About us

The Centre for Jobs & Regional Economy is a think-tank focused on canvassing and exploring policy solutions to deliver good jobs for the regions.

Our core policy position is influenced by the centre-left but with a fierce commitment of economic pragmatism.

We work actively with policymakers, academics, businesses, non-governmental organisations and everyday Australians to develop and advocate policy goals.

Management Team

Chief Executive Officer & Principal Researcher

Bernard Goh has worked in public policy, all levels of government, media and the private sector. He currently works for Senator Helen Polley and serves on the board of the Tenants’ Union of Tasmania.

He looks forward to completing his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Tasmania by the end of 2020. He has studied abroad at the Unversity of Nebraska Omaha in diplomacy, civic engagement and public policy.

Bernard is convinced that there needs to be a balanced approach in growing the economy and ensuring equitable access to these economic fruits.

He firmly believes in evidence-based arguments for economic development and the importance of pragmatic social justice. In his sparetime, Bernard works on a couple of startups.

Strategy Director & Editor-at-Large

Elliott Bell is an Adviser to Senator Helen Polley, Senator for Tasmania. Elliott holds an Honours Degree from the University of Tasmania (UTAS).

His thesis studied the power of interests groups in affecting social regulatory policy. After being inspired by Dahl’s Who Governs? Elliott has previously lived in South Carolina studying regional economies.

Elliott is firmly of the view that the best public policy formulation only occurs with first rate empirical evidence and rigorous community consultation.

Elliott’s keen interest in job creation, international politics and market forces helps form his firm belief that although international forces affect market change and democratic thought, all politics is always local.    

Director of Policy & Advisory

Kate Boyd is an Adviser to the Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources, Hon Joel Fitzgibbon.

Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Sydney and is completing a Juris Doctor at the Australian National University.

She has worked in public policy in federal politics and the not-for-profit sector, and firmly believes in evidenced based policy.

With the myriad of environmental, social and economic challenges facing Australian society, Kate believes that striking the right balance between economic and social imperatives is possible when insightful policy questions are combined with quality research. 

Content Director & Researcher

Geordie Wilson is a writer and researcher, having contributed to reporting on the Banking Royal Commission, deregulation of the public sector and labour markets, and other topics. He holds a JD from Melbourne University and is due for admission as a solicitor in 2020.

Technology Advisor & Researcher

Solution driven Software Developer with keen interest and enthusiasm about digital transformation. Skilled in a diverse range of programming languages, version control, web development and agile software development. Currently working with ReactJS, typescript and Scala across projects with a strong focus on functional programming practices.

Always interested in learning and working with new technologies as well as finding innovative software solutions to improve business processes, operations and profitability. AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner and Mulesoft Certified API and Integration Associate with a Bachelor’s degree focused in Software Development from University of Tasmania. 

Equity Director & Researcher

Stephen Cronin grew up in regional Tasmania and now divides his time between Launceston and Hobart. For the past four years, Stephen has worked in the higher education sector, currently as Senior Resident Tutor at Jane Franklin Hall. He is completing his final year of a combined degree in law, politics and policy at the University of Tasmania.

Stephen has worked in public policy, government and politics. He has a particular interest in education and employment, including for people with disability and mental health issues. Stephen has served on a number of boards and committees including the Premier of Tasmania’s Disability Advisory Council; the College of Arts, Law and Education Board at the University of Tasmania; and a number of committees of the Jane Franklin Hall College Council. He has also been involved in a number of political campaigns and worked for a period in the Office of Senator Helen Polley.