The HRF Centre's research team works with a number of affiliates within the University of Newcastle's Faculty of Business and Law. These researchers are leaders in their respective fields. Together with the Centre's team they support the University's strategic focus on shaping regional development strategies for global challenges.

  • SallyAnn Hunting

    Conjoint Lecturer and Affiliate

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    SallyAnn is a Director at the Good Governance Institute, a UK public sector consultancy and research institute which works in partnership with national government, local authorities, housing associations, the National Health Service and universities. Many of her projects and social research use strong qualitative and quantitative analysis and aim to improve policy, strategy and governance outcomes across systems whilst building leadership capacity.

    SallyAnn is currently a senior lead on the National Commission on the future of governance in the UK public sector. She is co-authored Modern governance in the public sector and is specifically investigating the most productive ways for citizens to contribute to the future of the public sector and the implications of activist, active and passive citizens in the future of governance. This research has a strong place-based focus and will examine the role public participation can play in local decision making.

    Much of SallyAnn’s work in Australia was conducted at the University of Technology Institute for Public Policy and Governance and involved regional and remote strategic service delivery (in regional NSW, northern Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia) where she worked collaboratively with a range of state and local governments to improve infrastructure, disability, education and economic outcomes for communities. She also evaluated a range of public and private environmental sustainability initiatives, some of which required detailed scenario planning, alternative financial models and socio-economic analysis.

    Her most valuable contributions to place-making have been the National Disability Insurance Agency’s How local governments can increase the social and economic participation of people with disability, the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Building social cohesion in our communities – An online resource for local governmentand the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government’s Service Delivery Review: A how to manual for local government.

    SallyAnn has a Masters in Geography from the University of Oxford and a Master of Sustainable Management with Distinction from the University of Sydney. She is also a Chartered Accountant, is a member of the Finance & Governance Committee at the Australian Himalayan Foundation and is a past trustee of and Chair of the Community Consultative Committee at the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust in Sydney.

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  • Andy Sammut


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    Andy is an experienced Local Government professional with 32 years’ in the industry and a strong track record in quality service delivery and continuous improvement. For 27 of these years he held management roles in a large metropolitan Council in New South Wales; 16 of which were in senior management and executive roles. Andy has led Corporate and Community Services through significant organisational reform and development. As Director of Corporate Services at Canterbury City Council he had primary responsibility for delivery of Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting Program while playing a pivotal role in instigating corporate business improvement processes across a broad ranging portfolio. He supported and directed the delivery of programs and service reviews both within this portfolio and across other Divisions that provided city-wide assets, land-use planning, works, waste and environmental programs. 

    Andy has specialised skills in management development and community engagement; with qualifications and experience in working to promote organisational effectiveness and efficiency. His background in social planning, service delivery, community engagement and financial management reflect a strong commitment to working with people to ensure good communication and deliver realistic, financially sustainable outcomes for stakeholders.

    Since leaving local government in 2016, Andy has worked as a consultant in the industry and as an Associate at both the University of Technology Sydney and Newcastle University. He has lead and supported a range of landmark projects, designing and implementing organisational change in regional, rural and city-based Councils.


    • Leadership, Management Development and Coaching
    • Organisational Change, Change Management and Strategic Planning
    • Corporate and Social Planning
    • Asset management, utilisation and planning
    • Integrated Planning and Reporting
    • Policy Development, Review and Consultation.
    • Community Engagement and Stakeholder Partnerships
    • Budget and Service Delivery Planning and Implementation
    • Process Improvement and Service Delivery Reviews
    • Stakeholder engagement in Organisational Restructures
    • Project Management and Risk Management
    • Communication and Decision-making
    • Program Evaluation and Performance Management


    • Bachelor of Social Work with First Class Honours
    • Diploma in Frontline Management
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  • Dr Trevor Seymour-Jones

    Conjoint Senior Lecturer and Affiliate


    Dr Trevor Seymour-Jones has forty years of experience in the management of built assets in both the public and private sectors across the Asia Pacific region. He contributes to the Local Government advisory capacity at the HRF Centre.

    Trevor frames strategic management of built assets as organisational resources that are essential to the provision of public services and functioning of government. He advises widely on capacity and capability building for Integrated Planning and Reporting (IPR) Frameworks. He also conducts independent assessments for metropolitan and country councils. He has assisted state government departments and agencies to assess their asset management capacity and capability, and to prepare strategic asset plans as part of the service provision process.

    He leads training and professional development programs for increasing awareness and understanding of the asset management process; structuring asset management as a central and departmental strategic function; and aligning asset planning with service and financial planning.

    Trevor served as a member of a Western Australia Government panel of advisers to assess the asset and associated financial management capacity and capability of councils under the National Assessment Framework. Trevor has provided policy advice to the Governments of New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia. Internationally, Trevor has been involved with the management of the built environment across the Asia Pacific, including the Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

    Trevor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Land Economy and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. His PhD from the University of Sydney characterised leading practices in the management of government real property. He is the author of a number of papers, articles and reports and speaks regularly at conferences.

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