Adam O’BrienAssociate Director, ACT

Meet the team

Adam joins ArcBlue as our ACT Lead, having accumulated two decades of experience working in leadership and management consulting roles across the public and not for profit sectors.  

Most recently, Adam led the procurement, legal, risk, governance, and strategy team at the National Gallery of Australia, responsible for establishing and maintaining frameworks and systems to protect Australia’s $6.8billion national collection of art. In this role he designed initiatives focussed on rapidly building procurement capability across the Gallery’s 300+ team members, including to secure more effective and compliant procurement and contract management outcomes. Adam was also appointed as an inaugural member of the National Gallery’s Ethics Advisory Group, advising leadership on ethical decision-making at Australia’s largest national cultural institution.

Prior to joining the National Gallery, Adam led the public sector advisory practice at a national management consulting firm. In this role Adam led complex governance and procurement projects, including a $1 + billion dollar status resolution support services contract with Home Affairs, several greenfield services and infrastructure acquisitions for Norfolk Island, and establishing whole-of-Australia-government travel and property services arrangements. Adam routinely performed the role of Probity Advisor across large procurement projects, and was appointed as an independent member of Defence’s non-equipment Procurement Assurance Review panel. He has facilitated the delivery of procurement training for CIPSA and led projects with Defence and several public health organisations to design in-house procurement and contract management capability uplift programs.

Adam has a strong interest in ethics and integrity in public sector administration, along with supporting not for profit organisations. He currently sits on the board of a national not for profit and has previously led consulting projects for NFPs across Australia including the Royal Flying Doctors Service and Pegasus: Riding for the Disabled. Adam has combined this passion with his love of dogs and has raised three seeing eye dog puppies for Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (Vision Australia).

Adam is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Program (GAICD), a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA) and is admitted as a lawyer in the ACT Supreme Court. He holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Queensland University of Technology, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Management from the University of Canberra.


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