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Paul Barratt AO

Paul Barratt brings to CEO Collegiate a unique combination of experience: thirty years in business-related areas of Federal Government, international trade negotiations in more than thirty countries, and four years working with Australia's business leaders as Executive Director of the Business Council of Australia.

His senior Federal Government appointments included Deputy Secretary, Department of Trade and Resources, Special Trade Representative for North Asia, Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Secretary, Department of Primary Industries and Energy, and Secretary, Department of Defence.

In his domestic assignments he concentrated on issues relating to natural resource management, mining and primary production. In his international trade assignments he concentrated on bilateral negotiations in areas where government support in difficult markets could add to the chances of success for Australian business. In both fields he had a strong focus on the role of leadership and organisational effectiveness in the development and delivery of strategy, and reforming governmental processes to achieve the objectives of government while minimising the costs to business.

Under his stewardship the Business Council of Australia's key priorities in the mid-1990s were making the case for industrial relations reform, business innovation, and Australia's response to climate change having regard to the well-being of the Australian economy.

In addition to his work through CEO Collegiate he is Deputy Chair of the CRC for Advanced Composite Structures, a Director and Principal of AADI Defence Pty Ltd, a company he co-founded in 2010 to assist technology-oriented companies wanting to do business in the defence sector, and Chair of Australia21 Limited, an independent, non-profit organisation whose core purpose is multidisciplinary research and inquiry on issues of strategic im portance to Australia in the 21st century.

He has an Honours Degree in Physics from the University of New England and an Arts Degree ( Economics and South Asian Civilization) from the Australian National University.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of the Corporate Directors' Association of Australia, and is a founding director of Australia 21 Limited, a non-profit company established in 2001 to raise research funds to tackle complex multi-disciplinary issues relevant to Australia's future.

In 1997 he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of New England, and in 1999 he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia, for services to public administration, public policy development, business and international trade.

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