Monash University - Australia
Ken Coghill (10 November 1944 - )
Associate Professor the Hon Dr Ken Coghill is a civil society member of the Interim Working Group developing Australia’s first National Action Plan.
He was born at Mansfield, Victoria, Australia in 1944 and is married with adult children. He graduated Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne. After graduation Ken worked in the Department of Agriculture in the Australian state of Victoria and was elected as a local government Councillor (Rural City of Wodonga, 1972-77).
Ken was elected as Member for Werribee in the Legislative Assembly, Parliament of Victoria (from 1979 to 1996), where he was Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet (from 1982 to 1988) and Speaker (from 1988 to 1992).
After retiring from Parliament in 1996, Ken joined Monash University, and completed a PhD in Ministerial Responsibility and Accountability. He is an Associate Professor leading research teams specialising in governance and parliamentary studies in Australia and internationally. He teaches Governance for Masters degree students, most of whom are mid-career and about half are international students.
He was lead author of Recommended Benchmarks for Codes of Conduct Applying to Members of Parliament (Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, 2015) and led a research project on Melbourne City Council elections which produced the report “Melbourne Democracy: Marvellous?" Ken is director of several not-for-profit organisations including The Accountability Round Table Ltd and the climate action group Lighter Footprints Inc. and participates in Australia’s Open Government Partnership.
He has presented many conference papers and published many articles and book chapters and several books, the most recent being: Parliamentarians Professional Development. The Need for Reform by Colleen Lewis and Ken Coghill (eds.) 2016, Springer.