Professor and Director, Policy Innovation Hub, Griffith University (May 2016 – present).
Professor of Australian Government and Politics (0.1 FTE), University of Melbourne (July 2015 – November 2016)
Professor, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University (January 2015 – April 2016)
Associate Professor, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University (January 2011 – December 2014)
Program Director, Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis (GCPA), Griffith University (July 2008 – December 2015)
Queensland Director and Faculty Member, Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) (Seconded 40% from Griffith University)
Program Leader, Crisis and Disaster Management Program, Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University (January 2011 – December 2014)
Program Director, Executive Masters in Public Administration, Griffith university (July 2008 – June 2014)
Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University (July 2008 to December 2010)
ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Governance & Public Policy, Griffith University (January 2006 to June 2008)
Project Manager – Review and redevelopment of the Public Sector Management (PSM) Program, Department of Politics & Public Policy, Griffith University (2002 and 2004)
Australian Postgraduate Award PhD Candidate, Department of Politics & Public Policy, Griffith University (2000 to 2005)
Key outcomes achieved in these roles include:
- Authored three major books addressing topical themes in politics and public administration, including:
The Gatekeepers: Lessons from Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff. Melbourne, MUP (with R.A.W. Rhodes), 2014;
Lessons in Governing: A Profile of Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff. Melbourne, MUP (with R.A.W. Rhodes), 2014;
Learning to be a Minister: Heroic Expectations, Practical Realities. Melbourne, MUP (with Patrick Weller), 2010;
Power without Responsibility: Ministerial Staffers in Australian Governments from Whitlam to Howard. Sydney, UNSW Press, 2007; and
Caretaker Conventions in Australasia: Minding the Shop for Government. Canberra, ANU ePress (with Jennifer Menzies), 2007.
- Success in attracting competitive grant income of approximately $0.5 million and delivering (and often exceeding) agreed outcomes within project time frames.
- Completed a large Australian Research Council funded Discovery project that examined the policy advisory capacity of the Australian Public Service, findings of which were published in a Special Issue of the Australian Journal of Public Administration (Vol 70, 4, December 2011) that I edited.
- Led a variety of cross-disciplinary teams that have delivered high quality consultancy contract research projects for clients including: the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet; the Department of Community Safety; Queensland Health; the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Regional Development Australia. Attracted consultancy income of approximately $0.4 million.
- Significant achievements in the design and development of professional education programs for public sector professionals: including officials from graduate to senior executive service levels and ministerial staff. These have been delivered through ANZSOG, Griffith University and to the Institute for Public Administration Australia (IPAA), attracting consistently strong evaluations from participants.
- A record of curriculum innovation and program leadership in postgraduate education, notably the Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis (GCPA), the flagship program of the Griffith Business School. Recognition of these achievements led to the awarding of a Pro Vice Chancellor’s Award for Innovation in 2009 and a request from ANZSOG that I be seconded to sit as a member of the team reviewing its Executive Masters of Public Administration program.
- At the request of the Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, I facilitated and advised on development of the Department’s strategic plan (2008-2010) and assisted parts of the department with their operational planning for the same period. For three years facilitated Chief Executive Officer Forum meetings (attended by agency heads from across the Queensland public service).