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Simon is the co-leader of our Public Sector Practice in Australia. He leads our work on transformational change in Asia, with an emphasis on driving behavioral change to achieve lasting improvements in performance. He is based in Sydney.

Since joining McKinsey in 1997, Simon has advised clients on a wide range of topics including organization, strategy, marketing, operations, and IT. In his work with public-sector clients, his primary focus is helping federal government departments implement major reforms and policy initiatives. For instance, he recently led our work across multiple reform initiatives—involving greater use of shared services and revamping procurement processes, among other solutions—that enabled multibillion-dollar efficiency programs in a large government department.

Other examples of his projects include leading a collaboration between two federal agencies on a $100 million trial of smart-grid technologies; helping to develop an implementation plan for a $43 billion nationwide fiber-to-the-home broadband network; helping to drive adoption of new health system technologies across a wide spectrum of health care providers and consumers; and conducting a comprehensive efficiency and effectiveness review for a federal government department.

Simon holds a PhD in engineering from the University of Cambridge and bachelor’s degrees in engineering and mathematics from the University of Sydney. He worked in our Boston office for 11 years before returning to his native Australia, and he continues to serve as a board member of Parents as Teachers, an international nonprofit organization headquartered in the United States. He is an avid skier and former ski instructor.

Published work

How do I transform my organization’s performance?” (PDF–851 KB), McKinsey & Company, June 2011

How do I implement complex change at scale?” (PDF–884 KB), McKinsey & Company, May 2011

Past experience
Telstra Research engineer
Education
University of Cambridge PhD in engineering
University of Sydney BSc and BEng in mathematics and electrical engineering

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