The law graduate Mag. Helmut Hirt is chief executive director of the Office of the Styrian Government and hence the most senior civil servant of the Province of Styria. The native of Hartberg, started his career as a police officer, studied law at the University of Graz in parallel to his work and specialized in all facets of administrative law. The father of one daughter was managing director of the Styrian Hospital Fund and headed the office of Provincial Governor Franz Voves before he became a member of the Styrian government in charge of health, hospitals and personnel from 2005 to 2009.
In 2017 Hirt was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver with Star for services to the Styrian Firefighters Association. The experienced networker excels by extensive expertise in the interaction between politics and administration and views standards as cornerstones in national and international competition. As a representative of the federal provinces, Helmut Hirt has served as the member representing the federal provinces on the Presidents' Group of Austrian Standards since 2018.