Board of directors


Kate Miller

Kate Miller has extensive senior executive experience in media, government and arts organisations. Kate worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a broadcaster and senior manager from 1974 till 2000. After  many years as producer and broadcaster for ABC Radio particularly Radio National she became ABC Manager Regionals in Western Australia and then Radio Manager, State Manager and State Director of the ABC in New South Wales. Kate became a member of the Advisory Council of the Sydney Institute of Technology in 2001 and chair 2002-2005. In 2003 Kate was appointed Government Relations Manager for the NSW Department for Women (2003-2004). Kate became General Manager of the Barking Gecko Theatre Company in Western Australia in 2006 (2006-2008). During this period Kate was also a member and then Deputy Chair of the Board of Artsource: the Artists Foundation of WA – peak body for visual artists in Western Australia. Kate joined the Board of the Centre for Policy Development in 2008, becoming chair in 2010.

Vishal Beri


Vishal has over 23 years’ experience in the government, private and not for profit sectors, including at executive and Board level. He is the founder and managing director of Aegis Consulting Group, a boutique international consultancy providing public policy, economics, political, communications and strategy advice in Australia, United Kingdom and Singapore. Vishal advises governments and business on a range of social and economic policy issues including energy, transport, health, welfare, financial services, and environment. He has advised on the design and implementation of major economic and social policy reforms including National Competition Policy and the strategic commissioning of government service delivery. Prior to creating Aegis Consulting Group in 2002, Vish was a senior policy adviser in the Australian and NSW Governments, including the NSW Cabinet Office and Australian Treasury. He was also a senior adviser to a Cabinet Minister in the NSW Government. Vish has served on company Boards in the pharmaceutical and tourism industries and also been a non-executive Director of a community housing provider. In recent years he has written major published reports on infrastructure, financial services and conservation, and has also had several opinion articles on domestic and international policy published in the Australian press.Vish has a Masters degree in International Relations and Bachelors degrees in Law and Political Science.


Wendy Field

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Wendy Field possesses more than 20 years’ experience in management, administration and leadership across a range of areas, including the community sector, policy and advocacy organisations and public service sectors at State and Commonwealth Government levels. With initial training as a social worker, Wendy spent several years working with homeless people, primarily youth and chronically homeless women. She also completed a second degree in Social Sciences later in her career. Prior to joining CPD she held a number of leadership roles across a wide variety of policy and program areas in the Australian Government Department of Family, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).





Nadine Flood

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Nadine Flood is National Secretary of the CPSU. After studying economics at Macquarie University and being a union delegate in universities and local government, Nadine began as an organiser with the CPSU in 1995, representing members across government agencies and in Telstra. She has also worked with the ACTU and with international unions such as the SIEU in America. In more recent times, Nadine has represented CPSU members in agencies such as DEEWR, ABS and the APSC as well as directing the CPSU’s involvement in the Your Rights at Work campaign.






Luke Green

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Luke Green is a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), one of the world’s leading strategy advisory firms.  He is experienced in working with Boards, CEOs and senior members of international corporations and governments across Australia, the USA, UK, Europe and Asia.  He is a member of BCG’s Public Sector Practice in Australia. Luke is active in many social impact ventures, particularly in the areas of sustainable agriculture (in Australia and the USA), Indigenous development, and future generations. Prior to BCG, Luke was a lawyer with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York and King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney.  He holds a Masters in Business Administration (Distinction, Dean’s List) from the London Business School, and has degrees in Law (First Class Honours) and Economics.


Antoinette le Marchant

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Antoinette Marchant  is the former CEO of KU Children’s Services, having recently retired after 13 years with the organisation. Antoinette has had a long senior career in the NSW and Federal public services, including at the Cabinet Office, Attorney General’s Department and NSW Transport as well as Comcare, the Federal Government’s workers compensation and occupational health and safety agency. She is a former editor of the Australian Quarterly and director of the Australian Institute of Political Science, its publisher. She was the inaugural chair of the NSW Public Transport Authority and was, until recently,  on the NSW Government’s Social Justice Reference Group, the NSW Motor Accident Authority and the Central Sydney Planning Committee. She chaired the CPD from 2008 to 2009.



Nick Moraitis

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For more than fifteen years Nick Moraitis has been driving social change in New York, Toronto, London and Sydney. He co-founded one of the world’s first social networks,, played a leading role in the growth of Australia’s foremost campaigning organisation GetUp, worked in global strategy at Amnesty’s International Secretariat and managed public engagement for Greenpeace. As founder of Sydney-based consultancy Make Believe, Nick developed winning campaigns and internal innovation projects for more than seventy non-profits. He currently serves on the boards of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and the Centre for Policy Development.



Rob Partos (Treasurer)


Rob Partos has solid experience in funds management, treasury and custody, working with Charter Hall Funds Management, Vodafone Hutchison Australia, Rubicon Asset Management and National Australia Bank among others. Now concentrating on professional roles that use this which use his experience in loans, hedge compliance and foreign exchange, Rob has developed and implemented various management systems for reporting and risk management, has managed teams of staff and worked in high pressure deadline-driven reporting teams. He continues to volunteer with various community organisations.




Martin Stewart-Weeks (Chair)

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A strategic thinker, organisational consultant, facilitator and writer, Martin Stewart-Weeks’ work explores the intersection of policy, government, technology and innovation. From 2001 to 2013, Martin led the Asia-Pacific public sector team in the consulting and innovation arm of . His team worked on policy and reform projects in government, education, human services and urbanisation in India, China, South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He was part of Cisco’s higher education practice in Australia and New Zealand and continues to represent Cisco, for whom he is a strategic advisor, on the Business Higher Education Roundtable (BHERT). Read more




Jeni Whalan

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Dr Jeni Whalan is a Lecturer at UNSW and a Research Associate of the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford. She works at the intersection of analysis and practice to improve the design, implementation and evaluation of foreign, security and development policy, bringing a strong understanding of international relations to CPD. She has worked as a foreign policy advisor in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Department of Defence, and as a consultant to the International Peace Institute, the International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations, and the UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report. Her recent book ‘How Peace Operations Work: Power, Legitimacy and Effectiveness’ was published by Oxford University Press.

A Rhodes Scholar, Jeni holds a DPhil and MPhil (with distinction) in International Relations from the University of Oxford. She is currently Chief Investigator on two large Australian Research Council projects.



CPD’s founding Chair John Menadue AO is now a CPD Fellow.