Neil Edwards

Neil’s distinguished 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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

Rod McDonald
Principal and Managing Director
A nationally recognised and respected public policy expert with a deep understanding of the Australian education system and a reputation for providing insightful and lucid advice.
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Laura Price
Administration
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Robin Francis
An accomplished leader and builder of high-performance teams with experience in government and not-for-profit sectors.
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Eleanor Hilston
An adept researcher and analyst with experience in education.
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Anita Roberts
An astute project leader with a knack for producing candid and compelling reports from focused research and consultation.
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Katy O'Callaghan
A talented social policy analyst and researcher who brings insight and creative thinking to the education and training, health and community sectors.
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Jacqui Fyffe
An insightful researcher and writer who can rapidly analyse and illuminate complex topics.
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Mary Dickie
An experienced and creative researcher skilled in developing strategies for social and environmental change .
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Margo Couldrey
A perceptive policy analyst and facilitator specialising in the development, analysis and evaluation of policy and programs.
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Maria Tarrant
A strategic thinker with strong expertise in policy development and advocacy in all education sectors.
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Alex McDonald
Administration
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Peter Skippington
A committed educator with expertise in the policy and practice of teaching, learning and assessment.
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