Government & Public Policy


Mr Ben Archer

Employer:  Brindabella Christian College

Current Position:  Head of Humanities & Careers

Professional Field:  Career Development & Education

Ben's background is in politics and is currently completing postgraduate study in Business.  He works in Career Development and Education at both secondary & tertiary levels.  He enjoys working with people to find their niche in an ever changing world.



Mr Allan Behm

Employer:  Senator Penny Wong

Current Position:  Senior Advisor

Professional Field:  Strategic Studies, Politics, Public Administration

Allan is a Senior Diplomat, Public Servant, Chief of Staff to a Federal Minister and Consultant. In addition, he is also a Media Commentator, Author and contributor to academic journals.

Ms Gai Brodtmann

Former Employer:  Labour Party

Position:  Former Member for Canberra

Professional Field:  Politics

Gai Brodtmann was elected the Member for Canberra on 21 August 2010 and has extensive experience in the public, private and community sectors. Gai ran her own small business for ten years and was a federal public servant, primarily with Foreign Affairs and Trade and Attorney-General’s.  Gai’s public policy interests include cyber security, education, small business, defence, foreign affairs, superannuation, financial literacy, public administration and women’s empowerment.  Until recently Gai was the Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Defence.

Miss Molly Cameron

Employer:  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade DFAT

Current Position:  Policy Officer

Professional Field:  Diplomacy

Molly is a Policy Officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) where she works to advance Australia's interests across varied functions, including: bilateral economics and political relations and international trade negotiations.


Mr Nicholas Claydon

Employer: Commonweath Environmental Water Office

Current Position:  Senior Policy Officer

Professional Field:  Hydrogeolist


Dr Nicholas Gruen

Employer:  Self Employed, Lateral Economics

Current Position:  CEO & Founder

Professional Field:  Economics, Public Policy & History

Nicholas Gruen is a policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator, founder of Lateral Economics and Peach Financial, Visiting Professor at Kings College London Policy Institute and Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School.  He chairs the Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia) and is patron of the Australian Digital Alliance.  He chaired The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) from 2010 to 2016.


Ms Rachel Lloyd

Employer:  Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet

Current Position:  Assistant Secretary, Tax, Fin Sector & Employment

Professional Field:  Public Policy & Economics

Rachel has worked at the Treasury, Parliamentary Budget Office and NATSEM prior to PM&C.  She is able to provide her insights into working for the Commonwealth Government in a front line policy role and graduate recruitment policies, as well as women's leadership.


Dr Nina Markovic

Employer:  University of New South Wales

Current Position:  Lecturer & Course Convenor

Professional Field:  Political Science

Having worked for 7 years for the Australian Commonwealth Parliamentary Service as Senior Researcher/Advisor for Europe and Middle East, Nina was able to put her ANU degrees into practice. After re-allocation to Sydney, she lectures and tutors at UNSW.


Ms Judy Middlebrook

Employer:  House of Representatatives before retirement

Current Position:  Retired (Parliamentary Officer before retirement)

Professional Field:  House of Representatives

Immediately before retirement ( in 2009), Judy worked for the House of Representatives for 20 years in a number of different capacities, including secretary of many parliamentary committees, Serjeant-at-arms and Director, Chamber Research Office.  Judy was one Burgmann's first residents and also received an honorary fellowship award.


 Mr Ben Morton

Employer:  Parliament

Current Position:  Federal Member for Tangney

Professional Field:  Politics

Burgmann College - 1999 to 2001
State Director WA Liberal Party - 2008 to 2015
Federal Member for Tangney 2016 to current


Mr Tim Payne

Employer:  The University of Sydney

Current Position:  Director, Higher Education Policy & Projects

Professional Field:  Public Policy, Administrative Law, Project Manager

Tim Payne is Director, Higher Education Policy and Projects at the the University of Sydney. He is an expert on Australia higher education policy and an experienced project lead for the establishment of strategic multi-disciplinary and cross-industry unit.


Ms Alison Penfold

Employer:  Woolworths Group

Current Position:  Government Relations Manager

Professional Field:  Corporate Affairs, Government Relations

Corporate & Government Affairs and communications professional with over 20 years experience in advocacy, policy development, issues and crisis management.  Former CEO of the Australian Livestock Exporters' Council and State Director of NSW Nationals.


Ms Emma Roberts

Employer:  Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT)

Current Position:  Policy Officer

Professional Field:  Foreign Affairs

After studying Asia-Pacific Studies and Law, Emma now works in foreign policy at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. During her time at university Emma spent almost two years studying, researching and interning in Indonesia with the support of a New Colombo Plan Fellowship.


Miss Ruby Rowe

Employer:  KPMG

Current Position:  Consultant

Professional Field:  National Security & Justice

Having completed her Masters in National Security Policy at the NSC, she now works as a Justice and Security Policy Consultant at KPMG, collaborating with a range of different government departments and public sector clients.



Mr William Stoltz

Employer:  Department of Defence

Professional Field:  National Security

William is currently work for the Department of Defence and working towards completing his PhD part-time at ANU's National Security College. He lived in residence at Burgmann College in 2014 while completing his Advanced Masters of National Security Policy.