Accomplished policymaker Carol Mills has been appointed as the new Director of the Institute of Public Policy and Governance (IPPG) at UTS.
Ms Mills has experience as a policymaker and researcher at both state and federal levels, and has previously held senior roles as Secretary of the Department of Parliamentary Services, and Director-General of Communities NSW and NSW Department of Arts, Sport and Recreation.
She brings to the role broad experience in a range of policy areas, including social and affordable housing, community regeneration, asset management, sport and recreation infrastructure and programs, arts and heritage administration, liquor and gaming regulation, education, disability services, ageing, children's services and Aboriginal affairs.
Ms Mills also has extensive board and committee experience as both a member and chair, including the National Art School, the Sydney Festival, Sydney Film Festival, the NSW Institute of Sport, the Western Sydney Parklands Trust and the City Recital Hall.
“We are delighted to have Carol bring her passion for social justice, public policy and governance and her expertise at the highest levels of the public sector to UTS. I am confident she will continue to build upon IPPG’s formidable reputation for academic research with impact and close sector collaboration,” said UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Kate McGrath.
Since its establishment in 2016, the institute been committed to advancing the areas of applied policy, social research, community engagement, and leadership, by working collaboratively with all levels of government, the non-government sector, policymakers and community to foster knowledge and provide a strong evidence base for effective and impactful policy implementation and governance models.
This institute is also home to the Centre for Local Government, Australia’s only university unit and one of a few worldwide, dedicated to the advancement of the local government sector, and the newly launched Centre for Carers Research.
“The dynamic and diverse work of the institute and its collaborative approach to engaging with and fostering innovation across the sector is truly inspiring, and I look forward to further cementing IPPG’s reputation as a thought leader contemporary public policy,” Ms Mills said.
Professor Roberta Ryan, the institute’s inaugural director, will continue to work across the institute’s research, consulting and teaching programs as one of the sector’s leading experts in social research and evaluation, strategic planning and community engagement.