Peter Shergold AC is the Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney. Peter came to Australia as an academic and was an economic historian for 16 years. In 1988 he joined the Australian Public Service to establish the Office of Multicultural Affairs and then, successively, became CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission; Public Service Commissioner; Secretary of the Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business; and Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training.

From 2003-2008 he was Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Peter now chairs the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board and the Commonwealth’s Aged Care Reform Implementation Council, sits on the Queensland Public Sector Renewal Board and was recently part of the Independent Review Panel on Coalition Costings.

Peter supports the Foundation as a result of his belief that the revitalisation of participatory democracy in Australia depends on empowering citizens. New forms of engagement process are vital to this end.