Location(s): Melbourne
Qualification(s): BCom, MPPM

Ben Hubbard is the General Manager of Public Policy and Strategy at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, based in Melbourne.

Ben is a quietly effective leader who joined the firm in August 2015. He has a wealth of experience in politics and public administration which includes being Chief of Staff to Australia's 27th Prime Minister, the Honourable Julia Gillard MP, between 2011-13. Before this, Ben was Chief Executive Officer of the Victoria Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, the Government agency coordinating the recovery of communities and individuals affected by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. He has also served in a number of other high profile political roles, including as Chief of Staff to the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, and Principal Adviser to the Premier of Victoria.

“I have 20 years of experience in public policy, strategy and fighting for all types of fair. I joined Australia’s leading social justice law firm so I could continue to make a difference,” says Ben.

He is a successful leader of large teams confronting profound policy, political and operational problems. Ben’s skills also include operational management in high-risk and high exposure environments, and effective management of stakeholders in diverse environments.

Ben has been listed in numerous national ‘power lists’ including the Australian Financial Review’s Power Edition, The Australian’s Political Influencers, and the Australian Who’s Who.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce in economics and a Masters of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course and is a member of the institute’s Victorian Council.

Ben is very community-minded, and he spends his spare time supporting YMCA Victoria and Clifton Hill/North Fitzroy Community Bank. 

Memberships & accreditations

  • Australian Lawyers Alliance Associate Member
  • Graduate of the Company Directors Course and Councillor, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Clifton Hill/North Fitzroy Community Bank Director, 2014 – present
  • YMCA Victoria Director, 2010 – present