About us

What is the Centre for Strategy & Governance?

CSG is a network of independent professionals with a deep understanding of the Federal, State and Territory Governments and a shared interest in providing high level strategic advice directed to:

  • for governments - the efficient delivery of Government policy
  • for the corporate sector – an effective understanding of how government works and the impact of government decisions on their strategic objectives
  • or not-for-profit sector – strategic focus and effective governance

CSG professionals are available to take on board and statutory appointments, undertake reviews or to provide ad hoc mentoring and advice. Members each work on their own, contracting directly with the client department or agency.

CSG members are based in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney but regularly work on boards and assignments throughout Australia and across the region. Although each assignment is treated with the utmost confidence, CSG also provides a network of colleagues whose knowledge and experience may be drawn on as the need arises.

More detailed information on each of our Members is available at Our People.


Boards and Senior Positions

CSG members have served on many Boards including:

  • ANU Enterprise Pty Ltd
  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Australian Rail Track Corporation
  • Australian Water Commission
  • Australia Davos Connection Ltd
  • Bureau of Meteorology Advisory Board
  • A number of Cooperative Research Centres
  • Corporations and Securities Panel
  • European Australia Business Council
  • Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
  • Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation
  • Health Services Australia Ltd
  • International Air Services Commission
  • Melbourne University Business School
  • Murray Darling Basin Authority
  • National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training Advisory Board
  • National Institute for Governance
  • National Electricity Code Administrator Ltd
  • National Library of Australia
  • Shell Australia Ltd
  • Water Australia

CSG members have held many senior Government positions including:

  • Austrade – CEO
  • APEC – Ambassador
  • Auckland (NZ) Regional Transport Authority – CEO
  • ACT Department of Health - CEO
  • Australian Public Service Commissioner
  • Department of Transport and Regional Services – Secretary
  • NZ Ministry of Transport - Secretary
  • Comcare - CEO
  • Australian Quarantine Inspection Service - Executive Director,
  • Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Secretary,
  • Dept of Foreign Affairs & Trade – Deputy Secretary,
  • Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - Secretary
  • Dept of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - Secretary
  • Health Insurance Commission - CEODept of Education, Science and Training - Secretary,
  • National Water Commission - CEO
  • Department of Parliamentary Services - Secretary
  • Dept of Communications - Secretary,
  • Dept of Human Services – Secretary,
  • World Trade Organisation - Ambassador

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board serves in an honorary capacity and provides guidance on the role and operations of the Centre.

Tony Blunn AO

Tony Blunn served as Secretary of a number of Australian Government Departments including Attorney-Generals, the Department of Social Security, the Department of Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories and the Department of Housing and Construction.

Since retiring from the Australian Public Service Tony has served in a number of Board positions including as the Chair, Code of Banking Practice Monitoring Committee, Chair, the National Institute for Governance.

Wendy Craik AM

Wendy Craik has considerable expertise in natural resource management and environmental issues and public policy more generally.

She is currently chair of the Climate Change Authority and the NSW Marine Estate Management Authority, Deputy Chancellor of the University of South Australia and on the Board of the Australian Farm Institute. Former positions include a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission, has held many senior positions including Chief Executive for of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission (MDBC), President and Member of the National Competition Council (NCC), Chair of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), Executive Director of the National Farmers Federation (NFF) and Executive Officer of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). She has worked as a consultant for ACILTasman and been a director on a number of boards. She is currently a Board member of Dairy Australia, Chair of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, Deputy Chancellor at the University of South Australia and Chair of the NSW Marine Estate Management Authority. Wendy was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for service to the natural resource sector of the economy, particularly in the areas of fisheries, marine ecology and management of water reform, and for contributions to policies affecting rural and regional Australia.

Kerri Hartland

Kerri Hartland was appointed Secretary at Department of Jobs and Small Business in September 2017 before that she held the position of Deputy Secretary, Business Enabling Services at Department of Finance. Kerri brings extensive experience at senior levels having worked in eight different Commonwealth departments and agencies. This includes as Chief Information Officer of the then Department of Industry, Science and Resources; Deputy Secretary of the Department of Human Services, where she led amongst other things Service Delivery Reform; and Deputy Director-General of ASIO. Kerri started life as a journalist and also spent a year working in the Canadian public service.

Greg Taylor AO

Greg Taylor has had extensive experience with the interface between administrative and political government, across a wide span of policy and administrative issues and a broad range of agencies.

He has held senior positions in the Commonwealth Treasury, the Office of National Assessments and the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. He was Chairman of the Industries Assistance Commission, and Secretary of the Commonwealth Departments of Employment, Education & Training, Primary Industries & Energy, and Industry Science & Tourism. He was Executive Director for Australia at the International Monetary Fund, representing also a range of other Pacific & Asian countries at the IMF.

Greg has held a number of directorships in both the public and private sectors. He is currently a Director of TFG International, Chairman of the Australian Mathematics Trust, and Chairman of several private sector companies in PNG.