• Tom Switzer
    Tom Switzer

    Executive Director

    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.


  • Jane Black
    Jane Black

    General Manager

    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.


  • Max Hawke-Weaver
    Max Hawke-Weaver

    Event Director

    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.


  • Karla Pincott
    Karla Pincott

    Communications Director

    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.


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  • Greg Pulscher
    Greg Pulscher

    Development Director

    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”


  • Jennifer Brown
    Jennifer Brown

    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.

  • Emily Holmes
    Emily Holmes

    Event Officer

    Emily has worked in hospitality and the corporate events industry for over ten years. She achieved her First Class Honours Degree in Events and Entertainment Management, from Glasgow Caledonian University, at the age of twenty one. Since then she worked in various European countries in a variety of roles including both private and not-for profit organisations. She made the move to Sydney in October of 2019 when she joined the CIS team.

  • Cathleen Ly
    Cathleen Ly

    Account Manager

    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.


  • Kerri Evans
    Kerri Evans

    Office Administration

    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.


  • Ryan Acosta
    Ryan Acosta

    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.