BiographyGary Sturgess has worked at the forefront of public sector reform for the past three decades, making significant contributions in the fields of operational federalism, the design and management of public service markets, the commercialisation and regulation of government business enterprises and the use of economic instruments in environmental protection, among others.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he served as Director-General of the NSW Cabinet Office under Premier Nick Greiner, and is credited with creating the Independent Commission Against Corruption and the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal. He played a leading role behind the scenes in the Special Premiers Conferences of the early 1990s that led to the establishment of the Council of Australian Governments.
He returned home in 2011 after ten years based in London, where he was Executive Director of the Serco Institute, a research institution established by the FTSE100 public service company, Serco Group plc.
He was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy at Griffith University in June 2011, and as the NSW Premier’s ANZSOG Chair of Public Service Delivery the following month, based at the University of New South Wales. He serves on the Public Sector Renewal Board in Queensland, the Treasury Board in Victoria and a number of other committees in various states concerned with the re-commissioning of public services. In March 2014, he was appointed as Professor of Public Service Innovation with our School of Government and International Relations.
He was born in Toowoomba and studied law at the University of Queensland.