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 successfully applied these skills to improve modelling and management of key public resources in 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 10 years of experience applying scientific rigour to important management questions that require real-world timely solutions.

Influential work

  • Led the development of a data-driven workforce modelling system for a major state policing agency that now forms part of that organisation’s recruitment and deployment strategy
  • Developed advanced decision-support systems and a suite of modelling tools for marine natural resources that improved understanding of complex population dynamics and management of Victorian fisheries
  • Led the development of a population dynamics modelling and assessment system now used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to support management of key marine resources in the United States
  • Developed new analytical systems to improve modelling, assessment and management of Australian oceanic fisheries with the CSIRO.

Outside of Nous

Before joining Nous, Athol was Managing Director at Mezo Research, a small 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.