The latest senior public sector appointments from across the country.
Senior Executive Service
Andrew Buckland has been promoted to chief general counsel at the Australian Government Solicitor.
Scott Bruckard has been promoted to commonwealth solicitor for public prosecutions at the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Patrick Hetherington has been promoted to deputy secretary at the Australian Public Service Commission.
Katrina Cooper has been promoted to deputy secretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Rajitha Srikhanta has been promoted to strategy and support deputy commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office.
Megan Bunfield has been promoted to a senior executive service position at Services Australia.
Paul Pak Poy has been promoted to chief finance officer at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
Phannaruemon Jory has been promoted to enterprise strategy and modernisation assistant commissioner at the Australian Electoral Commission.
Tim Murray has been promoted to assistant commissioner at the Productivity Commission.
Joelle Leggett has been promoted to tribunal support executive director at the Fair Work Commission.
New principal commissioner at Queensland Family and Child Commission
Luke Twyford is the Queensland Family and Child Commission’s new principal commissioner.
He takes over from outcomes principal commissioner Cheryl Vardon on December 25.
Twyford has been general manager of strategic services for the Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities.
He was also previously the department’s executive director of strategic policy and performance.
Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said Twyford was the “ideal choice” for the role.
“I am confident his leadership at the QFCC will continue to help make a difference for Queensland’s children and young people,” Fentiman said.
She paid tribute to Vardon, praising her “unwavering commitment to the role since 2015.
New NSW trade investment commissioners
The NSW government has appointed Andrew Parke and Vishwesh Padmanabhan as senior trade and investment commissioners to help grow opportunities for NSW businesses with ASEAN nations, India and the Middle East.
Parker is a partner at PwC and for the past seven years has been Asia practice leader for PwC Australia.
Padmanabhan has worked in senior roles throughout Asia for the past two decades, including Malaysia and Singapore for IBM, South East Asia for PwC and most recently based in India as KPMG India’s markets global leader partner.
NSW is due to announce investment commissioner positions for the Americas and Greater China in the coming months.
Changing of guard between trading commissioners
Natasha Mann is NSW’s new fair trading commissioner, replacing outgoing commissioner Rose Webb.
Mann has more than 18 years’ regulatory, legal and public policy experience in the NSW public sector and most recently held a senior executive role in the NSW Department of Communities and Justice.
She was excited to lead reforms to protect NSW consumer rights.
“I am delighted and privileged to have been appointed as the commissioner for fair trading and the deputy secretary of the better regulation division,” Mann said.
“We will continue to make sure we are a risk-based regulator with the right tools, including putting in place the best intelligence and regulatory systems to protect consumers.”
Webb retires a career spanning senior leadership roles at Hong Kong’s Competition Commission, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
“It has been a great privilege and a career highlight to be deputy secretary of the Better Regulation Division working with all the team members from Fair Trading, SafeWork, Liquor & Gaming and our other regulators,” Webb said.
ASIC welcomes new leaders
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has three new senior executive appointments and a series of regional appointments.
Zak Hammer is ASIC’s new executive director of operations, starting in the role in January, while Peter Dunlop is the new chief financial officer and Nicole Collins the chief people officer.
ASIC chair Joe Longo said the appointments would enhance capability, and help the commission work more efficiently and effectively.
“The combined knowledge and experience of Zak, Peter and Nicole will support ASIC to deliver our priorities to achieve a fair, strong and efficient financial system for all Australians,” Longo said.
ASIC also has three new regional commissioners – Mark Adams in NSW, John Wallace in Victoria and Rhian Richards in WA.
“Our new regional commissioners join our current regional commissioners to provide leadership locally while contributing nationally to our regulatory and enforcement functions,” Longo said.
First woman to chair ACCC
Antitrust litigator Gina Cass-Gottlieb is the incoming chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, as reported by The Mandarin this week.
The appointment will see Cass-Gottlieb become the first woman to chair the competition and consumer regulator, taking over from Sims after 10 years.
Cass-Gottlieb has been a senior partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s competition and regulation practice for more than two decades and contributed to the ACCC’s enforcement and regulatory investigations in the past.
She has also been a board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Payment Systems Board for eight years.
The government also reappointed David Irvine as the chair of the Foreign Investment Review Board for a further two years this week.
Irvine became a member of the board in 2015 and was appointed chair in 2017.
He has been a former director-general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, and also been an Australian ambassador to China and former Australian high commissioner to Papua New Guinea.
New appointments in courts
NSW has appointed two lawyers to the District Court and three magistrates to the Local Court of NSW.
Sydney silk Peter McGrath SC, a lawyer with 40 years of experience, and litigator Penny Musgrave will join the District Court.
New magistrates Emma Manea, Catherine Samuels and Stephen Barlow are set to join to Local Court in January and February next year.
Meanwhile, Victoria has appointed four new magistrates – Caroline Boult, Timothy Greenway, Samantha Poulter and Robert Stary to the Magistrates Court.
Waterways authority gets new chief and chair
Chris Derksema is the new chief executive officer of the Gold Coast Waterways Authority, while Greg Vann is the new chair.
Derksema, who has been on secondment to the Greater Sydney Commission from the City of Sydney, has 25 years of experience in Australia and internationally. Vann was appointed to the board last year.
Derksema said he looked forward to working with the board, staff and agency partners to make positive changes for the Gold Coast’s waterways and water users.
“The Gold Coast waterways are a nationally important natural asset that must be carefully managed to ensure we are creating real social, economic and environmental value for all,” he said.
School curriculum authority gets new board chair
Experienced educator Pauline White is the new chair of the WA School Curriculum and Standards Authority.
White, trained in economics and education, has many years of experience teaching and leading mathematics education before progressing into school-leadership roles.
She became a member of the authority’s standards committee in 2018 before becoming a board member and chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee in late 2020.
She succeeds Professor Patrick Garnett after his 10 years in the role.