Movers & Shakers: Five new assistant secs at Home Affairs

By Anna Macdonald

July 1, 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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The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources has promoted Kathleen Rowley to head of division and Donna Looney to head of division, industry growth. 

At Services Australia, Cathy Toze has been promoted to general manager.

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Simon Marsden
Simon Marsden

At the Department of Home Affairs, Alexandra Mond, Alison Garrod, Simon Marsden, Stephanie Forrester and Jill Ogden have been promoted to assistant secretary.

Andrew Matz has moved from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources to take up the role of general manager.

Moving from the Department of the Treasury, Jane Holmes has become the assistant commissioner, corporate group at the Productivity Commission.

Jane Holmes
Jane Holmes

At the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, the Attorney-General’s Department’s Christopher Davey takes up the role of national manager, intelligence insights, while the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Wendy Darling has become national manager, collection operations. 

The Director of Public Prosecutions has promoted several people to assistant director: Paul Huygens and William Ferguson in Brisbane, and Christina Choi, Eliza Amparo and Samuel Indyk in Sydney

Christina Choi
Christina Choi

Joffrid Mackett has been promoted to assistant secretary at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. 

At Austrade, Daniel Curtis has been promoted to branch head. 

First NSW anti-slavery commissioner appointed

Dr James Cockayne has been appointed as the first NSW anti-slavery commissioner.

Attorney-general Mark Speakman said Cockayne brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked with a variety of government, private sector and international organisations to combat modern slavery.

James Cockayne

“Dr Cockayne has spent years developing policies which can help communities to identify and respond to modern slavery,” Mr Speakman said.

NSW introduced legislation, that came into effect on the first day of this year, requiring NSW government and local councils to take reasonable steps to ensure their procurement practices are free from modern slavery. 

Former judge to lead QLD casino review

Former judge Robert Gotterson has been appointed to lead an external review into The Star casinos in Queensland, assisted by John Horton

Robert Gotterson
Robert Gotterson

Queensland attorney-general Shannon Fentiman said both Gotterson and Horton were well-experienced. 

“Former justice Robert Gotterson AO will bring a wealth of judicial experience to the role. His honour served on both the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal before retiring in 2019,” the attorney-general said.

Fentiman added the government was taking allegations about The Star Casino, with the investigation looking into the casino’s commitment to anti-money laundering, management of its ‘high rollers’, use of Chinese debit or credit card facilities, and management of exclusions including those excluded from The Star Sydney by the NSW Police Commissioner. 

Australian ambassador to Vietnam concludes term

Robyn Mudie
Robyn Mudie

Robyn Mudie, Australia’s ambassador to Vietnam, has concluded her term.

Mudie said she felt privileged to have served her role in the south east Asian nation. 

The outgoing ambassador posted a farewell message in Vietnamese to her Twitter, thanking her host country for its hospitality and the challenges of COVID. 

First female chair at Racing and Wagering WA

Karen Farley is the new chair of Racing and Wagering WA, becoming the first woman to hold the position.

WA racing and gaming minister Tony Buti said that with more than 30 years’ experience serving on government and non-government boards and committees, Farley had an ‘impressive wealth of experience and knowledge’.

“I extend a warm congratulations to Karen Farley on her appointment as chair at an exciting time for the local racing industry,” Buti commented. 

Buti also thanked outgoing chair Jeff Ovens, who had served as chair since 2013.

“During his tenure, the strong performance of the WATAB and creation of wider revenue streams has led to a robust and successful racing sector in WA,” the minister said. 

Frankfurt the latest site of WA’s investment and trade offices

The Western Australian government is setting up an investment and trade office in Frankfurt, led by the London-based WA agent general John Langoulant.

The government said the economic opportunities in Frankfurt for the state include clean energy, batteries, and critical minerals.

WA deputy premier and state development, jobs and trade minister Roger Cook said Frankfurt presented an exciting gateway for Australia’s most Western state.

“The Western Australian Government is committed to growing the strong relationship between our state and Germany, which is underpinned by common values, strong people-to-people connections, and substantial trade and investment links,” Cook said. 

The new office, expected to open 1 January 2023, will joins the other office already open in London, Singapore, Jakarta, Shanghai, Mumbai, Dubai, Tokyo and Seoul.

Aqwest board re-appointments and new director

Two Aqwest directors of board have been re-appointed: Dave Kelly and Wendy Giles. Meanwhile, Mick Murry has joined the board.

WA water minister Dave Kelly also thanked outgoing chair Neville Eastman for his dedicated service during his ten years on the board. 

“I would like to congratulate Wendy and Rhonda on their re-appointments and thank them for their ongoing contribution to the Aqwest Board.

“Mick has been a champion of the South-West community as a former MP for two decades and brings a wealth of experience to the board,” Kelly said. 

New chair of the Road Safety Council

Katie Hodson-Thomas has been welcomed as the new chair of the WA Road Safety Council.

Hodson-Thomas is the director of corporate and public affairs at the Perth-based arm of global consulting firm FTI Consulting, with extensive experience in public policy development, government relations and stakeholder engagement.

She was formerly independent chair of the WA Fishing Industry Council and is currently a member of the Gaming and Wagering Commission.

WA road safety minister Paul Papalia congratulated her on her appointment. 

“Ms Hodson-Thomas’s experience in representing the interests of the WA community at a federal and local level gives me every confidence in her ability to lead the council and improve road safety outcomes for the benefit of everyone who uses our roads,” Papalia said.

Papalia also thanked outgoing chair Iain Cameron for his contributions during his five years as chair.

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