• Greg Lindsay AO
    Greg Lindsay AO

    Executive Director and Founder of The Centre for Independent Studies

    While studying philosophy at Macquarie University in the early 1970s, Mr Lindsay became interested in the ideas underpinning a free and open society. A maths teacher by training, Mr Lindsay taught for some years at Richmond High School in Western Sydney, and while there, founded the Centre in 1976. Since then, he has overseen the development of CIS into Australia's largest independent think tank covering the three major policy areas – economic, social and international. He has been active in the international liberal movement and is a former President of The Mont Pelerin Society ( and the Council of Macquarie University.


  • 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.


  • 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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  • Meegan Cornforth
    Meegan Cornforth

    Curator of Major Events

    With more than fifteen years’ experience in event management, marketing and public relations, Meegan has had an interesting and varied career working for organisations such as the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Australian Human Resources Institute, the Olympic Co-ordination Authority, and the Investigator Science and Technology Centre. Prior to joining CIS in January 2008, Meegan freelanced as a writer and editor of corporate materials and non-fiction books, and spent two years living in Argentina.


  • Ryan Acosta
    Ryan Acosta

    Design and Production Manager

    Ryan joined CIS in 2010, as the in-house graphic designer. He manages the production of the centres publications and designs graphics for all events, marketing material and website. Ryan studied at CATC Design School (previously known as Commercial Arts Training College) in Sydney and he also works as a freelance graphic designer.


  • Sue Windybank
    Sue Windybank

    Editor of POLICY


  • Max Hawke-Weaver
    Max Hawke-Weaver

    Events Manager

    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.


  • Jane Black
    Jane Black

    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.


  • Jenny Lindsay
    Jenny Lindsay

    General Manager and Student Program Coordinator

    Jenny is the General Manager at the CIS. In addition, she coordinates the Liberty and Society student program which is a unique conference program that allows university students to immerse themselves in classical liberal ideas. 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.


  • Bronwyn Nolan
    Bronwyn Nolan

    Membership Manager

    Bronwyn is our Membership Manager. If you have any questions about becoming a member of the CIS, donating or subscribing to Policy magazine Bronwyn would be happy to speak to you. Bronwyn has 30 years experience in office administration in both the public and private sectors and has a BA (English) from the University of New South Wales.


  • Matthew O'Connell
    Matthew O'Connell

    Multi Media Co-ordinator

    Matt has wide experience with web development and maintainence, film production, film editing, photography and setting up and running the technical elements of events. He began his career as an Electronics Technician with the Royal Australian Army. Matt has a Diploma of Screen and Media and a number of qualifications in web design, IT and photography. He has experience working with major Australian production companies and with small companies developing websites, filming and producing.


  • 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.


  • Phoebe Steyn
    Phoebe Steyn

    Office Administration

    Prior to joining the CIS, Phoebe has worked most recently as an Import Manager. She has also had roles in Account Payable and as an Administrative Assistant and for 13 years worked at IBM in senior administrative roles.