About Dave Heatley

Dave Heatley

Blog Co-ordinator

I am a principal advisor at the Productivity Commission, currently working on the Technological change and future of work inquiry. I joined the Commission at its inception in 2011 and have worked on five inquiries: international freight transport, trans-Tasman economic relations, services sector productivity, social services and tertiary education.

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

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

Outside of work, I volunteer for bird conservation projects in Fiordland and for land search and rescue in Wellington. I am a keen skier, tramper and runner and irregularly post at darkcloudrange.blog.

I will be posting on the FutureworkNZ blog on a weekly basis and look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks - Dave