Michael Casey was appointed the inaugural Director of the PM Glynn Institute in April 2016. His role involves developing the scope of the Institute's public policy work and coordinating its research programs and projects, as well as providing strategic leadership and operational management for the Institute. In addition to supporting ACU's public policy research, he provides advice to the University and its stakeholders on public policy matters.
Before joining Australian Catholic University in 2015 as Senior Advisor Church Policy in the Office of Government, Policy and Strategy, Michael worked for many years for Cardinal George Pell AC, during his time as Archbishop of Melbourne and then as Archbishop of Sydney. Michael has also served on the governing bodies of a number of Catholic higher education providers in Melbourne and Sydney.
Michael holds a PhD in sociology from La Trobe University, Melbourne, and degrees in law and arts from Monash University, Melbourne. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington DC (Nov 2006–Jan 2007), and completed the Oxford Advanced Leadership and Management Program at Säid Business School at the University of Oxford in 2014. His published writings are focused on democracy, culture and religion.
Samantha Dunnicliff is the Research Support Officer at the PM Glynn Institute. Her role is focused on providing essential executive level administrative support to the Director including activities such as reviewing data and reports, and organising conferences and public events.
Samantha has considerable experience in high-level administration, and the organisation, management and analysis of information. Her experience has been obtained through working for seven years as a legal secretary in a boutique building and construction law firm in Parramatta, NSW and through tertiary studies in research. She holds a Bachelor of Ancient History (Hon) from Macquarie University, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Egyptian Art and Archaeology at Macquarie University.