Media release: Richard Bolt PSM joins Nous Group as Principal

Media release: Richard Bolt PSM joins Nous Group as Principal


Nous Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Bolt PSM as Principal. With over 3 decades experience in senior roles in the Victorian public sector, Mr Bolt’s appointment adds to Nous’ strength in public policy consulting.

Mr Bolt joins Nous from his most recent role as the Vice-President of Strategy & Innovation at Swinburne University. Prior to that, he was Victorian Secretary of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR); Secretary of the Department of Primary Industries; and Secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.We are

Mr Bolt is a recognised leader and innovator on issues of national significance. He is highly sought after for his thought leadership and advice on complex issues including energy transition, infrastructure, transport, economic development and, education reform. In 2019, Mr Bolt was a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Group to Chief Scientist Alan Finkel for the development of a national hydrogen strategy. He was also a member of the Advisory Panel to the Energy Security Board on the post-2025 design of the national electricity market.

In 2018 Mr Bolt was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, in recognition of outstanding leadership and innovation. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, a Master of Public Policy and Management, and is co-author of two books on Australia’s security.

Tim Orton, the founder and managing director of Nous Group, said Mr Bolt’s appointment would give Nous’ extensive network of clients across Australia access to his experience and expertise. “Richard Bolt has made an exceptional contribution to Victoria and Australia through his work in the public sector. We are thrilled that he has chosen to continue his influential career as part of Nous,” said Mr Orton. “His expertise in important areas including energy, education, economic development and carbon policy will be invaluable to our clients and will help us immensely as we pursue positive influence in these areas”.

Mr Bolt said he was pleased to become a part of Nous’ growing team. “It’s a great pleasure to join Nous, to work with their excellent people under the admirable leadership of Tim Orton. I’m looking forward to contributing to the high-quality advice for which they are recognised, which will make an important contribution over the coming decade.”

Date: 4 February 2020

Media contact: Sarah Simon | 02 8281 8032 |