Open Data Institute Australian Network announces new CEO

Jamie Leach has joined QCIF’s collaborator the Open Data Institute (ODI) Australian Network as its new CEO. She replaces outgoing CEO Scott Waters.

QCIF welcomes Jamie and looks forward to working with her on open data projects, both locally and nationally.
The role of the ODI Australian Network’s CEO is focused upon providing a platform for government, research and private sectors to connect, equip, inspire and innovate through the use of data. This is evident through the Institute’s relationship with the Queensland State Government in developing the Whole of Government Open Data Policy.
“The board and myself welcome Jamie to the position of Chief Executive Officer,” said Griffith University’s Linda O’Brien, the Institute’s Chair. “Jamie’s background across the digital, finance, government and not-for-profit sectors are a mix that we highly value and require at such an integral time for the Institute.
“Jamie’s appointment sees the Institute poised to begin its next step in delivering conduit services between government and industry, as well as focusing on the opportunity that open banking provides.”
In addition to the Institute’s positioning to assist government and industry in working together to achieve collaborative open data outcomes, it continues to provide core services of advocacy and training to ensure these sectors are equipped to innovate with data.
“I feel tremendously privileged to have been approached by the board of the Institute to accept the position of Chief Executive Officer,” said Jamie. “The success of the Institute to date in delivering the open data policy for the Queensland Government is one that I’ll take forward and build upon.
“Our priorities have always included collaborating closely with the research sector as well as government and industry to ensure the principles and standardisation of Open Data publishing is delivered on a national basis.”
Gavin Kennedy, head of QCIF’s Data Innovation Services, welcomed Jamie’s appointment. “Jamie has a great portfolio of experience across industry and government and will bring a lot of collaboration opportunities for the Queensland research sector,” he said. “The projects we have been developing with ODI Australian Network, such as the Data Curator software for sharing usable open data, have been re-invigorated by her leadership.”
(This is an edited version of the announcement made by the Open Data Institute Australian Network.)

Jamie Leach