Professor Percy Allan AM


Professor Percy Allan AM is a member of the CEDA Council on Economic Policy, which comprises some of Australia's best and brightest policy minds, and guides CEDA's research agenda.

Percy Allan advises on public policy, finance and management.

He has helped national and local governments in China, India, Thailand, Mongolia, Philippines, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and the Pacific Islands to reform their financial management. He has also conducted major official inquiries in Australia into local government, builders warranty insurance and the finances of the Northern Territory.

In 1996, Percy was awarded an Order of Australia for his contribution to public sector reform while he was Secretary (Head) of the NSW Treasury and Chairman of the NSW Treasury Corp between 1985 and 1994.

After leaving Treasury, he was Finance Director of Boral, one of Australia’s largest building materials companies, from 1994 to 1996 where he overhauled the group’s financial management which got featured in CFO magazine.

From 1999 to 2007, he chaired the NSW Premier’s Council on the Cost and Quality of Government that reviewed the management capacity and performance of 25 state government departments.

Between 2010 and 2012, he was National President of the Australian Institute of Public Administration, the professional body of the national, state and local government sectors.

He is a former Chair of a wholesale funds manager (CCML,1999-2012) and a racing code (GRNSW, 2003-2012), and he currently Chairs Wentworth Park Sporting Complex Trust, Review Today and Market Timing.

He has been a Visiting Professor at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, one of Australia’s leading business schools. He also founded and chairs the Reform Club, a non-partisan public policy forum sponsored by the ASX that meets quarterly to hear and question senior ministers and officials about their plans for improving public services.

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On the CEDA Blog

The CEDA blog aims to deliver informed debate and new ideas for discussion on the economic and social issues facing Australia. Read blog articles by Percy Allan: