About Community Data

Community Data is infatuated by public value. With globally, political apathy growing due to the perception the citizen and community feel they have little impact on decision making. In the age of digital convenience, demand for consumer-centric services grows, yet it has never been harder to use the vast amounts of data in the public sector to bridge the gap.

The intricate nature of modern democracy is making decisions at all levels within society more complex. While vast amounts of data exist in the public domain, assembling these into meaningful insights for decision making is an onerous task. The task of those in elected public office and public servants is becoming harder. The disconnect continues to rise, and good work by political figures and public servants is more often than not overshadowed by sound bite media rather than facts.

The inability of the public sector to communicate their message and stand out from the crowd (or their political party) is stifling public value creation. Many talented and passionate people are choosing not to be in public life because they are unable to achieve measurable change.

Community Data understands that community trust is at the heart of effective government – without transparency in government, there cannot be trust.

At Community Data, we understand that a taxpayer wants three things from its government:

  1. Value for money (public value) for their rates/tax,

  2. Responsive and individual delivery of government services, and

  3. A vibrant economy that creates the conditions for jobs and business growth.

At Community Data, we use data through www.opengov.com to tell a story, to engage all stakeholders in four key areas:

  1. Budgeting & Planning,

  2. Operational Performance,

  3. Community Engagement (transparency and accountability) and,

  4. Open Data.

The Community Data team


Neil Glentworth

Neil is passionate about productivity at a macro level and is an active advocate of economic growth and the creation of public and shareholder value. Neil is known for his no-nonsense advice with a focus on practical ways to leverage data for social and economic benefit.

As a passionate advocate for open and transparent government, Neil is a founding director and shareholder of Community Data, a specialist in powering a more effective and accountable government. With his comprehensive understanding of data, Neil knows that assembling these into meaningful insights for decision making is a critical enabler for better government.

Neil is the founder and chair of information and data management firm GWI, growing the business from his kitchen table into the respected national professional services company it is today. Neil remains a significant shareholder of GWI.

Neil developed Democracy Intelligence, a data-driven service that understands the political, social and economic activities in a given geographical region, ultimately empowering decision makers in this growing age of political apathy. Neil is the primary shareholder of Democracy Intelligence.

Working alongside all levels of industry and government, Neil has had a particular focus driving civic innovation and smart community strategies at the local government level, helping to grow Australia’s regional economies from the outback to the coast.

Neil is a trusted advisor with private sector organisations across multiple sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Asia and is retained by several public and private entities in a governance function. Neil is often engaged to rectify challenged technology projects in the public eye.

A respected keynote speaker and inspiring storyteller, Neil is regularly called on for his to-the-point commentary and signature presentation style. http://www.neilglentworth.com

In his ‘spare’ time, Neil was the driving force behind the formation of the charity, Mates 4 Mates. His founding vision and leadership ensured a focus on supporting a new generation of service personnel.

Neil spent his formative years in senior leadership roles within the military and received a noteworthy commendation for his service. During his military career, Neil supported the social and economic stability of multiple countries, delivering critical services in the face of extreme risk to underpin domestic, foreign and defence policy.


Martin Stewart-Weeks

Since arriving in Australia in 1978 from England, Martin has worked in and around government, policy and public sector reform at the national, state and local level and internationally.

Two strands of work have been added in more recent years to that 35-year obsession with public policy and the public sector:

One is technology and digital disruption, fuelled by a 13-year stint with the global leader in networking and collaboration, Cisco Systems; this included a role leading the Asia-Pacific team in a global strategy and innovation group exploring the application to government and the public sector of the Internet and the tools and platforms of digital transformation

The second is the rise of social innovation as a way of developing new thinking and practice to tackle difficult and complex social challenges.

Martin’s experience as a strategic thinker, organisational consultant, facilitator and writer spans government, the “for purpose” or social sector and the corporate sector.

From 2015-2017, Martin advised Deloitte’s public sector practice in policy development and innovation within government.

Since 2017, he has helped to develop and implement aspects of PwC’s social impact strategy, including helping to set up and advise The Impact Assembly, which works with collectives of corporate, NGO, philanthropic and academic organisations to tackle complex social problems such as obesity, mental health, homelessness and education reform.

From 2001 to 2013, he led the Asia-Pacific public sector team in Cisco’s consulting and innovation arm, the Internet Business Solutions Group. Martin worked on policy and reform projects in government, education, human services and urbanisation in India, China, South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Martin was part of Cisco’s higher education practice in Australia and New Zealand and continues to advise universities on aspects of their strategy and long term development.

Martin previously ran a consulting practice, The Albany Consulting Group and, prior to that, held various policy and management roles in the federal public sector, including Chief of Staff to a Minister in the Federal Government and with the NSW Cabinet Office.

Martin writes and speaks extensively on government, service design and policy reform. Together with former Australian Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner, he published Changing Shape: Institutions for the Digital Age (Longueville Press, February 2014).

With CEO Tim Williams, he co-authored two Issues Papers for the Committee for Sydney. They looked at how Sydney could learn from cities using new digital platforms and tools to improve services and spread new city conversations for better governance and engagement.

#wethecity: collaborating to compete in the digital era

#wethecity2: from possibilities to practice

Martin was a member of the Ministerial Task Force on Government 2.0 (2009) and was also a member of the advisory committee on Government 2.0 in Victoria.

In 2008, with a small group of entrepreneurs, he established the Australian Social Innovation Exchange (ASIX) as part of a global network of social innovators. ASIX has now been amalgamated with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI), on whose Board he sat for 9 years up to December 2018 http://tacsi.org.au/

Martin is also a director of the Centre for Policy Development, an independent think tank working on policy ideas for the long term in a number of areas including sustainable economics, forced migration and effective government. http://cpd.org.au/

Martins holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of York and a Masters degree in social policy from the University of New South Wales. He also holds graduate qualifications in applied economics from what is now the University of Canberra.

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Scott Reid

Scott is the director of Smart and connected networks for Riot Solution Queensland. Prior to this Scott held many senior executive position in his 17 year career at Cisco Systems including National lead of public sector digitization, National Lead of Healthcare and Regional Manager of Cisco Systems responsible for its entire operations in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea. A seasoned ICT executive, Scott has over 27 years’ experience in the ICT industry in Queensland and has held management roles with national and international companies such as Dell Computer Systems and Volante. He previously owned and operated a large local ICT firm, Silicon Data.

Scott has held numerous board and advisory positions across the industry including, State Library , Ceo Challenge , BCC infrastructure advisory committee, AIIA and Israel chamber of commerce .

During his directorship at Riot solution the company has won many awards including fastest growing ICT company in Australia, Cisco Asia Pacific partner of the year and Fortinet Asia Pacific partner of the year.

A consistent theme has been his dedication to ensuring the ICT industry participation in social responsibility, and he continues to be a strong advocate for the Industry. His personal areas of expertise include Healthcare and Education, and he has been a thought leader for the concept of Smart Connected Communities and Intelligent Urbanization.