McKinnon Prize 2023 Shortlisting Committee

Wendy Black

Wendy Black is Head of Policy for the Business Council of Australia, overseeing the policy development and advocacy program on behalf of the Business Council members, comprised of the leading Chief Executives of more than 100 of Australia’s top companies.

In this role, Wendy seeks to work collaboratively with government, civil society and other stakeholders to shape public policy, supporting economic growth and social progress for the benefit of all Australians.

Wendy joined the Business Council in 2022, following an extensive career in government at a state and federal level, including more than 10 years as Chief of Staff to a Federal Government Minister.

During this time she was involved in a diverse range of portfolios including the environment, climate, industry, health, aged care and public service reform.  This has given her an in-depth understanding of how policy is developed, the challenges of balancing competing objectives and engaging stakeholders to be effective in achieving positive outcomes.

She is a former political journalist and communications consultant.

A desire to be more engaged in policy development led her to undertake a Master of Public Policy and Management and pivot her career to being part of government and policy making process.