Christina Newman is an experienced government policy advisor with 19 years’ experience working in the public sector. She is the Director Policy - Science & Research for the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer for whom she has worked eight years.
Christina manages a team responsible for research and innovation programs, policy development, grants, communications, events and science outreach programs. Among other things she is currently managing the NSW innovation networks established by the Office and the new NSW Physical Sciences Fund. She is also undertaking a new stream of work to better understand and quantify the economic and social impacts of the Office’s investments in NSW-based research centres. Christina is interested in investigating research and innovation initiatives to benefit the State and raising awareness of science and engineering excellence in NSW.
Prior to her post at the Office for NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer she was Deputy Chief of Staff to the former NSW Treasurer and served as Senior Policy Advisor in several ministerial portfolios from 2005 to 2010 including Treasury, Roads, Transport, Ports and Waterways and State & Regional Development - preparing high level advice for government for the purposes of parliament, cabinet, ministerial and executive meetings and community & media liaison. Prior to her ministerial advisory roles she was the Ministerial & Executive Coordinator at NSW Maritime, the agency where she began her public service career as a research assistant.
Christina has a strong track record of achievement in policy development, strategy and analysis, policy advice, speech writing, report preparation, public relations, budget tracking and analysis, and stakeholder liaison.
Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours, Class 1, from the University of Sydney (English major).