2019 Annual Secretaries Dinner

Scholars at 2019 Secretaries Dinner

The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation hosted its annual Secretaries Dinner at the National Museum of Australia on 13 November 2019.

Phil Gaetjens, Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, spoke about the importance of developing expert public servants in his keynote at the dinner.

In the persuasive address to scholars, heads of departments, university executive and key academics, he emphasised the value of deep expertise in delivering policy.

Mr Gaetjens also honoured the late Sir Roland Wilson, the longest serving head of the Treasury. He’s remembered as having unmatched economic expertise and for his impartial and to-the-point advice.

The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, set up in his legacy, offers postgraduate scholarships to high performing Australian public servants to study public policy issues of national and global significance.

The annual event recognises and celebrates the achievements of Sir Roland Wilson scholars and the Foundation’s partnership with The Australian National University, Charles Darwin University and the Australian Public Service.
At the event, prizes were awarded to the Foundation’s preeminent scholars.

• Martin Dallen from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources won the Pat Turner Prize for the highest scoring Masters course work student.
• Craig Leon from the Department of Human Services won the Pat Turner Prize recognising the Master of Philosophy or PhD student who made the biggest contribution to academia or public policy.
• Shane Johnson from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet won the Joan Uhr prize for the scholar who has made the greatest contribution to public policy, particularly through strengthening the links between the Australian Public Service and ANU.
• Angelia Grant from the Department of the Treasury won the Ian Castles Alumni prize for the scholarship alum, who has achieved extraordinary success in their field, or made outstanding contributions to public policy in Australia or internationally.

Edward Crook was also recognised for his 20-year membership on the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation Board.

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Updated:  25 November 2019/ Responsible Officer:  Foundation Director/ Page Contact:  Sir Roland Wilson Foundation