Expert on National Politics, Public Policy & Leadership
Arthur Sinodinos is an expert on national politics, public policy issues and government and business leadership. Arthur has spent much of his professional career as an advisor to John Howard and was Chief of Staff to the then Prime Minister from 1997 until 2006.
Arthur Sinodinos is the Regional General Manager, Business and Private Bank at National Australia Bank. He is an Independent Director of several organisations, and on the University of Wollongong's Vice Chancellor's Advisory Board, The Indo Pacific Forum (INDOPAC), and the European Australian Business Council Limited.
Arthur joined the Department of Finance in 1979 as a graduate recruit. He was promoted to the Treasury in 1980 and served in various capacities until 1987. In October 1987 he joined John Howard's staff as Senior Economic Advisor. In May 1989 he returned to Treasury as an Assistant Secretary when Mr Howard lost the position of Opposition Leader.
Arthur served in the Structural Policy, Financial Institutions, Economic and International Economy divisions of Treasury. He has experience in micro-economic reform, budgetary issues, foreign investment policy, labour markets, economic forecasting and international economic issues. He was Assistant Secretary, Labour Markets Branch (1992-1994), Acting First Assistant Secretary, Economic Division (1993-1994 Budget to January 1994), and Assistant Secretary, International Finance and Development Branch (1994-1995).
In 1995, Arthur returned to John Howard's staff, and upon the election of the Howard Government, was appointed the Policy Director in the office of the Prime Minister. In October 1997, Arthur was appointed as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, a position he held until December 2006 when he resigned to take a Senior Director position with Goldman Sachs JBWere. In that role Arthur advised the firm and its clients on international and government relations matters, drawing on his extensive knowledge of public policies and processes, including industry and financial issues.
In August 2007, Arthur joined the National Australia Bank as Regional General Manager, Business and Private Bank, where he is responsible for Strategy, Marketing, Business Performance, Professional Development and two specialised businesses (Government & Education). Arthur Sinodinis was awarded the Order of Australia in 2008. In the same year, the Minister for Defence announced that a Community Consultation Program would be conducted as part of the development of the new defence White Paper and appointed Arthur Sinodinos AO as Deputy Chair of the Community Consultation Panel.
In March 2009, Arthur was appointed Managing Director for Government, Education and Carbon Solutions, Institutional Banking, Business Banking Australia at the National Australia Bank.
Arthur Sinodinos AO talks about:
- National politics
- Public policy issues - domestic and international
- The government/business interface
- Political and business leadership
- Developing and executing strategies with commercial reality in a team environment
- Communicating strategies to colleagues and clients.
Arthur Sinodinos AO is a member of the following not for profit bodies: Global Access Partners Pty Ltd (GAP), The Global Foundation. He is an Independent Director of ANZSOG, Menzies Research Centre Ltd, Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) Pty Ltd, CSN Technology Pty Ltd and the Australian Institute of Management (AIM). Arthur is Deputy Chairman of Australia Water Holdings Pty Ltd and on the University of Wollongong Vice-chancellor's Advisory Board, as well as Advisory Boards for INDOPAC (The Indo-Pacific Forum), Bluearth and European Australian Business Council Limited (EABC).
His policy advice, his political nous and his great interpersonal skills have all contributed in a substantial way to the smooth workings of both my office and the highest levels of government.
He's the person who considers the issues, analyses the issues, presents options. He can articulate the issues that the Prime Minister wants to pursue - to the leadership group, the ministers, the backbench.