Movers & Shakers: Slew of appointments at Digital Transformation Authority

By Anna Macdonald

May 27, 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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At the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA), Wayne Poels has been promoted to general manager, investment, advice and contestability.

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Christel Leemhuis

Christel Leemhuis has been appointed general manager, science and risk assessment at Food Standards Australia New Zealand, moving from Department of Health. 

At the Department of Defence, Lynsey Johnstone has been promoted to assistant secretary guide weapons explosive ordnance.

Symone Anderson has become national manager, service delivery at Services Australia, moving from the commonwealth ombud.

Lisa Jansen

At DTA, Andrew Morrison has become chief technology officer. Also at the DTA, several people have been promoted to branch manager: Brendan Reilly, Douglas Rutherford, Lisa Jansen and Jamie Whitcombe.

James Lawson has been named assistant secretary, digital customer services at the Department of Parliamentary Services. 

For the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Emma Connell is now assistant secretary.

At the Department of Health, Layla Morrow has been appointed to the position of assistant secretary.

Adelaide-based Ramsey Beydoun has been appointed assistant commissioner, data engineering at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). At the ATO’s Canberra office, Sheridan Harvey has been promoted to assistant commissioner, law & policy design. =

James Lawson

Department of Home Affairs has seen Adam Nott become assistant secretary national security policy, previously at the Attorney-General’s Department. 

New CEO at NSW Environment Protection Authority

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has named its CEO: Tony Chappel.

Chappel joins from Australian Energy Market Operator, where he held the role of general manager, corporate affairs, legal risk and governance and chief external affairs officer.

“[Chappel’s] breadth of experience is ideally suited to lead on the critical environment protection issues that are so important to our communities, industry and government,” EPA chair Rayne de Gruchy said.

NSW Environment minister James Griffin also congratulated Chappel on his appointment.

“His experience and long history of working in the public and private sectors will serve the authority well and ensure it remains a strong, respected and independent environmental regulator,” Griffin said. 

Jacqueline Moore had been acting in the position, with both Griffin and de Gruchy thanking her for her time and dedication in the role. 

First female deputy commissioner at WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Melissa Pexton

Melissa Pexton has become the first female deputy commissioner, strategy and emergency management at WA’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services. 

Pexton previously held the role of Tropical Cyclone Seroja state recovery controller, and will hold this new role for a period of five years.

Fire and emergency services commissioner Darren Klemm pointed to Pexton’s experience in dealing with the aftermath of the natural disaster as a sign of her unwavering support for those communities affected.

“Melissa has an extensive knowledge of emergency management, with significant experience at the national, state and local level, invaluable assets which make her the ideal person to fill such an important position,” Klemm said. 

The previous person to hold the role was Mal Crondstedt, who retired after several years in the job. 

Klemm congratulated Crondstedt for over 40 years of service.

“I would like to personally thank him for his support and pay tribute to his incredible loyalty and commitment to keeping the people of Western Australia safe for over four decades. I wish him all the best in retirement,” Klemm said. 

Former Gillard chief of staff to become chair on VicForests board 

Ben Hubbard

Ben Hubbard will take up the positions of director and chair at VicForests board from May 31, replacing outgoing chair Chris Lovell.

Hubbard was the CEO at the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority and the former chief of staff to former prime minister Julia Gillard.

“Ben Hubbard has extensive senior leadership experience, which will support the transition of VicForests and its operations to deliver the Victorian Forestry Plan,” minister for agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas said. 

Thomas thanked the outgoing chair Lovell for his contribution to the organisation.

Three appointments in Queensland including two new coroners

Stephanie Gallagher has become deputy state coroner in Queensland, previously holding the title of coroner, with 30 years of legal experience. 

Carol Lee

Carol Lee has been named southern eastern coroner. Lee has extensive clinical experience in the Queensland public hospital system, and served on various tribunals including the Queensland Mental Health Review. 

John Milburn has been made magistrate in Gladstone, with 11 years experience as a sessional member of the Queensland Civial and Administrative Tribunal.

Queensland attorney-general Shannon Fentiman applauded the accomplishments of all three appointees. 

The three will start their respective roles on 23 May 2022. 

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