Movers & shakers: bureaucrats on boards

By Shannon Jenkins

October 4, 2019

The latest public sector appointments from across the country.

Senior executive service

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Robert Hanlon

Robert Hanlon has moved from his role of Chief Finance Officer for the Department of Environment and Energy, to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, where he has gained the same title. He was formerly a National Manager in the Department of Human Services. He has also worked for the Australian Financial Security Authority, the Department of Agriculture, Customs and Border Protection, Medicare, Deloitte, and the National Australia Bank.

Eleanor Lawson has been promoted to First Assistant Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has held numerous DFAT roles, including Executive Officer in the China Political and External Section, and Assistant Secretary in the Indonesia Program Delivery and Timor-Leste Branch.

Moira Campbell

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Over in the Department of Agriculture, Kirsty Bunfield has been promoted to Assistant Secretary in the Policy, Program and Corporate division.

Rajan Martin has left the Department of Health to take the role of Branch Manager in the Department of Education. He was previously an Assistant Secretary in the My Aged Care Design and Delivery Branch.

Stephanie Bourke

Carly Partridge has been named an Assistant Secretary in Veterans’ Affairs, as has Moira Campbell. Campbell has been acting in the role in the Wellbeing Policy Branch since June. She worked in the health department for many years, and has also spent a year in Defence. According to the DVA website, Partridge is located in the Royal Commission Taskforce.

Daniel Mossop has been appointed as Assistant Secretary Identity and Biometrics Capability in the Department of Home Affairs.

Meanwhile, Stephanie Bourke has taken the role of Assistant Secretary, Human Resources and Security in the Department of Communications and the Arts. She has previously worked in the Defence, Education and Fair Work departments.

Matthew McMahon is the new Assistant Commissioner in the Australian Electoral Commission. He was previously in the Department of Finance.

Government architect

Abbie Galvin

Abbie Galvin has been appointed as the 24th NSW Government Architect. She is the first woman to hold the position, despite it being established more than two centuries ago, in 1816. She has worked on a range of projects in Australia and Hong Kong as a Principal and Director of BVN. She replaces Peter Poulet who left the role after being appointed as the new Central City District Commissioner for the Greater Sydney Commission.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the position has shaped cities, towns and communities across the state.

“From the Hyde Park Barracks designed by Francis Greenway, to the Sydney Observatory by Alexander Dawson, our Government Architects have been behind some of our most iconic buildings,” he said.

Galvin will be in charge of collaborating with agencies, councils, industry and community to design high quality public spaces.

Guess who’s back, back again

Tony Abbott has been appointed as a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial, to replace the author, historian and newspaper editor Les Carlyon, who passed away in March.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said Abbott would ensure the stories from recent military conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Solomon Islands and East Timor would be told.

“The Australian Government recently announced an investment of almost $500 million to be able to display more of the Australian War Memorial’s collection and I have no doubt Mr Abbott will be an asset to the Council during this period,” he said.

Disability reps

Dan Stubbs

Former public servant Dan Stubbs has been appointed as Victoria’s first Disability Worker Commissioner.

Stubbs has worked in the formerly known Federal Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, and the Department of Employment, Education and Training. He is the CEO of Inner Melbourne Community Legal, and is also a person with a disability.

In his new role, Stubbs will regulate unregistered disability workers, respond to complaints about disability workers, and will have the power to ban unregistered workers from the sector if they violate their Code of Conduct.

The Victorian Disability Worker Registration Board was also announced this week. It will be responsible for the voluntary registration and accreditation scheme for disability workers, improving the quality and safety of the registered disability workforce. It includes a range of individuals representing those with disability, the disability workforce and the broader community. It will be chaired by Melanie Eagle, who has experience in the health, disability and community sectors.

Meanwhile, Brent Phillips will chair the Victoria Disability Advisory Council, and will be joined by 11 new appointments. He is a leader in the Deaf community and is currently a director at Expression Australia.

The council will advise the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan on how the government can build a more inclusive state for people with disability. It will help develop a state disability plan for 2021–2024, liaising with communities and promoting rights and inclusion. Colin Hiscoe, George Taleporos, Amanda Lawrie-Jones, Astrid Edwards, Caitlin Syer, Eliza Hull, Gabrielle Hall, Jax Jackie Brown, Karen Fankhauser, Martin Heng and Sholam Blustein have all been appointed for a three year term.

Sustainable health

Time Marney

Eight appointments have been made to WA’s Sustainable Health Review (SHR) Independent Oversight Committee. It will be chaired by international expert Professor Hugo Mascie-Taylor and its first meeting will be held this month.

Mascie-Taylor was the former Medical Director of the NHS Confederation, among many other senior medical roles. He will be joined by Tim Marney, who was Under Treasurer of WA between 2005 and 2014. He also served as Mental Health Commissioner in 2014.

General Practitioner Dr Richard Choong, WA Mental Health Advisory Council member Margaret Doherty, Secretary of Unions WA Meredith Hammat, CEO of South West Aboriginal Medical Service Lesley Nelson, Director of Nursing at the Joondalup Health Campus Elizabeth Prime, and respected surgeon and researcher Professor Fiona Wood have also joined the committee. The group will help bring in initiatives to transform the health system, and will report to the health minister.

Food safety

Alison Stone

Public servant Alison Stone has been appointed as the new Chair of PrimeSafe, Victoria’s meat and seafood safety regulator. She has served in the NSW Department of Primary Industries, and the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment, among other government and industry roles. She replaces Candy Broad, who successfully ensured no major food safety incidents associated with the industry occurred during her term.

Queensland magistrates

Rosemary Gilbert

Three new Magistrates have been appointed to the state’s Magistrates Courts: Rosemary Gilbert in Brisbane, Cameron McKenzie in Southport, and Robert Walker in Emerald.

Gilbert has more than four decades of experience in the Queensland legal system having started with the Department of Justice in 1978. She was admitted as a Solicitor in 1991 and since then has been employed with Legal Aid Queensland.

MacKenzie began his legal career at Jones King/Dunhill Madden Butler and has most recently worked as a Partner in Commercial Litigation at DWF Australia.

Walker has most recently been an Acting Magistrate and Acting Judicial Registrar in the Magistrates Court, and has worked in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Criminal Justice Commission, the Crime and Misconduct Commission, and the Coroner’s Court.

Aboriginal Lands Trust

Glen Kelly

Glen Kelly has been named as the new chair of the WA Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT). He is currently a Director at KPMG Consulting, and is a former CEO of the National Native Title Council and the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council. Kelly is a serving member of the Reconciliation Australia Board of Directors and a past member of the ALT, WA Planning Commission and Conservation Commission of WA. He received the Aboriginal Award in the 2019 Western Australian of the Year Awards.

The ALT is a statutory board under the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972 and manages 24 million hectares WA’s land, holding the land title for the majority of the state’s remote Indigenous communities. Kelly will begin the four-year appointment from 1 January next year, while outgoing Chair Dr Robert Isaacs will remain a serving member of the ALT until 30 June.


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