Ben is a Senior Partner at SPP

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Ben Apted is a Partner of SPP.  He leads SPP’s Education, Research and Digital Practices.  Ben is a thought leader and contributor nationally and internationally on higher education strategy, engagement and operations. He has led transformation of government service delivery in three states. Ben has also developed new policies and programs in innovation, ICT, growth & productivity and sector development.

Industry Focus
  • Education & Research
Services Focus
  • Capital Planning & Precincts
  • Customer Driven Growth
  • Strategy & Decision Making
  • Transformation
High Impact Work

Education and Research Sector Expertise

  • Strategic planning and strategy for University and Faculty to clearly articulate a common way forward
  • Research collaboration and partnership development to bring new capabilities and win substantial research funding from partners across ARC Centre of Excellence, Cooperative Research Centre, MRFF, Special
  • Research Initiatives (ARC) having also led international explorations of partnership models and the development of innovation policy within Australia to drive stronger connection between industry and research.
  • Directly supported securing over $220m of research funding, and over $1bn infrastructure funding since 2008
  • Development of business cases, plans, and investment roadmaps to deliver innovative education model design including Victoria University’s “Block” teaching model designed to properly support underprepared students; 3 Semester models designed to give an additional enrolment period and enable smaller class sizes without reduced student load; and digital education strategies for online and blended learning to create new revenue streams in conjunction with partners.
  • Led work for industry bodies to disrupt traditional education models through innovative work-based training approaches
  • Development of evidence-based University enterprise strategies to help create awareness and focus on opportunities to leverage capability to deliver greater value to partners, scaling more effectively
  • Development of commercial strategies to utilise University property holdings to generate a stronger return for the University, and contribution to the economy and community. Development of models to value
  • University impact on jobs, the economy and community
  • Development of several University transparent costing models for Australian Go8 and other Universities interested in understanding the true cost of teaching, research, and enterprise activities
  • Establishment of program management offices for Faculty or Administration portfolios to oversee major programs of transformation. Leading blended teams of University and consulting staff to deliver effective program management approaches
  • Undertaken numerous reviews of academic and non-academic areas in University operations including pathway college demand and resource planning, student accommodation, campus due diligence, specialist hospital development, research institute review, market opportunity assessment, demand-driven space planning, student administration operating model, service effectiveness review, research platform and eResearch strategy, Net Zero emissions strategy, sports ground redevelopment, alternative financing and procurement strategy, shared services strategy, expenditure control framework development and implementation (Go8, university-wide)

Significant contributions to intellectual property development and insights in the Education and Research Sector

  • Competitive bid development training to provide knowledge and skills to researchers seeking to win large, collaborative research proposals
  • Precinct and place-based strategy to help University and Government co-invest for mutual benefit, including framework for negotiated outcomes
    and organisation structure review and alignment to strategy, including capability assessment
  • Research Impact evaluation framework developed and published to help research organisations demonstrate impact to sceptical audiences
Authored Insights