"The Centre for Strategy and Governance, a quietly influential collective …  with one thing in common: lots of experience in the highest levels of government. The most influential voices outside of government on improving the APS"
The Mandarin, 4 October 2018

The Centre for Strategy & Governance is a network of independent professionals with a deep understanding of Federal, State and Territory governments and a shared interest in providing high-level strategic and governance advice.

Our members have served in senior executive positions in the Australian Public Service and in leadership roles in the corporate sector.


  • serve on boards, advisory boards and audit committees
  • advise on transformational programs
  • lead and assist with reviews
  • undertake policy, effectiveness, and efficiency reviews
  • executive coaching, mentoring and advice
  • ethics and integrity advice and reviews


  • serve on boards and advisory boards
  • advice on dealing with government
  • sounding board for managing directors and chairs
  • mentor senior executives
  • strategic advice to international companies with Australian subsidiaries or operations


  • effective governance and strategic planning
  • strategic advice to boards and management
  • issues management
  • sounding board for the organisation
  • mentoring and coaching senior executives

Dr Heather Smith PSM, Ms Kathryn Fagg AO FTSE and Mr Finn Pratt AO PSM appointed to Australian Public Service Hierarchy and Classification Review


Julie-Anne Berry, Natalie Bhardwaj, Virginia Christie, Sergio Freire, Damian Mitsch, Stephen Parbery appointed members of the Insolvency Practitioner Registration and Disciplinary committees


Hon Nick Minchin AO appointed the Independent Reviewer under the Food and Grocery Code


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