Joe Dreyfus

Joe Dreyfus


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Joe is expert in strategy, public policy and service design. He is a trusted project director, working with clients across human services, health, higher education and NFPs on complex organisational and policy challenges. Joe combines quantitative ability, communication skills and structured thinking to develop collaborative and innovative solutions. He is passionate about the value an external perspective can bring to organisations working to address disadvantage.

Influential work

  • Supported the NSW Government to develop a business case for a once-in-a-generation investment in the child protection system
  • Led the preparation of a National Disability Insurance Scheme transition plan for a disability employment services provider, including extensive consultation with people with psychosocial disability
  • Managed the development of NFP Mergers, Australia’s first online toolkit for NFP leaders to assess, prepare for and implement merger opportunities
  • Led the launch of Nous Group’s co-working space Nous House, from concept design to delivery
  • Designed a framework for allocation of roles and responsibilities within the Australian federation, built on a comprehensive literature review and initial application to two policy case studies.

Outside of Nous

Joe was previously a Victorian Government policy advisor and held media roles. He has undergraduate degrees in arts and commerce from the University of Melbourne, postgraduate qualifications in economics (Universiteit Utrecht) and business (Columbia University) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Joe is a Director on the boards of Play On (which creates accessible and inclusive musical experiences that attract new and diverse audiences) and SYN Media (a community broadcaster providing a media-making platform for young people).

In his spare time...

Joe spends his spare time in the garden, out in the surf and cycling. He also enjoys Melbourne’s local comedy and live music scenes.