Dr Michael Casey

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.


  • "'The Power of the Powerless' and 'living in truth' in democracy", July 2016. Publication forthcoming.
  • "The Puzzle of Intolerant Tolerance", Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics (1:1, 2011).
  • "The Feeling of Responsibility", Quadrant (52:11), November 2008.
  • Editor, Cardinal George Pell, God and Caesar: Selected Essays on Religion, Politics and Society(Catholic University of America Press, 2008).
  • "Democracy and the Thin Veneer of Civilization", Quadrant (50:11), November 2006.
  • Meaninglessness: the Solutions of Nietzsche, Freud and Rorty (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002).

Ms Catherine Lees

Catherine Lees is Executive Officer, Strategic Projects at the PM Glynn Institute. Her focus is on the development, execution and management of complex projects involved in the establishment and growth of the Institute.

Catherine has extensive expertise in strategy and business planning, stakeholder management, communication management and research in multi-dimensional organisations. Her approach is based on the creative development of ideas and projects to ensure an alignment with the strategic direction and priorities of the Institute. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Ms Samantha Dunnicliff

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.