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Samuel Bashfield's picture Research Officer & Professional Studies Course Coordinator
samuel.bashfield@anu.edu.au

Sam joined the National Security College in 2018. He completed his honours degree in Indonesian Studies at Monash University and undertook an ACICIS flexible immersion program at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. During his studies, Sam was awarded an Anne Wallace Memorial Travel Grant, as well as a Victorian Government Hamer Scholarship. Since... read more

Jon Brewer's picture Director Professional Studies
jon.brewer@anu.edu.au

Jon Brewer is Director of Professional Studies at the National Security College, ANU. He is a seasoned national security professional with extensive experience within the national security community, including the Australian Defence Force.

Jon has led teams to contribute to operational and policy responses on a range of issues, including counter... read more

Catherine Bridges's picture Cyber Adviser
+61 417 393 908
catherine.bridges@anu.edu.au

Catherine Bridges joined the National Security College in June 2018 on secondment from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as Cyber Adviser. Her career has included roles in policy development, implementation and advice, legal analysis and advice and stakeholder engagement across several government agencies including the Attorney-General’s... read more

Jacinta Carroll's picture Senior Research Fellow for the Counter Terrorism and Social Cohesion Project, National Security College
jacinta.carroll@anu.edu.au

Jacinta Carroll joined the National Security College as the Director, National Security Policy, in August 2017. She is a member of NSC’s Futures Council and works across the NSC’s professional development, policy and academic programs.

Previously, Jacinta was the inaugural Head of ASPI’s Counter Terrorism Policy Centre, a position she held since... read more

Abby Catucod's picture Course coordinator
+61 2 6125 3565
abby.catucod@anu.edu.au

Abby Catucod joined the National Security College as Course Coordinator in January 2018. She was acting Executive Assistant to the Head of College for an interim period in 2017.

Her human resources experience involved the design and implementation of the human resource development program for the provincial government of Northern Samar under the... read more

Rob Crispe's picture Manager, Course Development and Delivery
+61 6125 9940
Rob.Crispe@anu.edu.au

Rob Crispe commenced with the NSC in September 2019 on secondment from the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Rob’s varied AFP career has included senior leadership roles across both corporate and operational support functions, including learning and development, human resources, strategic policy, operational safety, high tech crime and corporate... read more

Sharon Dean's picture Chief Operating Officer, National Security College
+61 2 6125 3571
Sharon.Dean@anu.edu.au

Sharon Dean joined the National Security College in October 2016 as the Chief Operating Officer on secondment from the Office of National Assessments.

Her key focus is preparing the College for the longer term including: facilitating the NSC’s strategic relationships with public and private sector partners; responding to requests for tender;... read more

Brad Fallen's picture Manager, Course Development and Delivery
+61 2 6125 6482
brad.fallen@anu.edu.au

Brad Fallen joined the National Security College as Manager, Executive and Professional Development in March 2018, on secondment from the Department of Home Affairs. Brad’s professional national security experience includes international relations, intelligence, Cabinet and ministerial decision-making, and policy development and delivery.

As... read more

Christopher Farnham's picture Senior Outreach Policy Officer
+61 2 6125 1220
chris.farnham@anu.edu.au

Chris Farnham joined the National Security College in June 2015 as Policy and Events Officer. His career focus has been on Geopolitics with experience working in and out of China for a number of years as well as operating in Australia and Southeast Asia.

Previous to his time at the NSC Chris was the National Operations Manager at the Australian... read more

Laura Florance's picture Executive Assistant to the Head of College
6125 7507
EA.Head.NSC@anu.edu.au
Katy Ghassemi's picture Course Coordinator
+61 2 6125 6637
katy.ghassemi@anu.edu.au

Katy joined the National Security College in 2015 as a Course Coordinator. She has held a variety of positions in the public and private sectors, primarily in course coordination, event management and publishing.

Katy holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology) from the Australian National University. She also... read more

Ali Gillies's picture Manager, Course Development & Delivery
6125 5531
Ali.Gillies@anu.edu.au
Kath Gleeson's picture Manager, Course Development & Delivery
Kathleen.Gleeson@anu.edu.au

Dr Kath Gleeson joined the NSC in July 2019 on secondment from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) where she was in charge of training and education for the agency.

Areas of focus during her career include the design, development and delivery of training and learning focussed on capability building within the AEC but also internationally... read more

no photo available Senior Advisor Futures Hub
Katherine Mansted's picture Senior Adviser to the Head of College
Katherine.Mansted@anu.edu.au

Katherine Mansted is the Senior Adviser for Public Policy at the National Security College, and works across the public policy engagement and executive education functions of the College.

She is also a non-resident fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, lectures in cyber-security and international relations at... read more

no photo available Senior Adviser Futures Hub
andrew.mcbaron@anu.edu.au

Andrew McBaron took up his current role of Adviser in the Futures Hub at the National Security College in January 2019, on secondment from the Australian Army. He has 25 years of experience in the national security domain, in Australia and abroad, particularly in the intelligence realm. He has worked in a number of agencies and departments and aside from... read more

Chelsea Muir's picture
Chelsea.Muir@anu.edu.au

Chelsea joined the National Security College in June 2018 on secondment from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Within the NSC Chelsea works as a Course Coordinator in the Executive & Professional Development Team, assisting with the design and implementation of multiple courses run by the College.

While working at the... read more

Madeleine Nugent's picture Outreach and Policy Officer
Madeleine.Nugent@anu.edu.au

Madeleine joined the National Security College in March 2019 as an Outreach and Policy Officer. She is also a tutor in security for the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and criminology and political science for the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Previously, Madeleine was a Commonwealth Parliamentary Intern in the Australian... read more

Farnaz Salehzadeh's picture *Senior Coordinator, Student Recruitment and Development*
+61 2 6125 6131
farnaz.salehzadeh@anu.edu.au

Farnaz Salehzadeh has 20 years of experience working in student recruitment, marketing, and academic administration. She joined the National Security College in 2012 as the Academic Program Coordinator for the graduate studies program. Her career focus has been on international and domestic student recruitment, student administration, marketing, and... read more

Joanne Sutherland's picture Senior Finance Officer
+61 2 6125 8954
joanne.sutherland@anu.edu.au
no photo available Program Evaluation and Reporting Officer
6125 7719
Anne.Taylor@anu.edu.au

Anne Taylor joined the National Security College in November 2018 and brings to the College over 20 years experience in learning and development.

Throughout her professional career Anne has been responsible for managing and implementing a wide range of organisational learning and development strategies within the Australian Defence Force (ADF)... read more

Hugh Thornton's picture Course Coordinator, National Security College
+61 2 6197 0123
hugh.thornton@anu.edu.au

Hugh Thornton has been Course Coordinator at the National Security College since December 2015. Hugh studied Sport Management and has a background in program and forum coordination. Hugh holds a Bachelor in Sports Science and Management from the University of Canberra and has completed a Certificate IV in training and assessment.

Hugh recently... read more

no photo available Senior Advisor Futures Hub
6125 8961
Ryan Young's picture Director, Futures Hub
+61 2 6125 3696
ryan.young@anu.edu.au

Dr Ryan Young is the Director, NSC Futures Hub.

He leads work on how to integrate analysis of long-term trends and potential futures into effective everyday policy making.

Prior to the NSC he spent almost 5 years in strategic policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) where he worked across all areas of public... read more

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