Business Leaders' Breakfast: Excellence in Public Sector Reform





Frank Cooper FAICD

Non-Executive Director, Woodside Petroleum Limited

Frank Cooper FAICD is currently a Non Executive Director of Woodside Petroleum Limited and Chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. He is also Non-Executive Director of South32 and the Commissioner and Chairman of Insurance Commission of Western Australia.

In his executive career, Frank specialised in accounting, tax and auditing across a variety of Sectors. He was most recently a partner in the Perth office of PwC, until his retirement in 2012.

Frank has had extensive involvement in the NFP sector and is currently the Commissioner and Chair of the West Australian Football Commission, a member of the State Health Research Advisory Council, member of the Senate of the University of Western Australia and Chair of the Strategic Resources Committee also within UWA.

Previous board roles included the Major Performing Arts Board (Australia Council), Fremantle Football Club, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and the Western Australia Opera Company.

John Nicolaou

Executive Director, WA & NT, ACIL Allen Consulting

John Nicolaou joined the ACIL Allen Consulting Perth office in August 2015 as a Director. John is highly respected across business and government at a state and federal level, with nearly 20 years of experience as an economist, policy leader and senior executive working at the Commonwealth and WA Treasuries and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (CCIWA).

As Chief Economist at CCIWA for more than 10 years, John led the organisation to become a key source of economic intelligence. He developed WA surveys of business and consumer confidence, a leading index of WA economic activity, and forecasting model for the WA economy.

As a senior executive at CCIWA, John also led its policy development and advocacy, contributing to the debate on a range of business issues, including through the development of thought leadership papers on human capital, the federation, taxation reform, energy markets, productivity and infrastructure. In leading the development of key policy papers, John has represented CCIWA and its members to governments at a state and federal level, and presented to government inquiries, media and conferences and events.

John is a member of the Board of Brightwater Care Group, one of Western Australia’s largest providers of accommodation and care services for the elderly and people with a disability.

John holds a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia and has been an Adjunct Professor at Curtin Business School. In recognition of his contribution to economics and the policy debate, John won a prestigious WA Business News 40under40 award in 2011.

Michelle Andrews

Environmental Scientist

Michelle Andrews heads the secretariat supporting the Western Australian Government’s Service Priority Review. The wide-ranging independent review, announced by the Government in May 2017, is examining the functions, operations and culture of the WA public sector. The review is being undertaken by a panel comprising former New Zealand State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie CNZM, former UWA Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Margaret Seares AO and former Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer Michael Dillon.

The panel will make recommendations for public sector reform to the Government in October 2017.Before joining the Service Priority Review secretariat, Michelle was Deputy Director General at the Department of Mines and Petroleum. Michelle is an environmental scientist with more than 25 years’ experience in the public sector, including in the Department of State Development and the Environmental Protection Authority. She has also worked as a policy advisor for several State Government Ministers. Michelle was previously Deputy Chair of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia and is on the Board of the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute.

The Western Australia State Government is transforming under the new Labor McGowan Government to a leaner public sector designed to deliver efficiency and cost savings for the public purse.

In the complex framework of the Public Sector, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to governance. As the State rationalizes, AICD will bring together bold thinkers focused on excellence in public sector reform and review successful models as we navigate the road ahead.

AICD invites you to a discussion on the latest trends in reform in the public sector to ensure resilience to govern into the future.

The discussion is designed to be of benefit to Public Sector executives, Directors, Committee Members and Advisers.