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Samuel Bashfield's picture Research Officer

Sam joined the ANU in 2016 and the National Security College in April 2018. He is a Research Officer, supporting the NSC’s Indo-Pacific Strategy: Undersea Deterrence Project, the Indo-Pacific Strategy: Indian Ocean Project and the Futures Hub.

Sam completed his Master of National Security Policy degree in July 2020 and received an ANU... read more

Jon Brewer's picture Director Professional Studies

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
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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

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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

Sharon Dean's picture Chief Operating Officer, National Security College
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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

Christopher Farnham's picture Senior Outreach Policy Officer
+61 2 6125 1220

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
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Christina Gee's picture

NSC students and applicants should please contact Christina at

Christina works in the Crawford Student Hub and is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Master of National Security Policy. Christina has worked in a variety of education administration roles at the ANU since January 2010. In 2016 she received the Dean’s... read more

Katy Ghassemi's picture Course Coordinator
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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

Kath Gleeson's picture Manager, Course Development & Delivery

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

Katherine Mansted's picture Senior Adviser Public Policy

Katherine Mansted is the Senior Adviser for Public Policy at the National Security College, and works across the public policy and executive education functions of the College. She is also a non-resident fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and co-hosts the National Security Podcast on PolicyForum... read more

Chelsea Muir's picture

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

Farnaz Salehzadeh's picture *Senior Coordinator, Student Recruitment and Development*
+61 2 6125 6131

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
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Anne Taylor's picture Program Evaluation and Reporting Manager
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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 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

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Ryan Young's picture Director, Futures Hub
+61 2 6125 3696

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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