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Jamie Merrick

Jamie Merrick


Jamie was appointed as our Director-General on 26 February 2016, a role in which he had been temporarily acting since August 2015.

Jamie has held a number of roles in the Queensland Government, including Deputy Director-General of Strategic Policy and Intergovernmental Relations in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, where he had responsibility for strategic foresight and long-term policy development, supporting the Premier and Director-General at COAG, and the Queensland Government contribution to Federal and Tax Reform. Prior to this he was Deputy Director-General, Strategic Projects (DPC), a role which included leadership responsibility for G20 coordination, and as Deputy Director-General State Development, in the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning where he was responsible for industry policy and facilitation, infrastructure planning and management of the Royalties for the Regions program.

Jamie originates from the UK. He has held senior economic development roles including Executive Director Strategy, with the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) where he was responsible for regional economic strategy, and a range of innovation and venture financing programs, and programs to support increased university-industry collaborations. Jamie has also worked for the UK Government Department of Business Innovation and Skills on the development of national industry policy and business support arrangements, and in the ICT sector for a high growth data encryption company. Jamie holds an MSc from the University of Liverpool, and studied for his Ph.D. at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.

Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills

Queensland Government Chief Information Officer

Andrew Mills was appointed Queensland Government Chief Information Officer on 6 January 2014 to provide strategic advice to the ICT Minister and agencies on the best way for the government to use information and communication technology (ICT) to:

  • deliver improved services to Queenslanders
  • drive efficiencies through ICT-as-a-service.

Before this role, Andrew was Chief Information Officer for the South Australian Government where he led:

  • the development and implementation of across-government ICT strategy and policy
  • improvement initiatives to build online service capability. 

Andrew has worked in the public sector for 37 years, and has held senior positions in both the Australian and South Australian governments, predominantly in the information management, information technology and telecommunications fields.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Science from the University of NSW and a Master of Science (Electronic Systems) from the Cranfield University in the UK.

Dr Mark Jacobs

Dr Mark Jacobs

Acting Assistant Director-General, Science Division

The division, in close collaboration with the Chief Scientist, also developed the Queensland Government’s science policy and provides strategic leadership for the government’s investment in science.
Christine is a trained economist, with a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Queensland and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University. 
She has held a number of senior positions in Queensland Treasury, including Director of Economic Policy and Assistant Government Statistician (Economics). 
Prior to this she was an academic at Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland, where she taught statistics and econometrics.

Dr Mark Jacobs heads the Science Division, within the Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation.

Mark has 20 years’ experience in government leading and managing high performing teams developing and implementing science and innovation policies, strategies and programs.  

The Science Division provides scientific and technical advice and services to government agencies across the environment, natural resources and agricultural spectrum that underpin their decision-making and legislative responsibilities.

The Science Division, in close collaboration with the Queensland Chief Scientist, also provides strategic leadership for the government’s investment in science and research and develops Queensland Government science policy. 

Before joining government Mark worked as a research scientist, both locally and internationally, and has maintained strong active industry, university and international networks.

Mark has a PhD in science from The University of Queensland and a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management.

Andrew Spina

Andrew Spina

Assistant Director-General, Digital Productivity and Services Division

In this role, Andrew is focused on using digital services to support improved customer service delivery, government efficiency and industry productivity. He is responsible for the areas of Digital Economy and Services, One-Stop Shop, Queensland State Archives and Smart Service Queensland.

Andrew has held assistant and deputy director-general roles in DSITI and the former Department of Public Works.

In his former role as Deputy Director-General, Government ICT in DSITIA, Andrew was responsible for information and communication technology service delivery within the Queensland Government and provided strategic leadership to CITEC, Smart Service Queensland, Queensland State Archives and ICT Strategic Sourcing and ICT Renewal.

Andrew has previously led the delivery of information and communication technology services for various government departments, most recently, as Chief Information Officer, Department of Communities.

Andrew has had extensive experience in forming and leading ICT service organisations for multiple agencies and directing significant business and technology transformation programs in addition to more than 30 years of experience in information and communication technology service delivery.

Dallas Stower

Dallas Stower

Assistant Director-General, Strategic ICT Division
BBus (Comp), Grad Cert (Pub Sec Mgmnt), GAICD

Dallas has significant senior ICT leadership experience across a range of roles and organisations. It is with this demonstrated successful leadership he will ensure that CITEC ICT, CITEC Information Brokerage, ICT Strategic Sourcing, and ICT Strategic Projects including the 1 William Street Project and Government Wireless Network Program, deliver the agreed outcomes for government.

Prior to his current role, Dallas was asked to take up the position of General Manager, CITEC and to transform CITEC into a more sustainable business, which he did through a range of cost reduction and efficiency measures.

Previously, as Executive Director Telecommunications and Digital Economy Coordination Office, Dallas was responsible for leading the government’s telecommunications and broadband strategy including coordinating the state’s response to the National Broadband Network and managing the relationship with NBNCo and relevant federal agencies.

Dallas has more than 30 years’ experience in the ICT industry and was the Chief Information Officer at Queensland Rail (QR) from 2001 until early 2009. He previously undertook a number of senior IT management roles within QR and state government agencies, particularly in the areas of information technology strategy development, ICT planning, enterprise architecture and technology implementation.

Evan Hill

Evan Hill

Deputy Director-General

Evan leads with emphasis on innovation and agility and the vision of DSITI Corporate becoming the sector leader. Evan has built the foundations needed to increase value to the agency, increase influence and collaboration, and increase the pace and quality of all Corporate functions.

Prior to Evan being appointed to this role he was a senior executive in Arts, fulfilling various roles including Acting Deputy Director-General and Executive Director, Arts Corporate, Property and Services. He successfully developed and delivered the Cultural Precinct Strategy, managed the $1 billion state-owned arts and cultural infrastructure portfolio, and through the Corporate Administration Agency managed shared corporate service operations to 25 government agencies.

Evan has over 28 years experience in the public sector and is a graduate of the Executive Masters of Public Administration through ANZSOG.

Irene Violet

Irene Violet

Assistant Director-General, Queensland Shared Services

Irene has served in the role of Assistant Director General, Queensland Shared Services since May 2015. Irene brings to this role a wealth of customer service and high-volume processing experience, primarily in a commercially oriented public sector environment. She has worked in the personal insurance sector for approximately 20 years, and has a track record of working with customers collaboratively to drive continual improvements to service delivery.

In her previous role as General Manager, Corporate Services at WorkCover Queensland, she was responsible for ensuring that the high volume processing centres delivered responsive customer service, leveraging technology to deliver a seamless experience. Irene was also responsible for the customer compliance, communication, property and facilities management, and human resources teams. She has held a number of senior customer service management roles in her career.

Irene is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. She has a Masters in Business Administration and undergraduate qualifications in psychology and health science. Irene is also a Director of the Personal Injury Education Foundation (PIEF) and the Workplace Health and Safety Board of Queensland.

Paul Martyn

Paul Martyn

Deputy Director-General, Strategy and Innovation

Paul Martyn joined DSITI as Deputy Director-General, Strategy and Innovation on 9 December 2015.

Paul has a key leadership role covering:

  • further development of the Advance Queensland initiative
  • influencing national and state policies, programs and regulations to ensure they best contribute to a thriving innovation system in Queensland
  • strengthening the unique role that DSITI can play in whole-of-government policy design and implementation and promoting innovation across Government.

Paul has an extensive career across government focusing on working with industries, firms and regions to successfully grow and compete in a global context. He has held senior roles in policy development, regulatory reform, commercial analysis, investment facilitation and program delivery.

Paul was previously Deputy Director-General of the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business & the Commonwealth Games. He worked with the tourism industry to develop a strong shared vision of success between industry and government, build trust and shared action through engagement, shape a comprehensive whole-of-government agenda for tourism and foster new and renewed private investment in product and service quality. 

Paul undertook his Masters at the University of London on science policy in the UK and has worked on integrating innovation as a key driver of productivity into policy and programs across a range of sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing and resources.

Last updated
24 November 2017
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