NSW hires open government expert Pia Andrews

By Jonathan Nally
Monday, 03 September, 2018

NSW hires open government expert Pia Andrews

The NSW Government has appointed Pia Andrews to the role of Executive Director of Digital Government, reporting to Government Chief Information and Digital Officer Greg Wells.

Andrews is leaving her job as Service Integration Lead at New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs and will commence in her new role on 24 September.

Recently named one of the world’s top 20 most influential people in digital government, Andrews has a long history of working with technology in private, public and community sectors.

Martin Hoffman, Secretary of the Department of Finance Services and Innovation, said he was enormously pleased to recruit someone of this calibre to the NSW Government.

“Pia is well respected worldwide and brings decades of experience in open data, open government, digital transformation and government as an API. She brings a unique and effective blend of systems thinking, technical creativity and vision,” said Hoffman.

“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.”

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 (DNA) Lab to collaborate on this important work.”

Image courtesy OKFest 2012.

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