Mark Burford was the Mitchell Institute’s founding Executive Director at Victoria University. He has been involved in shaping public policy for over twenty-five years, working in state and national government, business and consulting. Mark joined Mitchell from management consulting with the Nous Group where he advised a range of public and private sector clients on school and tertiary education, climate change issues, water policy and public sector governance.
Mark was a senior adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, with whom he helped shape the demand driven system of higher education. He also worked as a senior public servant in the Bracks Government within the Department of Premier and Cabinet where he led work on the Bracks/Brumby national reform agenda and whole-of-government strategy, and the Department of Sustainability and Environment, where he authored the 2007 Victorian Government water policy. Mark also worked on public sector reform and economic policy in the Kennett Government Premiers Department between 1992 and 1997. Between 1997 and 2003 he ran a development company that created energy and water efficient apartment buildings in inner city Melbourne. Before that he was a senior public servant in education and health for the Victorian Government and was a consultant adviser to the Hawke Government education minister, John Dawkins.