Movers & Shakers: Three promotions to GM at Services Australia

By Anna Macdonald

June 16, 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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Three people have been promoted to general manager at Services Australia: Thomas McGoram, Belinda Roberston, and Anthony Piazza.

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The National Indigenous Australians Agency has had two appointments. Ian Bartholomew has been promoted to branch manager, Closing the Gap and Thomas Dyer has been promoted to branch manager, NT Policy.

Richard Tinker has been promoted at the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency to the position of chief radiation health scientist and head of the radiation health services branch.

At the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, both NSW-based Timothy Stobaus and Canberra-based Christopher Videroni have been promoted to general manager. 

Cindy Toms
Cindy Toms

Cindy Toms has been named head of national research and data at Cancer Australia. 

A new assistant secretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been named: Marcus Lumb.

New WA police commissioner announced 

Col Blanch has been named as the next Western Australian police commissioner for the next five years, starting on July 15. 

Blanch moves into the role having previously been deputy commissioner, looking after the portfolios of gang crime, homicide, organised crime, and state intelligence for the past three years.

Col Blanch
Col Blanch

WA police minister Paul Papalia said Blanch had proven his capacity to act in the role, having previously acted as commissioner in the past.

“Under Mr Blanch’s leadership, WA Police simultaneously kept the community safe during the COVID-19 state of emergency and began a transformation into the world-class organisation it is today.

“Mr Blanch has been directly responsible for transforming policing in the State through employing cutting-edge technology to combine real time intelligence with operations,” Papalia said. 

New dep sec at NSW Department of Communities and Justice 

James Toomey

James Toomey has been named deputy secretary housing, disability and district services at the NSW Department of Communities and Justice. 

The deputy secretary joined from not-for-profit Mission Australia, where he held the title of chief executive. 

Toomey brings to the role 20 years of experience across both the UK and Australia, working in leadership roles in the human services sector. 

Toomey began his role on June 14. 

TEQ on the lookout for a new CEO

Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) has begun recruitment for a new CEO following the resignation of Leanne Coddington to end her nine year tenure at the organisation at the end of the year.

Coddington said it had been a ‘privilege’ to work in the role. 

Leanne Coddington
Leanne Coddington

“I greatly admire the tourism and events industry’s inbuilt resilience to come back stronger after every hurdle and look forward to seeing it continue to go from strength-to-strength,” Coddington said. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk thanked Coddington for the work she had done. 

“As CEO of Tourism and Events Queensland, Ms Coddington has overseen many innovative marketing campaigns to champion Queensland holiday destinations to Australia and the world.

“Ms Coddington’s decision follows the remarkable domestic recovery of Queensland tourism and the industry’s relaunch in key global markets,” Palaszczuk said. 

Acting VicRoads safety camera commissioner made permanent

Acting road safety camera commissioner Neville Taylor has been appointed to take on the role permanently for the next three years.

Having acted in the role since December 2021, Taylor has led road policing operations in the state and spent more than 40 years of service with Victoria Police.

“I look forward to the next three years as the Road Safety Camera Commissioner and ensuring fewer people face the reality of seeing a loved one injured, or even worse, killed on our roads,” Taylor said on taking up the role. 

Victoria minister for police Lisa Neville said Taylor was well-suited for the role.

“Neville Taylor brings extensive skills and expertise to the role of Road Safety Camera Commissioner and will continue to do a great job in this position permanently,” the minister said. 

Taylor is replacing Stephen Leane, who was thanked for his contribution while in the role. 

Rosemary Kayess re-elected to UN Committee

Rosemary Kayess

Rosemary Kayess has been reelected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

The government has said it strongly supported the lawyer and academic’s candidacy for a second term. 

Both minister for foreign affairs Penny Wong and minister for the NDIS Bill Shorten congratulated Kayess on her re-appointment. 

“It’s wonderful to have an Australian with a disability as a representative at the United Nations. She will be an exceptional voice for people with disability on the Committee, particularly promoting the rights of women, children and inclusivity,” Shorten said.

Wong added: “Ms Kayess’ re-election is a strong endorsement from her international peers of her decades-long work to progress disability rights.”

Two new commissioners at WAIRC

The WA government has named two new commissioners at the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission: Charmaine Tsang and Timothy Kucera.

Charmaine Tsang
Charmaine Tsang

Tsang comes from the private sector, her most recent role being partner at the Perth Employment & Safety team at global law firm HFW.

Meanwhile, Kucera was previously the state secretary of the United Professional Firefighters Union of WA, representing firefighters and fire safety officers.

WA industrial relations minister Bill Johnston said he was pleased to announce the appointments.

“Ms Tsang and Mr Kucera bring a wealth of experience to the commission and will ensure it is sufficiently resourced to carry out its important and expanding functions,” Johnston said. 

Tsang’s appointment is effective from July 18, while Kucera starts on August 29.

New judge appointed to Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

Michael Berry has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, following his appointmentment as a judge of the Family Court of Western Australia (FCWA).

Attorney-general Mark Dreyfus congratulated Berry and thanked him for his willingness to serve the people of Australia. 

“The FCWA is unique in Australia, in being the only state Family Court to be created under the Commonwealth Family Law Act, though it deals with the same issues as the Commonwealth Family Court,” Dreyfus said. 

Two women appointed Queensland District Court judges

Deputy chief magistrate Janelle Brassington has been appointed chief magistrate and as a judge of the District Court of Queensland, with Jodie Wooldridge also appointed as a judge of the District Court. 

The Queensland government said it was step towards making Queensland’s judiciary more gender diverse.

Queensland attorney-general and minister for justice Shannon Fentiman congratulated both on their respective appointments.

“Deputy chief magistrate Brassington has served the court with distinction while administering justice to the highest standards in communities across Queensland including Brisbane, Southport, Innisfail and Cairns,” Fentiman said. 

On Woolridge, Fentiman said she was ‘eminently qualified’ for the position. 

Brassington’s appointment is effective from July 8, while Woolridge’s appointment is effective July 20.

WA Building and Construction Consultative Committee established

A new committee has been formed in the nation’s west, with the establishment of the Western Australian Building and Construction Consultative (BCC) Committee.

Reg Howard-Smith
Reg Howard-Smith

Reg Howard-Smith has been appointed as the chair of the BCC Committee, having previously held the role of chair of the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund.

The rest of the committee will be made up of industry peak bodies, major employers, trade unions representing building and construction workers, and relevant state government agencies.

WA industrial relations minister Bill Johnston said the committee marks the fulfilment of an election commitment. 

“The BCC Committee will enable key industry players to come together and contribute to the vital role the commercial construction sector plays in Western Australia’s economy.

 “I’m confident the wealth of experience of Reg Howard-Smith as chairperson and the members will enable the BCC Committee to examine key issues and provide important advice to the Government,” Johnston said. 

New chair for WA Busselton Water board

Robyn Paice
Robyn Paice

Robyn Paice has been announced as the new chair of the Busselton Water Board in Western Australia, replacing outgoing chair Helen Shervington.

Paice has been on the board since 2018, and is an expert in freshwater ecology.

Two new members have also joined the board, Robin Belford and Jane Sparkes. 

WA water minister Dave Kelly congraulted the new members onto the board, saying each of them brought with them ample experience. 

“I would also like to thank outgoing Chair Helen Shervington OAM, along with Geoffery Oddy and Angus Smith, for their significant contribution and leadership over the past decade through a period of unprecedented change and growth for the organisation,” Kelly added. 

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