Movers & Shakers: Screen leader goes from state to federal, Indigenous leader joins board

By Jackson Graham

February 18, 2022

The latest senior public sector appointments from across the country.

The latest senior public sector appointments from across the country 

Senior Executive Service 

Alison Jenkins

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Alison Jenkins has been promoted to first assistant secretary at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Alexandra Kelton has been named a senior executive at the defence department for FAS policy and agreements. 

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The Department of Finance has promoted David Muldoon, Sven (Sebastian) Powney, Christine Duke and Kylie Dennis to assistant secretary roles.

David Muldoon

Cathryn Martin, Patrick Roberts and Marcel Gabriel have been promoted to assistant secretaries in the ICT Division of the Department of Finance

The Department of Home Affairs has named Sebastian Mathew as an assistant secretary and Adrian Kovacs as a commander. 

Lou Will has been promoted to assistant commissioner at the Productivity Commission

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has promoted Jennifer Hewitt and Kate Chipperfield to assistant secretary roles.  

Head of Screen NSW joins federal agency 

Head of Screen NSW Grainne Brunsdon has announced she’ll leave the NSW public service to take up a role with the sector’s federal agency.

Grainne Brunsdon

She has taken a role as the head of content at Screen Australia, leading the agency’s production investment, development and distribution support. 

Grainne has held leadership roles with Create NSW and Arts NSW in the past 12 years, and was head of Screen NSW since 2019. 

“I’m very excited to join the Screen Australia team and work on a national agenda for the screen sector,” Grainne said. 

“Screen Australia has made a profound impact on the sector through its program and initiatives and I’m very much looking forward to contributing to this.” 

Graeme Mason, the federal agency’s chief executive, said Grainne had a wealth of experience. 

“With her immense cultural leadership experience, Grainne is superbly placed to lead our Content Department to continue to support the Australian screen industry, and the advancement of our local storytellers and stories.”

NSW arts minister Ben Franklin said Brunsdon had been a “tireless champion for the industry”. 

He highlighted milestones such as supporting local productions, attracting international blockbusters during the pandemic and securing NSW the largest film ever made in Australia as among her achievements. 

Indigenous leader joins federal board

A leader with over 30 years’ experience in Aboriginal affairs has been appointed to the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation board.

Kristy Masella

Kristy Masella is currently the chief executive of the Sydney-based recruitment and training company Aboriginal Employment Strategy, has worked across multiple jurisdictions and held government positions in NSW. 

Indigenous Australians minister Ken Wyatt has appointed Masella to the role for three years and says she will bring “strong Indigenous leadership” to the board. 

“I look forward to her contribution towards key focus areas, such as supporting Indigenous Australians to access greater economic opportunities and creating jobs,” Wyatt said. 

The federal corporation helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people realise economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits. Its major priorities include giving access to and protection of cultural and environmental values and achieving socio-economic development. 

New chief at lottery and health promotion agency 

Ralph Addis has been appointed chief executive of WA’s Lotterywest and Healthway. 

Addis, a WA public servant since 2014, has served as director-general of the Department of Regional Development and of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. 

He previously worked in the Kimberly region for nearly two decades and is experienced in Aboriginal and regional economic development. 

Addis replaces Susan Hunt, who retired in 2021, and takes over from Jeremy Hublle, who has been leading both organisations since. 

Experts oversee pandemic response 

Victoria has appointed an independent panel to provide oversight and advice of the state government’s pandemic decisions and management. 

The committee comes as part of new legislation that shifted final decisions related to the pandemic to the state’s ministry from late last year. 

Vivienne Nguyen

The minister must consider any reviews the committee pushes for and a separate parliamentary committee, called the Pandemic Declaration Accountability and Oversight Committee, must consider its advice before it can recommend a pandemic order be disallowed. 

It comprises 12 people, with some from public service backgrounds, including former secretary of Victoria’s Department of Justice Penny Armytage, former IBAC lawyer Rabea Khan, chair of the Victorian multicultural commission Vivienne Nguyen, Amanda Rojek, from the Royal Melbourne’s Hospital emergency department, and former Victorian equal opportunity and human rights commissioner Helen Szoke.

Health minister Martin Foley said the committee draws together experts to guide in areas of public health, law, human rights and business. 

Dozens of candidates join Financial Services Credit Panel

Thirty-one people with business, financial, legal and economic expertise have been appointed on a part-time basis to the federal government’s Financial Services and Credit Panel. 

The panel has become the single disciplinary body for financial advisers within the Australian Securities and investments Commission from January 1 this year following recommendations from the Hayne Royal Commission. 

ASIC is responsible for convening the panels to consider disciplinary matters, with each panel consisting of a chair from ASIC and at least two further members from a pool of eligible panellists appointed by the minister. 

Financial services minister Jane Hume said the panellists had been appointed following consultation with industry. 

“Financial advisers’ misconduct will therefore be assessed and sanctioned by their peers, driving further improvements in the industry,” Hume said. 

A full list of the members can be found online

Legal appointments across jurisdictions

Andrew Bell is due to become the next chief justice of NSW.

Andrew Bell

Bell comes to the role after being president of the Court of Appeal since 2019. His career spans almost 25 years in the legal system and also involves many academic achievements. 

He replaces outgoing chief justice Tom Bathurst

Meanwhile, Julie Ward will replace Bell as president of the NSW Court of Appeal as the second-highest-ranking judicial officer in the state. 

Ward became the first female solicitor appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court in 2008, before becoming a judge of appeal in 2012 and chief judge in equity in 2017.

In other legal appointments, WA state prosecutor Heidi Watson was appointed to the state’s Magistrate Court. 

Watson has spent more than 20 years practising in all major jurisdictions across criminal law, civil litigation and liquor licensing, and has worked at the Office of Public Prosecutions since 2001. She is due to begin the role on March 1. 

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