Movers & shakers: Agriculture department appoints deputy secretary

By Shannon Jenkins

Thursday January 28, 2021

The latest senior public sector appointments from across the country.

Senior Executive Service

Rosemary Deininger

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Rosemary Deininger has been appointed deputy secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. She was previously acting in the role. Prior to that, she has worked at the former Human Services and Employment departments.

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Also at the Agriculture department, Nicola Hinder has been named first assistant secretary.

Timothy Fitzgerald has been appointed assistant commissioner, north and immigration detention at the Department of Home Affairs.

Fabian Harding has taken on the role of first assistant secretary at the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

Kate Wandmaker

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Judith Lind has been engaged as executive director, operations at the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity.

Rachael Clarke, Kate Wandmaker, Lisa O’Donnell and David Cooke have been named general counsel at Services Australia.

Courtney Bryant, Anthony Bennie, Alison Curran, George Day, and Declan O’Connor-Cox have all been appointed assistant secretary at the agriculture department.


The Northern Territory’s first independent commissioner against corruption, Ken Fleming, has announced he will step down from the role in July, so he can return to Queensland to be with his family.

“2020 was a challenging year for many people, and for me reinforced the importance of being close to family,” Fleming said in a statement.

Ken Fleming

“It has been a privilege and an honour to have served as the first NT independent commissioner against corruption and to have established an office dedicated to preventing, detecting and responding to improper conduct within the Northern Territory.”

Fleming was appointed as the first NT ICAC in July 2018.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said that while Fleming’s decision was “disappointing”, it was understandable.

“Commissioner Fleming is experienced, intelligent and intrepid — qualities that made him the perfect person for such a challenging role,” Gunner said.

“Commissioner Fleming’s dedicated and diligent work to establish the office — its systems and its staff — means it is well-positioned for the future. Our democracy and its institutions are stronger for Ken Fleming’s service.”

The recruitment process for the next commissioner will begin in the coming weeks.

WA Industrial Relations Commission

Pamela Scott

Senior commissioner at the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, Stephen Kenner, will temporarily serve as chief commissioner in light of the departure of Pamela Scott.

Industrial relations minister Bill Johnston said the state Liberal Party’s decision to reject the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill last year had “forced” Scott into retirement.

“I thank Pamela Scott for her outstanding work as chief commissioner and wish her all the best for her retirement,” he said.

“I’m very pleased that senior commissioner Kenner will be carrying out the duties and functions of the chief commissioner on an interim basis. As a longstanding and well-respected member of the commission, he is well qualified to lead the commission in the coming months.”

Kenner has been a commissioner since 1998 and was appointed as a senior commissioner in 2018.

WA Commission for Occupational Safety and Health

Stephanie Mayman

Professor Patricia Todd has been appointed chair of the WA Commission for Occupational Safety and Health, replacing Stephanie Mayman.

Todd was most recently Professor of Employment Relations and Head of the Management and Organisations Discipline Group at the University of WA.

Johnston has welcomed Todd and thanked Mayman for her contribution to the commission.

“I extend a warm welcome to Professor Trish Todd who has a rich and varied background in industrial relations and workplace practices. I’m confident she’ll do well in this role,” he said.

“The commission is a valuable component of WA’s health and safety landscape, and will play a vital role in informing workplaces about the upcoming Work Health and Safety regime.”

WA Graylands Hospital taskforce

Jim McGinty

Former WA health minister and attorney general Jim McGinty will lead a new taskforce that will inform planning and investment decisions regarding the Graylands Hospital site, forensics services, and the Selby Older Adult Mental Health Service.

McGinty will be joined by seven senior public servants, including:

  • Michael Andrews, acting executive director strategic policy and evaluation, Department of Treasury,
  • Debora Colvin, chief mental health advocate,
  • Rachael Green, acting deputy director general, community services, Department of Communities,
  • Angela Kelly, acting deputy director general, recovery implementation and state services, Department of the Premier and Cabinet,
  • Jennifer McGrath, commissioner, Mental Health Commission,
  • Dr David Russell-Weisz, director general, Department of Health,
  • Dr Adam Tomison, director general, Department of Justice.

Health and mental health Minister Roger Cook said the establishment of the taskforce was a major step towards progressing the WA Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025.

“I am confident that the skills and insights of Mr McGinty and the highly respected taskforce members will be invaluable in guiding the Government’s critical decisions about future investments in mental health infrastructure and service delivery approach,” he said.

McGinty has stepped down from his role as chair of the North Metropolitan Health Service board to take on the role. Former acting chief medical officer for the state government, Professor David Forbes, has been appointed as McGinty’s replacement.

Malcolm Thatcher


As previously reported in The Mandarin, Dr Malcolm Thatcher has been appointed as chief technology officer of the Australian Digital Health Agency.

He was most recently a Professor of Digital Practice in the QUT Graduate School of Business, and has previously served as chief health information officer for the Queensland government’s health department.

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