Research Committee

Our Research Committee meets on a regular basis. They oversee CPD’s research agenda, advise on the scope of research projects and mould policy for the long term. Specifically, they are responsible for ensuring research proposals are consistent with CPD’s vision and objectives. They also review proposed research methodology and ensure consistency with ethical standards.  

Antoinette le Marchant (Chair)
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Antoinette le 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 on the NSW Government’s Social Justice Reference Group, the NSW Motor Accident Authority and the Central Sydney Planning Committee. She chaired CPD from 2008 to 2009.


Geoff ShuetrimGeofff_Shuetrim (2)

Geoff provides a wealth of knowledge from the finance and economic industry to CPD, with research roles with the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. He has gone on to pursue leadership roles with KPMG and Galexy Pty Ltd.

With a Ph.D in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Geoff has continued to display his skill set through his understanding of financial modelling, risk measurement, asset valuation and regulation advisory services. Geoff has written extensively on economic policy, addressing issues in Australia as well as internationally. He has written research papers on behalf of the Reserve Bank of Australia as well as the Centre for Australian Financial Institutions.


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Mark has recently joined the CPD Research Committee.  He brings with him nearly 20 years of international strategy consulting experience with Boston Consulting Group and a decade spent in banking, both in Australia and the USA.  In has last executive role, Mark was Executive Director Finance for National Australia Bank, a position he held for nearly seven years.

Mark has a MBA with distinction from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  He is currently a Professorial Fellow with Monash University, where he is working at the intersection of business and sustainability. He is a strong advocate for the continual evolution of business models and strategies to reflect societal values, allowing the business community work to meet the interests of all stakeholders.


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Professor Roy Green is Dean of the Faculty of Business at the University of Technology Sydney. He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide with a PhD in economics from the University of Cambridge,and has worked with universities, business and government in Australia and overseas, including the OECD’s National Innovation System Programme, EU’s FP7 and Ireland’s Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI). Roy is chair of the Federal Government’s Innovative Regions Centre, CSIRO Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council and NSW Manufacturing Council. He is also a member of the ABS Innovation Technical Reference Group, IBSA National Project Reference Group, SA Training and Skills Commission, Public Sector Performance Commission and the Board of the Society for Knowledge Economics.

He recently completed a Review of the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industries for the Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and also assisted the Minister and Department with the innovation white paper,  ‘Powering Ideas: An Innovation Agenda for the 21st Century’. He is a member of the board of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation and the UTS Steering Group for the Federal Government’s Creative Industries Innovation Centre.


Jeni WhalanJeni_Whalan2 (200x200)

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.


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Shaun Wilson is a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales’ School of Social and Political Sciences. His research interests include Australian social policy, taxation and welfare states. Inequality, social mobility and societal attitudes are major themes of his work. Recently, he has analysed voter attitudes towards a variety of potential tax revenue sources. Shaun is currently working on projects on labour market flexibility and fiscal policy. He holds an Honours and Ph.D in Economics.


Travers McLeodTravers_Mcleod (170x170)

Travers McLeod is CPD’s Chief Executive Officer. He has worked as a Policy Adviser for the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. There he focused on Now for the Long Term, the report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, chaired by Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation. Travers has taught in Australia and the UK, including nearly two years as a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Merton College, Oxford. He has also worked as a lawyer and was an associate to Justice Michael Kirby in the High Court of Australia. Travers remains an Associate of the Oxford Martin School and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne’s School of Social and Political Sciences.

Travers grew up in Exmouth and Perth in Western Australia, and graduated from the University of Western Australia with first-class honours degrees in arts and law. He completed a DPhil and MPhil (Dist) in international relations at Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Travers’ first book, Rule of Law in War: International Law and United States Counterinsurgency Doctrine in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars will be published by Oxford University Press in December 2014.


Anand KulkarniAnand_Kulkarni (179x179)

Anand Kulkarni is the Research Director of the Sustainable Economy Program. He is also Senior Manager, Planning and Research at RMIT University – a role​ ​encompassing university-wide planning, strategy and policy making. Previously Anand held senior Executive and Management positions in Federal and State Governments, including Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet. ​Anand led the development of a number of key strategies and projects while in Government in areas of industry development​, innovation and climate change. Anand has a particular interest in innovation, higher education, knowledge economy (both in Australia and abroad) and climate change.​ Anand has published book chapters and papers in these and related areas, and presented at a number of conferences. Anand holds Honours, Masters and a Ph.D in Economics.