Todd Williams

Todd is an Associate at Howard Partners. He has a proven collaborator and metrics driven Chief Executive with a track record supporting entrepreneurial growth. He recently led the development of the Hunter Region Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3), based on the EU Cohesion Policy methodology.


Qualifications and  Executive Leadership skills

  •  Executive Leadership Program, Harvard Business School,p, San Francisco, USA, and INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France;
  • Diploma of Project Management, Engineering, Deakin University, Victoria;
  • MBA, University of Newcastle, NSW.
  • B. Bus, Industrial Relations & Human Resource, University of Newcastle, NSW.


Todd’s specialist skills include business growth, economic development, external relations, project planning, and strategic planning.


General professional experience


Todd’s experience and expertise has been earned in financial services, business services, education, health, leisure and recreation. He has lead large dispersed organisations and successfully effected organisational change, which has resulted in significant business growth and cultural transformation.


Todd works strategically and successfully with supervisory and executive boards, and has a reputation for being clear-minded and developing practical solutions. He has been invited to present internationally on a range of topics including economic development, innovation, infrastructure and high speed rail.


Todd is currently a Board Director of the NSW TAFE Commission, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), a Trustee Committee Member, Economic Development Australia (CEDA), a Board Member, ORICA Community Investment Program, and an Adjunct Fellow, European Union (EU) Centre RMIT.


Specific professional experience


Todd has had specific professional experience as CEO, Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter, which has involved  -

  • Leading the development and implementation of projects including economic development in infrastructure and investment, and projects with support of business, federal, state and local governments that led to investment of more than $860 million
  • Increasing and diversifying  income streams to grow the business by 30%
  • Repositioning the RDA to focus internationally and developed international networks
  • Leading the development and implementation of Australia’s first Regional Innovation Scorecard, measuring business innovation in the Hunter region
  • Leading an organisational change program to form a new high performing team that improved the capability and quality of RDA projects.



During 2018 Howard Partners is celebrating 20 years as an independent public policy research, advisory, and management consulting firm.


Howard Partners was honoured to have contributed to the Innovation and Science Australia Strategic Plan, Australia 2030: Prosperity Though Innovation, released in early 2018. Our Consultations Report and Expert Opinion Survey was released at the same time.


Howard Partners is currently working with the National Primary Industries Research and Innovation Committee on a Performance Review of Australia's Rural Innovation System.


The Review Report has been completed, under the title "Australia's Rural Innovation Future"


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