Movers & Shakers: Arts appointments, territory gets first dedicated coroner

By Jackson Graham

March 4, 2022

The latest senior public sector appointments from across the country 
The latest senior public sector appointments from across the country.

The latest senior public sector appointments from across the country 

Senior Executive Service 

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The Department of Home Affairs has promoted Emma Johnson to assistant commissioner. 

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Fawad Abro

The Australian Taxation Office has promoted Fawaduddin Abro to assistant commissioner of enterprise data and analytics, and Karen Blok to assistant commissioner of single touch payroll and super solutions.

The ATO has also named Anita Chaganti assistant commissioner digital wholesale and integration services, and Claire Miller as digital delivery solutions assistant commissioner. 

The Australian Electoral Commission has named Sin Wai ‘Sally’ So as chief financial officer. 

Lisa Conway

Lisa Conway has become national manager at Services Australia

The Department of Health has promoted Jacob Madden to an assistant secretary.

Juleigh Cook has become branch manager of digital identity at the Digital Transformation Agency

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has promoted Fiona Fraser to assistant secretary. 

Jacobus Lambalk has been appointed to executive director of business support and chief financial officer at the Fair Work Commission.

The National Disability Insurance Agency has promoted Courtney Howie to branch manager of workforce and capability. 

Arts precinct leader appointed 

Australian Centre for the Moving Image chief executive Katrina Sedgwick has become the inaugural director of the Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation. 

Katrina Sedgwick

She will lead the government’s vision for a new arts precinct that will encompass changes at Federation Square,  extend across the Yarra and include the National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne and the new NGV Contemporary.

A new 18,000-square metre elevated public park will link South Bank’s galleries and arts spaces. 

Sedgwick has spent seven years overseeing ACMI, and is credited with transforming the organisation and making it one of the most technologically sophisticated museums in the world. 

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime project and I am honoured – and excited – to have the opportunity to work with colleagues across our arts precinct, our creative sector and beyond to realise this extraordinary vision for all Victorians,” she said. 

The creation of the  Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation will be overseen by an interim board, chaired by James MacKenzie, chair of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation and former president of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.

Arts agency gets interim chief

Annette Pitman has been appointed interim chief executive at Create NSW.

Annette Pitman

It comes as the current head of Create NSW, Chris Keely, departs the organisation after two years in the role. 

Pitman was formerly head of NSW agency Create Infrastructure and brings public and private sector experience to the role. 

She will help deliver $2.5 billion in cultural infrastructure, overseeing projects, including the new Powerhouse Parramatta and Powerhouse Ultimo, Sydney Modern, Walsh Bay and the Theatre Royal; as well as 146 cultural infrastructure projects across regional NSW. 



New judges join state courts

Four new judges have joined the County Court of Victoria: barristers Gary Clark, Andrew Fraatz, Simon Moglia and Maria Tsikaris.

Andrew Fraatz

Clark has more than four decades of legal experience and was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 2015. Tsikaris has practised law for 32 years and was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 2005. 

Fraatz brings 27 years of legal experience to his new role and was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 2003, while Moglia previously worked in the community sector for 15 years, before commencing with Victoria Legal Aid in 2001, and being admitted to the Victorian Bar in 2006. 

They replace outgoing judges Christopher O’Neill, David Brookes, Irene Lawson, and Philip Misso. 

Meanwhile, two new magistrates will be appointed to the NSW Local Court: Juliana Crofts and James Viney.

Crofts was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court in 2002 and has worked for Legal Aid NSW since 2003. 

Viney began his legal career in 1986 as a District Court Judge’s Associate and joined the NSW Bar in 1997. 

ACT gets first dedicated coroner

Senior member of the ACT bar Ken Archer will be the ACT’s first dedicated coroner in a move the government hopes will improve the experience of bereaved families and friends.

Ken Archer

Archer is a former president of the ACT Bar Association, an elected member of the ACT Bar Council, and a member of the Federal Executive of the Australian Bar Association. 

Up until now, eight magistrates have undertaken coronial matters as part of their broader caseloads. 

Archer said he was honoured to be the inaugural appointment to the newly formed position. 

“As a representative of the ACT Bar Association, I have had the opportunity to sit down with the attorney-general and other stakeholders in the Coronial Restorative Reform Forum to share experiences of the coronial process and discuss how it might become not only more efficient in dealing with cases but also more restorative in its approach,” Archer said.

“The work of that forum is ongoing and with the Chief Coroner who is also the Chief Magistrate I hope to take an active role in exploring how the Coroners Court can be changed and adapted to achieve those aims.”

Attorney-general Shane Rattenbury said Archer would bring a more restorative approach to coronial processes and make them more timely, inclusive and trauma-informed. 

“Mr Archer has practised law for over three decades in the ACT, working as a senior prosecutor, and a criminal defence barrister. He also has a wealth of experience in coronial hearings and inquests,” Rattenbury said.

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