy, funding and reform, evaluation and measurement, analytics and the use of data as well as inter and intra government relations.
In Liz’s current role she oversees the economics, evaluation and measurement of various value based health care initiatives as well as a broader role in shaping NSW Health’s approach to economics and measurement.
Ministry of Health, NSW
George Leipnik is the Director of Strategy and System Priorities in NSW Health’s Strategic Reform Branch. George and his team are working on the long-term strategy to shift the NSW health system towards value-based healthcare and overseeing the implementation of key initiatives supporting this move. George has worked at the NSW Ministry of Health for eight years in a range of roles including service and capital planning, health technology policy development, and economic analysis.
Department of Finance, NSW
Jodie Varnai took up the role of Director, Policy, Office of the Secretary (CEO) in the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, including responsibility for the NSW Social Innovation Council, in March 2018.
Her current position follows an almost 20 year career in both the Commonwealth and NSW Public Services, covering various roles in innovation policy; developing policy in relation to human cloning and human embryo research; serving as Departmental Liaison Officer to a Commonwealth Cabinet Minister; regulating medical devices and developing cost recovery arrangements for biosecurity (quarantine) services.
Jodie holds BSc(Hons) and a PhD in Biotechnology from UNSW, a Graduate Diploma in Scientific Communication from the ANU and an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the Australia New Zealand School of Government. Her education has spanned diverse experiences including working in remote indigenous communities, examining international child protection policies and the study of conflict in organisations.
Jodie also holds an ACT Emergency Medal for service with the NSW State Emergency Service in the 2003 Canberra Region bushfires. She has two primary school-aged children and a very cheeky Staffordshire bull terrier.
Department of Health & Human Services, VIC
With over 20 years experience in the public sector in both Western Australia and Victoria, Julia has always worked in social policy settings that aim to improve outcomes for individuals, families and communities. Having worked in front line community services, Julia is passionate about working in partnership with service users and practitioners to co-design solutions. She is currently leading a program of work to embed systemic outcomes measurement into the planning, design delivery and evaluation of community services in Victoria. Also: A West Coast Eagles fan.