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Our People

Our people work to ensure we are deeply connected with experts in science, technology, industry, government and civil society, including within regional and remote Australia.  Our core team includes former Ministers of Government, business leaders, community representatives and open-minded systems thinkers. All share a commitment to creating powerful blueprints  for meaningful reform which are informed by the reality of the natural world, community needs and political realities.  


Core Team

Harry Guinness - Co-Founder and CEO
Harry Guinness
Co-Founder and CEO
With 10 years experience across public, private and non-profit sectors, Harry is a passionate advocate of liberalism, citizen engagement in democracy and evidence-based policy.  Over four years Harry worked as adviser to Australia's Foreign Minister and the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, the Hon Julie Bishop. He oversaw key areas of foreign policy including foreign aid, technology for development, public-private partnership and climate change. Harry holds Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Politics from the Australian National University and an MPhil in International Development from the University of Oxford.
Gisele Kapterian - Co-Board Chair
Gisele Kapterian
Co-Board Chair
Gisele is Director of Public Sector Strategy in the Asia Pacific region at Salesforce. She has extensive experience providing strategic advice to governments and corporations on a range of legal, business, political and public policy issues. A lawyer by training with international experience including Geneva and London, Gisele most recently served as political adviser to three Australian Federal Cabinet Ministers, including as Chief of Staff in the super-portfolio of Industry, Innovation and Employment. Gisele has a Masters of International Law from Cambridge University and was admitted as a lawyer of the NSW Supreme Court in 2007.
Ian Hancock - Co-Founder and Co-Board Chair
Ian Hancock
Co-Founder and Co-Board Chair
Ian is Managing Director at PremierState and PremierNational, a leading public policy and corporate affairs consulting firm that advises across a range of industries on how to achieve outcomes with State and Federal Governments. Ian is also a Founder and Director of Clean Energy Strategies, a renewable energy consultancy that specialises in procuring renewable energy for large energy users. Ian studied a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Business (Economics) at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Lachlan Crombie - Co-Founder, Board Director
Lachlan Crombie
Co-Founder, Board Director
Lachlan has a strong background in law and government. Lachlan worked in the NSW Government in a variety of roles, in both Houses of Parliament. Lachlan was responsible for significant legislative reforms while working for Nationals member and now Deputy President, the Hon Trevor Khan MLC. He also worked for the State Attorney General, and was in charge of criminal law policy. He is now the Director of Political Engagement at PremierState and PremierNational. Lachlan holds a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology and a Master of Business (Sports Management) from Australia’s leading Sports Management School at Deakin University, Melbourne.  
Hon Lisa France - Board Director
Hon Lisa France
Board Director
Lisa has worked at the highest level of State Government and the energy sector. She is currently Global Head of Corporate Affairs at Energy Developments. Previously, as an LNP member for the seat of Pumicestone, QLD she was appointed Assistant Minister for Natural Resources and Mines 2012-2014, and Assistant Minister for Finance Administration and Regulatory Reform 2014-2015. Immediately after her parliamentary career Lisa worked in as Australian Energy Regional Director for Hatch, a global energy, metals and mining company.
Hon Jenny Gardiner - Board Director
Hon Jenny Gardiner
Board Director
Jenny Gardiner is a life-long campaigner for rural and regional communities.  As a Nationals member of the NSW Legislative Council (1991-2015), Jenny was Deputy President of the Legislative Council (2011-15) and The Nationals Deputy Leader in the Legislative Council (2000-15).  Jenny chaired/served on a multitude of parliamentary inquiries, eg, rural health, regional and metropolitan transport, planning, regional development, privileges, electoral law.  A former General Secretary of the NSW Nationals (the first woman to hold such office in any NSW party), Jenny actively works to see more women in politics.
Elizabeth Bold - Board Director
Elizabeth Bold
Board Director
Elizabeth is the Manager of Media and Communications at Lion, one of Australasia’s largest beverage companies. Her areas of expertise span media, corporate communications, reputation management and government relations. Elizabeth has over five years of experience in politics, having previously worked as an adviser to the Hon Troy Grant and the Hon Malcolm Turnbull. She has a Bachelor of Arts (US Studies and Government) from the University of Sydney.
Daniel D'Hotman - Senior Researcher
Daniel D'Hotman
Senior Researcher
Daniel is a Rhodes Scholar currently completing his PhD on the political and ethical implications of using AI in mental health at the University of Oxford. With a strong interest in business and innovation, Daniel was awarded one of two undergraduate scholarships in the Asia-Pacific by the Boston Consulting Group, undertaking health systems and private equity projects in Sweden. Daniel has published a variety of academic papers, with one of these articles selected amongst the ‘Best in Philosophy’ collection for 2019 by Oxford University Press. His work in the media has been featured in The Spectator, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald, Herald Sun, Brisbane Times, The Critic, and The Conversation.
Josh Steinhert - Researcher
Josh Steinhert
Researcher
Josh recently graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), where he specialised in Politics of the Middle East and Political Theory. He is planning to return to university to complete postgraduate studies in economics.
Georgia De Mestre - Researcher
Georgia De Mestre
Researcher
Georgia currently works at PremierState and PremierNational, a leading public policy and corporate affairs consulting firm. Georgia has experience working in NSW Government and on both State and Federal election campaigns. Georgia is currently a student at the University of Sydney, studying Politics and International Relations.

Strategic Council

The Hon Robert Hill AC
The Hon Robert Hill AC
Robert Hill was a member of the Australian Senate from 1981 to 2006, representing South Australia. Robert was Leader of the Government in the Senate from March 1996 until his resignation in January 2006. He has held a variety of portfolios, including as Minister for the Environment 1996 – 1998 and Minister for the Environment and Heritage 1998 – 2002. In June 2012 Robert was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the Parliament.
The Hon Christopher Pyne
The Hon Christopher Pyne
Christopher Pyne was a minister in the Howard, Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison Governments. First elected to the Australian Parliament in 1993, he served as the 54th Australian Defence Minister and has held various other portfolios including Ageing, Education, as well as Industry Innovation and Science. In 2016 Christopher assisted in developing the Defence White Paper and implementing the Integrated Investment Program.
Michael Priddis
Michael Priddis
Michael Priddis is the CEO of Faethm.ai, a fast growing Australian start-up that enables companies and governments to navigate and prosper from emerging technologies including AI, robotics, advanced materials and IoT. He is an expert surrounding the future of work and a Member of World Economic Forum’s Global AI Council. Michael previously worked as a Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group.
The Hon Leslie Williams
The Hon Leslie Williams
Leslie Williams is a nurse and a mother who became involved in politics after her campaign to build a primary school in Lake Cathie fell on deaf ears with her local MPs. In 2011 she was elected as The Nationals’ Member for Port Macquarie. Leslie has served in a variety of portfolios including as Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education. She now serves as the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
Professor Richard Holden
Professor Richard Holden
Richard Holden is Professor of Economics at UNSW Business School and was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow from 2013-2017. Prior to that he was on the faculty at the University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Richard completed an undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Sydney, for which he was awarded First Class Honours and the University Medal. He holds a PhD from Harvard University.
Anna Skarbek
Anna Skarbek
Anna Skarbek is the CEO of ClimateWorks Australia. A former banker and green policy adviser, Anna has led ClimateWorks since its creation in 2009, analysing emissions reduction opportunities and partnering with business and government to unblock barriers to a low carbon economy.
The Hon Michael Photios
The Hon Michael Photios
Michael Photios is a former politician who was Minister for Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Justice from 1993 to 1995 in the New South Wales Government.
Adam Spencer
Adam Spencer
Adam Spencer is a mathematician and previous world champion debater. He has been a breakfast radio announcer on Triple J and ABC Sydney. Adam serves on the Board of Directors of the children's cancer charity Redkite and is a best selling author of 'The Big Book of Numbers' and 5 other publications promoting popular mathematics. In 2013, he delivered a TED Talk on massive prime numbers which has 2,000,000+ views and is regularly voted as one of the top ten mathematics talks at TED. On a lighter note, Adam was the Number 1 Ticket Holder for the Sydney Swans in 2016.
The Hon Bruce Baird AM
The Hon Bruce Baird AM
Bruce Baird was elected to the NSW Parliament in 1984 and held a number of shadow portfolios including Transport, Aboriginal Affairs and Finance. On election of the Greiner Government, Bruce was appointed as Minister Of Transport and Roads. In 1990 he was appointed Minister of Sydney's successful Olympic Games, and in 1993 became Minister for Tourism. He was elected Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in 1993. In 1998 he was elected to the Federal Parliament where he was Chairman of a number of committees including the House Economics Committee. Upon leaving Parliament he joined a number of industry boards in the tourism, transport and arts sectors.
Wendy Machin
Wendy Machin
Wendy Machin is an experienced Chair and non-executive Director currently sitting on Boards in the public, private and NFP sector. Wendy was the first female member of the Nationals elected to the New South Wales Parliament. During this time Machin served as Minister for Consumer Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Roads and Assisting the Minister for Transport. Machin is a former President and Director of the National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA), Director of Destinations NSW, Chair of Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA) and Committee Member of the Olympic Stadium Committee.
Adrian Piccoli
Adrian Piccoli
The Honorable Adrian Piccoli served as a Member of NSW Parliament for 19 years and as the NSW Minister for Education for 6 years from 2011 until 2017. Adrian is widely respected by the Australian education sector. He led the political campaign to reform school funding in Australia and is currently the Director of UNSW’s Gonski Institute for Education. In 2017 Mr Piccoli was made a Professor of Practice in the School of Education at UNSW and has also been made a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.
Cameron Hepburn
Cameron Hepburn
Cameron Hepburn is a Professor of Environmental Economics and Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Holding degrees in law and engineering from the University of Melbourne and a doctorate in economics from Oxford, Professor Hepburn has served as Managing Editor of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy and Associate Editor of the European Economic Review. He is a leading authority on environmental economics, and regularly advises national governments such as China, the UK and Australia, as well as international institutions [such as the World Bank, IMF, OECD and UN].
Kevin McCann
Kevin McCann
Kevin is Chairman of Citadel Group Limited, Telix Pharmaceuticals Limited, the Smith Family Centenary Council and China Matters. He is a former Chairman of Macquarie Group Limited and Macquarie Bank Limited, Origin Energy Limited, Healthscope Limited and ING Management Limited. He has served as a member of the Sydney Opera House Trust, the Male Champions of Change. He is former Pro Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Co-Vice Chair of the New Colombo Plan Reference Group, Fellow of the University of Sydney and Chair of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and the National Library of Australia Foundation. Kevin was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Law, Business and the Community in 2005.

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