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Tom Burton

Publisher, The Mandarin

Tom Burton

Tom Burton is the Publisher of The Mandarin, the leading digital venue for Australasia’s public sector managers and executives . Mr Burton has been working at the intersection of business, government, media and technology for over 30 years and is a specialist in regulatory and policy design, modern data led public administration, and citizen and stakeholder engagement. He has a passion for economics, smart regulation, technology and great public policy that contributes real value to citizens and the broader community.

Through his career Mr Burton has worked in and out of government, most recently as an Executive Manager at the Australian Communication and Media Authority, where he oversaw that agency’s digital engagement.

He has been Canberra Bureau Chief for the Australian Financial Review, Managing editor for smh.com.au, Executive Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald and Online Director at the Centre for American Progress in Washington DC. Before the Mandarin, Mr Burton had also founded a number of start-ups, including social media news hub, Australiatalks.

Mr Burton has won three Walkley awards and chaired the Walkley Board for several years.

He holds degrees in Law and Commerce from UNSW and an executive diploma from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Chicago.

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