Movers & shakers: IBAC expands number of deputy commissioners

By Shannon Jenkins

Friday July 9, 2021

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The latest senior public sector appointments from across the country.

The latest senior public sector appointments from across the country.

Senior Executive Service

Ben Kelly

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Benjamin Kelly has been appointed deputy chief tax counsel at the Australian Taxation Office.

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Chi Tran has been appointed assistant secretary, financial analysis, reporting and management at the Department of Finance.

Kate Longhurst

Sophie Cartwright has been named executive director, flood branch at the National Recovery and Resilience Agency.

Katherine Keenan has taken on the role of head of finance and wealth at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Claire Elias, Kate Longhurst, James O’Brien, Alexandra Siddall, Dene Yeaman, Anthony Aspden, Kirsten Bishop, Sarah Roberts, Sarah Kirlew, Lynn Bell, and Emily Luck have been appointed assistant secretaries at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Toby Dagg has been appointed executive manager investigations branch at the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

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Kylie Kilgour and Stephen Farrow have been appointed deputy commissioners at the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC).

Stephen Farrow

Kilgour was appointed acting deputy commissioner in January 2021. She was previously CEO of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants. She spent more than a decade in several senior roles at the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS), including as deputy secretary. 

Farrow became the first non-judicial officer appointed to the role of deputy chair of the Adult Parole Board in the board’s 64-year history. He was CEO of the Sentencing Advisory Council from 2008 and has held several roles at DJCS focusing on terrorism and criminal law reform. Farrow began his career as a solicitor with Blake Dawson Waldron Solicitors in 1994.

The new deputies fill a vacancy and create a new third deputy commissioner position.  Attorney-general Jaclyn Symes said this change would increase IBAC’s capacity across the public sector and police, and increase the watchdog’s prevention and education activities.

“It’s crucial Victorians have confidence in a system that scrutinises our public sector and police force to ensure any corruption or misconduct is prevented, investigated and prosecuted – and both appointees will do just that,” Symes said.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council

Sandra Creamer

The government has established a 13-member Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council to inform the development of the next national plan to end family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia, and to support the implementation of a Closing the Gap target.

Indigenous rights campaigner Professor Sandra Creamer has been named as interim chair of the council, and will be joined by advisors from across the health, community services, legal services, children and family services, and university sectors.

The advisors on the council have been appointed for three years and include:

  • Professor Sandra Creamer – CEO, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance,
  • Muriel Bamblett – CEO, Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, and co-chair, SNAICC, National Voice for our Children,
  • Shirleen Campbell – coordinator, Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group,
  • Professor Bronwyn Carlson – head of Department of Indigenous Studies, Macquarie University,
  • Emily Carter – CEO, Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre,
  • Susan Cook – financial counsellor, Salvation Army, and Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network,
  • Fiona Cornforth – CEO, Healing Foundation,
  • Warren Smith – program manager and supervisor of Darwin Indigenous Men’s Service, Darwin Aboriginal and Islander Women’s Shelter,
  • Professor Victoria Hovane – psychologist and professor, Centre for Indigenous Peoples and Community Justice, University of Western Australia, and Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia,
  • Kelly Treloar – Disability Royal Commission project manager, First Peoples Disability Network,
  • Rachel Dunn – CEO, Karadi Aboriginal Corporation,
  • Geiza Stow – board member, Mura Kosker (Torres Strait Islands),
  • Robert Skeen – CEO, Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council and chair, South Australia Aboriginal Community Controlled Network.

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

Janet Carding has been appointed executive director of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. Carolyn McNally and Brad Manera have also been appointed to the board. Joseph Carrozzi has been reappointed as chair for a second term.

Janet Carding

Carding has been a museum professional for three decades, including at the London Science Museum, the Australian Museum (Sydney), the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada), and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

McNally was one of the independent reviewers of the Trust. She has more than 20 years public service experience working on key issues such as infrastructure, environment, planning, energy, resources, health and human services.

Manera is a battlefield historian and the senior historian and curator at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park. He has worked in museums for over 40 years. He brings key skills in military history and service and environmental and heritage conservation and interpretation.

Carding said she was excited to play a part in ‘stewarding these wonderful destinations that are such highlights of Sydney Harbour’.

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to shape the future of such jewels as Cockatoo Island and North Head as their new visions are developed and realised,” she said.

Environment minister Sussan Ley thanked outgoing members of the board for their dedication and contributions, including Garth Callender, Jessica Keen, Josephine Cashman, and Jean Hay, as well as the acting executive director Linda Ward.

Australian Sports Foundation

Grant O’Brien has been appointed chair for the Australian Sports Foundation. O’Brien has been a member of the ASF Board since October 2020.

Grant O’Brien

He has extensive experience in business management and leadership, including as chief executive and managing director of Woolworths Ltd. He is also deputy chair of the Stars Foundation, which aims to empower Indigenous girls and young women, and a founding member and director of Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. He will serve in the role for a three year term.

O’Brien said he was looking forward to the challenges ahead.

“Sport is an important part of our Australian culture, and I have experienced first-hand the powerful benefits of participation,” he said.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to extend the impact of the Australian Sports Foundation and help raise more funds to increase participation and improve the health and cohesion of our communities.”

Sport minister Richard Colbeck said O’Brien ‘has the experience and expertise needed to stimulate philanthropic funding and allow Australia’s sporting sector to recover and thrive’. Colbeck also thanked outgoing ASF chair Mark Stockwell.

Australia Council

The government has appointed Robert Morgan as chair of the Australia Council for a period of three years.

Robert Morgan

Morgan’s roles have included executive chair of Clemenger Group, director of the Sydney Swans, and director of Opera Australia.

Communications minister Paul Fletcher said he looked forward to the role Morgan would play at the organisation.

“The Australia Council has recently taken a major step in support of this priority by adding eight new companies to the National Performing Arts Framework, most of them located outside of Sydney and Melbourne. I know that under the leadership of Robert Morgan, and Chief Executive Adrian Collette, the Australia Council will have a strong and continuing reform agenda,” he said.

Morgan said he was honoured to be appointed.

“I have spent my career in a sector focussed on creativity and believe deeply in the artistic and creative excellence we have in this country,” he said.

Fletcher has thanked outgoing chair Sam Walsh for his ‘distinguished leadership’ of the Australia Council over the past five years.


Tracey Hayes has been appointed chair of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) Board for a three-year term.

Tracey Hayes

Hayes’ past roles include chair of the Darwin Waterfront Corporation and CEO of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association. Hayes also serves on the Australia Indonesia Institute Board and the National Drought and Flood Response and Recovery Agency Advisory Board.

She takes over from Justin Mannolini, who has been acting chair since March. Mannolini, who has extensive experience in investment banking and corporate governance, has been re-appointed to the board for another three years, along with Indigenous investment and community development specialist Kate George.

Project management specialist Stephen Margetic has been appointed to the board for a three-year term.

Minister for resources, water and northern Australia Keith Pitt has thanked outgoing board members Belinda Murphy, Karla Way-McPhail and Bill Shannon for their work.

NSW Randwick Racecourse Trust

Tom O’Callaghan has been named chair and trustee of the Randwick Racecourse Trust for a period of five years.

Tom O’Callaghan

O’Callaghan is director of the NSW Racehorse Owners Association, general counsel at Gilbert and Tobin, and has served as director and chair of the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation. He said he has a ‘lifelong passion’ for racing, and was honoured by this appointment.

“I look forward to utilising my legal experience and understanding of racing to lead the Trust in fulfilling its obligations as custodian of Randwick Racecourse on behalf of the NSW government,” he said.

Minister responsible for racing Kevin Anderson said O’Callaghan would bring a wealth of racing knowledge and experience to the position, describing him as ‘the best candidate for the job’. He also thanked outgoing chair David Armati.

Reserve Bank of Australia Board

The government has reappointed Dr Guy Debelle as the full‑time deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), and has reappointed Professor Ian Harper as a part‑time member of the RBA Board, both for a further five years.

Guy Debelle

Debelle has been deputy governor and deputy chair since 2016 . He is also chair of the Reserve Bank’s Risk Management and Investment Committees, and the Global Foreign Exchange Committee. Prior to serving as deputy governor, Debelle was the assistant governor (Financial Markets) at the RBA. He has also worked at the International Monetary Fund, the Bank for International Settlements, Australian Treasury and as a visiting professor in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Harper has been a member of the RBA Board since 2016. He is dean and director of the Melbourne Business School and co‑dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. Harper has also been involved in important public policy development, including having chaired the government’s Competition Policy Review from March 2014 to March 2015.


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