Claire McCullagh

Claire McCullagh


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Claire is a Perth-based director known for her big-picture thinking and structured approach to problem-solving. She is a skilled leader and manager of strategy and public policy projects at Nous. Claire previously held a range of senior policy roles within the Western Australia Government, including within central, health and social policy agencies. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Western Australia (WA).

Influential work

  • Led development of a new growth and sustainability strategy for a major not-for-profit health provider as part of an ongoing strategic partnership, resulting in the transformation of the organisations’ strategic approach to operations
  • Developed a business case for decommissioning a large state-operated health facility and replacing the existing services with new models of care
  • Worked with local stakeholders and young people to research, design and implement a youth engagement strategy for the Fitzroy Crossing and surrounding communities
  • Undertook a gap analysis and designed a new mental health service for a leading non-government social and aged-care provider
  • Partnered with a law firm to provide advice to a National Government Department on legislative option for the protection and advocacy of victims of family and domestic violence.

Outside of Nous

Before joining Nous, Claire worked at the WA Department of the Premier and Cabinet on social policy projects, including negotiating an agreed state-federal position on the dissolution of the Home and Community Care program and preparing the 2016-17 State Methamphetamine Action Plan. Before this, she was a senior project manager working across the WA Mental Health Commission and Disability Services Commission on the inclusion of people with mental illness within the National Disability Insurance Scheme. While studying at Oxford, Claire undertook a research project with London’s Behavioural Insights Team focusing on redesigning public services drawing on ideas from the behavioural economics.

Claire is currently co-authoring Australia’s inaugural policy textbook on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, due to be published in July 2020.

In her spare time...

In her spare time, Claire enjoys keeping fit, live music, philosophical discussions and listening to podcasts.