Matthew Torney

Director, Strategy & Insights

Matthew Torney

Matthew is Ellis Jones’ Director, Strategy & Insights. He is an impact and public policy strategist with more than 17 years’ experience across the public, private and for-purpose sectors. With a reputation for designing and driving innovative social policy, social infrastructure and urban economics solutions, Matthew’s particular expertise is in helping governments, businesses and communities to achieve shared outcomes.

Matthew has worked with public sector agencies to develop clear strategies and execute strategic priorities, bringing together both qualitative and quantitative insights. Leading examples are:

– Development of the Road Safety Strategy for the Transport Accident Commission (TAC). As part of this work, Matthew designed and facilitated a series of Road Safety Community Conversations across Victoria which each engaged between 50 and 250 participants in key regional locations. He then led a team to rigorously code and analyse the workshop outputs using a qualitative analysis tool. The result was a robust and rich analysis of the community’s views which significantly influenced the eventual strategy.

– A significant strategy project for the Victorian Supreme Court, which created new client journeys and experiences for clients, judiciary and staff. The result was a new organisational model and service model that completely reimagined how the court would operate into the future.

In addition to these projects, Matthew has led public sector strategy projects with Victorian departments (DOH, DELWP) the Victorian Planning Authority, and the Australian Federal Police.

Immediately prior to Ellis Jones, Matthew was the Director of Business Engagement at the Victorian department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR), where he led a large team engaging with 2,000 small businesses, in person, each week during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this role, he developed systems and processes to enable the team to capture data on businesses’ responses to changing health and economic settings, creating a valuable evidence base from which to develop or change policy.

Previously, Matthew was CEO of Urban Communities, a not-for-profit urban renewal and property management company that aligned the community and private sectors to create great places to live. Under Matthew’s leadership a new customer experience and more customer-focused, effective organisation was developed. Staff engagement more than doubled to 88%, and a merger created Unison Housing, at the time the largest housing association in Victoria.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.