The DesignGov Team was made up of a core group as well as some affiliated others either on secondment or connected with DesignGov in some other way in order to assist with one of DesignGov’s projects.
Jane Treadwell, CEO
Jane was the CEO of the DesignGov, having joined in July 2012.
She is an innovator, teacher and transformer of public sector services and policies driven by her commitment to customer service, delivering greater levels of public value and advancing collaboration on public outcomes. Jane has worked with great people in many portfolios (from Health to Corrections to Government Transformation & Reform; many jurisdictions (3 states, federal government & the World Bank Group); in many designerly and executive roles (health professional, public health planner, strategist, CIO, Deputy CEO (Centrelink), consultant, university and IPAA lecturer); and run her own consulting company. Challenging the assumptions, asking ‘why not?’ and leveraging shared knowledge and assets across networks underpin her approach to work and life. Jane has received a number of awards recognising her contribution to the ICT industry (National CIO in 2005, and iAwards Woman of the Year in 2011, when she initiated the Random Hacks of Kindness events in Melbourne). She also loves oil painting, zumba and dry-erase wall paint!
Jane is a member of the NSW Government ICT Industry Advisory Panel; holds a Masters in Business Administration, degrees in Science and Nutrition & Dietetics, and was one of 5,800 registrants to complete the online coursera Certificate in Design at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.
Alexandra Marsden, Strategic Adviser
Alex joined DesignGov on secondment from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in August 2012. From a six-year immersion in central agency perspectives and control mechanisms working as a senior adviser in either policy, the implementation of Cabinet decisions or heading up the strategic and operational management of the Prime Minister’s official residences, to co-creating a start-up on the edge of government, it’s exhilarating, frustrating and very enlightening. Alex is an historian by discipline and inclination (tends to think in themes, always looks for the broader context, loves finding out things, and interviewing people). She has spent much of her earlier career working in heritage and the cultural environment – in both the public and private sectors and running an NGO. Her skills range from policy development, commissioning research, project management, and shaping new approaches to dealing with problematic public sector initiatives, to intergovernmental negotiations, advocacy and managing critical relationships.
Alex has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours History) from the University of Adelaide, a Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies from Sydney University, and a Masters of Management from the Australian National University.
Alex Roberts, Innovation Advocate
Alex, aka Captain Innovation, has been a key shaper of DesignGov and is passionate about innovation in the public sector. He is dedicated advocate and agitant for innovation, open government, transparency and collaboration. Alex was also one of the lead authors of the report Empowering Change: Fostering Innovation in the Australian Public Service (2010) and a member of the team supporting the APS 200 project on public sector innovation which led to the ‘APS Innovation Action Plan’ (2011). Both of these reports strongly advocated the establishment of a capability such as DesignGov. He comes to DesignGov from the Department of Industry having worked in Innovation Policy and Invest Australia. He is a prolific blogger and collector of grand insights and ideas, and is inspired by the opportunity to do great things and working with equally passionate colleagues. A MOOC Certificate of Completion in Design from the University of Pennsylvania has recently complemented Alex’s Bachelor of Arts –Public Policy with Honours, and Certificate IV in Government.
Camilo Potocnjak Oxman, Designer
Camilo is passionate about design. In particular, he sees how the discipline can help understand people’s underlying motivations, and then harness them in (co)developing solutions to the problems and pains they face on a daily basis.
Camilo initially qualified as an Industrial Designer and was later awarded a Master of Management. While still an undergraduate, he became aware of the importance of design promotion, and took an active role in communicating the value of design to the private and public spheres. Over the past ten years – while working on numerous design and innovation projects in a wide range of industries including food, education, mobile technology, games, disability and mining – Camilo has contributed to the evolution of the discipline, with a shift in focus from the development of products, extending to the development of business models, and now contributing towards the development of policy.
While not at DesignGov, Camilo lectures in innovation and tutors in entrepreneurship, marketing, and strategy-related subjects at the ANU’s Research School of Management, and also is involved in branding for entrepreneurial ventures. In his (scarce) spare time, he enjoys table-top games, painting and reading science fiction anthologies.
Elizabeth Posmyk, Office Manager
Liz joined DesignGov in October 2012, having worked as the dynamic right hand to Division Heads in the Small Business and Corporate Divisions of the Department of Industry. As the first point of call for the DesignGov team, she combines her love of people, ideas and colour with a flair for event management, infographics, networking and communications.
Previously, Liz juggled the role of promotions and centre manager of a shopping centre with co-ownership of a small business. Across a decade, she managed a hugely successful program of events that welcomed some of the world’s leading cookery writers and celebrity chefs to Canberra. She also featured as the voice behind The Ten Dollar Dinner on 666 ABC with James Valentine and Rod Quinn.
At weekends, when she’s not creating enticing invitations to events, designing web site graphics and ensuring that the CEO makes it to appointments on time, Liz spends time honing her cooking, writing and digital photography skills.
Iain is obsessed with progress and so Iain joined DesignGov.
From an early age history fascinated Iain. Iain likes how history can make you optimistic that things can get better. Studies in law (honours), arts, qualifying as a lawyer, diploma in government and lots of travelling helped Iain better understand how to make progress. It also helped him understand just how much room for progress there is in the world.
Joining DesignGov and applying strategic design to resolve intractable public policy problems is the latest step towards progress. This follows setting up his own business as a translator, volunteering part-time in a community legal centre, co-winning the Innovation ACT entrepreneurs competition and working in the Strategy Unit at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Iain has worked in the APS since 2007. He likes hanging out, open course ware, sports and e-sports, computers, Tuggeranong, movies, TV, audio books, Game of Thrones, travelling and Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece Blood Meridian. And burritos. On a recent trip to America Iain ate so many burritos ‘it was actually ridiculous’.
Oliver has a passion for discovering innovative ways of overcoming complex problems and exploring how value change can occur at both the social and organisational level.
Studies in Philosophy provided the basis for Oliver’s demonstrated appreciation of the need for continuous learning, to critique the way we do things, and to seek methodologies and frameworks that offer a holistic approach to problem solving.
Oliver brings a broad range of experiences within the public service, having worked at both the state (Western Australia) and Commonwealth level, and in both central and line agencies (currently with the Department of Industry). These experiences have enabled Oliver to work across a number of different public policy areas on projects that aimed to overcome intractable policy problems.
Joining DesignGov and learning how to apply design thinking to complex public policy issues builds on Oliver’s academic and professional backgrounds and represents the latest step to furthering his interests in innovative problem solving techniques.
Oliver has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Political Philosophy) from Murdoch University and is currently completing a Master of Public Policy and Economics at the Australian National University.
Oliver is a long suffering Liverpool FC fan, still longing for a return to the glory days of the 1980’s, enjoys sailing on the lake (fair weather only), and is currently working on perfecting the art of low and slow American style BBQing.
DesignGov was a collaborative APS initiative and welcomed secondments from agencies, either as part of contributions to specific projects or as general talent management / staff development initiatives of agencies.