BCR Advisory Committee
We’ve established the BCR Advisory Committee to oversee our strategic research framework and 2015–16 work program. The committee will also help us to raise the profile of the BCR across government and the communications sector through strategic partnerships and collaboration.
The committee includes experts from industry, business, the research community and government.
As the department’s Chief Economist, Dr Paul Paterson established the BCR to support the development of good public policy through its economic and statistical research and analysis. Paul has more than 20 years’ experience in the communication sector, as a senior executive, consultant, regulator and board member in the public and private sectors both here and overseas.
He holds a PhD and Masters of Economics from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of New England.
Megan Brownlow is a media and entertainment specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in media and marketing, ranging from producing tv and radio programs to designing cross-media strategies.
Megan is the Australian editor of The Australian Entertainment and Media Outlook and provides briefings to government, clients and industry on the health and future of Australia’s media, entertainment and online sectors.
Prof Hugh Durrant-Whyte is a Professor and Australian Research Council (ARC) Federation Fellow at the University of Sydney. From 2010–14, he was CEO of National ICT Australia (NICTA), and from 1995–2010 Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR).
Hugh has published more than 350 research papers and founded four successful start-up companies. He has won numerous awards and prizes for his work, including being named the 2008 Professional Engineer of the Year by the Institute of Engineers Australia Sydney Division and the 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS).
Lisa Gropp joined the Business Council of Australia (BCA) in January 2014. Lisa came to the BCA from the Productivity Commission, where she most recently served as First Assistant Commissioner and Principal Adviser Research.
Prior to this, Lisa took a lead role in a number of Productivity Commission inquiries, including into carbon policy emissions in key economies (2011), executive remuneration in Australia (2009), road and rail freight infrastructure pricing (2006) and the impacts of medical technology (2005).
Lisa's experience also includes being a Research Fellow at Monash University, holding ministerial advisory positions and studying economics at both the University of Melbourne and Monash University.
Daryl is an experienced career public servant who was the Head of Office at the Productivity Commission before his appointment as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in June 2015.
Daryl has worked in a number of departments and agencies including the then Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Department of Transport and Regional Services and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and also served as a ministerial adviser to the then Assistant Treasurer.
Daryl holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Monash University and a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University.
Dr Tony Warren is responsible for Telstra’s Regulatory Affairs, Government Relations, Engagement, External and Internal Communications, and Sustainability. Prior to joining Telstra in 2002, Tony was a Director of the Network Economics Consulting Group, a regulatory economics consulting firm working closely with companies on economic aspects of regulation, competition policy, trade practices, intellectual property and related issues.
Tony was a post-doctoral fellow in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University, where he led a team of researchers developing methodologies for quantifying barriers to trade and investment in services.
Jenny Wilkinson is Division Head of the Fiscal Group at the Department of Treasury.
Jenny advises the Australian Government on a wide range of matters relating to the performance of the Australian economy, including economic outlook and conditions, , macroeconomic policies and current and prospective international economic issues.
Prior to this, Jenny was the general manager of the Small Business, Competition and Consumer Policy Division. Jenny started her career at the Reserve Bank of Australia, where she worked in both the Economic Analysis and Economic Research departments.