Movers & Shakers: Former federal treasurer joins superannuation board

By Anna Macdonald

May 6, 2022

The latest senior public sector appointments from across the country.

The latest senior public sector appointments from across the country.

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Darren Lynch has been promoted to the Adelaide-based position of assistant commissioner, client communication services at the Australian Taxation Office. 

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has promoted Shari Beaumont to executive director, registry operations.

Wayne Swan, former federal treasurer, joins AIST Board

Wayne Swan

Former federal treasurer Wayne Swan has joined the board of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), effective April 1.

Swan’s political saavy brings benefits to the role, according to AIST CEO Eva Scheerlinck.

“Wayne brings political, policy and economic expertise developed over 25 years in Parliament, including the lessons of helping manage the Australian economy during the global financial crisis as Treasurer.

“As Chair of the Caucus Economics Committee in 1993 he participated in the development and legislating of the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) and, as Treasurer from 2007 to 2013, he legislated the increase in the SG from 9% to 12%,” Scheerlinck said.

New US ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy confirmed

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late US president John F Kennedy, has been confirmed as the US ambassador to Australia.

As previously reported in The Mandarin, Kennedy was announced as the ambassador earlier this year pending confirmation by the US Senate. 

Kennedy was the US ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017.

Foreign minister Marise Payne took to Twitter to welcome Kennedy to the position.

Former NSW Police assistant commissioner heads firearms review

Geoff McKechnie

Geoff McKechnie, the former NSW assistant commissioner, has been appointed to lead a three-month review of the NSW Firearms Registry.

McKechnie retired from the force late last year after over three decades. His experience makes his appointment well-deserved, said NSW minister for police Paul Toole.

“He started and ended his career in regional NSW and firearms are a key tool of trade for many people living on the land, ensuring Mr McKechnie’s experience and input will help guide any recommendations to improve the operation of the NSW Firearms Registry,” Toole said.

Perth Zoo nabs a new chair in Committee for Perth CEO

Marion Fulker

Committee for Perth CEO Marion Fulker has been named the new chair of Perth Zoo’s Zoological Parks Authority board.

Additionally, Megan Keep has been joined the board and Dr Harriet Mills has been reappointed.

According to WA environment minister Reece Whitby, the priority for the board will be implementing the Perth Zoo’s 20-year plan. 

“’I’d like to congratulate Ms Fulker, Ms Keep and Dr Mills,” Whitby said, “All of whom bring a wealth of valuable experience and a diverse skill set, and I look forward to seeing the board guiding the zoo through this new, historic growth chapter.”

QLD’s small business commissioner position becomes permanent as first meeting of council commences

Maree Adshead

The position of Queensland small business commissioner became permanent on Tuesday, May 3. 

Maree Adshead has been temporarily in the role for the past two years, with Queensland minister for employment and small business Di Farmer thanking Adshead for her service.

“Ms Adshead and her office have been a voice for small businesses across Queensland, helping small businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” the minister said, “As well as leading engagement with government at all levels to champion Queensland small business needs and issues.”

Recruitment for the role has begun, with Adshead continuing in the position until the permanent role is filled. 

Meanwhile, the first meeting of the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council met on May 5, representing different regions across the state.

Dipak Paudyal

“The members of the council are Townsville Consulting Services’ Gerard Byrne from Townsville, Modus Operandi’s Tiffany English from Eight Mile Plains, RPS Fire’s Laurie Johansen from Barmayee, APAC Geospatial’s Dr Dipak Paudyal from Brisbane, Cool Cartons’ Jennifer Qin from Carrara, Tagai Management Consultants’ Murray Saylor from the Greater Brisbane area Substation 33, Tony Sharp from Kingston, Tambo Teddies’ Alison Shaw from Tambo, Complete Business Solutions’ Patina Tieman from Cairns, and La Vida Restaurant and Privato’s Sarah Graham-Hooper from Noosa Heads.

Murray Saylor

“The members have been selected from almost 250 submissions and come from locations stretching from Tambo to Townsville and from industries ranging from tourism and hospitality to trades and construction,” Farmer said.

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