Movers & shakers: resignations and promotions


An ATO leader has resigned and a leading advocate for women and children has been appointed. 

Commonwealth senior executive appointments

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Tania Mattei has been appointed Counsel at the Australian Takeovers Panel, Department of the Treasury. The Panel is the primary forum for resolving disputes about a takeover bid until the bid period has ended. It is a peer review body that aims to decide disputes quickly by focusing primarily on commercial and policy issues. Previously, Mattei was counsel in Shearman & Sterling’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions Group in New York. 

John Shepherd

John Shepherd has been appointed General Manager, Industry Statistics Division, at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. He has resigned from his position as assistant commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office, where he had been for almost three decades. Shepherd was promoting the tax office’s single touch payroll just weeks ago.

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Madeleine Macdonald has been promoted from Assistant Parliamentary Counsel Grade 3 to Senior Assistant Parliamentary Counsel, Attorney-General, Office of Parliamentary Counsel. 

Melanie Ford has been promoted from General Manager at Climate Change Authority to General Manager — NGER & Safeguard, NGER & Safeguard Branch Executive, Environment and Energy, Clean Energy Regulator.

Karen Najjar

Karen Najjar has been appointed Chief Operations Officer, Environment and Energy, Clean Energy Regulator. She was previously Manager.

Benjamin Mason is the new Assistant Secretary, Workplace Relations Legal in the Department of Jobs and Small Business.

Angela Jankovic has been promoted from Australian Taxation Office to Assistant Commissioner — Tax Counsel Network, Treasury, ATO

Simon Gordon has moved from Senior Advisor to Managing Director, Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA), Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Simon Gordon

Melbourne Recital Centre

Professor Andrea Hull AO has been appointed Chair of the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Hull brings “a distinguished record of achievement in the arts, government and education” to the role, Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said.

She is currently chair of the ABC Advisory Council, and has held numerous board positions across Australia’s cultural and not-for-profit sectors, including the Florey Institute, National Museum of Australia, Breast Cancer Network and Melbourne Forum.

As Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) from 1995 to 2008, Hull led major capital works projects and fundraising campaigns.

Victims of crime

Fiona McCormack has been appointed as Victoria’s new Victims of Crime Commissioner, starting 8 July 2019.

The role serves as an independent point of contact for those who have experienced violent crime and have had difficulties dealing with the justice system and government agencies.

Fiona McCormack

The Commissioner gives victims a voice and advocates on their behalf to government, public prosecution agencies and Victoria Police.

Formerly CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria, McCormack has more than 20 years’ experience helping women and children at risk of family violence.

Returned and Services Leagues of Australia

Major General Greg Melick AO RFD FANZCN SC has been appointed as the Returned and Services Leagues of Australia (RSL) National President.

Major General Melick brings “a wealth of public and private sector experience to this role”, Guy Barnett, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs said.

Melick is a former Australian Army commando. He is currently a senior counsel at the Tasmanian Bar, deputy president of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the chief commissioner of the Tasmanian Integrity Commission.

Victim Support ACT

Zouheir Dalati has been appointed Cultural Liaison Officer at Victim Support ACT.

Dalati will support victims of crime from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, helping them report crime, giving court support and assisting in accessing a range of services.

He has previously worked as a tracing and human trafficking case manager with the Australian Red Cross, and a cultural liaison officer and migration law program coordinator at Legal Aid ACT.

He began his career in Syria as a criminal lawyer.

Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Don Weatherburn

Don Weatherburn has announced his resignation from the position of Executive Director of the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR),  a position he has held since 1988.

Weatherburn joined BOCSAR in 1983, working as a Senior Research Officer for four years before being appointed Foundation Director of Research at the NSW Judicial Commission. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 1998.

BOCSAR’s Deputy Director, Jackie Fitzgerald will act as executive director until a replacement is appointed.

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