4 July 2022

Public reform specialist returns to lead Crawford School

| Ian Bushnell
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Janine O'Flynn

Professor Janine O’Flynn is an expert in public sector reform. Photo: ANZSOG.

A former staff member of the ANU’s influential Crawford School of Public Policy will return as its new Director.

In a message to staff of the College of Asia and the Pacific, Dean Professor Helen Sullivan said Professor Janine O’Flynn, who worked previously at Crawford from 2007 to 2013, had been appointed Director after an international search.

Professor O’Flynn, currently based at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) on secondment from the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne, is an award-winning scholar and teacher, and an internationally recognised expert in public management.

Known for her influential research on public sector reform, the appointment comes as the new Labor Government embarks on major reforms to the Australian Public Service, including implementing the recommendations of the Independent Review of the APS by David Thodey.

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Professor Sullivan said her research areas ranged from the creation and evolution of public service markets, collaboration and joined-up government to designing effective performance management systems.

She is the winner of multiple prestigious academic awards, most notably the best book award at the Academy of Management for the book Rethinking Public Service Delivery: Managing with External Providers (with John Alford).

Professor Sullivan said Professor O’Flynn was a passionate educator who had led education innovation throughout her career.

She had always striven to combine academic rigour with practical application, with the aim of improving the competence and confidence of those working in and with the public sector.

She is the recipient of a national citation from the Australian Teaching and Learning Council for her excellence as an educator.

At ANZSOG, Professor O’Flynn has made a major contribution to the education of future public service leaders in her role as Acting Academic Director of the Executive Master of Public Administration, and as Deputy Dean (Engagement).

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Professor Sullivan said she was a keen observer of international practice in public management, and was highly sought after as an expert advisor.

“Over the last few years, she has advised public service institutions in Australia, Chile, Bhutan, New Zealand, the United States of America, Vietnam, Canada, China and Singapore,” she said.

“Janine’s wealth of experience and depth of expertise in public management will add to Crawford’s outstanding reputation in providing expert and independent advice to governments and public service bodies in Australia and the region.”

She will start the role in early January 2023.

Professor Renee McKibbin will continue as Interim Director.

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Finagen_Freeman5:13 pm 08 Jul 22

Janine will serve them well. Reform, reinvention, revolution, transformational change, and yet nothing really changes. Ah, yes minister.

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