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 works on the Family and Community Services portfolio. Prior to joining the BIU, she was a member of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services’ Behavioural Insights Unit, where she focused on child protection and mandatory reporting. Prior to this she worked in the not-for-profit sector.
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.
Gemma is a PhD student at the George Institute. Her research addresses the expanding problem of childhood obesity and chronic disease through translating research into policy.
She is passionate about behaviour change. Previous work includes food labelling, a digital platform for diabetic patients and translating ‘nutritional geometry’ into teaching.
Jacqualine heads 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.
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.
Sean leads BIU’s work on transport and urban policy. He has previously advised governments on economic policy in a range of areas including financial sector regulation, housing supply, and transport at the Commonwealth and NSW Treasuries.
Shabnam manages BIU’s work in Education, Transport, Planning and Environment and Industry Skills and Regional Development. Shabnam has a background in environmental and natural resources policy and regulation.