Tom Leeming

Tom Leeming


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Tom is a Principal in Nous' Darwin office. He is recognised for his ability to rapidly digest complex issues, provide strategic insight and identify innovative solutions. He is instinctively collaborative and able to pull together diverse viewpoints to develop practical strategies for change. Tom brings a deep understanding of human services, education, health and economic development. He has successfully led complex reform agendas across governments, not for profit organisations and other service providers in Australia, Africa and Europe.

Influential work

  • Led development of a quality standards framework for flexible education for the NT Department of Education, based on extensive stakeholder engagement and rigorous evaluation of current practice
  • Supported the NT Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet to review Australian Government expenditure in the NT and to identify practical measures the NT Government can take to increase uptake of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Medicare
  • Conducted comprehensive reviews of three state government departments, identifying opportunities for operational improvement and savings
  • Guided a reconfiguration of rehabilitation and reintegration services for a state government department, including engagement with external service providers using an outcomes-oriented approach
  • Developed and negotiated the WA Government’s strategy for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, including contributing to scheme design.

Outside of Nous

Before joining Nous, Tom was a senior executive in the WA Departments of the Premier and Cabinet and Treasury. In these roles he led the transformation of the public sector’s relationship with the not-for-profit sector; shaped the government’s Aboriginal policy agenda; and co-authored the 2009 Economic Audit, an influential review of public sector direction. Prior to moving to Australia in 2006, Tom worked in international development, advising African governments on economic and social policy.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts (philosophy, politics and economics) (Honours) from Oxford University and a Master of Science (development management) from the London School of Economics.

In his spare time...

Tom is an enthusiastic but pretty average sportsman. He has two sons who command his time and attention. Tom and his wife are passionate about exploring new places and cultures.