Jonathon Blackford
Partner, MinterEllison Consulting, Brisbane
I am a commercial and technology strategy specialist with deep expertise in commercial analytics, market intelligence, and applied innovation.

As head of the national ARIA (Analytics, Research, Innovation, and Acceleration) practice within MinterEllison Consulting I provide specialist advice to our clients and senior consulting team regarding resolution of complex challenges associated with strategy, commercial analysis, governance, and technology.

Over my 20 year career I have influenced billions of dollars worth of investment in technology, operating model transformation, and commercial governance. I have advised clients across government, finance, health, transport, education, manufacturing, energy, not-for-profit, and resources sectors. My team includes a diverse set of experts who  are skilled in business case development, innovation and strategic evolution, benchmarking, research, governance model design, operating model design, strategic sourcing, complex negotiation, technology architecture, and transformation assurance.

Career highlights

  • Advised an Australian government organisation regarding commercial strategy for drone governance.
  • Advised multiple Australian government organisations on supplier relationship and performance management.
  • Advised multiple private and public sector organisations on agile program governance and sourcing strategy.
  • Advised Australian government organisations on commercial considerations for medical devices, AI, and robotics.
  • Oversaw and executed numerous formal benchmarking and commercial analytics programs associated with program risk, project cost, operating cost, and service performance.
  • Advised a large listed infrastructure organisation regarding IT/OT convergence and associated security and operating model considerations.
  • Advised multiple Australian financial services institutions on core legacy platform transformation.
  • Advised a major Australian arts organisation on its digital transformation including utilisation of augmented reality, blockchain, and partnership strategy.

Our consulting services are provided (directly and indirectly) by MinterEllison Consulting (ABN 50 017 469 292) and MinterEllison Consulting Pty Ltd (ABN 50 077 613 828), both of which are part of the MinterEllison Group. Our consulting services do not constitute legal services nor legal advice and are not provided by Australian legal practitioners acting in that capacity. The laws and regulations which govern the provision of legal services in the relevant jurisdiction do not apply to the provision of non-legal services.