Movers & shakers: deputy Australian statistician appointed

By Shannon Jenkins

December 11, 2020

The latest senior public sector appointments from across the country.

Senior Executive Service

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Helen Wilson

Helen Wilson has been named deputy Australian statistician at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. She joined the ABS in July as a general manager. Wilson was previously first assistant secretary of the Industry, Infrastructure and Environment Division in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has also worked in the Treasury, and the Department of the Environment and Energy.

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Ciara Spencer has been appointed first assistant secretary, aviation and maritime security at the Department of Home Affairs. She was previously acting in the role.

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Jimmy Mastorakos

Rebekah Kilpatrick has been named assistant secretary, National Office for Child Safety, within PM&C.

Bronwyn Graham has taken on a senior role at the Department of Defence.

Jimmy Mastorakos has been appointed assistant secretary, payroll services at Home Affairs.

Natalie Conner has been named chief operating officer at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Alexander Wilkinson has taken on the role of executive director, performance audit services group Australian National Audit Office.

The Mint

Leigh Gordon has been named CEO of the Royal Australian Mint, starting in February.

Leigh Gordon

Until recently, Gordon was a member of the Defence Senior Leadership Group and worked in the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group at the Department of Defence.

As a senior member of the Royal Australian Air Force, he managed complex projects including serving as the head of the Joint Strike Force Division and the Aerospace Systems Division.

Treasury secretary Dr Steven Kennedy said Gordon “brings significant public sector experience to the Mint drawing on his extensive career in Defence”, and paid tribute to outgoing CEO Ross MacDiarmid.

“On behalf of Treasury, I would like to acknowledge Mr MacDiarmid for his dedication to public service in Australia through his leadership of the Mint during the past decade,” Kennedy said.

Greater Sydney Commission

The Greater Sydney Commission has named Elizabeth Mildwater as its new chief executive.

She is currently deputy secretary, Greater Sydney, at Transport for NSW, and will join the commission in January 2021.

At the Transport agency, where she has been for four years, Mildwater has held the roles of deputy secretary people and corporate services, and deputy secretary customer technology and services.

Elizabeth Mildwater

Before that she was director of Australian programs for Save the Children Australia, group general manager, Victoria for Transurban Group and held legal counsel roles with several energy industry corporations

Chief commissioner Geoff Roberts said Mildwater would bring great strategic thinking of Greater Sydney and a deep understanding of how infrastructure and growth must be coordinated to the role.

“Elizabeth is well-known to many of us at the Commission through her work at Transport, where she focused on integrated transport services for Greater Sydney, encouragement of public transport, walking and cycling, zero emission buses and keeping people moving during COVID,” he said.

Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary Tim Reardon has welcomed the appointment.

“I have worked with Elizabeth on my leadership team in a previous role and I am very pleased that she will bring both her great knowledge of our city and her leadership skills to the commission and the Department of Premier and Cabinet more broadly,” he said.

NSW Information and Privacy Advisory Committee

The NSW government has set up an Information and Privacy Advisory Committee to provide ongoing strategic advice to government, and to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration across government, industry and academia.

Elizabeth Tydd

NSW information commissioner Elizabeth Tydd will chair the group, and will advise the Information and Privacy Commission, customer service minister Victor Dominello, and Attorney General Mark Speakman.

Joining Tydd is privacy commissioner Samantha Gavel, and data and legal experts including:

  • Dr Ian Oppermann, NSW chief data scientist,
  • Barry Sandison, CEO of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare,
  • Professor Lyria-Bennett Moses, director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation and a Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney,
  • Malcolm Crompton, lead privacy advisor and founder of Information Integrity Solutions Pty Ltd,
  • Paul McKnight, executive director justice strategy and policy, Department of Communities and Justice,
  • Peter Leonard, principal of Data Synergies, a business and legal consultancy for data driven businesses and Professor of Practice at UNSW Business School.

Tydd said the committee would address the unique challenges faced by government and the community in the digital age where technology, service delivery and consumer expectations are changing rapidly.

“The committee has the expertise to provide assistance to public sector agencies in adopting and complying with information governance in a contemporary public sector context, including access to information rights, with information protection principles and implementing privacy management plans in ways that account for these challenges,” she said.

Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation

Joseph Morrison has been named group CEO of the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) for a three-year term, starting in January.

A highly respected Indigenous leader from Katherine in the Northern Territory, Morrison has both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.

Joseph Morrison

He has 30 years’ experience working in northern Australia with the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance, governments, industry, Land Councils, and the Northern Australia Indigenous Reference Group. He has also sat on the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy with the prime minister.

Morrison has been deeply involved in the areas of Indigenous rangers, carbon farming, climate change, economic development, research and policy, water, land rights and native title. He has more recently worked internationally with Indigenous people.

ILSC chair Eddie Fry said Morrison would lead the organisation to fulfil its mandate to improve the lives of Indigenous communities and to continue to grow the Indigenous Estate for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“His extensive knowledge of economic development, land and asset management and positive change capabilities will be a huge benefit to the organisation. His experience will be invaluable to the ILSC, seeking to deepen the opportunities and exploration of new ventures with Indigenous Australians in a post COVID environment,” he said.

Fry said Morrison would continue the good work undertaken since the departure of the previous CEO 14 months ago.

“On behalf of the ILSC Board I would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the acting group CEOs for their significant contribution in seeking opportunities for continual improvement in the operations of the ILSC,” he said.

“Mr Leo Bator fulfilled this role for 9 months and the current deputy CEO Ms Tricia Stroud stepped up to act for the last 5 months, which we greatly appreciate.”

Future Fund

The Future Fund has appointed Sue Brake as chief investment officer, and as a member of the organisation’s management committee. Brake has served as acting CIO since July, after former CIO Dr Raphael Arndt was named chief executive officer.

Sue Brake

Prior to that, she was a deputy CIO, and has previously held the role of head of strategic advisory at Willis Towers Watson, and senior investment strategist at the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.

Brake is a globally recognised investment leader, according to Future Fund Board of Guardians chair Peter Costello.

“Markets and economies are operating in very unusual circumstances and her experience and expertise will be invaluable as we navigate this environment and seek to maximise long-term risk-adjusted returns,” he said.

Meanwhile, Genevieve Murray has been appointed as head of listed equities, Doug Cain has been named head of unlisted property, and Kelvin Mak has been appointed as director in the private equity team.

NSW cultural institutions

Four new appointments and 12 reappointments have been made across the NSW State Cultural Institutions, which will take effect from January 2021 for three-year terms.

Professor Katherine Belov and Brian Hartzer will join the Australian Museum Trust, while Jennifer Bott, Shauna Jarrett, and Sara Watts have been reappointed. Professor Merlin Crossley’s term ends at the end of the year, with Dr Elie Hammam stepping down.

Lucy Turnbull

Professor Stephen Bruce Dowton has been reappointed to the Art Gallery of NSW Trust. Lucy Turnbull will step down on December 31 , and will take up a new appointment as chair of the Sydney Opera House Trust.

Anne Dunn, Michael Ebeid, Kathryn Greiner, Deborah Mailman and Kylie Rampa have been reappointed to the Sydney Opera House Trust, with Nicholas Moore finishing his term as chair.

Keryl Collard will join the Library Council of NSW, while Jan Richards is retiring.

Naseema Sparks, Penelope Seidler and Christine McDiven all return to the board of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.

Meanwhile, Andrew Muston joins the National Art School Board and Ross McDiven has been appointed as chair. Their appointments began at the end of November and will run to May 31.

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