Three state department heads to switch places next month

By Stephen Easton

Thursday August 22, 2019

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Three Tasmanian public service leaders will trade places in early September, Premier Will Hodgman has announced.

Ginna Webster.

Department of Justice secretary Kathrine Morgan-Wicks will lead the Department of Health and Human Services from September 2.

Kathrine Morgan-Wicks.

The current DHHS secretary, Michael Pervan, will be starting his new role leading the Department of Communities Tasmania on the same day.

Pervan takes over from Ginna Webster, who will replace Morgan-Wicks as Justice secretary.

“The changes allow for these senior public service leaders to apply their considerable skills and experience to different areas of community service delivery,” Hodgman said in a statement, providing no further explanation for the changes.

The Premier did, however, comment on what each public service leader had achieved in their current positions.

“Ms Morgan-Wicks has successfully led a range of policy and law reform projects as Secretary of Justice, notably the Tasmanian Government’s involvement in and response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse. Ms Morgan-Wicks comes to Health at an important time, with the commissioning of the redeveloped Royal Hobart Hospital on the horizon, and as we deliver improvements from the Access Solutions meeting and in response to the Auditor-General’s report. She will bring over 20 years corporate experience working in large organisations as well as strong leadership experience across all levels of Government to her new appointment.

Michael Pervan. All images: LinkedIn.

“Mr Pervan has substantial experience leading reform and delivery of community service provision, with over 30 years working in health and human services. His extensive knowledge of the community sector will be vital in his new leadership role at Communities Tasmania, having previously overseen reforms to Tasmania’s child protection and public housing systems. Mr Pervan will play a pivotal role leading the $125 million Stage Two of our Affordable Housing Action Plan delivering the largest ever state investment into affordable housing in Tasmania’s history, as well as advancing the Government’s strong commitment to the prevention of family violence.

“Ms Webster has built a strong foundation at Communities Tasmania as its inaugural Secretary and will return to lead the Department of Justice where she has previously made substantial contributions over 15 years including senior management roles as Deputy Secretary, Administration of Justice and Director, Community Corrections. Prior to her current role, Ms Webster was Deputy Secretary, Children and Youth Services in the Department of Health and Human Services.”

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