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Expert in local government, social research and evaluation and regional economic development
Professor Ryan specialises in working with and for local government and other spheres of government providing policy advice, social research, stakeholder and community engagement.
Roberta is a leading public policy researcher, practitioner, and educator with over 30 years’ experience advising elected officials, senior executives and staff from all levels of government across Australia and internationally. Most recently, Roberta was Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, Centre for Local Government, and Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government at the University of Technology Sydney. Prior to that, she was National Director and Partner of Public Policy at Urbis, Australia’s largest public policy, property economics, and urban planning consultancy practice.
Roberta is passionate about and works at the interface of local government, the built and natural environments, service and infrastructure delivery, and community engagement. Her capacity to mediate and facilitate outcomes that deliver shared strategic objectives of government and stakeholders is widely recognised. Roberta understands the challenges and opportunities of balancing competing interests through organisational and strategic planning processes and is renowned for her ability to engage, bring together diverse views, and facilitate high performing teams in politically sensitive environments.
Roberta has completed over 500 social research and evaluation projects, and specialises in innovative approaches to applying research and evaluation to develop practical solutions. Roberta is known for providing robust, evidence-based insights that have informed major decisions by cabinets and ministers, parliaments and regulators, independent inquiries, courts of law, state-owned corporations, state and national agencies, regional bodies, and local councils. She has an established reputation for consultative and expert facilitation of policy processes that assist governments and stakeholders arrive at strategic policy and program outcomes.
Roberta has degrees from the University of Sydney in social science, arts and philosophy. Most recently her research is in areas of evaluating areas of policy complexity, deliberative engagement and models of regional economic development.
SallyAnn specialises in improving policy, strategy and governance outcomes whilst building leadership capacity in national government, local authorities, housing associations, the National Health Service and universities. She is a Director at the Good Governance Institute (GGI), a UK public sector consultancy and research institute.
Her projects, and her social research, rely on strong qualitative and quantitative analysis. She works collaboratively with a range of state and local governments to improve infrastructure, disability, education and economic outcomes for communities. She has expertise in evaluating a range of public and private environmental sustainability initiatives, including use of detailed scenario planning, alternative financial models and socio-economic analysis.
SallyAnn is currently a senior lead on the National Commission on the future of governance in the UK public sector. She 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. That work is addressing implications of activist, active and passive citizens in the future of governance. This research has a strong place-based focus and examines the role that public participation can play in local decision making.
Much of SallyAnn’s work in Australia has involved service delivery in regional and remote strategic areas (such as regional NSW, northern Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia). Her most valuable contributions to place-making include reports: 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 government;and 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 and Governance Committee at the Australian Himalayan Foundation and is a past trustee of andChair of the Community Consultative Committee at the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust in Sydney.
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.