Government Senior Advisory Program – meet our members
Government Senior Advisory Program – meet our members
General Stu is a strategic leader who is deeply experienced in all aspects of the business of National Security and Defense. Transitioning from 36 years of military service, he joined Accenture in January 2016. Stu now serves Accenture clients, working at the intersection of industry and the military, enabling each to understand the best of the other. He is a member of Accenture’s Global Defense Leadership Team and Accenture’s Global Defense Advisory Council. Stu champions digital as core to defense and as the business of defense leaders.
While serving in the military, he commanded and oversaw Canadian Armed Forces Operations at home, on the continent and globally across land, sea, air, space and cyber. He also worked closely with more than a dozen interagency and international operational partners.
Upon retirement from active service in the Canadian Armed Forces, Tom joined Alberta public service, first in the Department of Municipal Affairs, then in the Legislature as a chief of staff in the Departments of Infrastructure and Education. While there, he worked with many partners at the municipal and federal levels.
Tom joined the Canadian Forces in 1986 and graduated from the Royal Roads Military College. He served as an Instructor and a Tactics Instructor with the Canadian Forces, where he focused on developing young leaders. His return to Regimental Duty included a tour in Bosnia and the appointment as Regimental Adjutant. Tom deployed to Afghanistan with his Squadron for a six-month tour of duty in January 2002 as part of Canada’s first commitment of forces to that nation. Subsequently, he was posted to the National Defence Headquarters where he worked in the offices of the Minister of National Defence and Chief of Defence Staff.
Prior to retiring from the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) in 2012, Kennon D. Briggs served more than four years as executive vice president and chief of staff, and over a decade as vice president for Finance and chief financial officer for NCCCS. Before NCCCS, Kennon had been a budget analyst in the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management for 11 years, overseeing community colleges and the University of North Carolina System. He began his career in local government as a county manager.
Since retiring, Kennon continues to engage in NCCCS matters, consulting on leadership training, professional development, budget analysis, management assessments and college policy manuals. He is a recipient of the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine,” the highest civilian award given by the governor and was selected as an Outstanding Fiscal Officer in North Carolina state government.
Peter provides strategic advice with a particular focus on technology and digitally enabled policing, cybercrime, strategic leadership, and organizational modernization and change.
Peter brings more than 36 years of experience with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police along with significant expertise in a broad range of policing and law enforcement activities, nationally and internationally. He held a series of senior leadership and executive positions in policing services and retired in 2017. While there, he was responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and national delivery of a broad range of critical policing services including technical operations, information management and technology. During his tenure, he transformed the governance and service delivery of National Police Services and oversaw the development of the organization’s first cybercrime strategy.
Peter is a management consultant and was a strategy lead for Accenture's State, Provincial and Local Government Practice, where he helped to address the policy challenges governmental, education and nonprofit organizations are facing. Prior to joining Accenture in 2012, Hutchinson served in many roles including commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Finance, Minneapolis' superintendent of schools, the city's deputy mayor, corporate vice president of the Dayton Hudson Corporation (now Target) and as president of the Bush Foundation, one of Minnesota’s largest independent foundations. In 2006, Hutchinson was a candidate for governor of Minnesota.
Hutchinson co-authored the 2006 book "The Price of Government: Getting the Results We Need in an Age of Permanent Fiscal Crisis" and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Bill Kilmartin is a Public Service strategy consultant, providing guidance to state and local governments in Rhode Island, Florida and Washington and beyond with an emphasis on financial, human resources and procurement transformation. Since joining Accenture in 2001, Bill has brought to bear his 23-year career in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and 10-year position as the State Comptroller and the president of the National Association of State Comptrollers. Bill works with organizations to incorporate sophisticated tools and methods into their technology implementation and enterprise resource planning solutions.
As the State Comptroller from 1989 to 1999, Bill directed efforts to transform statewide administrative processes through technology. Bill has won numerous awards, including the Achievement of the Year award from the Association of Government Accountants.
Todd is a technology executive with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors as the former chief information officer (CIO) for the State of Texas. Prior to his role with the state, he was a senior director for Broadwing Communications. This experience has given Todd an in-depth understanding of constituent services transformation. As the CIO for Texas, he redefined IT shared services, drove a first-of-its-kind digital assistant platform for citizens and implemented a formal telework program.
Todd serves on the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Board of Directors as treasurer and vice president, and as a board member for the Center for Internet Security. He received numerous awards for his accomplishments during his tenure as Texas CIO.
Ron was the 35th Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy (CRCN) from 2016-2019, retiring as a Vice Admiral. He was responsible for force generation and force development, and he also provided advice and support to deputy ministers and ministers.
During his tenure at CRCN, he was called upon to be the Acting Vice Chief of the Defence Staff for five months and he was appointed as the Canadian Armed Forces/Department of National Defence’s first Chief Data Officer for one year. Ron has extensive headquarters and operational experience.
David is a proven information technology and business executive who coalesces senior teams around key strategic, operational and financial decisions. He has a successful track record as a member of, and advisor to, executive committees in financial services and government, guiding and influencing decisions that enhance product and service delivery.
For the Government of Ontario, David was accountable for strategy and planning for IT delivery across 30 diverse ministries. He led IT transformation from inefficient siloes to a federated model with application solutions supported by cost-effective shared infrastructure services. David also created an evolutionary IT strategy focused on digital government services, the use of data and the role of IT in innovating government services.
Prior to retiring from Accenture, Rick served as a managing director in Health and Public Service for more than 16 years, using his experience in rural and regional economic development. Rick served 13 years in government first as the executive vice president of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, as the first director of AdvantageWest and then as the assistant secretary for the North Carolina Department of Commerce in 1996.
Beginning in September 1997, Rick was appointed by Governor James B. Hunt as the North Carolina chief information officer to guide IT initiatives over his three-year tenure. He continues to work on state and local government as the Chair of the National Association of Chief Information Officers Corporate Leadership Council.