SA government fills new public sector performance and reform role with innovation chief

By Shannon Jenkins

Thursday April 9, 2020


South Australia’s innovation boss Mark Duffy will oversee public sector performance and reform in a new role announced by the state Premier Steven Marshall this week.

Mark Duffy

The outgoing head of the SA Department for Innovation and Skills will now report to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet chief executive Jim McDowell, according to Marshall.

“I look forward to working with Mr Duffy to reform the operation of the public sector to reflect the evolving nature of work and deliver better outcomes for the people of South Australia,” he said.

“Mr Duffy will also support Mr McDowell in his role as assistant state co-ordinator, responsible for leading the state’s economic rebuilding and recovery work in relation to COVID-19.”

Prior to joining the Innovation department, Duffy was chief executive at the Department of State Development, and chief economist at DPC. Before that, he held a number of roles with the NSW government.

Meanwhile, the current executive director of innovation and science Adam Reid has been promoted to acting chief executive of the Innovation department.

Marshall said he would “deliver the government’s agenda of fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, providing the skills required by industry, growing the South Australian economy, and creating more jobs”.

“The state government has a strong plan to deal with the current health and economic challenges posed by COVID-19, and the Department for Innovation and Skills will be a key economic agency in driving the response and recovery of businesses and their workers in our state,” he said.

“Mr Reid is a knowledgeable and accomplished executive with significant experience in the private and public sectors.”

Reid has held senior roles in the Department of State Development and Department of Trade and Economic Development. He has also worked in retail banking with Westpac Banking Corporation.

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