Senior advisers

Ken Baxter

Ken Baxter

Senior Adviser

Ken has had 30 years direct involvement in the Commonwealth, Victorian & NSW governments & the private sector.

Ken served as the Secretary of the Premier’s Department in both NSW & Victoria and has been a senior policy adviser to the P.M.’s Department in PNG.

He has had extensive experience in the reconstruction, funding, sale, re-organisation and operation of government owned organisations as well as devising and implementing fundamental microeconomic reforms in the energy, transport, infrastructure & agriculture sectors in Australia and internationally.

 


Stephen Bradford

Stephen Bradford

Senior Adviser

Stephen has 10 years of port industry experience having been the CEO of Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) for January 2004 - December 2013. Stephen is Chairman of Tasports and a former Director of Napier Port. 

During his tenure as CEO of PoMC, Stephen oversaw two major expansion projects (capital expenditure in excess of $900m) to expand port capacity and facilitate growing trade of the port.

 


Donald Challen

Donald Challen AM

Senior Adviser

Don Challen has 30 years of experience in the public sector, including 17 years as Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance in Tasmania.

He has extensive board experience in the government sector and has substantial experience in the establishment, reconstruction and merger of large government businesses.

 


Peter Costello

Hon Peter Costello AC

Senior Adviser

Peter Costello began his career as a lawyer. From 1990 – 2009 he served as a Member of the House of Representatives and was Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia from March 1996 to December 2007.

He delivered twelve federal budgets including ten surpluses. During this period Australia’s Sovereign Credit Rating was updated twice to its current AAA rating.

 


Chris Leptos

Chris Leptos AM

Senior Adviser

Chris Leptos has been a Senior Partner with KPMG, and Managing Partner Government at Ernst & Young where he had national responsibility for leading the public sector practice. He has conducted numerous reviews for State and Federal Governments, such as lead adviser on the creation of a competitive gas market in Victoria.

 


Marie McDonald

Marie McDonald

Senior Adviser

Marie McDonald is a non-executive company director.  She is currently a director of CSL Limited, Nanosonics Limited, Nufarm Limited and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

 


Ian Watt

Ian Watt AC

Senior Adviser

Dr Watt has had a long career as one of Australia’s most distinguished public servants, with nearly 20 years at the highest levels of the public service.  His most recent and most senior appointment was as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and head of the Australian Public Service, a position he held from 2011 until the end of 2014.