Meet the Team

Ron Manners
Founder & Chairman
Ron Manners is the Managing Director of the Mannwest Group. He is also Emeritus Chairman of the Australian Mining Hall of Fame Ltd. He is a Fellow of both the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and his contributions to industry and Australia have been marked by several awards including being elected as a Mining Legend at the 2005 Excellence in Mining & Exploration Conference in Sydney.
Andrew Pickford
Executive Director
Andrew Pickford is the Executive Director of Mannkal Economic Education Foundation. He has experience working with free market, libertarian and conservative think tanks in Australia, Canada and the United States. As a regular commentator on economic, security and energy issues, Mr Pickford has written numerous articles, books and monographs on these subjects for both Australian and international audiences. In addition to working alongside Ron Manners promoting free market and libertarian ideas, he has the privilege of learning from a number of leading Australians including Gregory Copley, Harold Clough, John Hyde and Barry Cusack.
Kate Wagstaff
Scholarships Manager
Kate is the Scholarships Manager at the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, responsible for overseeing Mannkal’s core business – the Outbound Scholar Program. The focus is on the selection and placement of students for appropriate internship and conference opportunities, and on the education and up-skilling of applicants within the parameters of the Leadership Development Program.
Sharni Cutajar
Scholarships Coordinator
Sharni Cutajar is the Scholarships Coordinator at Mannkal. Sharni’s involvement with Mannkal began when she attended the Freedom to Choose Conference at the University of Notre Dame in 2015. Sharni later assisted with research at the Institute of Economic Affairs in Westminster as a Mannkal Scholar and attended the Mont Pelerin Society Regional Conference in Seoul, South Korea in May 2017.
Eva Christensen
Media and Communications Coordinator
Eva is the Media and Communications Coordinator at Mannkal. Eva is responsible for online media and marketing activities, including Mannkal’s bi-annual magazine, Musings. The focus is on conveying libertarian philosophy and free markets to university students in Western Australia and beyond, utilising a mix of in-house research and material from Mannkal’s global partners.
Bayley Novakovic
Research Assistant
Bayley Novakovic is a returned Mannkal Scholar and is now completing an internship at the Mannkal office. Inspired to complete formal studies after witnessing the 2008 GFC and nurturing a keen interest in entrepreneurship, Bayley became involved with Mannkal in 2016. After attending the Freedom to Choose conference and the Samuel Griffith Society conference where he reported on taxation of multinationals operating in Australia, Bayley interned at the Lion Rock Institute in Hong Kong. During his internship at Lion Rock, he completed a comparative analysis of an Electronic Road Pricing System (ERP) proposed to address the city’s traffic congestion.
Cian Hussey
Research Intern
Cian Hussey is a 2nd-year student at The University of Notre Dame, studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and International Relations. He has a keen interest in public policy, particularly in the areas of tax, education, welfare, and energy. After receiving a scholarship from the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, Cian completed an internship with the Centre for Policy Studies in London, developing research skills and the ability to critically analyse government policy and its effectiveness. During his internship, Cian was required to carry out high-quality, in-depth research into various policies and legislation.
Olivia Maso
Administrative Intern
Olivia Maso is a third-year student at The University of Notre Dame, studying a double degree of Biomedical Science and Commerce (majoring in Economics). She was a Mannkal Scholar at the British Taxpayers’ Alliance in London at the end of 2017. As part of her internship at the BTA, she also attended the World Taxpayers’ Conference in Bangkok in December 2017. Since returning from her London internship, Olivia has continued her affiliation and support of Mannkal and other libertarian think tanks and causes. She was recently named Campus Coordinator at her university for the Institute of Public Affairs’ Generation Liberty project.