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Martin Stewart-Weeks

Founder and Principal

Public Purpose Pty Ltd

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Areas of expertise

Digital Transformation
Strategy and strategic planning
Leadership development
Collaboration and facilitation

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A strategic thinker, organisational consultant, policy analyst, facilitator and writer, Martin’s work draws on over 35 years’ experience spanning government, the “for purpose” or social sector and the corporate sector.

As well as his own advisory and research work, Martin has also recently worked as a senior advisor to Deloitte’s public sector team in Australia and with The Impact Assembly as part of PwC’s social impact practice.

From 2001 to 2013, he led the Asia-Pacific public sector consulting and innovation team in Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group. He led strategy and design work on digital transformation and public policy and public sector reform projects in government, education, health human services and urbanisation in India, China, South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to his role in Cisco, Martin held various policy and management roles in the federal public sector, including Chief of Staff to a Minister in the Federal Government, a federal public servant (Communications, Sport, Recreation and Tourism) and as a research and strategy lead in the Office of Strategic Planning in the NSW Cabinet Office.

He chaired the NSW Digital Government Advisory Panel for the former Department of Finance, Services and Innovation and was Chair of the Expert Advisory Group of the Welfare Payments Infrastructure Transformation program (WPIT) for the federal Department of Human Services (now Services Australia).

He was a member of the Government 2.0 Task Force which reporting to then Minister for Finance, Lindsay Tanner, in 2009. In 2017, Martin was one of 3 members of a review for the NSW Government, chaired by former NSW Premier Nick Greiner AC, of regulatory policy and strategy across the State.

Martin writes and speaks extensively on government, service design, digital transformation and policy reform. Together with former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner, he wrote Changing Shape: Institutions for a Digital Age (Longueville Press, February 2014).

He is also co-author with Simon Cooper of a new book on digital transformation in government (Are We There Yet? Digital Transformation of Government and the Public Sector in Australia Longueville Press, July 2019).

Martin holds an Honours degree in English from the University of York in the UK, a Masters degree in Social Science and Policy from the University of New South Wales as well as graduate qualifications in applied economics from what is now the University of Canberra.