Cranlana News

New appointments to the Cranlana Programme board

Dr Martin Parkinson PSM, Kim Williams AM, Dr Tim Soutphommasane and Anna Spraggett have been appointed to the Cranlana Programme board.

Chair Terry Moran AC saluted the appointments and the capabilities they will bring to the organisation.

“I am delighted to welcome Martin, Kim, Tim and Anna to the Cranlana Programme board,” Terry Moran said. “The diversity of skills and depth of insight they bring with them will be an immeasurable asset to the board and the organisation at large. I look forward to working alongside them in furthering Cranlana’s mission of cultivating wisdom among Australia’s leaders.”

Dr Martin Parkinson PSM is the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. His distinguished career has included time as Secretary of both the Treasury and the Department of Climate Change, a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Chair of the Board of the Australian Office of Financial Management, and as a member of Prime Minister Abbott’s Business Advisory Council and Prime Minister Gillard’s Australia’s Asian Century Strategic Advisory Board. Other appointments have included Non-Executive Director of ORICA, a member of the Policy Committee of the Grattan Institute and a member of the Australian Federal Police Future Directions Advisory Board.

Kim Williams AM is a media executive and composer. He is currently Chair of the Copyright Council and a Commissioner of the ALF. He has been CEO of News Limited, Foxtel, the Australian Film Commission and Musica Viva, and had a distinguished career in the arts, serving on the boards the Sydney Opera House Trust, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and of the Australian Film Finance Corporation. Current other boards include the Australian National Academy of Music, the University of Western Sydney Foundation and the Myer Foundation.

Dr Tim Soutphommasane is Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner. Prior to joining the Human Rights Commission he was a political philosopher at the University of Sydney. He is the author of three books – The Virtuous Citizen (2012), Don't Go Back To Where You Came From (2012), and Reclaiming Patriotism (2009) – has been an opinion columnist with The Age and The Weekend Australian newspapers. He is also a board member of the National Australia Day Council and a member of the advisory council of the Global Foundation.

Anna Spraggett is an Account Director for Think HQ, a communications agency specialising in the philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors. She is Vice President of the Myer Foundation Board and a member of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation committee. Previously, Anna has been worked for the Foundation for Young Australians, the Butterfly Foundation and the Trust for Nature, and sat on the boards of the Butterfly Foundation, and the One Disease at a Time Foundation. Anna is a member of the Sidney Myer Fund Education Large Grants Committee.

View the complete list of Cranlana Programme board members.