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SRW Pat Turner Scholarship

Mitchell Bird

Services Australia

The Australian National University

Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Mitchell is a proud Kamilaroi man, born in Tamworth NSW.

Mitchell commenced in the Australian Public Service in 2010, working for Services Australia (formerly Department of Human Services), and was part of the agency’s first intake of the Indigenous Apprenticeship Program. Mitchell’s apprenticeship was front-line service delivery, assisting Australians in accessing essential social welfare payments and services.

After four years, Mitchell relocated from his home community, Tweed Heads NSW, to Canberra to further pursue his public service career. Since moving to Canberra, Mitchell worked in a variety of roles such as: Team Leader of front-line service delivery staff, Assistant Director/Director, leading governance and coordination teams; Departmental Liaison Officer, a conduit between the Minister’s office and Services Australia; Executive Officer, supporting senior executive with strategic and operational matters; Ministerial Adviser, advising Ministers on various portfolio matters. In each role held, Mitchell has advocated for creating opportunities for Indigenous people.

Mitchell has a passion for leadership and commenced in the Pat Turner Scholarship Program in Semester 2 2023, studying a Masters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, specialising in leadership.

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Crystal Bradley

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

The Australian National University

PhD title: Critical natural capital dependency in Australia and options for protection in law and policy

Crystal has worked in the APS since 2001 in the social services and environment portfolios. For over 15 years she has led various domestic and international environment policy programs such as chemical policy, biodiversity policy and natural capital accounting policy. In partnership with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Crystal recently led the development of Australia’s first national ocean ecosystem account and co-chaired the United Nations working group advancing global ocean accounting standards.

Crystal’s PhD research explores what is ‘critical natural capital’ in Australia’s environmental and socio-economic context, the way Australia’s essential economic products and services depend on nature, and options for protecting critical natural capital in law and policy. She is particularly interested in how critical natural capital dependency can be reflected in Australia’s system of national accounts. Crystal’s research aims to support governments to understand and address natural capital dependency risk.

Associate Professor Sarah Clement
  • Gacutan J, Pinarbasi K, Agbaglah M, Bradely C, Galparsora I, Murillas A, Adewinmi I, Praphotjanaporn T, Bordt M, Findlay K, Lantz C and Milligan B M (2022) ‘The emerging intersection between marine spatial planning and ocean accounting: A global review and case studies’. Marine Policy, 140, Article 105055.

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Kathryn Brett

Department of Defence

The Australian National University

PhD title: Repositioning flexible working: mutual goal attainment, strategic signalling, and career advancement

Kathryn is a business, governance, and research professional with over 20 years’ experience across the public and tertiary education sectors. She has implemented initiatives and led successful outcomes across diverse research, technology, strategic planning and policy, governance, and service delivery environments. Prior to commencing as a Sir Roland Wilson Scholar, she was the Director Governance within Headquarters Joint Operations Command.

Kathryn’s PhD research program examines the phenomenon of flexible work. Flexible working has burgeoned in recent decades and the COVID-19 pandemic catapulted its status to normative work method, at least temporarily if not permanently. As employers and employees navigate complex social expectations and environments, the mutual gains stemming from flexible work are increasingly valuable to the APS, individuals and businesses, and broader society. Kathryn’s research explores flexible working holistically to better understand how it is changing and how it affects workforce participation and career advancement.

Professor Sarbari Bordia
  • Brett K, Jansen K and Bordia S. (2022) ‘From Control to Mutual Gains: A Systematic Review and Repositioning of Flexible Working’, Academy of Management Proceedings, 2022(1).

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SRW Pat Turner Scholarship 2022

Natalie Bryant

Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority

Australian National University

PhD title: The curious case of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Authority: Investigating the absence of reforms to facilitate Indigenous self-determination in Australia’s hospital system

Natalie has held a variety of roles across the Commonwealth and NSW public service. She has a strong interest in health and leadership, and is passionate about the development and implementation of programs that provide the best outcomes for all people but particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

In 2009, the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission released a report including 123 recommendations across four themes. The recommendations included substantial reforms to the structure, governance, and funding of Australia's health care system. The government's response the following year supported or noted 122 of the 123 recommendations. One recommendation was rejected - the recommendation to establish a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Health Authority. This came within a year of Australia's endorsement of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), a declaration which foregrounds the right of Indigenous peoples to self-determination.   

The decision to reject the establishment of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Authority appears to be in contradiction to other decisions made in the relation to Indigenous affairs at the time. This research seeks to understand why this reform to facilitate Indigenous self-determination within the Australian hospital system failed to be implemented. It investigates potential structures that might facilitate Indigenous self-determination in the hospital system in Australia, and the reform processes that might be needed to realise them.

Dr Francis Markham

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Conrad Buffier

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

The Australian National University

PhD title: Climate change policy upscaling

Conrad is a Director in the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water. Over his 15 year career in the Australian Public Service, Conrad has contributed to the development of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, the Carbon Pricing Mechanism, the Emissions Reduction Fund, the National Energy Guarantee, the Safeguard Mechanism, and transport emissions policy. Conrad also worked on the 2008 and 2011 Garnaut Climate Change Reviews.

Through his PhD research at the ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy, Conrad will examine factors that support upscaling the stringency of countries’ climate change mitigation policy instruments.

Professor Llewelyn Hughes
The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation is a partnership between The Australian National University, Charles Darwin University and the Australian Public Service.