CSI People

CSI Staff

Dr Lesley Brain (Manager) 


Natalie Seed (Project Officer)

Natalie graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Population Health. She has undertaken her own research in partnership with the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical research thanks to a Cancer Council WA research scholarship. Natalie was an active volunteer at the Western Australian AIDS Council, helping develop and produce content for the council’s websites. She has also provided assistance as an administrative assistant for the Pre-schooler Activity Levels Study with the Centre for Built Environment and Health. Natalie is committed to using quality research methods to evaluate programs and interventions, to improve their outcomes and drive social change forward.

Mandy Smith (Executive Assistant) 


CSI Steering Group

Dr Dorothy Lucks (Chairperson)

Dorothy has a BSc, MBA and PhD in sustainable development. Dorothy worked for more than 10 years across Asia in design and management of community development, natural resources sector and economic development programs. Dorothy is now the team leader for SDF Global and continues to work internationally as an advisor for organisations such as the United Nations, Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. She leads field research projects and evaluation of sustainable development programs. She has recently been appointed as Secretary to the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation and Autraliasia’s joint representative to the Evalpartners Initiative for the Year of Evaluation 2015.

Professor Elizabeth Geelhoed (Deputy Chairperson)

Elizabeth Geelhoed is a Professor in Health Economics within the School of Population Health at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and has worked as a health economist in education, research and policy development over the past 22 years. Her current research projects focus on the economic implications of interventions and reflect an interest in equity for disadvantaged populations. For example, the translation of primary health care policy into service delivery in rural and remote areas in Western Australia, the management of coronary heart disease in Aboriginal populations in Western Australia and the impact of treatment-focused genetic testing in rare diseases.

Professor Lyn Beazley (Spokesperson)

After graduating from Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, Lyn built an internationally renowned research team in Neuroscience that focused on recovery from brain damage, much of her investigations undertaken as Winthrop Professor at UWA. Lyn was the Chief Scientist of Western Australia from 2006 to 2013, acting as an advisor and Ambassador for science locally, nationally and internationally. In 2009 Lyn was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia and elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering later that year. In 2011, she was inducted into the inaugural Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame, followed by being elected a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and a Companion of Engineers Australia and inducted into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame.

Mark Anderson (Ex-officio)

Mark is the Chief Executive Officer of Fairbridge Western Australia Inc, and has worked in the community sector of Western Australia for over 30 years. He held the position of Chair for the State Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia for three years. He has also served on the State Federation Council of PCYC, the Commonwealth Family and Community Services State Advisory Group, the ABC National Advisory Council, the National Board of the Alcoa Research Centre for Stronger Communities and the Lotteries Commission Board for the Gordon Reid Foundation. Mark is committed to the establishment of effective partnerships between the community, corporate and government sectors to enable young people to achieve positive sustainable life and employment outcomes.

Emeritus Professor Gary Martin

Gary is the CEO and Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Management WA and an Emeritus Professor of Murdoch University Business School in Western Australia. He is a learning and development specialist with expertise in adult learning development and extensive experience in the design and delivery of learning and development programs in Western Australia and internationally. Previously Gary served as the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Executive Dean, Pro Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor at Murdoch University in Western Australia, concurrently holding the role of Chairperson of Perth Education City, Western Australia’s peak industry body for international education at that time.

Professor Rick Cummings

Rick is a Professor at the Teaching and Learning Centre of Murdoch University and teaches policy research and evaluation in the Sir Walter Murdoch Graduate School in Public Policy and International Affairs. Prior to joining Murdoch University, Rick held a number of senior policy and research positions in the Western Australian Government. He has more than 20 years’ experience in planning and conducting evaluation studies in Australia and overseas, is past President of the Australasian Evaluation Society, and current Australasian Evaluation Society Fellow. Rick is particularly knowledgeable and passionate about evaluation design and utilisation and provides a range of associated consultancy services to the public sector.

Kylie Hansen

Kylie has extensive management experience in not-for-profit, government and corporate sectors; specialising in leadership, organisational development, strategic project planning and deployment, within Australia and internationally. She holds qualifications in the disciplines of business, political science, community development, project management and social impact. Kylie now works as program’s manager for the Western Australian Council of Social Services and has recently overseen the creation of WA’s first collaborative online platform for social impact (DropIN). She has previously worked in Cambodia as the CEO for Empowering Communities, an international social enterprise, and was successful in sustainably refinancing and restructuring the organisation. Kylie is passionate about social innovation, cross-sectoral collaboration, and understanding, articulating and measuring impact.

Peter Kenyon

Peter Kenyon is a social entrepreneur and community enthusiast. In addition to experience as a youth worker, teacher, youth education officer and tertiary lecturer, he has held the positions of Director of Employment with the Western Australian Government, Manager of the Community Employment Development Unit in New Zealand and Coordinator of the Natal Kwazulu Job Creation and Enterprise Strategy in South Africa. In 1991 Peter created the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. (Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies) to promote “inside out” community development. Bank of I.D.E.A.S. consults to communities across Australia and internationally (45 countries). Peter has published extensively within the fields of community and economic development, youth policy development and youth enterprise. He is motivated by the desire to create healthy, caring, inclusive, sustainable and enterprising communities.

Associate Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker

Cheryl is a traditional owner of Wadjuk boodja.  She also has family connections to the Ballardong and Yued peoples in Western Australia. Cheryl was educated in both Australia and the USA, and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Master of Science and PhD.  She is the Director of the Pindi Pindi-Combined Universities Research Centre for Aboriginal Community Wellbeing, NHMRC Senior research Fellow at Murdoch University, and Honorary Research Fellow of the Telethon Institute for Child Health. Cheryl’s research has focused on the development of culturally appropriate measures that explore the sense of self, identity and self-esteem of urban Aboriginal children, the development of an Aboriginal parenting program and exploration of racism and culturally secure Aboriginal education. A major strength of Cheryl’s research is her engagement of the Aboriginal community.

Nolan Stephenson

Nolan is currently Principal Project Officer, Reporting and Evaluation in the Regional Investment Division and the Western Australian Department of Regional Development and Lands. In that role, he has responsibility for evaluating the impact of projects and programs funded through the Royalties for Regions policy and for the implementation of a governance and reporting framework for the management of the funded projects.Nolan has extensive experience in the public sector providing commercial advice and facilitating access to private and government funding across a variety of industries.  He has managed a range of industry, innovation and science funding programs catering to clients ranging from small businesses to the university sector. Nolan has undertaken complex commercial and financial evaluations and has worked across multiple levels in government, industry and commerce in negotiating funding agreements, financial resource availability, resolution of commercial problems and developing strategies to ensure sustainable commercial operation