Richard Eccles

Richard is a consultant and board director with a deep interest in the arts, health, sports, media and charitable sectors.  He holds directorships or advisory positions with a number of organisations including Bangarra Dance Theatre, Copyright Agency Ltd, the Public Interest Journalism Initiative, Epilepsy ACT and the Federal Golf Club.

Until March 2020, Richard enjoyed a successful career as a senior Commonwealth public servant, holding Deputy Secretary positions for ten years across several portfolios including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Health and Aged Care; and Communications and the Arts.  This is underpinned by over 30 years experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors.

Career highlight to date include world leading reforms in cyber safety; driving reforms in the Australian media landscape; leading the Australian Government’s World Cup Bid Taskforce and involvement in major sporting events; developing and implementing major changes in sports integrity; leading major reforms in copyright and arts policies, to protect and support Australian creators and industries; and leading social and economic reforms in Indigenous affairs.

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