Professional

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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, undertook an ACICIS flexible immersion program at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. During his studies, he was awarded an Anne Wallace Memorial Travel Grant, as well as a Victorian Government Hamer Scholarship. Since... read more

Senior Communications Officer
6125 9825; 0413 626 373
martin.blaszczyk@anu.edu.au
Manager, Course Development & Delivery
0434 151 375
Sandra.Bourke@anu.edu.au

Sandra Bourke joined the National Security College in February 2018, on secondment the Home Affairs portfolio, as a Manager in the Executive and Professional Development team. Her career focus has been on intelligence, criminology and defence, in particular delivering and managing technology as an enabling capability for national security.

Sandra... read more

no photo available Cyber Adviser
0417 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

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Director Professional Studies
(02) 6125 6486
jay.caldwell@anu.edu.au

Jay Caldwell joined the National Security College in 2017 as the Director of Professional Studies. He has fourteen years of experience in the public service focused on national security and how central agencies can better support decision-makers. Prior to this, Mr Caldwell was an educator with Queensland’s Department of Education and the ACT’s Canberra... read more

Director National Security Policy, 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

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abby.catucod@anu.edu.au
612 56414
madeleine.clark@anu.edu.au

Madeleine Clark joined the National Security College in September 2016 on secondment from the Department of Immigration and Border protection as the Manager, Course Evaluation and Reporting.

Her main responsibility at the NSC is to evaluate the executive and professional development courses, and student satisfaction of the academic program.... read more

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

Manager, Course Development and Delivery
02 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

Policy and Events Officer
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

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6125 6637
katy.ghassemi@anu.edu.au
Executive Officer
Gabrielle.Kneipp@anu.edu.au

Gabrielle is currently on secondment from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and studying a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Communication in Journalism.

02 6125 6482
brett.macdonald@anu.edu.au

Brett MacDonald joined the National Security College in April 2016 as Manager of Course Development and Delivery in the Executive and Professional Development team, on secondment from the Australian Federal Police. His career has included roles in adult education, human resource (HR) and project management, with over 25 years’ experience across a number... read more

*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

no photo available Senior Project Officer, Policy Engagement, National Security College
6125 3912
vivienne.seedsman@anu.edu.au
Senior Finance Officer
6125 8954
joanne.sutherland@anu.edu.au
Course Coordinator, National Security College
6197 0123
hugh.thornton@anu.edu.au

Hugh Thornton is a Course Coordinator at the National Security College. 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.

Senior Advisor, Policy Engagement and Futures Hub
61253696
ryan.young@anu.edu.au

Dr Ryan Young is the Senior Advisor, Policy Engagement and Futures Hub.

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 policy, including cyber security, counter terrorism policy, infrastructure, innovation, school funding and... read more

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