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.

Linda White – Chair

linda_whiteLinda 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.

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