About Dave Heatley

Principal Advisor, Productivity Commission

Dave currently works on the Technological change and future of work inquiry. He joined the Commission at its inception in 2011 and has worked on five inquiries: international freight transport, trans-Tasman economic relations, services sector productivity, social services and tertiary education.

He recently completed Growing the digital economy and maximising opportunities for SMEs - a joint project with the Australian Productivity Commission. This fell into his “sweet spot”: he has lived and worked in both countries, and – prior to studying economics – spent 25 year in the computer industry. He has worked for, managed and owned small businesses. He launched successful (and not-so-successful) software startups in the 1990s and 2000s. His most successful startup was Echoview software, winner of the 2018 Australian Digital Export Award.

Before joining the Commission in 2011, he was a Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation at Victoria University of Wellington. He has an MBA (with distinction) from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Bachelor of Science (computer science) from the University of Tasmania.

Outside of work, he volunteers for bird conservation projects in Fiordland and for land search and rescue in Wellington. Dave is a keen skier, tramper and runner and irregularly posts at darkcloudrange.blog.

He will be posting on the FutureworkNZ blog on a weekly basis and looks forward to hearing from you!