Movers & shakers: NSW governor sworn in

By David Donaldson

May 3, 2019

A new governor has officially started work, an Australian is off to UN Command in South Korea, and another energy market commissioner has been appointed. The latest senior public sector appointments from across the country.

Governor of NSW

The new Governor of New South Wales, Margaret Beazley, was sworn in at a ceremony at Sydney’s Government House on Thursday.

Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989, in 1993 she was made a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. In 1996, she was appointed to the New South Wales Court of Appeal, subsequently becoming its president.

Beazley assumes the role following the departure yesterday of David Hurley, who will soon become Australia’s Governor-General. Hurley will be sworn in on 28 June, allowing current GG Peter Cosgrove to remain in place for the federal election.

APS Senior Executive

Julia Galluccio has been promoted at the Attorney General’s Department to Assistant Secretary.

Prue Torrance has been appointed Executive Director, Research Quality and Priorities at the National Health and Medical Research Council. She moves across from the Department of Education and Training, where she has spent the last five years.

Queensland Police

Katarina Carroll has been appointed Queensland’s first female Police Commissioner. Read the full story here.

WA Department of Communities

Former deputy director general of the WA Department of Premier and Cabinet Michelle Andrews has been formally appointed as the new head of the Department of Communities. We’ve got the full story here.


Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer of the Australian Defence Force has been appointed Deputy Commander United Nations Command Headquarters in South Korea.

This is the first time an Australian will serve as the Deputy Commander of the UN Command Headquarters, Korea, and only the second time in the command’s 69-year history that this post has been offered to a non-American officer.

Mayer has held key command, strategic and operational appointments including commander Australian fleet, chief of staff Navy strategic command and commander of the multi-national International Stabilisation Force in East Timor. His most recent appointment was as head of force design. In this role he was responsible for supporting the Australian Defence Organisation in delivering and maintaining a capable, agile and potent joint force.

Mayer will be promoted to the rank of vice admiral prior to him taking up the appointment.


National Disability Insurance Agency chief executive Robert De Luca suddenly resigned earlier this week. Read more here.

ACT government

Adrian Piani has been appointed the ACT’s first Chief Engineer.

He will support the ACT government’s efforts to implement its $2.8 billion infrastructure pipeline, including stage 2 of the city wide light rail network, upgrades at the Canberra Hospital precinct and the capital works program in ACT schools.

Piani has worked on a range of infrastructure projects and initiatives including as the Canberra Area Manager for AECOM.

Logan City Council

Retired senior public servant Tamara O’Shea has been appointed interim administrator of Logan City Council, following the sacking of all councillors in an integrity crisis. Read more here.

Australian Energy Market Commission

Merryn York will join the Australian Energy Market Commission as a commissioner in late August, following the retirement of Commissioner Brian Spalding in April.

York has served as Powerlink’s Chief Executive since 2011 and was a member of the Reliability Panel from December 2012 to December 2015. Before joining Powerlink in 1995 she worked for the Queensland Electricity Commission.

Her appointment returns the total number of AEMC commissioners to five.

Australian Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

Dr Melanie Wroth will be the Australian Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s first Chief Clinical Advisor.

Commissioner Janet Anderson said Wroth, who has an extensive background in geriatric medicine, will provide expert clinical advice to commission staff and also assist aged care providers to source and access guidance on best practice clinical care for people receiving aged care services.

She will start in the role on May 10, taking over from Associate Professor Michael Murray, who has been been acting in the role as part-time Interim Chief Clinical Advisor since the commission’s commencement in January.

Indigenous Land Council

Edward (Eddie) Fry was reappointed Chair of the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation in early April.

Roy Ah-See from NSW and Daniel Tucker from WA were also appointed as new directors.

Fry has extensive experience within the Australian resource sector, specialising in Indigenous affairs and native title matters and holds positions in numerous other corporate bodies, including serving as chair of Indigenous Business Australia.

Fry welcomed the appointment of the two new directors.

“Roy Ah-See, a Wiradjuri man from Nanima Reserve is the Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, a Director of IBA and has been the Chairperson of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council since 2015,” he said.

“Daniel Tucker from Kalgoorlie is the founder and Managing Director of Carey Mining, the biggest 100% Indigenous privately-owned and managed contracting company in the country.”

WA Corrections

Eamon Ryan has been named as the third WA Inspector of Custodial Services for a five-year term.

He takes over from Professor Neil Morgan, who is retiring after 10 years in the position.

Ryan is currently Executive Director Integrity and Risk at the Public Sector Commission and has more than three decades of experience in senior public service roles.

Previously he was Executive Director, Professional Standards and Conduct at the Department of Education for seven years.

The Inspector of Custodial Services leads the independent Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services.

The Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services inspects and reports to state parliament at least every three years on Western Australia’s prisons, prison work camps, custodial operations and court custody centres including police lock-ups.

It also reports on WA’s juvenile detention centre and prisoner transport arrangements.

He commences the role on May 4.

WA Conservation Commission

Professor Chris Doepel PSM has been appointed chair of Western Australia’s Conservation and Parks Commission. Read more about it here.

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