Mark Booth

Mark has worked for more than 35 years in public policy, including at the highest levels of government in four countries.

With experience in the public, private and academic sectors, Mark is expert in delivering complex policy advice to governments, in leading organisational and cultural change, in dealing with complex multinational stakeholder environments and in motivating and leading teams.

Influential work

  • As CEO of a statutory agency, led legislative change, modernisation reviews, hugely successful culture change and represented Australia in international forums
  • At the Australian Department of Health, led establishment of Medicare Locals and transition from Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks, which are now a key part of the health landscape
  • Led ambitious mental health reforms on behalf of the Australian Government
  • While working for the New Zealand Ministry of Health, wrote and developed the first New Zealand Health Strategy, which has endured for more than two decades
  • As Manager of the New Zealand National Health Commission, managed work on the health needs of adults with an intellectual disability, which became an international template for such work.

Outside of Nous

Prior to Nous Mark was CEO of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), an independent statutory agency that supports public health aims and an industry employing over 2 million Australians and with more than $24 billion in exports. Prior to joining FSANZ Mark worked predominantly in the health sector shaping strategic policy. He has worked in the public, private and academic sectors in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the United States. This included being a senior policy advisor to Health Ministers in New Zealand and being a Harkness Fellow at Brown University looking at aged care provision in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

In his spare time...

Mark is an accredited fencing coach and coaches at clubs in the ACT. He also has a great love for the music of Bob Dylan.