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Tony Hill, Managing Director
BA, MEnvStd, GradCertPSM, Cert IV Training & Assessment
Tony Hill established Capital Hill Consulting in 2009, following two decades of experience in senior government and information management. He is now working to provide the capabilities needed by organisations to participate successfully in a knowledge society, and to help agricultural enterprises profit from advances in regenerative food and fibre production.

Tony's academic qualifications include economics and geography at the undergraduate level, a Masters of Environmental Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management.

Through Capital Hill Consulting, Tony provides advice on large scale research funding, including strategic research management and cooperative research arrangements. He has been instrumental in helping source successful funding of a range of major research ventures in Australia, and advised governments on new programs for developing linkages and knowledge transfer between industry, universities and government research labs.

In recent years Tony has become involved in the scientifically-based decision-making framework, Holistic Management, which seeks to enhance Australian food and fibre through measuring the health and resilience of farmland over time. Holistic Management offers the insights and tools needed to work with the web of complexity that exists in nature, resulting in more informed decisions that balance key environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations. Qualifications and activities in this area include:

  • Savory Institute Accredited Professional - Holistic Management Educator
  • Savory Institute Accredited Master Verifier - Ecological Outcome Verification
  • Teacher of Holistic Management Diploma - TAFE NSW
  • Co-founder of the Australian Holistic Management Co-Operative
  • Mentor for Regenerative Agriculture Mentor Program 2022/23 - Southern Cross University
  • Ecological Outcome Verification monitor and verifier, appearing with well-known actor, director and screenwriter Rachel Ward in her recent Rachel's Farm movie.

Earlier Experience
In 1999 Tony became Executive Director of the Internet Society of Australia - a chapter of the global Internet Society, the umbrella organisation for the Internet Engineering Task Force which defines the standards for Internet connectivity. See (now renamed) Internet Australia.

Between 1993 and 1999, Tony was Manager of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme in the Department of Industry, Science and Resources. He had a significant role supporting policy development for the CRC Programme, and managing secretariat support to the CRC Committee and its panels. The CRC Programme supports cooperative research, development, education and training activities in more than 65 CRCs, with approximately $140 million in program funds each year.

In 1995 he was Secretary to the CRC Programme Evaluation Steering Committee (Myers Committee). He was closely involved with analysing the Committee's 160 public submissions, briefing for the Committee and drafting its report. He also participated in the bulk of the Committee's 80 consultations held around Australia and its 25 overseas consultations.

Over a twenty-year career with the Commonwealth Public Service, Tony worked with seven Commonwealth agencies, including the Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet; Industry, Science and Tourism; Immigration and Ethnic Affairs; Housing and Construction; Administrative Services, Social Security and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

  • Central NSW Business Enterprise Centre - Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, 2016
  • Western Institute of TAFE, Orange, NSW — Diploma of Holistic Management, 2015
  • Western Institute of TAFE, Orange, NSW — Holistic Management Statement of Attainment, 2014
  • Griffith University, Brisbane — Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, 1995
  • University of Tasmania, Hobart — Masters of Environmental Studies, 1982
  • Australian National University, Canberra — Bachelor of Arts, 1977, majors in economics, geography and human studies.
  • NSW Rural Fire Service – technical qualifications: Crew Leader Supervisor, Rural Fire Instructor, Rural Fire Driver, Chainsaw Operator, 2010-2022