Movers & shakers: administrators join Casey Council until 2024

The latest senior public sector appointments from across the country.

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Janet Quigley has been appointed first assistant secretary at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. She previously worked at the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

Emma Rosenzweig

Lisa Schofield has been promoted to first assistant secretary at the Department of Health. She was previously at the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Janine Bristow has been named chief finance officer at the Australian Taxation Office.

Also at the ATO, Emma Rosenzweig has been appointed deputy commissioner, strategy and support. She has been acting in the role since November. Rosenzweig has been with the department for more than four years.

Peter Stone has taken on a Band 2 role at the Bureau of Meteorology. He most recently worked as chief customer officer, group executive business solutions. Prior to joining BOM, he worked at the CSIRO for eight years.

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Toni Matulick

Toni Matulick has been appointed clerk assistant at the Department of the Senate, where she has worked for almost 12 years.

Brigid Dohnt, Hope Peisley and Robert Day have been named assistant secretaries at Health.

Kate Lalor has been promoted to the role of general counsel at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.


Damian West has been appointed deputy director general, workforce capability and governance in the ACT government.

Damian West

He most recently worked as general manager, business integrity Services Australia. Prior to that, West held a number of public service roles, including general manager, corporate and research at the Australian Communications and Media Authority, deputy commissioner at the Victorian Public Sector Commission, and group manager employment planning at the Australian Public Service Commission.

West took to social media last week to announce his new role.

“I am looking forward to next challenge and to supporting the ACTPS in areas such as service-wide employment, industrial relations, workforce strategy and transformation, organisational learning and development, investigations, and integrity, accountability and governance,” he wrote on LinkedIn.

“I would like to thank all of the fantastic colleagues at SA who do so much for the Australian community. I would also like to acknowledge the skill, passion and expertise of the staff in the Business Integrity Division. It has been a pleasure to work with you and to see your work influence and shape the way agency, APS and the community view integrity and identity management.”

Also in the ACTPS, Dennis Eiszele has been appointed director design & place strategy with the City Renewal Authority.

Dennis Eiszele

An urban designer and landscape architect, Eiszele joins the team with 25 years of experience in national and international design practices and infrastructure-based companies, and has led numerous city-shaping projects.

City Renewal Authority CEO Malcolm Snow said that Eiszele would help the authority respond to the short and long-term challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Given the current circumstances, the authority’s focus of reshaping the heart of our city not only physically but also economically, socially and environmentally, is especially important,” he said.

“Great cities and their centres don’t succeed by accident. They require outstanding design, good governance and great collaboration. It is these skills that I know Dennis will bring to this key role and which will contribute to strengthening Canberra’s position as Australia’s most liveable city.”

Casey Council

The Victorian government has appointed a panel of long-term administrators to Casey City Council.

Noelene Duff, Cameron Boardman, and Miguel Belmar have been appointed until the 2024 general council election, with Duff to take on the role of chairperson.

Noelene Duff

Duff was initially appointed as the interim administrator in February. She was previously CEO of Whitehorse City Council, and brings more than 30 years management experience of large and complex organisations

Boardman is the interim director of the Oceania Cyber Security Centre. He is a former Liberal MP and held senior executive roles in several Victorian government departments.

Belmar is a practising barrister with a specialised understanding of community engagement, planning and consultation.

Casey Council was dismissed in February after municipal monitor Laurinda Gardner found the council had failed to provide good governance.

Local government minister Adem Somyurek said the appointments would address serious governance failures at the council.


Commissioner Cristina Cifuentes will leave the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in July after more than seven years in the role.

ACCC chair Rod Sims said Cifuentes was one of Australia’s “leading infrastructure regulators for a long time” and has played a major role internationally in relation to a wide range of regulatory issues.

Cristina Cifuentes

“Perhaps even without even realising it, Australians have benefited immensely from Cristina’s extraordinary breadth of experience and knowledge, particularly in the energy, transport, telecommunications and finance sectors,” he said.

“Cristina has also been a champion for women and people from cultural and linguistically diverse communities within the ACCC and AER and a mentor to many.”

Cifuentes chaired the ACCC’s Communications and Infrastructure committees, which oversee the ACCC’s regulatory role in areas such as fuel, telecommunications, wheat ports, rail, and water.

Before joining the ACCC, Cifuentes held a number of directorships, and has held positions at the Reserve Bank of Australia, the New South Wales Treasury, and the Australian Securities Commission.

Cifuentes also plans to step down from her roles as an associate member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority and as Australia’s delegate to the OECD Network of Economic Regulators.

NSW small business commissioner

Chris Lamont has been named the new NSW small business commissioner.

From June, Lamont will lead the Office of the Small Business Commission, which is responsible for advocacy, strategic advice, free to low-cost mediation and support to small businesses across NSW.

Lamont has more than 20 years of experience, comprising policy development and advocacy, senior government positions, not-for-profit and industry associations, business and the delivery of major government reforms and programs.

He was most recently the general manager for capital projects and infrastructure with the City of Melbourne.


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