Our Team

Steve Brown

Managing Director

Steve has extensive experience in applied quantitative economic analysis and public policy advice. He is an expert in the field of computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling. His other expertise spans a range of techniques including econometrics, partial equilibrium modelling, economy-wide modelling, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, economic impact and contribution studies, return on investment analysis and program and policy evaluations.

Steve started his career in the public sector, undertaking CGE modelling at the Industry Commission (now Productivity Commission) contributing to the construction of the Salter World Trade Model. After a brief stint at the Bureau of Industry Economics, Steve moved to the Australian Bureau of Agriculture Economics (ABARE) where he was the head of global economic modelling. In this role he oversaw the development and application of the Global Trade and Environment Model (GTEM), which he used extensively to analyse policy issue relating to climate change.

Steve moved to the private sector in 2001, joining Tasman Economics (which later became ACIL Tasman) where he developed an applied CGE capability. He moved to Access Economics (now Deloitte Access Economics) in 2004 where he led the CGE modelling team, completing hundreds of applied CGE modelling assessments for government and private sector clients.

George Michalas

Director

George has widespread experience in providing clients with economic modelling to assist their stakeholder engagement, corporate communication and planning needs. His expertise includes economic impact modelling - using computable general equilibrium modelling and cost benefit analysis - of major investment projects. In addition George has extensive experience in economic contribution studies, measuring the size, scope and economic linkages of firms or industry sectors.

George's career began as a research economist at the Centre for Labour Market Research at the University of Canberra while study Economics and Laws at the ANU. From here George entered the Government with a graduate placing at the ABS and the Department of Industry. After 4 years in academic research and in the Government, George joined the private sector spending the last 8 years with Access Economics.

Recently, George has undertaken a number economic contribution and impact studies for the higher education sector, including a recent study for the ANU and UC. The report has been extensively used to communicate the relevance of higher education to the ACT and has been accepted and adopted. George was recently engaged to expand this analysis for the ACT Government to include other research activity in the Territory. George has undertaken a number of similar studies for, UWS, Deakin University and Swinburne University in Sarawak Malaysia.

Bob Scealy

Director

Bob is a highly experienced quantitative economist, with an extensive background in the development, maintenance and application of economic models in the Australian context. His primary area of focus is in computable general equilibrium and input output modelling, which he has used across a broad range of analyses including questions of public policy, project investments, structural change and technological change.

Bob has applied his skills in roles in the Australian Government and in private enterprise, including previous roles in both CGE model development and application in the Federal Treasury and in the CSIRO, and leading the CGE modelling team in Deloitte Access Economics.

In his current role Bob brings his extensive modelling and project management skill sets to provide innovative and bespoke economic modelling solutions. In impact assessments, Bob has applied his CGE and input/output modelling skill sets to investigate the economy wide impacts of a number of large scale project investments and shifts in public policy, including analysis of the economic impacts of investments at the Olympic Dam mine, the economic impacts of Santos' GLNG project, the economics of future Australian gas development scenarios, the fiscal and welfare impacts of a number of taxation reform scenarios, the economic impacts of the shutdown of the domestic automotive industry and the economic impacts of domestic gas reservation policies.

Dr Rob Bourke

Associate

Rob is an Associate of Cadence Economics with 37 years of experience as a professional economist. Rob is a defence expert, having spent the last 10 years as a senior executive in the Australian Department of Defence, as well as working for ADI (Australia's largest defence contractor). Rob has unparalleled experience in issues relating to defence procurement, being responsible for the formulation and implementation of policy for the development of Australian defence industry.

Rob has been responsible for managing the development of policies for assisting Australian defence manufacturers, assessments of the capabilities of these manufacturers against Defence capability requirements and the analysis of various aspects of the Defence capital equipment procurement process including contract cost escalation, incentive contracting mechanisms and the economic impact of major procurement projects.

Apart from his considerable defence experience, Rob has extensive experience in the areas of industry policy, competition policy, program evaluation, economic impact studies, regulatory impact studies, pricing and costing strategies for both Government and private sector service delivery and industry and regional development analysis.

Rob has a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University and a PhD from Monash University.

Julian Widdup

Associate

Julian has over 20 years experience in finance, industry and government working as an economist, actuary and professional director. Julian has served as a director on the boards of over 15 major corporations operating in the financial, airport, port, power utility, agricultural, timberland, defence, justice, hospital and healthcare sectors. Julian's directorships include ASX300 entities and international corporations.

Julian has a strong background in infrastructure investment, asset consulting, public-private partnerships, corporate strategy and risk management. He served as investment director for Palisade Investment Partners, was a partner and chief of operations for Access Capital Advisers and had previously worked with several Australian Government agencies.

Julian has a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.