New boss named for National Archives of Australia

By Melissa Coade

March 21, 2022

National Archives of Australia building,
The National Archives of Australia building, Canberra. (Wikipedia)

Senior South Australian mandarin Simon Froude has been chosen to lead the agency responsible for maintaining official commonwealth records.

Froude will commence his five-year tenure as director-general of the National Archives of Australia (NAA) from 23 May. He will replace the incumbent archives boss, David Fricker.

In a joint statement, Commonwealth Attorney-General (A-G) Michaelia Cash and assistant A-G Amanda Stoker said Froude’s leadership experience and strategic skills would help guide the NAA ‘through the next phase of its transformation’. 

“I congratulate Mr Froude on his appointment to the important role of overseeing the National Archives which carries out the valuable work of managing government records,” senator Cash said. 

As NAA director-general, Froude will be responsible for best practice management of the official government records. He will ensure the preservation and security of information of ‘enduring significance’ and that it is available to government agencies, researchers and the community.

Froude is currently the director of state records in South Australia, where he oversees records and archival management, freedom of information and privacy across the state’s public sector.

The senior public servant has previously held roles in the SA Department of the Premier and Cabinet as its government recordkeeping manager, in the SA Education Department as its records management lead, and with the Treasury and Finance as department records manager. 

The federal government has also appointed five new members to NAA advisory council, which provides advice on matters relating to the functions of the agency. The council members – Rachel Connors, Anthony Dillon, Alice Spalding and Amy Low – will serve three-year terms. Suzanne Hampel has also been reappointed to the council for another three years. 

Senator Stoker said the council will now be fully equipped with the expertise and personnel necessary for guiding the NAA through an ‘important period of change and development’. 

“I congratulate the members of the advisory council on their appointment to this important body; I look forward to working with them to bring the National Archives into a new era,” Stoker said.


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3 months ago

A welcome change at the top, after their dispiriting, dishonest, and politicised performance around the Palace Letters.

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