Gary L. Sturgess is an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University. The focus of his research and teaching in recent years has been the commissioning and management of front-line public services.
He was the Director-General of the NSW Cabinet Office from 1988 and 1992, and played a leading role in the design of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, the first anti-corruption body in Australia. He was also deeply involved in designing the framework for the corporatisation of government business enterprises, and worked closely with other state and federal first ministers and public servants in Australia's 'new federalism' reforms of the early 1990s. From 2000, he spent more than a decade in the UK, where he led a private sector think tank researching public service contracting.