Since entering into a consulting career in 1993, David Charles has built up a strong practice in economics and public policy issues related to industry development, research and innovation, life sciences and health and program reviews. At the outset David was one of the three founding directors of the Allen Consulting Group and was for a time its Co-Chairman. In 2006 David and Jon Stanford together with three other consultants left to form Insight Economics – he was the Founding Chairman. From 2006-09 David helped to establish a new economics practice at Deloitte. David has been a member of a number of Boards such as Austrade, the Australian Industry Development Corporation and the Business School at Melbourne University. He is currently Chair of the Automotive Industry Innovation Council, a member of the Board of the Advanced Manufacturing CRC and the Australian Advisory Board of TUV Rheinland. He is President of the Australian German Association. Before becoming a consultant David Charles held a series of senior positions in the Australian Public Service concerned with economic policy, industry development, innovation, trade policy and employment. From 1985-1990 he was Secretary of the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce and from 1990-1993 Australian Consul General in Berlin and Special Trade Representative in Central Europe.
Bill has been providing advice to major companies on their strategic issues for over 20 years. He began as a consultant to Pappas, Carter Evans and Koop (which became the Australian office of the Boston Consulting Group). He was also a Director at the spinoff company Australian Consulting Partners which was acquired by Arthur Andersen where he was a Partner in Business Consulting for two years. Bill has worked in industry policy at the state and federal level. He was the Industry Policy Advisor to the Victorian Minister for Industry and Commerce in the Cain Government and in that capacity assisted in the development of the first state economic strategy. He was later appointed as the Director of the Australian Manufacturing Council, a tripartite advisory body to the Federal Minister of Industry established by the Hon. John Button. Here he led a number of landmark reports on manufacturing which were influential in the opening up of the sector in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Bill is a Director of Colin Carter and Associates which evaluates the performance of the boards of directors of many of Australia’s leading public companies. He was also CEO of the Victorian WorkCover Authority for three years and has consulted in workers compensation in New South Wales and South Australia.