Neil Edwards

Neil Edwards AM

Neil has had a distinguished career in public policy and management including serving as chief executive of a government department, several statutory authorities and a tertiary educational institution. Neil has addressed in depth challenges across a vast range of industries and government including tertiary education, infrastructure, industry development, international trade and investment, budget strategy, science, regional development, multiculturalism, health and welfare, and administrative law.

In all contexts, Neil brings a sharp analytical curiosity and a readiness to ask and answer the fundamental questions, along with an engaging style and a comfort with working with people in all their diversity.

Neil’s career has spanned most senior levels at the heart of the Australian, Victorian and Canadian governments, as well as leadership of private and government business enterprises, with an emphasis in past decade on the business and regulation of tertiary education.

Neil has served as chief executive or its equivalent of four quite different organisations – Secretary, Victorian Department of State and Regional Development (1999-2003); Executive Chairman, Port of Melbourne Corporation (2003-04); CEO, Chifley Business School (2005-10); CEO, TVET Australia (2010-11) – all of them heavily public-policy driven.

Neil has also chaired, variously, the Airservices Board of Training, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, the Victorian Regional Channels Authority, the Mission to Seafarers Victoria, and the Port of Melbourne Corporation.

The themes of Neil’s career are advising on big-picture public policy and innovating for practical implementation, connecting government with business, managing organisational change and driving projects. Unusually for a policy insider, Neil made the leap to driving a bottom-line education business and met success. Also unusually, Neil’s has addressed in depth challenges across a vast range: tertiary education, infrastructure, industry development, international trade and investment, budget strategy, science, regional development, multiculturalism, health and welfare, administrative law.

In all contexts, Neil brings a sharp analytical curiosity and a readiness to ask and answer the fundamental questions, along with an engaging style and a comfort with working with people in all their diversity.

 

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) in the 2018 Queen’s birthday honours.