Former government minister Simon Finn steps down from GWI board 

19 August, 2019

Former Queensland Government minister Simon Finn will depart the board of Brisbane-based GWI after five years of driving growth and sharpening the organisation’s focus on solving perplexing problems.

GWI is a team of independent advisors which has been unlocking the potential of information and data for government, business and communities for more than 10 years.

A minister in the Bligh Government, Mr Finn joined the GWI board in 2014 and has since contributed significantly to the firm’s strategic vision, corporate governance and government insights.

During this time, GWI has delivered several, complex data governance and data-sharing projects within the public sector, including Our Child, which has reduced the time taken for a multi-agency response when children in care are reported missing.

Mr Finn said the time was right for board renewal, as GWI pursued new sectors.

“I’m delighted to have contributed to GWI’s business maturity and achievements over the past five years, including significant growth and the repositioning of the business with its new brand,” he said.

“I’m especially proud to have helped steward an organisation that is tackling the hard questions in both the government and private sectors.”

GWI chairman Neil Glentworth said Mr Finn had provided invaluable strategic insights to set the organisation up for continued success.

“We thank Simon for his contribution — his wisdom has helped steer us through a period of growth and maturity, and we wish him all the best in his future board pursuits,” he said.

GWI Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer Neil Makepeace said the organisation would look for a new independent director as it expanded into NSW and attracted more projects in the corporate sector.

“With increased scrutiny over privacy and data ethics, and increased pressure to create efficiencies through digitisation, we’ve emerged as the translators organisations need between business and IT.”