Movers & shakers: Ken Henry moving on

Ken Henry has resigned amid the fallout from the Banking Royal Commission, Development Victoria has a new CEO, and eHealth Queensland’s boss is out, plus the latest APS executive promotions.

A certain long-serving former Treasury secretary will soon be back on the market, with National Australia Bank Chair Ken Henry announcing yesterday he will leave the bank after the board had found a new CEO.

Henry and CEO Andrew Thorburn, who is also resigning, came in for special criticism in the final report of the Banking Royal Commission published on Monday.

“Having heard from both the CEO, Mr Thorburn, and the Chair, Dr Henry, I am not as confident as I would wish to be that the lessons of the past have been learned,” said Hayne.

Henry appeared on the ABC’s 7.30 on Thursday night and told Leigh Sales he and Thorburn had made the decision to step down because they needed to take responsibility as leaders.

“It’s in the best interests of NAB because [at] times like this, when a royal commission shines such an intense spotlight on an industry which has proved incapable of meeting customer expectations on a consistent basis, it’s appropriate that senior people in the organisation step up and take accountability,” he said.

Reflecting on the criticism of his performance at a royal commission hearing, seen by many as defensive and resentful, Henry said he should have behaved differently.

“I was upset by it. The more I thought about it — and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve relived that appearance — I understand the criticism. I did not perform well. I really should have performed quite differently. I should have been much more open”.

Development Victoria

Angela Skandarajah has been appointed the new CEO of Development Victoria.

She was most recently Development Victoria’s acting chief executive and general counsel. In a career spanning more than two decades in the legal profession and property development industry, Skandarajah has been a partner and the national head of Minter Ellison’s real estate, environment and planning practice.

Development Victoria is a key part of the state government’s infrastructure program, delivering projects that create cultural and recreational facilities, and bring key urban and regional precincts to life. Among the 45 projects Development Victoria is currently working on are the redevelopment of Melbourne Park, the Melbourne Arts Precinct and State Library Victoria, the development of the new GovHub in Ballarat, precinct renewal at Docklands, Fishermans Bend and central Dandenong, and a range of projects to improve housing diversity and affordability.

eHealth Queensland

eHealth Queensland boss Richard Ashby resigned last week.

His resignation came amid allegations of an undeclared conflict of interest, announced Queensland Health Director-General Michael Walsh in a statement:

“This morning, I provided allegations to a senior eHealth Queensland executive about a potential undeclared conflict of interest regarding an alleged relationship with a staff member involved with the Patient Administration System replacement.”

The information has been referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission, which is investigating.

The Department of Health will not proceed further with the current process for a replacement Patient Administration System, which records and retrieves non-clinical related information about patients.

“This will mean we will not have a replacement system in place as quickly as we’d like but the procurement must be beyond reproach,” said Walsh.

APS promotions

Band 2

Diana Hallam  will become an Executive Director at the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, moving up from Band 1 within the organisation.

Band 1

Lucinda Atkinson has been promoted to Assistant Secretary within the Attorney-General’s Department.

Peter Finnin moves up to Assistant Secretary inside the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Jacqueline Borsboom is now Assistant Secretary Shipbuilding Policy and Plans at Defence, moving up with the agency from Director Policy, Engagement and Industry.

Cameron Heath has been appointed Assistant Secretary Communications at Defence, from his role as Chief of Staff to the Secretary.

Nicholas Henry has been appointed Assistant Secretary at the Department of Health, moving across from Finance.

Philip Kimpton is now Assistant Secretary Global Security, moving up from Director, Sea Law and Antarctic Section, Legal Division.

Fiona Webster and Ian McConville have both been internally promoted to Assistant Secretary roles at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Alistair Beasley has been promoted to Branch Manager, Migration Policy within the Department of Jobs and Small Business.

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