Neil Makepeace is passionate about tapping the potential of data and information to make a difference in society. With a focus on critical decision-making in business, public safety and security, he has more than 26 years’ experience overcoming complex information issues in Australia and internationally.Neil has worked extensively as an executive leader in ICT development, strategic planning and design, information management and multi-agency information sharing. Neil led the production of the Queensland Government’s information sharing blueprint and has worked with several government agencies to enable data and information to be used to create value for citizens. His experience also extends to state governments and public safety agencies across Australia, non-profit organisations, utilities companies and large enterprises in the resources, ICT and aviation sectors.
Neil has a strong track record solving complex problems on the international stage. In his role as a diplomat in Washington DC, Neil developed strong relationships with US government and industrial partners. He has worked with international partners in Europe and South Asia to specify and deliver classified information systems to a range of international partners across the region.
Neil is passionate about using data to create social, economic and cultural value across Queensland and Australia. He is actively involved in the Queensland Premier’s Open Data Revolution, speaking at the launch event and serving as a member of Assistant Minister Ray Stevens’ advisory group.
He has an MSc in the Design of Information Systems and another in Advanced Strategy and Planning from the US National Defence University. Neil is a Chartered Information Professional and is a member of both the Institute of Company Directors and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) Technology Council.