Managing Director KBC Australia, Senior Consultant
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University
B Sc (Hons), PhD, MBA, GAICD
Dr Kristine Battye is the Managing Director of KBC Australia, a public policy consulting firm specialising in policy analysis, program evaluation and strategic advice to governments and non-government organisations. As an applied researcher, Dr Battye understands research methodology, tailoring it to the real world requirements of program evaluation, needs assessments, service and program modelling and re-design. Dr Battye is focused on producing deliverables that are “do-able” and sustainable, and is known for producing high quality outcomes.
Dr Battye’s skills include: qualitative and quantitative research design, information synthesis and analysis; critical and creative thinking to develop innovative models and solutions; ability to produce high quality and comprehensive reports and publications; effective presentation and small group facilitation; strong interpersonal skills with the ability to engage with, and form relationships across tiers of government, and at community level.
Dr Battye has extensive experience across the health landscape and has designed and led in excess of 140 projects at the national, state-wide, regional and local level since the establishment of the consulting firm in 2001. In addition to a comprehensive portfolio of program evaluations and review, Kristine has undertaken a range of projects to develop the rural and remote health workforce.
DPH MPH, BA(Hons)
Dr Sefton has a background in public sector management, academia, local government and the community sector. Since 2009 she has worked as a consultant with KBC undertaking a wide range of evaluations, reviews and planning projects. She has developed a deep understanding of and commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of rural communities.
Dr Sefton brings to the KBC team a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Australian health system as well as the working of both State and Federal government and the public sector. She has extensive experience in the development and implementation of public policy in the Australian Government, Department as well as local government and the community sector. Previous government roles include involvement in the management of a range of federal health programs in NSW including Divisions of General Practice, PHCRED, UDRHs and programs funded through the Officer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.
She has managed the implementation of a range of government programs across the health and aged care sectors and has a thorough understanding of the requirements of government in relation to tenders and grants.
Dr Sefton has highly developed skills in negotiation, problem solving and facilitation and has experience in working with people and organisations from a broad range of backgrounds and sectors.
Joseph (Mark) Thomas
BA (Hons), PhD (under review)
Joseph Thomas is a critical applied economist focusing on issues of health, education and the environment. Joseph is concurrently engaged as a research fellow in the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University (ceasing end of April 2019) and a consultant at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance at the University of Technology Sydney.
Joseph recently submitted his PhD dissertation on the political economy of alternative education for at-risk young people in Australia. His doctoral thesis utilises a mix of critical qualitative and applied quantitative methods to explore the impact of educational re-engagement pedagogies upon students’ long-term psychosocial and economic outcomes. Applied econometric skills include the use of matching estimators for the estimation of treatment effects (and relevant post-estimation diagnostic procedures), generalised linear models, principal component and factor analysis, and non-parametric techniques.
Joseph also has extensive experience in the non-profit development sector, specialising in women’s rights and empowerment, disability rights and sustainable community development.
Bachelor of Nursing, MBiostats (in progress)
Sally is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience working within the Australian health care system. Since joining KBC in 2015 she has participated in a number of evaluations, statistical modelling and health needs assessments. She has well developed research skills and has experience in:
Linear regression modelling
Survey design and analysis
Manipulation and analysis of large datasets
Design of randomized clinical trials
Bachelor of Nursing; Master of Public Health
Rachel is a Registered Nurse and has worked as a Registered Nurse in tertiary and regional hospitals within NSW.
In addition to her clinical experience, Rachel has worked with non-government and international agencies including the Clinton Foundation and the World Health Organization to implement local and national public health programs of work. She has also performed a number of reviews for community organisations and larger agencies. Prior to joining the KBC team in early 2018, Rachel worked with PwC Australia, providing specialist input to a variety of teams, clients and projects.
Rachel’s role includes manipulation and analysis of large data analysis, program documentation and data analysis, literature searching and reporting, survey development and analysis.
B.Bus (Ag.Comm), Dip Fin.Plan.
Jane Gordon has extensive business experience in a range of areas, including the financial, agriculture, wine and mining sectors. From financial planning to co-founding a number of wine businesses and helping establish an Australian Chinese mining exploration company, Jane has broad and practical management experience. Jane’s previous role was as the office manager of Paraway Pastoral Company Ltd, a large scale agricultural business with enterprises across regional Australia. Jane holds a Bachelor of Business and Diploma of Financial Planning.
BA Office Administration
Ms. Kelly has filled Administration roles in a legal firm, the Commonwealth Government and West Australian State Government, before shifting her focus to working in a small marketing company. For 7 years Kate filled the administration, accounts and management roles for MAAXX Pty Ltd in Western Australia. Since returning to NSW, Kate has worked in administration at Borrodell Vineyard before commencing as Administration Officer at KBC Australia in 2014.