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Cranlana Confidential – Chris Hotham – Wednesday 10 June


Cranlana Confidential is one of the opportunities we’re creating for our alumni to continue to draw on each other’s experience.  This online program is a series of 60 minute conversations, offering an opportunity for you to engage with a prominent alumnus from your own sector, or one you’re interested in.  Our Lead Moderator, Peter Mares, will start the session with a one-on-one interview discussing the guest’s experience of trying to lead their organisation ethically and effectively, before segueing to a group conversation.

Capped at 20 participants, and conducted under the strictest confidentiality, this is your opportunity to talk frankly with leaders in your field, and engage in in-depth, meaningful discussion with your peers.

Exclusive to Cranlana alumni, these sessions are rare chances to share experiences with professional colleagues who can act as a sounding board, feeding into your thinking and actions on important issues.

Chris Hotham, Deputy Secretary (Infrastructure) at the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services. Since the COVID19 pandemic hit, we have looked primarily to government to respond.  Chris has been at the forefront of this effort in Victoria. He’ll discuss the challenges of managing staff working under intense pressure, navigating uncertain evidence and policy advice, as well as meeting the expectations of political leaders whose words and actions are subject to greater scrutiny than ever. All this in the context of a national cabinet, and differentiated responses to the crisis across the states and territories. 

Before his appointment as Deputy Secretary, Chris’s primary roles at DHHS were in housing, including driving social housing reform and whole-of-government initiatives such as Homes for Victorians. Prior to joining DHHS in 2017, Chris held a number of senior roles in the Department of Premier and Cabinet which included economic strategy with a focus on jobs, investment and long-term prosperity; energy and climate change with a focus on forging key relationships between the government and private sector, carbon pricing and leading the foundational work for the Victorian Climate Change Act.

Exclusive to alumni


10 Jun 2020