Jill Sheppard


Jill is a lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. Her research interests are elections and voting, political participation, and public opinion, particularly in Australia but also internationally. She is an investigator on several major survey studies of Australian public opinion and behaviour.


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David Turvey is the General Manager of the Insights and Evaluation Branch within the Economic and Analytical Services Division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

David oversees the production of the Australian Innovation System Report and Australian Industry Report, two of the department’s key publications, as well as the Department’s programme evaluation activities. The branch has a key role in adding to the evidence base on the factors that drive productive and globally competitive firms and industries and ensuring that this evidence is fed into policy advice and evaluation of programmes in the Industry, Innovation and Science portfolio.

Prior to his current role, David held senior positions in the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Australian Treasury, the Department of Finance and at the Economics Department of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. David holds a Master of Economics from the Australian National University.


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Grant Anderson is the CEO of the ANCA Group, a world leading Australian manufacturer of Machine Tools, Motion Control Systems and metal fabrication. The company has three divisions of ANCA CNC Machines, ANCA Motion and Tinfish and has achieved market leadership through innovation and a commitment to research and development.

The ANCA Group Head Office is in Melbourne, Australia and has over 900 staff worldwide, 450 of who are based in Melbourne. ANCA exports around 98% of its product and under Grant’s leadership the group have tripled their sales since his appointment in 2010. 

Grant has over 40 years of experience in the design and manufacturing sectors. This experience encompasses export driven growth at the level of executive, CEO and managing director for a number of public and private best practice international companies.

Grant is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute, member of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council and a life member of the FAPM.  Grant enjoys sailing on weekends.


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Sean is a Metallurgist by training and has worked with BlueScope for 30 years in roles within Australia and overseas. He is responsible for managing product innovation and product technology for BlueScope Australia and guiding BlueScope’s global product innovation roadmap.

With experience in manufacturing, product technology and product innovation across 7 countries, Sean has worked with teams to deliver market focussed, innovative, quality products to many regions and markets ranging from Australian to the USA and South East Asia. Much of this experience has been associated with steel product solutions for building and construction.

Sean’s current work challenge is in leading teams to effectively and efficiently deliver market desired product innovation for BlueScope within a broad environment of change. Collaboration with third parties and Universities is an important element which both complements and supplements BlueScope’s internal technical capabilities.

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Gary Dawson joined Thales Australia as Vice President Strategy in March 2017 after a career spanning media, politics, corporate affairs and CEO of one of Australia’s leading industry associations. This is his second stint at Thales having previously worked as VP Communications from 2008-2012.

As VP Strategy Gary has responsibility for the over-arching business strategy of Thales in Australia along with Communications and External Affairs, working closely with the business units and functions.

With an Economics Degree from the Australian National University he brings to the role policy and strategy experience at the highest level across both public and private sectors including five years as a Senior Advisor to former Prime Minister John Howard, from 1999-2004. Prior to re-joining Thales Australia Gary was CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, representing Australia’s $120bn value-adding food sector, from 2012-1017.





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