Gordon Duff, BA, BCom(Hons), MSc
General Manager, Sector Development and Research, National Disability Services, Australia
Gordon Duff has more than 25 years of experience in human services and advocacy in a career spanning New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia, and across the academic, government, non-government, and business sectors. During the UK Labour governments’ period of reform from 1997 to 2006, working in government and as an adviser, Mr. Duff led initiatives to develop “whole systems” responses across health, social services, and community development at local and central government levels. Mr. Duff has supported the development of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia as a member of the Federal Ministerial Expert Advisory Group on Sector and Workforce Capacity and has led the establishment of the Centre for Applied Disability Research. He holds honours degrees in economics and business administration from New Zealand universities and a master’s in social policy from the London School of Economics. Mr. Duff is a recipient of a Fulbright Professional Scholarship in nonprofit leadership and spent time in 2019 with U.S. agencies that facilitate innovation across the U.S. disability service system. This supported the development of innovation policy in the context of Australian disability reform, including the establishment of a disability research and innovation partnership in Australia.
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