Investment NSW CEO article on Christianity no longer available

By Anna Macdonald

July 13, 2022

Amy Brown
Amy Brown. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

An article published last February in Christian publication Eternity News, in which Investment NSW CEO Amy Brown discusses how her Christian faith supports her in the workplace is no longer able to be viewed.

At the time of writing, attempting to view the article results in an Error 404 page being displayed, which can be seen below.

Screenshot of the article at the time of writing

The Mandarin reported on the article last week

In the article, Brown stated she views the workplace as linked to her ‘personal purpose’, which she draws from her relationship with God, saying her management style is based on Jesus. 

“I’ve done a lot of reflecting because I spend a lot of time at work – always have – and we have Jesus’s life-shaping spirit in us all of the time, so workplaces are our spiritual places. There’s no ‘spiritual things’ category being church and reading the Bible versus when I’m in a secular workplace. Every place is somewhere where God is using us to achieve his eternal purposes.”

The secretary added: “Similar to the 90s saying, ‘What would Jesus do?’ I’m a bit more nuanced than that. ‘What would Jesus do if he were me in these life circumstances, in this job, with this issue before me and serving the people that I lead?’”

In much of the article, the secretary spoke at length about how her faith in God gives her purpose, saying she places trust in prayer in times where she feels doubt. 

Brown is currently in the midst of the John Barilaro saga, with two inquiries underway looking into Barilaro’s appointment as a senior trade and investment commissioner (STIC) to the Americas. 

The secretary has said she was the final decision-maker in appointing the former deputy premier, which has been criticised as ‘jobs for mates’.

Earlier this week, a preferred candidate for the role Jenny West told the upper house inquiry not only was a verbal offer for the STIC Americas role rescinded, but she also found herself being made redundant from her role as deputy secretary at Investment NSW.

The experienced public servant recalled a conversation — when Brown rescinded the offer — with Brown describing the role as a ‘present to someone’.

West was clear, prior to the redundancy, that she had only had positive feedback and was not aware of any issues with how she was performing her role. 


STIC Americas role would be a ‘present’, said Investment NSW CEO

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