Jane is the General Manager at the CIS. She has a Bachelor of Applied Economic Geography from the University of NSW and before joining CIS in June 2017, has had a varied management career with experience in retailing and consumer products.
Tom Switzer is the Executive Director at the Centre for Independent Studies. He is a former senior fellow at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre (2009-17), a former editor of the Spectator Australia (2009-14), senior federal Liberal leader adviser/speech writer (2008), opinion editor of The Australian, (2001-08), editorial writer at the Australian Financial Review (1998-01) and assistant editor at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC (1995-98). He has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, The Spectator, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The American Interest and The American Conservative. He has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, Sky News, SBS, Seven, Nine, Ten and ABC radio and television. He hosts Between the Lines on the ABC's Radio National.
Director of Development
Deborah graduated from UTS with a degree in Communication Studies majoring in Australian Politics and has more than two decades of media experience with a background as a BBC journalist, media and development consultant. Deborah donates her time to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, the Leukaemia Foundation and Lymphoma Australia.
Development and Membership Officer
Sophie is the Development and Membership Officer at CIS. With a Bachelor in International and Global Studies, and a Major in International Law, she has several years of broad experience in volunteer programs, charity projects, pharmacy and retail.
Responsible for the delivery of the Centres’ event program, Max is on a mission to create unique events that position CIS at the forefront of public debate. Max has over 12 years of industry experience in events, marketing and major sporting events, having split his career between the UK and Australia Max has worked with small charities, major sporting competitions and everything in-between.
Nikko is the Event Officer at CIS. Coming from a background in live entertainment events he has several years experience coordinating and managing live comedy, music, trivia shows as well as corporate and fundraising events. He graduated from Notre Dame Sydney with BA Comms and Grad Dip. in Journalism from UTS.
Karla has a Bachelor of Visual Arts, a Graduate Diploma of Public Policy and more than 20 years of experience in media and communications. Her journalism career includes eight years as a print section editor and six years as a national website editor for News Corp, several roles in media and publications at James Cook University, plus arts commentary and review for a range of specialist publications.
Design and Production Manager
Ryan is the in-house graphic designer. He manages the production of the centres publications and design graphics for all events, marketing material and website.
Executive Assistant | Development Officer
Jennifer has the dual role of supporting Tom and assisting with membership development. Possessing a strong focus on customer service and satisfaction, Jennifer has a wide range of experience as an EA in a range of industries including membership organisations, in addition to having worked in conference and event sales in many of Sydney’s major venues.
Cathleen has a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Certified Practising Accountant. Cathleen has extensive experience as an Account Manager having worked for many years for Optus and then a medical centre.
A teacher by training, Kerri has gained great experience in administration having worked for many years as the Education and Community Relations Co-ordinator for the Sydney Attractions Group.