Tim Thurman, chief information officer at the ASX, has been appointed chair of the advisory board for the NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC).
Representing government, industry, and the research sectors, the board has been tasked with providing strategic advice and support to the organisation as it looks to facilitate data sharing between government agencies to create “strategic, whole-of-government evidence-based decision making” and improve service delivery.
Thurman is joined by Professor Mary O’Kane, NSW chief scientist and engineer, Michael Pratt, NSW customer service commissioner, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, director of the Centre for Translational Data Science at the University of Sydney, and Attila Brungs, vice chancellor and president of the University of Technology Sydney.
Also on the board are Paul Cousins, head of geospatial for Australia and New Zealand at Google, Kate Carruthers, deputy director of business analytics and data governance at the University of NSW, Murray Hurps, general manager of Fishburners, Alex Scandurra, CEO of Stone and Chalk, and Ian Hill, head of innovation at Westpac.
O’Kane and Pratt served on the steering committee guiding the establishment of the DAC last year.
NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello said the board will advise the state government on priorities and the key partnerships across industry, government, and research sectors that should be forged to ensure outcomes are delivered.
“I am delighted to confirm Tim Thurman as chair of the board. Tim’s experience and expertise at the ASX, where he is overseeing the implementation of a $50 million digital strategy, will assist the government with the digitising of service delivery and implementation of whole-of-government innovation priorities,” he said.
The board will work with Dr Ian Opperman, who was appointed CEO of the DAC last year.
“With the calibre of Dr Ian Oppermann and Tim Thurman at the helm, I’m confident the DAC will deliver positive outcomes for the people of NSW,” Dominello said.
Among the outcomes the DAC has been tasked with achieving are establishing and maintaining a register of data assets, advising on the making of data open to the public, and advising the government on challenges and potential solutions using data analytics.
Dominello told Startup Daily previously that data “can actually be one of the most productive assets that the government has.”
“People need to realise that data, when it comes to logistics and transport and fair trading, is a public asset. If we can utilise that to benefit public outcomes, then that’s a great thing. If we can then use the startups to design apps to drive those outcomes, then it’s a classic win-win.”