Australia21 is a not for profit think tank with outstanding leadership. Our Patron, Directors and staff have wide-ranging skills, experience and networks.
Community Engagement Manager
Professor Glyn Davis AC
Glyn Davis became Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Melbourne in January 2005. He was previously Vice-Chancellor of Griffith University and has served as Director-General of the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet, the most senior public service position in the state.
Glyn holds first class honours from the University of New South Wales and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the Australian National University. He undertook postgraduate appointments as a Harkness Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, the Brookings Institution in Washington and the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.
Mr Paul Barratt AO (Chair)
Paul Barratt is a Principal of AADI Defence and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2015 he was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the University of New England and he is Chair of the UNE Foundation.
Paul is also a former Secretary of the Federal Departments of Primary Industries and Energy & Defence and a former Executive Director of the Business Council of Australia.
Paul has an honours degree in Physics and an Arts degree in South Asian Civilization and Economics. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of New England in 1997.
In 1999 Paul was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for service to public administration, public policy development, business and international trade.
Paul has been Chair of Australia21 since 2010.
Ms Rebecca Bunn
Board Member and Community Engagement Manager, Rebecca is currently undertaking a PhD in Criminology at Monash University and is the Managing Director of the Imprisonment Observatory, a virtual collaborative centre at Monash University. Rebecca holds a Master of Human Rights Law and a Master of Public Policy and Management. She has previously worked at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Drug Court of Victoria, and has volunteered as an Independent Person with the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP), supporting young people who are taken into police custody.
Dr Steve Cork
Steve Cork is a futurist, strategist and ecologist. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU and provides futures and strategic thinking services to government and non-government organisations, large and small, as a private consultant with EcoInsights.
Steve has had a career spanning research (University of NSW, CSIRO, and at the Australian National University) and public policy (Australian Government, United Nations). He pioneered research in Australia on the natural environment’s benefits for humans and managed the Future Landscapes Program in Land & Water Australia. He led the writing team that prepared the Millennium Assessment’s scenarios for the future of the world. He has also worked on forest and coastal policy and market-based instruments for natural resource management in the Australian Government.
Steve has been a member of Australia21’s leadership team on the Resilience and Ecosystems projects for several years and is currently leading our discussions on the Psychology of Change.
Emeritus Professor Bob Douglas
Bob Douglas was one of the founders of Australia21, establishing the think tank in 2001 with five colleagues from various walks of life. He chaired the Board from 2001 to 2011. He is currently Chair of the Research Committee of the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility.
The early part of Bob’s 40 year medical career included work as a researcher in New Zealand, a specialist physician in Papua New Guinea, an epidemiologist working on the development of a pneumonia vaccine in the United States, a community medicine academic and general practitioner at the Adelaide Medical School and as Dean of that school.
From 1982-1988 Bob chaired a Geneva based World Health Organisation Technical Advisory Group on the control of pneumonia in the developing world. In 1989 he became Foundation Director of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University, a post held until his retirement in 2001.
Bob was honoured for contributions to medicine by the award of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2000. He was a finalist for the ACT Australian of the Year for 2007 and in October 2008 shared the ACT Conservation Council’s Supreme Green Hero award. In April 2011 he was named the ACT Environmental Volunteer of the Year.
Bob leads Australia21’s Algal Farming project and co-leads our Post Traumatic Stress project with Director Emeritus Mick Palmer and our Inequality project, as well as guiding our discussions on Existential Risk.
Mr Ian Dunlop
Ian spent many years at Royal Dutch Shell. He has worked at senior level in oil, gas and coal exploration and production, in scenario and long-term energy planning, competition reform and privatisation.
Ian chaired the NSW and Australian Coal Associations in 1987-88. From 1997 to 2001 he was CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. From 1998 to 2000 he chaired the Australian Greenhouse Office Experts Group on Emissions Trading which developed Australia’s first emissions trading system design.
Ian has a particular interest in the interaction of corporate governance, corporate responsibility and sustainability. He advises and writes extensively on these issues, as well as climate change and energy. He is also a contributor to Breakthrough – National Centre for Climate Restoration.
Mr Geoff Gorrie PSM (Deputy Chair)
Geoff Gorrie is a company director and consultant specialising in primary industries. He was the inaugural Chair of Australian Forestry Standard, he has extensive experience in agricultural and trade policy, food and food regulation policy as well as sustainability issues.
Geoff is a Board director of the University of New England Foundation. He was also been a Commissioner on the Murray Darling Basin Commission and served on several Government boards including the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation.
Geoff was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2002.
Ms Deb Lavis
Deb Lavis was formerly owner and managing director of Eco Tile Factory, which she established in 1986. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, with over 34 years of business experience across many sectors and dealing with local and global markets.
Deb has been a Business Ambassador of South Australia. She was formerly a member of the Small Business Advisory Council in SA, President of Women Chiefs of Enterprises International SA Division and inaugural President of Grote Business Precinct.
Deb is also architect and director of ECOtvc, a community event for young people to make films about their future.
Deb leads our Smarter About Drugs schools initiatives with Community Engagement Manager Rebecca Bunn.
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Dr David Morawetz
David Morawetz is the Founder and Director of The Social Justice Fund and a Board Director of The Australia Institute.
David first worked as an economist specialising in the economics of developing countries, becoming an Associate Professor of Economics at Boston University.
David then studied psychology, and has spent the past 28 years as a counselling psychologist in private practice.
David has published a self-help program called “Sleep Better Without Drugs”, with more than 20,000 copies sold. The program is now available on download.
In addition, David is a philanthropist, funding projects which address inequality and social injustice in developing countries and in Australia. He established his Social Justice Fund (a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation) after an inheritance from his father in 2001.
David is a member of the steering committee of Australia21’s Inequality projects.
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Mr Patrick O’Leary
Patrick has had a career spanning more than 35 years in the global financial markets, first as a research analyst, economist and stockbroker and later as the investment strategist for a major investment manager.
Educated in Egypt, Britain and Australia, Patrick holds an honours Arts degree in Philosophy and Economics and a Science Master’s degree in Zoology.
Patrick has travelled extensively on business in Europe, Asia and America, while being based in London and Melbourne.
Dr Lynne Reeder
Lynne Reeder is an Adjunct Fellow in the Faculty of Health at Federation University Australia. In 2015 she completed a study which examined the role of empathy conversations as a policy tool and presented the findings at the 3rd Global Empathy conference at the University of Oxford, UK.
Lynne completed her Monash University PhD on the international relations theory of global interdependence, which included a focus on the ethical aspects of global governance.
Lynne is a member of the e-discussion group run by the Compassionate Mind Foundation at the University of Derby, UK. She also leads the Australian Organising Group of the Charter for Compassion, a global network of collaborative partnerships. She has extensive experience in policy development working in associations such as CEDA and Professions Australia, and has previously worked at the University of Melbourne and ANU in both academic and knowledge transfer roles.
Lynne trained as a meditation teacher with Deepak Chopra in the US and currently teaches mindfulness at a regional hospital-based Wellness Centre.
Lynne leads Australia21’s Empathy, Mindfulness & Compassion project. She is also a member of our Research Committee. Between 2008 and 2011 Lynne was our Executive Director.
Ms Lyn Stephens
Lyn Stephens is an organisational development consultant with wide experience in the not for profit sector.
Lyn’s other experience ranges across psychiatric social work, human resources, housing and public sector management. She has a particular interest in dialogue and community consultation.
Lyn was a visiting fellow at the Australian National University’s College of Law for five years, initiated while she was Director of the Australian Centre for Dialogue at ANU. She has a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland, and a Master of Social Ecology, Western Sydney University.
Lyn has been an Executive Officer of Australia21 and currently serves on our Communications Strategy team.
Dr Alex Wodak AM
For 30 years Alex was the Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, from 1982 to 2012. Along with colleagues, he helped to establish the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (1987), the NSW Users AIDS Association (NUAA) (1989) and the Australian Society of HIV Medicine (ASHM) (1989).
In acts of civil disobedience, Alex was instrumental in setting up Australia’s first needle syringe program (1986) and first medically supervised injecting centre (1999). He was also President of the International Harm Reduction Association from 1996 to 2004. In addition, he has worked in developing countries on HIV control among injecting drug users.
Alex leads Australia21’s Illicit Drugs project with Director Emeritus Mick Palmer.
Mr Peter Yuile
Peter Yuile draws on his long experience and deep understanding of government and the Australian public service to provide insight to senior executives. He has coached and mentored APS and non-APS executives, as well as being involved in leadership training, working with major consulting companies and serving on an Audit and Risk Committee for a central APS agency.
Peter worked in the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) from 2007 until 2014. Prior to that he had a diverse Australian Public Service career, including positions as a Deputy Secretary/Executive Director in Transport and Regional Services, Agriculture and the former Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service. Peter also served overseas, was a Departmental Advisor in a Minister’s office, and served as the Government Director on the Boards of a number of government enterprises.
Peter has a Bachelor of Art (Hons, First Class) from the University of New South Wales. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership.
Peter is also a member and serves on the Council of Benedictus Contemplative Church in Canberra.
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Ms Susan Davidson
Most recently Susan worked with Diabetes Australia in Canberra, as General Manager of the National Diabetes Services Scheme which provides education, services, products and other information to more than 1.2 million Australians with diabetes. She has previously held management positions with Ernst and Young in Sydney, Frankfurt and Canberra, and with Civil Aviation Authority in Canberra. She has also been a Board member of the Harmonie German Club in Canberra for the past nine years.
Susan studied Economics at Macquarie University and Health Science at Charles Sturt University.