Athol Whitten

Athol Whitten

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Athol is a data analytics expert with extensive experience in mathematical and statistical modelling, simulation and analysis in a range of sectors. He has applied these skills to improve modelling and management of key public resources across Australia and the United States. Athol holds a PhD in applied mathematical modelling and has a passion for evidence-based policy and decision making. He has over 15 years of experience applying scientific rigour to important management questions.

Influential work

  • Led the development of a data-driven workforce modelling system for a major state policing agency that now supports annual recruitment and deployment strategies
  • Developed a supply and demand forecasting model to assess the need for new court services. The model optimised service locations and a roll-out strategy to ensure maximum service reach
  • Used advanced analytics and space-optimisation modelling to show how a university could save over $100 million of planned capital expenditure
  • Delivered a program expansion strategy for a higher education provider, analysing 4000+ programs to inform market opportunities and financial feasibility
  • Developed a supply and demand forecasting model to test planning scenarios for a large metropolitan hospital. The model revealed future workforce and infrastructure needs and informed strategic planning.

Outside of Nous

Before joining Nous, Athol was Managing Director at Mezo Research, a consulting company specialising in modelling and analytics. Prior to that he held senior research roles with government and scientific agencies in Australia and the United States. His work has been published in dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and scientific reports.

Athol holds a PhD in Applied Mathematical Modelling and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Melbourne. While mostly applying these skills to his working roles, Athol has also combined his love of sports with modelling of sporting leagues, their draft systems and labour dynamics. His co-authored work has been published in sports economics journals and even a book.

In his spare time...

Athol enjoys swimming, playing tennis, fishing and following Australian rules football. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, especially travelling and visiting family together in regional Victoria.