John Daley is one of Australia’s leading public policy thinkers. He was the founding Chief Executive of the Grattan Institute from 2009 to 2020, and he is now a Senior Fellow there. He is also a Director of the Myer Foundation.
At Grattan Institute, John has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, and tax reform. This work is underpinned by themes of the importance of government prioritisation, and the limits to government effectiveness.
John has previously worked at the University of Melbourne, the University of Oxford, the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, consulting firm McKinsey and Co, and ANZ Bank.
John has been the Deputy Chair of the Malthouse Theatre, Deputy Chair of the Next Wave Festival, and the Chair of the Strategy and Research Panel of the Australia Council for the Arts.
John graduated from the University of Oxford in 1999 with a DPhil in public law after completing an LLB (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Melbourne in 1990.
John is also a keen amateur pianist and gardener. He studied piano at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with Max Cooke, played violin in the Australian Youth Orchestra, and sang with the Oxford Chamber Choir.
Read our interview with John HERE