Peter Mares
Lead Moderator

Cranlana’s Lead Moderator, Peter Mares, is the contributing editor of the online magazine, Inside Story, and an adjunct fellow at the Centre for Urban Transitions at Swinburne University.

Throughout his career, Peter has combined journalism with public policy research, particularly on migration, contributing to magazines and newspapers as well as refereed journals. His most recent book was released in 2018 by Text, No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis. Peter’s other books include Not Quite Australian: how temporary migration is changing Australia (Text, 2016) and the award-winning book Borderline (UNSW Press 2001 and 2002) analysing Australia’s approach to refugees and asylum seekers.

Peter spent 25 years as a broadcaster with the ABC, mostly with Radio National. During that time, he served as a foreign correspondent based in Hanoi and presented national radio programs, including the daily current affairs show, Asia Pacific, and the weekly public policy discussion program, The National Interest.

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Carl Murphy

Carl recently retired from the Australian Public Service. His most recent role was as the Chief Operating Officer of the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities. Carl spent the first 15 years of his career at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including overseas postings to Jakarta and Wellington. Since then he has worked in corporate roles at IBM, Medicare, and the Departments of Environment and Finance. He has a BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Canberra, and is a CPA. As well as working for Cranlana, Carl also continues to do work for the Australian Public Service.

Rebecca Cody

Rebecca Cody

As a Principal, Rebecca Cody frames her responsibilities in terms of Chief Educator, Learner, Strategist, Coach and Ambassador. Across two decades she has taught and led schools in Tasmania, Western Australia, New Zealand and Victoria.

In 2012 Rebecca received a WA Business News 40-under-40 award for her change management at Methodist Ladies’ College, Claremont, and was the University of Western Australia's Strategic Alliance winner. Commencing in 2018, Rebecca is the first woman and first Australian-born to be offered the privilege of leading the iconic Geelong Grammar School.

Rebecca keeps fit by chasing her children around the house in search of cuddles.  The cuddles, Japanese green tea and literary classics are her favourite indulgences.

Rhys Edwards

Rhys Edwards

Rhys is the principal of RDME Consulting - a boutique consulting firm working primarily with governments, universities and the not-for-profit sectors. Rhys had 18 years in the public sector and was Secretary for the Tasmanian Department of Premier and Cabinet for six years.   Other roles include economic adviser to the Premier of Tasmania, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Economic Development and many years ago – cadet in the Commonwealth Department of Treasury.

Rhys has an economics degree from the University of Tasmania and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1992.   At Oxford he completed a MSc in Comparative Social Research.  Rhys is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the LH Martin Institute at Melbourne University, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Salzburg Global Fellow and a member of the University of Tasmania Council.


Travers McLeod

Travers has been CEO of the Centre for Policy Development, an independent Australian policy institute, since 2014. He began his career in public law, working for the State Solicitor’s Office in Western Australia and for Justice Michael Kirby in the High Court of Australia. Travers holds a DPhil and MPhil (Dist) in International Relations from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar and was a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. He worked as a Policy Adviser for the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, playing a lead role in the 2013 report Now for the Long Term. Travers’ first book, Rule of Law in War, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. He remains an Associate of the Oxford Martin School and holds adjunct positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia. He is a board member of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture. Travers is married to a Kiwi. They have a young daughter. He grew up in Exmouth and Perth and remains devoted to the West Coast Eagles.

Jean Ker Walsh

Dr Jean Ker Walsh

Jean Ker Walsh is Customer and Communities Advocate at Transurban.  Her career experience is as a broadcast journalist, political advisor and strategic communications practitioner and commentator.

Her academic interests are in audience reception of communication with a particular interest in citizen politics and democracy.

Jean provides pro bono communications advice to Refugee Legal and is an active member of Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children.

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Frank Di Giorgio

Frank led a successful 30-year career in the Australian Public Service including in the Senior Executive Service. He served as a General Manager and Principal Adviser in the Commonwealth Treasury in a range of roles, including as Secretary to the Treasury Executive Board.

Frank joined Treasury as a Graduate, but also had extensive experience in other departments, including Finance and in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he spent almost a decade advising Prime Ministers on a range of economic policy issues.

Frank is currently Principal of InVision Consulting, which delivers executive leadership training, counselling and coaching services.

Frank holds post graduate qualifications in Counselling and Psychotherapy with a focus on Group and individual counselling, as well as mindfulness informed cognitive behavior therapy.  Frank also holds a Bachelor’s degree (Honours) in Economics and Psychology, and has undertaken post graduate studies in Classics.

Frank is married, has three grown children and is currently based  in Canberra.

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Genevieve Nihill

Genevieve Nihill AM is a Deputy President at VCAT (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal) and Head of VCAT's Human Rights Division, which consists of the Guardianship List (which makes decisions about protecting the rights and interests of adults with a cognitive impairment, including decisions about medical treatment, advance care planning and voluntary assisted dying) and the Human Rights List (which makes decisions about equal opportunity, restrictive treatment for people with intellectual disability, mental health, privacy, assisted reproductive treatment). Alongside these leadership roles, Genevieve is a decision maker, tribunal member and mediator across many areas of VCAT, and previously managed VCAT's alternative dispute resolution program.  She developed and regularly presented an accredited mediator training program at VCAT. She holds an LLB, BA, and Masters of Law and Conflict Resolution.

Genevieve has also worked for various other tribunals and disability related organisations, including the Mental Health Tribunal, the Intellectual Disability Review Panel and health practitioner regulation panels. Her background and foundation is in community law, having worked as a lawyer, community educator, manager and volunteer in many community legal centres for over 35 years.

In 2016 Genevieve was awarded an order of Australia for significant service to the law, and to the community of Victoria, particularly to dispute resolution, human rights and disability services.

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Dr David Neal SC

David Neal is a Senior Counsel at the Victorian Bar and also works as a legal policy consultant. He has a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Law degree from the University of Melbourne.  He was a senior lecturer in law at the University of New South Wales from 1981 to 87, a Commissioner at the Victorian Law Reform Commission from 1987 to 1990, and he headed up the legislation branch of the Victorian Attorney-General’s Department from 1990 to 1992 where he was involved in the passage of a wide range of legislation. He went to the Bar in 1993.

Dr Neal was Chair of the Model Criminal Code Committee from 1991 to 1994, a national committee charged with the development of uniform criminal laws for Australia.  He currently Co-Chairs the Criminal Law Committee and the Access to Justice Committee of the Law Council of Australia.  He was awarded the Law Council of Australia President’s Medal in 2017 for services to legal aid policy.

Dr Neal is author of three books, and a large number of discussion papers, reports and articles on a variety of legal topics.  His most recent book, The Rule of Law in a Penal Colony, was published in 1991 by Cambridge University Press.  He is a co-author of a criminal law case book, and one of the original co-authors of the Legal Resources Book, published by the Fitzroy Legal Service.

Dr Neal has been involved in the Cranlana Programme as one of the participants in the first Cranlana Symposium and since then as moderator of the Colloquium, the Justice & Society Symposium and the Cranlana Programme workshop with the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra.