Movers & shakers: Dr Gales setting sails

New Senior Executive Services promotions in the Australian government, including a new chief operating officer, and more.

Dr Nick Gales with the RAAF C-17A Globemaster III at Australia’s Wilkins Aerodrome (Photo: David Said)

We at The Mandarin have a fascination with some of Australia’s most challenging, weirdest and most out there roles in government. It doesn’t get much more out-of-the-office than the Australian Antarctic Division.

Dr Nick Gales is stepping down from the Director/First Assistant Secretary role responsible for the Antarctic Division of the Department of the Environment and Energy in a few months after 17 years in scientific and leadership roles, serving as chief scientist for four years and the top AAD role for three. Apparently it’s been a period of rapid change and growth:

“It’s an exciting new era for Australia’s engagement with Antarctica, the new icebreaker is rapidly taking shape, our traverse capabilities are being reinstated and the future of Antarctic science has never looked brighter,” Dr Gales said.

“One of the greatest strengths of the Antarctic Program is the passion, talent and hard-working ethos of our people and it will be very hard to leave after so many years.

“But I am ready to devote more time to my family and friends, as well as sailing the oceans and riding a few more waves.”

If there are retirements in your section, we’d love to hear about them and give people a proper send off. Get in touch.

Band 2 promotions

Helen Daniels has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the Attorney General’s Department. Daniels was previously the department’s assistant secretary of human resources.

Simon Writer has been promoted to Division Head of Treasury’s Law Design Office in the Revenue Group. Writer was previously an advisor in the division.

Band 1 promotions

Susan Charles has been promoted to Branch Manager, Communications in the Department of Communications’s Corporate Strategy Group.

Penny McKay has been promoted to Assistant Secretary in the Department of Home Affairs. McKay was previously at the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity.

Andrew Kiley has been promoted to Assistant Secretary in the Department of Home Affairs. Kiley was previously at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

See last week’s movers and shakers update here.

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