McKinnon Prize 2023 Shortlisting Committee

David Cross

David recently joined the UNSW Office of the Vice Chancellor as Chief of Staff. He was previously the CEO of Blueprint Institute – one of Australia’s most influential public policy think tanks. He is a public policy expert and leader with extensive experience providing advice across multiple portfolio areas to senior government ministers, heads of departments, c-suite business leaders, and university Vice-Chancellors.

Prior to Blueprint, David was Chief of Staff to the NSW Minister for Education and Early learning and led the crafting of significant pieces of education reform. He has also worked as a public policy adviser to the University of Sydney and as a business analyst in the private sector. David’s commentary regularly appears across all major newspapers, on TV and on radio. David holds a Masters degree (MPhil) from the University of Cambridge in politics and international studies, and a First Class Honours degree from ANU. He is presently completing a PhD in public policy at the University of Sydney.