Open Government Partnership – Australia

First Meeting of Australia's Open Government Forum

21st July 2017

The first meeting of Australia’s Open Government Forum will take place on 28 July 2017. For further information please see the agenda and papers below.

Members of the Forum are listed below, including biographical details.

Open Government Forum Members

Civil society representatives:

  • Ms Fiona McLeod SC, President, Law Council of Australia (Co-Chair)

  • Mr James Christian PSM, CEO, NSW Aboriginal Land Council

  • The Hon. Dr Ken Coghill, Deputy Chair and Treasurer, Accountability Round Table

  • Mr James Horton, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Datanomics Pty Ltd

  • Ms Emily Howie, Director of Legal Advocacy, Human Rights Law Centre

  • Ms Serena Lillywhite, Chief Executive Officer, Transparency International Australia

  • Ms Katherine Szuminska, Co-Founder and Director, OpenAustralia Foundation

  • Mr Mark Zirnsak, Director, Social Justice Unit, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, Uniting Church in Australia

Government representatives:

  • Dr Steven Kennedy PSM, Deputy Secretary, Prime Minister and Cabinet (Co-Chair)

  • Mr Peter Alexander, Chief Digital Officer, Digital Transformation Agency

  • Mr Iain Anderson, Deputy Secretary, Attorney-General’s Department

  • Ms Diane Brown, Deputy Secretary, The Treasury

  • Mr David Hazlehurst, Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

  • Dr Stein Helgeby, Deputy Secretary, Department of Finance

  • Ms Anne Lyons, Assistant Director-General, National Archives of Australia

  • Mr Timothy Pilgrim PSM, Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner

The NSW Information Commissioner, Ms Elizabeth Tydd will also be a non-voting jurisdictional member, reflecting the Commonwealth’s desire to build stronger relationships with the states on open government matters.

Civil Society Representatives - Biographies

Ms Fiona McLeod SC, President, Law Council of Australia

Fiona McLeod is the President-elect of the Law Council of Australia and has also previously served as the President of the Australian Bar Association, as Chair of the Victorian Bar, and as a member of the Law Council Executive Board. She brings considerable leadership experience to her role as co-chair, and substantial experience working with government, corporate and non-government sectors. The Law Council engages closely in parliamentary and public sector reform processes related to transparency and strengthening the integrity of public offices.

Mr James Christian, CEO, NSW Aboriginal Land Council

James Christian is Chief Executive Officer, NSW Aboriginal Land Council. The NSW Aboriginal Land Council is Australia’s largest Aboriginal member based organisation with over 23,000 individual members. He has a history of working within and across civil society. He has also worked in government at state (NSW) and federal levels; leading government policy in the areas of Aboriginal Affairs, Disability, Carers and community services and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the forum.

The Hon. Dr Ken Coghill, Deputy Chair and Treasurer, Accountability Round Table

Ken Coghill is an Associate Professor at Monash University where he leads research in governance and parliamentary studies. He teaches Governance - directly relevant to the OGP & his membership of the previous Interim Working Group. He is Chair of the Australian Open Government Partnership Network. Ken was formerly a public servant, Wodonga Councillor, MP (Victoria), Parliamentary Secretary and Speaker.

Mr James Horton, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Datanomics Pty Ltd

James Horton is founder and CEO of datanomics Pty Ltd, a data innovation venture, as well as a member of the Innovation Reference Group for the Victorian Government's 10 Year Mental Health Plan, and Deputy Chair of the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council.

He has over 25 years of experience in listening, thinking, speaking and doing in relation to data ethics, digital dignity, data governance and data management domains, and across public, private and civil society settings, bringing a strong data and information focus to the work of the OGF.  

As a member of the OGP Civil Society Network Steering Committee, James brings continuity to the work of the OGF through his involvement in consultations leading to the formation of the Open Government Forum, and current consultations with the PM&C Task Force reviewing the Productivity Commission Report on Data Availability and Use.

Ms Emily Howie, Director of Legal Advocacy, Human Rights Law Centre

Emily Howie is the Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre. She leads the HRLC’s work protecting Australia’s democracy, which includes protecting voting rights and data privacy, promoting open and transparent government and improving whistleblower protections. She is a lawyer with 15 years’ experience.

Ms Serena Lillywhite, Chief Executive Officer, Transparency International Australia

Serena Lillywhite is the Chief Executive Officer of Transparency International Australia - the leading global movement working to combat bribery and corruption. She is internationally recognised for her 15 years experience in responsible business conduct, including senior positions with Oxfam and the Brotherhood of St Laurence. She is one of Australia’s leading civil society actors, with extensive private sector (mining, financial services and manufacturing) and government engagement, both in Australia and at the OECD. She has expertise in multistakeholder initiatives, including the Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), and has held high level advisory positions on tax justice, good governance, and global regulatory frameworks, such as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Ms Katherine Szuminska, Co-Founder and Director, OpenAustralia Foundation

Katherine Szuminska co-founded the pioneering and transformative charity, the OpenAustralia Foundation. She has worked with Parliamentary and Government bodies to open up information, create pathways for dialogue, and produce useful services like openaustralia, planningalerts, electionleaflets, righttoknow, theyvoteforyou used by millions of people.

An early supporter of the Open Government Partnership, she was a founding member of the Australian Open Government Partnership Network. She then joined the Interim Working Group and help craft the first Australian Open Government National Action Plan. This plan includes reforms that will result in people in Australia having better access to information, and facilitate more active roles for civil society and the public in Government decision making.

She brings solid practical experience, networks, and good working knowledge of the Open Government movement, specifically Open Government Partnership people and practices, along with an optimistic, ambitious attitude, that Open Government presents opportunities for everyone.

Mr Mark Zirnsak, Director, Social Justice Unit, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, Uniting Church in Australia

Mark Zirnsak is the Director, Justice and International Mission, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, Uniting Church in Australia. He is a member of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Ministerial Advisory Council, the Victorian Alcohol Policy Coalition and Chair of the Victorian Inter-Church Gambling Taskforce and Victorian Inter-Church Criminal Justice Taskforce. He is also a member of the Secretariat for the Tax Justice Network​ in Australia.  He is also active in anti-corruption movements, including Publish What You Pay Australia and Transparency International Australia.

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