Alex joined DPC in May 2014 as a secondment from the UK Behavioural Insights Team. He is a Senior Advisor with the UK BIT’s Australian office where he leads the team’s evaluation work. He has worked across numerous policy areas, with an emphasis on health and employment.
As Director, Alex has carriage of the overall strategic direction of BIU. He has previously worked for the UK and NSW governments in a number of roles, including at the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, in corporate planning and performance, environmental strategy, renewable energy policy, freedom of information, horizon scanning and future science policy.
Anna leads BIU’s work with the Family and Community Services portfolio and is also working on a project in the Justice cluster. Prior to this, Anna worked at the Department of Family and Community Services’ and in the not-for-profit sector.
Cindy leads projects in the Transport portfolio. Prior to joining BIU, Cindy was at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s innovationXchange working on private sector collaborations for social impact. Cindy is an economist, with a particular focus on private sector development, gender and economic policy in emerging economies.
Danielle Merrett Position: Principal Policy Officer
Danielle leads BIU’s work in the Finance, Services and Innovation cluster and oversees projects in Industry, Skills and Regional Development and Justice clusters. She has a PhD in behavioural economics and has previously worked for the World Bank, the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation and in academia.
Edwina leads projects in the Industry, Skills, and Regional Development portfolio. Prior to joining BIU, Edwina worked in consumer research and customer experience, with a particular focus on qualitative research and anthropology in these fields.
Jacqualine leads BIU’s health portfolio. She comes from DPC’s Social Policy Group where she worked on major reforms including Reform of Federation, NSW’s Social Housing Strategy and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. She has a consulting background in human services and economics, advising governments and non-government organisations across a range of sectors including family and community services, disability, housing, transport, health and financial services.
Jenny is a data analyst working part-time with BIU, tasked with advising on trial design and undertaking data analysis to determine the success of trials. Before she joined BIU Jenny was an academic, researching social policy and drug and alcohol policy in multi-disciplinary teams.
Kim leads BIU’s work in the Education cluster and with the Public Service Commission. Kim has a background in organisational psychology and joined the team from the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Western Australia.
Renee leads projects in the Justice portfolio. Renee has a background in economic policy and has worked advising state and local governments on infrastructure, transport, housing and urban renewal projects. She has previously worked as an economics journalist and media advisor.
Rory was seconded from the UK Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) to DPC in November 2012 to help set up and run BIU. He is Managing Director of the BIT’s Australian office and now splits his time between that role and his work with BIU. He has worked in a number of areas including health, employment, tax, justice, community services and education.
Shabnam leads BIU’s work in Planning & Environment and oversees our work in Education, Transport and with the Public Service Commission. Shabnam has a background in environmental and natural resources policy and regulation.