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Secretary appointments: NSW steals digital leader from Canberra

Tim Reardon
Tim Reardon

NSW Premier Mike Baird yesterday announced the appointment of Tim Reardon as the new secretary of Transport for NSW, and Martin Hoffman as Secretary, NSW Department of Finance, Services & Innovation.

Reardon has been acting secretary since February 2015. He joined Transport for NSW in 2011 as deputy director general (under the previous titles), heading the policy and regulation division. He has also had 25 years of experience in the transport sector including both government and private sectors in NSW, Queensland and overseas.

Hoffman joins the NSW public service from the Commonwealth where he has been deputy secretary of the Department of Industry and Science since 2010. He headed the department’s science and commercialisation policy division, sectoral growth policy division and held oversight roles for portfolio organisations included Questacon, the National Measurement Institute, Square Kilometre Array and the Australian Astronomical Observatory. He has also had central agency experience at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as well as extensive private sector experience across the technology, media and telecommunications industries, including as CEO of Ninemsn.

Hoffman contributed some of his personal views on the intersection between science and policymaking to a forum hosted by the ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy in February, explaining why a democracy could never be run by philosopher-kings and benevolent technocrats.

Martin Hoffman
Martin Hoffman

Hoffman was also responsible for the Industry department’s ICT and whole-of-Government digital transformation agenda. The announcement comes a day before the Commonwealth’s new Digital Transformation Office is due to officially open its doors, and rules out Hoffman as a contender for the new CEO title expected to be announced imminently.

Baird said he was looking forward to working closely with both secretaries to improve the lives of people across NSW:

“Tim and Martin are outstanding candidates who bring dynamism and vast experience to these critical roles in delivering government services to the public.

“Tim will provide strong leadership at Transport for NSW as we ramp up our bold infrastructure agenda, including Australia’s biggest public transport project, Sydney Metro.

“A priority of this government is to embrace innovation and new technology to drive excellence in customer service. Martin’s mix of public sector and business experience makes him the ideal person to head up this newly-formed department.”

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