Who we are

Brett Gale – Executive Director

Brett has three decades of experience in senior roles comprising; policy, issues management, crisis management, communication, and project management roles in the government, corporate and education sectors.

Prior to being appointed Executive Director of the CRC Brett worked as the Group Head of Government Affairs and Communication Strategy for the Westpac Group.  He also worked as a Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff in the Hawke, Keating, Carr and Rudd Labor Governments.

Brett played a senior role in organising the Sydney Olympics and headed up the office of International Affairs at Yale University.

Brett holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Sydney University and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University. He has a strong policy background in finance and banking and the transport and tourism sectors.

Our Board

Linda White – Chair

Linda is an Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Services Union. She practised as a solicitor in private practice after gaining degrees in Law and Commerce from Melbourne University. Linda joined the Chifley Research Centre Board in 2013 and was appointed Chair in June 2015.

Linda has been a member of the ALP’s national executive since 2006 and was recently elected to the National Executive Committee.  She has been a director of industry superannuation fund, legalsuper since 1993 and is currently a Board member of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. She was previously a director of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, a member of the Australian Social Inclusion Board and was a Vice President of the ACTU from 2006 -2015.

Tim Dixon

Tim Dixon is currently based in London and is a co-founder of More in Common, which works across the US, UK, France and Germany to counter the threats of polarization and far-right populism. Tim has led social change projects in more than 20 countries. He trained as an economist and tech sector lawyer, worked as economic adviser and chief speechwriter for Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, is the co-author of Australia’s leading economics textbook and built a leading Australian ​educational publishing business that was bought by Pearson in 2004.

Tim has founded initiatives that have engaged millions of people in social movements. Prior to More in Common Tim co-founded creative agency Purpose Europe; The Syria Campaign; the Jo Cox Foundation in the UK; and Movilizatorio in Colombia.

Ben Davis

Ben Davis is a committed unionist and a proud Richmond supporter. He has over 20 years’ experience working for the labour movement with 18 years spent organising workers across Victoria.

Since 2013 he has been Secretary of The Australian Workers’ Union Victorian Branch. As Branch Secretary, he has seen the union expand into new areas and has faced many challenges including complex disputes at Fletchers, UGL and Esso as well as the Trade Union Royal Commission.

Ben sits on various government and non-government boards and committees relating to workers’ rights and safety, and is a Director of Prime Super.  Ben has completed financial management training with The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, and he is a graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program.

Amit Singh

Amit Singh is a consultant specialising in economics and policy and advises clients in financial services, government and the tech sector. He is a managing director at the consultancy, AlphaBeta. He was previously head of global economic and work policy at Uber in San Francisco. He has also served as a senior economic adviser to two Australian Prime Ministers. Earlier in his career, he worked as a capital markets lawyer and co-founded a consumer aggregator with over 350,000 members. He has delivered papers and presentations on digital marketplaces and the future of work at the OECD and ILO.

Frances Maguire

Frances Maguire is a former Partner at PwC (retired as partner December 20190, who now acts as a senior executive adviser to the partnership.  She has been on the leadership team for PwC’s Consulting business for the past seven years and also a member of PwC Australia’s whole of firm leadership group for the past four years.  During her time at PwC Frances had led the NSW Government team, the National Government and Public Sector Consulting practice and the National Australian Clients and Markets Consulting Group.

Frances also worked for 10 years in the children’s services sector and subsequently, Frances served as a Senior Adviser to NSW Government Ministers.

Laura Fraser Hardy

Laura Fraser Hardy is the Chief of Staff to the Queensland Attorney-General Until February 2018, Laura was a Senior Associate at Hall Payne Lawyers. During her ten years at Hall Payne Lawyers, Laura worked predominantly in employment/industrial relations, discrimination law and disciplinary law.

Laura is an active member of the ALP and was the federal candidate for Bonner in the 2013 and 2016 federal elections. Laura has been on the National Committee of EMILY’s List, and was previously the Queensland Labor Women’s Network President.