Economics and finance mentors
Manager, Structural Reform Group
Sam is an economist with 15 years’ experience working with some of Australia’s most well respected economic and regulatory agencies, including the Victorian and Australian treasury departments and the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC). In that time, he has contributed to significant reforms of federal financial relations, urban water policy, taxi regulation and regulation making processes in Australia or internationally.
Outside of work, Sam is a parent of two boys (born in 2013 and 2017) who lives in Melbourne's outer eastern suburbs. Sam has played hockey for nearly 30 years. His greatest achievement in the sport was establishing the Sydney University junior club in the early 2000s. He is also a keen cyclist, but is now more likely to be found riding his four year old to kinder than racing. He is slowly working his way through several cake recipe books under the direction of his eldest child.
Principal Adviser, International Policy and Engagement Division
Linda Ward is a senior executive in the International Policy and Engagement Division of Macroeconomic Group, Treasury, having held this position since May 2016. She originally joined the APS as a graduate at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2000, before moving to Treasury in 2006. During her time at Treasury she has held numerous roles in Revenue Group, Fiscal Group and Macroeconomic Group. Between 2010 and 2015 she was unit manager in a number of Treasury divisions: Commonwealth-State Relations Division; Infrastructure, Industry, Environment and Defence Division; and International Policy and Engagement Division. She also worked for two years in a ministerial office as an economic adviser. Prior to her current role, Linda spent a year working in BHP Billiton’s Marketing office in Singapore as part of a secondment arrangement