Kendra Cockburn

Kendra Cockburn


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Kendra has 10 years of experience in public policy, with particular expertise in human services, health and education. She has worked in federal and state governments and is skilled at operating in complex policy environments and working collaboratively with clients and stakeholders.

Influential work

  • Managed a review of access and achievement for TAFE students with disability in Victoria and a simultaneous review of TAFE as a disability-inclusive workplace
  • Managed a course architecture re-design for a large Victorian university, including an analysis of the costs and benefits of reform
  • Managed research for a state health department to identify gaps and areas for improvement in its system for regulating public hospitals
  • Developed a workforce capability strategy to support a state environmental regulator’s transformation into a modern, principles-based regulator
  • Reviewed the quality framework for health service delivery in Victorian prisons.

Outside of Nous

Kendra previously worked for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services on human services system reform. Prior to that, she worked for the Australian Department of Social Services for seven years, where she contributed to the development and implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and co-drafted a National Quality and Safeguarding Framework. She also acted as Senior Policy Adviser to the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers.

Kendra holds a Master of Arts (European politics and culture) from the University of Strasbourg and Uppsala University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Australian National University.

In her spare time...

Kendra loves travel, hiking, cycling, kayaking and any outdoor adventures. She also loves exploring Melbourne great cafes and restaurants.