Friday, 31 August 2018 12:36

NSW Government beefs up digital team with new appointment

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Pia Andrews joins NSW Government digital team Pia Andrews joins NSW Government digital team

The NSW Government has appointed a former New Zealand government agency executive as its executive director of Digital Government.

Pia Andrews takes up the NSW role in September following her role with a cross agency Service Innovation Lab for the New Zealand Government.

Martin Hoffman, secretary of the Department of Finance Services and Innovation, said the NSW Government was building a world class digital team to dramatically improve services for the people of NSW.

“Pia is well respected worldwide and brings decades of experience in open data, open government, digital transformation and government as an API,” Hoffman said.

“She brings a unique and effective blend of systems thinking, technical creativity and vision. Her experience, passion and drive are a perfect fit for the role of executive director for Digital Government and I look forward to seeing Pia and her team support greater collaboration, innovation and digital transformation across the NSW Government for the benefit of our communities and economy.

“Pia comes from leading a cross agency Service Innovation Lab for the New Zealand Government and we’re pleased to bring her back across the Tasman to NSW. We are building a world class digital team to dramatically improve services for the people of NSW.”

Andrews will report to NSW Government chief Information and Digital Officer Greg Wells.

“The leadership from Martin Hoffman and Greg Wells is extraordinary and provides a unique opportunity to work in a senior executive team that is committed to systemic transformation,” Andrews said.

“I learned much from my short time in New Zealand and found there a way of connecting and being open that will always keep my family anchored there, so I’m particularly delighted that we will be forging a partnership between the New Zealand Service Innovation Lab and the NSW Government Digital NSW Acceleration Lab to collaborate on this important work.”


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