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Martin Blake

Martin Blake

Lead Partner, NSW Government

KPMG Australia

As Lead Partner for NSW Government, Martin leads a team of passionate people who are dedicated to making the state of NSW a great place to live, work, visit and operate a business. Key to that is Martin’s approach to leadership: “the most rewarding thing I’ve done is to create an environment where people can flourish.”

Martin is a visionary who is globally connected and brings the best of the world to NSW. He strives to “uncover unrecognised opportunities and unforeseen problems or risks” and provides guidance, plans and solutions to address these.

Born and raised in the UK, Martin moved to Australia in 1989 as an investment banker and then retrained as a strategy consultant. He has more than 20 years’ experience managing large transformation programs and developing business strategies for organisations in Australia and Asia.

In his spare time, Martin is kept busy as the father of twins, and is active in supporting a number of charities, particularly the Harrison Reidel Foundation which focused on preventing youth suicide. Yet you cannot truly know Martin without understanding his love of sailing. He is been a crew member one three maxi yachts, Brindabella, Maserati and Comanche. “I moved to Australia with only two things in mind – to sail yachts and to travel to work on the ferries.” Both dreams are now a reality.

Areas of expertise
Financial Services transformation Government and Public Sector Strategy Transformation
Education and qualifications
  • Graduate Advanced Management Program, Oxford University, UK

  • Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance, City University, London, UK

  • BSc Economics (Honours), 1984, Swansea University, South Wales, UK

Accreditation
  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

  • Fellow, Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA)

Professional involvement
  • Director & Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee, Committee for Sydney

  • Director, Advance (represents the 1 million Australians & the 2 million alumni of Australian universities living overseas)

  • Member, Advisory Committee NSW, Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)

  • Member, Presidents Council, Art Gallery of NSW

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