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Feds poach NSW commissioning boss for new Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency

The Commissioning and Contestability Unit of the NSW Treasury was one of the marquee reforms of the Rob Whitfield era, and now the Commonwealth is seeking a slice that glory by poaching its executive director.

Leilani Frew (pictured) will head up the Australian government’s new Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency, first revealed in the last budget papers, to drive more private sector involvement in infrastructure development. Frew takes up the appointment on December 11.

John O’Neil of Credit Agricole and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation has been acting as the IPFA’s interim CEO for the last five months, and will not stay on.

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor pointed her Frew’s previous work establishing the NSW Infrastructure and Structured Financing Unit and implementation of the NSW government’s major infrastructure program.

“She is an ideal appointment to work with the Commonwealth, states, territories and private sector, to help drive new infrastructure investment across our cities and regions.”

In addition to needing a new Commissioning and Contestability head, the NSW government is also looking for a Government Chief Information and Digital Officer to replace Damon Rees, who was recently named head of Service CEO after the departure of Dr Rachna Gandhi.

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