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.
Jenny is the General Manager at the CIS. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of NSW and worked for many years in management positions in the retail industry and then running her own consulting and training business specialising in the retail market. Before joining the CIS, she also owned and ran Commentary Books, a specialised mail-order book business.
Design and Production Manager
Ryan is the in-house graphic designer. He manages the production of the centres publications and designs graphics for all events, marketing material and website.
Executive Assistant / Events Assistant
Jane has had a varied and interesting career with many years’ experience in retailing and consumer products working for companies such as Myer, Harris Scarfe, Pacific Brands and Estee Lauder. Prior to joining CIS in June 2017, Jane was travelling, learning to play golf (does one ever stop learning to play golf) and enjoying a break from working in Melbourne.
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.
Upon completion of his Diploma of Event Management in Sydney, Max spent several years living in the UK and Hungary, he has worked on the London 2012 Olympics, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and since 2015, at the Future Leaders Trust across England until moving back to Australia in late 2016. Max started with CIS at the beginning of 2017 and works with several other events organisations in Sydney in both voluntary and paid capacities.
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.
Peta has five years’ experience working in various roles in the transport and logistics industry. Her responsibilities have included key client management in Australia and the delivery of customer service and systems training in Papua New Guinea. She is currently completing a Bachelor of International Studies at Deakin University and is interested in Middle Eastern politics.
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.
Greg is the Development Director advancing The Centre for Independent Studies fundraising activities and growing relationships with our passionate supporters. With more than ten years of experience building relationships and fundraising in the United States and Australia. Prior to moving to Australia, Greg worked for the Civitas Institute and has a Bachelors in Legal Studies and Political Science. Technically a millennial, he is an oddity for starting work early in life on a Colorado produce farm and believes this instilled his values for a free society. “Where liberty dwells, there is my country”
Anne-Lucile Tual (Lulu)
Lulu graduated from Macquarie University in September 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Screen Production. Born in Paris and raised in Reunion Island, she grew up with the best of both worlds. Lulu moved to Australia in 2012, where she worked in hospitality for over 3 years holding various roles up to management, and discovered the events industry through volunteering at diverse events including VIVID. Lulu has high organisational skills and has worked multiple times as Venue and Volunteer Coordinator at major events like the Sydney Film Festival and the Sydney Festival. Lulu is a true people person who loves travelling, hiking, music, cinema and street art. Lulu’s aspiration is to one day run a cultural centre and she also stays involved in other Sydney arts events, like the Antenna Documentary Film Festival.