Dr. HUGH WATSON

BA Sydney, PGCE Oxford, M.Ed Canberra, PhD Oregon

The principal, Dr Hugh Watson, is a leading strategy and evaluation consultant. He not only brings more
than 20 years consulting experience he also has senior executive experience as a Partner-in-Charge of
Coopers & Lybrand in Canberra and Group General Manager on the Executive of the Sydney Organising
Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG). He has senior executive experience in both the public and
private sectors and was also a senior advisor to a Cabinet Minister. Hugh is currently a Visiting Fellow at
the College of Business and Economics at the Australian National University and Director of Hugh Watson
Consulting.

Hugh Watson has worked with private sector CEOs, Government Department CEOs and Secretaries and
Chiefs of the Defence Force as an organisational strategist and adviser on top team performance. He has
led national program evaluations and undertaken sensitive reviews for Government. He has also been an
executive coach to over 250 senior executives in the public sector.

Education
Hugh Watson was a senior advisor to a Commonwealth Minister for Education and in that position
reviewed national policies and programs, helped develop a national participation strategy and a
strategy to improve Indigenous education teaching. As an academic, he taught in teacher education
faculties in Australia and the United States and was for two years head of evaluation for the ACT
school system leading national, system and school-level evaluations. Hugh has taught at primary,
secondary and tertiary levels and worked as a policy officer in the Curriculum Development
Centre.

His Consulting Experience Includes:
● A national evaluation of the National Indigenous English Literacy and Numeracy Program for
the Department of Education, Science and Training
● National evaluation of the Students at Risk Program for the Department of Employment, Education
and Training
● National review of Commonwealth/State Expenditure on Adult Literacy for the Department of
Employment, Education and Training
● A review and analysis of the strategies and methods proposed by GenerationOne for Vocational Training
and Employment Centres (VTECs)
● An evaluation of Jobs Fund Projects where we visited and captured examples of best practice and
innovation in 23 successful Jobs Fund projects around Australia
● A review of the Indigenous Capital Assistance Scheme (ICAS)
● An investigation of the impact of the Global Recession and the operation of local Jobs Fund projects on
Indigenous people in selected areas
● A strategic consultancy to establish the new Commonwealth Office of the Information
Commissioner including strategy, structure and business processes (with Oakton Consulting)
● Strategic review of Headquarters Australian Defence Force for the Vice-Chief of the
Australian Defence Force
● Feasibility of a National Gambling Research Institute – A report on options for the
establishment of a National Gambling Research Institute for the Minister for Family and
Community Services
● Reviews of the operations and governance of National Indigenous Television (NITV), the
National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS) and Imparja Television for the Department of
Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts
● Strategic review of the Department of Communications and the Arts for the Secretary
● Strategic review and business process re-engineering for the Department of Primary Industries
and Energy for the Secretary
● Strategic planning and business adviser to Hamilton, James & Bruce, a publicly listed company
● Development of a change management strategy for a major company re-structure for Nestle
in Switzerland
● Strategic review of the Department of Industry, Technology and Regional Development for the
Minister
● Major change management consultancies for the Attorney General’s department, the Civil Aviation
Authority and the Department of Administrative Services as they commercialised their operations
● Development of High Performance Sporting Strategies for the Governments of New Zealand and
Hong Kong
● Strategic reviews of the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport
● Evaluation of several hundred NSW Government funded disability service standard providers for
the Department of Community Services
● A business development plan and Intellectual Property Inventory for the Australian Sports
Commission