NEWS / Congratulations


Bruce Thompson is the new Chief Information Officer at the Department of Sustainability & Environment (Vic).

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) is Victoria's primary government agency responsible for promoting and managing the sustainability of the natural environment. The department and its partner organisations deliver long-term strategies and programs to address the environmental challenges facing Victoria. The department is committed to a future in which all Victorians are living sustainably within their natural environment.

Bruce Thompson is the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the DSE, and will be responsible for delivering outstanding information and communication systems and applications across the department in line with their corporate goals and strategies. Bruce will work across the organisation to create the vision for integrated business solutions and develop a robust governance framework to support legislative reform, competing priorities, and strategic objectives.

Bruce has more than twenty years government experience in information management roles, including at DSE, where he has been Director Spatial Information Infrastructure (SII) since 2003. He has been involved in the development and implementation of Victorian State Government departmental spatial information strategies and IT policy platforms for the last fourteen years. Prior to this, Bruce spent nearly ten years with the Queensland Government where, as Senior Project Leader of the Planning Information and Forecasting Unit, he was a part of the highly successful 'Broadhectare Study', which is still an essential monitoring tool used in Queensland. With significant leadership experience and as an innovative and solutions-focused IT professional, Bruce will undoubtedly drive significant and exciting IT reform at DSE in the coming years.

Cath Bowtell is the new Chief Executive Officer at AGEST Super.

The Australian Government Employees Superannuation Trust (AGEST) is an award winning industry super fund for Australian public sector employees. AGEST is focused solely on managing superannuation savings in the interest of members with all profits shared by its members. The fund has more than $3.7 billion in assets and over 130,000 members predominantly from the Commonwealth, Northern Territory and ACT Governments, with around 8,000 employees contributing to the fund.

Cath Bowtell is the new Chief Executive Officer at AGEST Super, and will lead the fund into its next exciting stage of growth and development. Cath will have ultimate responsibility for the management of AGEST, managing all day-to-day fund issues and providing recommendations to the Directors in relation to the fund's strategy, operations and management of service providers. Cath will also act as the Company Secretary and Public Officer of the Trustee.

Cath Bowtell was formerly the Senior Industrial Officer with the Australian Council for Trade Unions (ACTU) from 1995 until 2010, where she was responsible for the management of the ACTU's social, economic, industrial and superannuation policies. She has been a superannuation trustee for over ten years, with five years on the board of AGEST (until May 2010). She has also sat on the boards of AustralianSuper, the Industry Funds Management Investor Senior Advisors and the Industry Super Network Advisory Committee. Possessing an insightful approach to policy and strategy development and as an outstanding communicator who is cognisant of the values and culture of the not-for-profit superannuation sector, Cath is ideally placed to ensure AGEST continues to provide outstanding superannuation services to its members.

Brian Clark is the new Executive Director Information Technology Services at RMIT University.

RMIT University is one of Australia's longest-established educational institutions, and is now the largest dual-sector education institution in Australia, offering programs ranging from apprenticeship and traineeship training to doctoral programs. The strong professional and vocational orientation of RMIT's programs prepares graduates for employment and active participation in their communities. RMIT is a member of the Global U8 Consortium and, with a campus in Vietnam and significant teaching partnerships in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and Singapore, has a strong educational presence in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Brian Clark is the new Executive Director Information Technology Services at RMIT University, and will provide strategic leadership in the planning, development, deployment and control of RMIT's IT services and processes. Responsible for an overall staff of 280, an operating budget of $50M and Capital expenditure budget of $15M, Brian will lead change through the continual improvement and upgrade of IT services whilst refining IT governance, managing risk and ensuring compliance with policy and procedures. He will also lead the development of a new ICT plan to support the 2011-15 RMIT Strategic Plan.

Brian previously worked in Singapore for ANZ Banking Group Ltd as a divisional CIO, accountable for all technology in the Asia Pacific, Europe & America division. He has also held senior roles with ANZ in New Zealand and Melbourne, taking charge of areas including sales and service platform, technology management for consumer finance and eCommerce. He has also held a number of Software Engineering roles in the United States for organisations including Federal Express, Lockheed Martin and the United States Airforce. As a highly professional and extremely experienced IT professional with over 13 years experience in senior IT leadership positions, Brian will undoubtedly drive RMIT's IT systems, processes and infrastructure forward into the next decade as the institution seeks to maintain its status as one of the pre-eminent universities in Australia.

Caroline Mulcahy is the new Chief Executive Officer at Carers Victoria.

Established in 1992, Carers Victoria is a vibrant peak body that represents and supports caring families throughout Victoria. Working closely with carers who provide care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail and aged, Carers Victoria assists in the improvement of the lives of caring families. Carers Victoria focuses on advocacy for systemic change, research, policy development and the provision of a number of key services including: emotional support and counselling, practical support and respite, education and development, information and advice.

Caroline Mulcahy is the new Chief Executive Officer at Carers Victoria, and will lead a passionate and committed team to drive performance in every aspect of operations and service delivery, whilst acting as a key spokesperson and advocate on behalf of carers and their families throughout Victoria. Caroline will play a crucial role in helping Carers Victoria achieve its mission of leading change in services, systems and support for caring families throughout Victoria.

Caroline was previously the Chief Executive Officer at Melbourne IVF, and has also held the roles of Director Neonatal Services at the Royal Children's Hospital and Principal Nurse at the Royal Women's Hospital over the last decade. A seasoned and professional CEO who has built a career across both the UK and Australia, Caroline is a dynamic and compassionate leader who has most recently transformed Melbourne IVF into a thriving and robust business. With a strong commitment to social justice issues combined with an empathetic attitude, Caroline will provide Carers Victoria with experienced and resilient leadership as the organisation continues to provide crucial representation and advocacy for the interests of caring families across all levels of government.

Professor John Hattie is the new Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute at The University of Melbourne.

The University of Melbourne is international in character and focus, and world-class in research, scholarship and academic standards. It consistently performs highly in international research output rankings and attracts the highest calibre staff and students. The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) is at the forefront of innovative educational research in Australia, supported by eight specialist research centres and a significant number of internationally renowned experts. The Melbourne Education Research Institute (MERI), the Graduate School's research hub, fosters research of genuine international significance, strengthens the nexus between research and teaching, and promotes large-scale multi-disciplinary research and engagement with key partners.

Professor John Hattie is the new Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute at The University of Melbourne, and will help shape and further build on the existing strong research expertise of the Institute and lead the growth and development of priority research across the Graduate School. Professor Hattie will also drive the development and maintenance of strong relationships with governments and key research bodies, maximise opportunities for multi-disciplinary research programs, and contribute to national and international debate. He will also actively contribute to university-wide research strategies, priorities and performance.

Professor John Hattie was previously the Professor of Education and Director of Visible Learning Labs at the University of Auckland. Appointed to this position in 1998, he was also Head of School of Education until 2003. Professor Hattie has regularly advised governments in New Zealand, Australia and the US and has authored or co-authored 12 books and more than 500 papers. Professor Hattie's work is internationally acclaimed, with his influential 2008 book Visible Learning: A Synthesis of over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement is believed to be the world's largest evidence-based study into the factors which improve student learning, involving more than 80 million students from around the world. As an outstanding scholar, leader and researcher who has received strong international recognition, Professor Hattie's leadership will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the university's sector-leading research.

Exciting new appointments at the Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board (MFESB).

The MFESB has undertaken a significant re-structure of the organisation. This restructure has been designed with the aim of re-establishing the MFESB as the pre-eminent urban / specialist response fire and emergency service within Australasia and that it is also recognised as such internationally. After an extensive recruitment process, we are delighted to congratulate some of the new members of the MFESB Executive Team:

Danielle Byrnes is the new Executive Director People and Culture
Danielle Byrnes will assume the leadership of the People and Culture functions to align human resources strategy with MFESB's aim of being recognised as one of the pre-eminent urban / specialist fire and emergency service within Australasia and internationally. Driving significant change management in a rapidly evolving environment, Danielle will develop contemporary HR practice, encourage collaboration, and support the aspiration for a capable, committed and empowered workforce.

Danielle Byrnes has over 20 years of HR practice, 15 years of which have been at the executive level. She commenced her career in industrial relations in the resources sector. She has led the HR/OD function at organisations such as Australian Unity, Department of Premier & Cabinet, Acciona Energy, Western Health and Yallourn Energy. Danielle is a progressive, strategic, and results-oriented HR executive with particular passion and skill in employee engagement and fostering constructive organisational development. With a reputation for delivering significant cultural turnaround and rapid leading product and service creation, Danielle will undoubtedly drive the positive future development of the MFESB's organisational culture.

Russell Eddington is the new Executive Director Corporate Services
In a new role akin to a Chief Operating Officer (COO) position, Russell Eddington will lead and manage the MFESB's new shared Corporate Services functions of Finance, Asset Management, Knowledge Management, Environmental Leadership, and ICT, whilst driving service excellence with high levels of collaboration across all directorates and regions. Providing expert strategic advice on operational and policy matters to the CEO/CO, Russell will play a key role in strengthening internal capabilities and further developing a robust and responsive organisation.

Formerly the General Manager Corporate Services with South East Water, Russell Eddington is a highly experienced Chief Finance Officer who also has six years experience as a Chief Information Officer, again with South East Water. With a background in corporate services, Russell is experienced in setting organisational strategies and taking a strong leadership role in their execution. With a history of driving strong leadership capability and developing an environment that supports personal development and high performing teams, Russell is ideally placed to lead the MFESB's new Corporate Services team as it heads into an exciting period of transformation.

Peter Rau is the new Executive Director Strategy and Innovation
Peter Rau will assume leadership of the MFESB's Corporate Strategy, Corporate Performance, Risk Management, Research & Development, Major Projects, Communications and Project Management departments, ensuring that all of these key strategic areas align with the organisation's strategic planning and innovation frameworks. Peter will play an integral role in enabling innovation at all levels across the organisation and will be involved in building the MFESB brand and strategically using media and communications to link with communities and key stakeholders.

Previously the Director Operations Support & Deputy Chief Fire Officer at the MFESB, the majority of Peter's career has been spent at the CFA in operational and executive roles before joining the MFESB in January 2009. Throughout his career, Peter has established himself as a leader of staff and is well regarded for assisting in the development of innovative strategy. As an executive who is extremely well-versed in the history and culture of the MFESB, Peter is poised to make a significant contribution in the areas of organisational strategy and innovation which will ensure that the MFESB regains its preeminence status in the fire and emergency services sector.

David Youssef is the new Regional Director SE Region
David Youssef will assume the leadership and management of the South East Region team, a region which covers 468 km2, takes in 12 municipalities and has a population of 1.1 million residents. Working closely with the Regional Director NW Region and the Executive Director Emergency Management, David will lead the development of effective emergency management leadership and service capability to Melbourne's SE Region and will be responsible for all aspects of the region's emergency management systems, policies and procedures.

David commenced his career with MFESB in 1985 and was previously in an ACFO position focused on the Marine Response Project. Preceding this, David held Commander roles in the areas of Operations and Capacity Development. With a strong operational capacity experience coupled with robust analytical and strategic capabilities, David possesses the high energy and extensive organisational knowledge and experience needed to actively support the MFESB's new change agenda and leadership vision.

Anne Holmes is the new Executive Director at the National ELT (English Language Teaching) Accreditation Scheme (NEAS).

Established in 1990, the National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) accredits and monitors English language schools and colleges in Australia and internationally. The NEAS brand has become recognised worldwide as a mark of quality and the high standards and rigorous monitoring by NEAS have underpinned Australia's reputation as a world leader in English language teaching. NEAS is located in Sydney and is a non-profit, industry-based body with strong cooperative links with government agencies and industry representative bodies.

Anne Holmes is the new Executive Director at NEAS, and in a newly-created position, will strategically position the company in a changing regulatory environment and shape the next phase of national and international quality assurance accreditation in the ELICOS sector. Anne will also focus on building opportunities for NEAS to broaden its profile and activities in key countries which will have the effect of increasing the profile of Australian English Language Teaching internationally.

Before joining NEAS, Anne was the Head of College of Billy Blue College of English for eleven years. This key leadership role involved defining the ongoing strategic direction for the College and ensuring efficient and effective operations and delivery of high quality academic programs. Prior to this, Anne was with the Swan School of English in Stratford-upon-Avon for ten years, first as Course Director and later as Vice Principal. With a deep awareness of all aspects of English language teaching, centre management and quality assurance and as a strategic, politically aware team builder and collaborator, Anne is ideally placed to drive the future organisational growth of NEAS.

Steven Lambert is the new Director Corporate Services at Wyndham City Council.

Located just 30 kilometers from Melbourne, Wyndham City is idyllically situated on Port Phillip Bay and provides every lifestyle opportunity. With a population of over 147,000, (set to exceed 245,000 people by 2021), Wyndham is a fast growing, culturally diverse, vibrant and engaged community. Wyndham City Council is a leader in local government in Victoria and is a growing organisation that is well positioned financially, has talented, passionate staff and the desire and capability to achieve great things. The principal areas of population are Werribee and Hoppers Crossing, with substantial growth occurring in Tarneit, Point Cook, Truganina and Wyndham Vale.

Steven Lambert is the new Director Corporate Services at Wyndham City Council, and will play a key role in providing the contemporary systems, processes, culture and capability needed to enable the City to serve Wyndham's burgeoning community. Steven will provide leadership to the highly skilled team of 130 across the Finance, IT, Organisation Development, Corporate Planning, Governance, Customer Services, Contracts and Procurement functions and will implement the City's 10 year financial plan.

Previously the General Manager Capex & Asset Accounting at Telstra, Steven has also previously held the roles of Group Manager Management Accounting at Telstra Country Wide and Business Analyst, again at Telstra. In his previous role at Telstra, Steven was accountable for all aspects of the accounting and reporting on the annual Capex program ($3.5b to $6b) and the asset base which resulted from that program ($22b). A contemporary, IT-savvy leader who is highly customer focused and has an ability to recruit, develop talent and retain good people, Steven will bring a dynamic perspective on organisation processes to the role, as Wyndham City Council embarks on an exciting growth agenda.

Darren Fuzzard is the new Director Presentation & Assets at the City of Greater Bendigo.

Greater Bendigo is one of the largest regional cities in Australia with a population of over 100,000 and growing people wanting to make a difference. Bendigo is a great lifestyle choice, only 90 minutes from Melbourne, with affordable housing and a flexible work environment. The City's core values aspire to quality and achievement by embracing challenges, encouragement and respect, nurturing creativity and diversity in order to make a difference in the community.

Darren Fuzzard is the new Director Presentation & Assets at the City of Greater Bendigo, and will be responsible for providing leadership to a team of 200 across functions including asset planning and design, infrastructure construction and maintenance, environmental management, waste management, parks and natural reserves.

Darren was previously the Director Operations at Loddon Shire Council, where he had a large portfolio of responsibilities including strategic planning, environmental and public health, building control, infrastructure policy, recreational facilities, community and youth development, works delivery, drought social recovery and climate change response. Prior to this, Darren worked for VicRoads, working his way up from the post of Construction Engineer to Manager Program Delivery. As a contemporary, customer-focused, forward-thinking leader with a passion for the role that local government plays in fostering community development, engagement and cohesion, Darren will drive the City of Greater Bendigo's infrastructure and environmental service delivery as the region plans for and responds to the demands of extensive growth.

Euan Ferguson is the new Chief Officer at the Country Fire Authority (CFA).

Over the past 60 years, the CFA has evolved to become one of the world's largest volunteer-based emergency service organisations, providing a diverse range of risk reduction and fire suppression services to minimise the impact of fires and other emergencies on the community. The CFA operates across a broad risk environment, including bushfire, complex industrial and structural risks, as well as significant transport, institutional and hazardous materials risk environments. Victoria's natural environment is among the most bushfire prone in the world, and the CFA is uniquely positioned to make a significant contribution to Victoria's communities through the activities of its 1200 plus community based Fire Brigades, 60,000 volunteers and 1300 career staff.

Euan Ferguson is the new Chief Officer at the CFA, and in this high-profile executive role will be responsible for the prevention and suppression of fires across Victoria, delivering excellence in CFA's incident response capability and will influence CFA's overall strategy, volunteer growth and change agenda. The Chief Officer will act as the State Controller for bushfire events across Victoria, and will play a key role in growing a collaborative future for the State's incident response capability.

Previously the Chief Executive and Chief Officer of the South Australian County Fire Service (SACFS), Euan's career started with the Forests Commission Victoria, before he joined the Australian Army Reserve, where he spent nearly 10 years before joining the CFA in a Project Officer role. During his tenure with the CFA, Euan worked in a number of roles including Deputy Director of Operations, before leaving the role of Acting Chief Officer in 2001, to relocate to South Australia.

Having attained one of the most challenging and influential Operational Chief Officer roles in the country, Euan brings a unique set of skills and experience at senior operational and executive command roles, and is perfectly positioned to tackle the huge change agenda facing the CFA. As a highly disciplined and successful leader, Euan will undoubtedly make a major difference for the community and for the dedicated fire fighters, both volunteer and career, within the CFA.

Jon White is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Australian New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA).

ANZPAA is a non-operational policing agency established in October 2007 and is a joint initiative of the Australian and New Zealand Police Ministers and Commissioners. For over 100 years Australian and New Zealand police forces have combined efforts and knowledge to together improve community safety. ANZPAA takes cross-jurisdictional policing to the next level. ANZPAA provides strategic policy and research advice and secretariat services on cross jurisdictional policing initiatives to help achieve policing excellence and enhance community safety throughout Australia and New Zealand. ANZPAA is tasked with providing efficient and effective cross-jurisdictional services to the Board and rationalising the range of work undertaken in the delivery of cross-jurisdictional law enforcement and policing activities.

Jon White is the new Chief Executive Officer at ANZPAA, and will be responsible for leading and managing the development of the agency's work program and future strategic direction. The role will have a strong policing and technical focus, and Jon will be involved in business and corporate planning, policy and financial management, and maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders and partners.

Jon White is an extremely experienced Police Executive and senior management executive with over 35 years experience in the New Zealand Police force. With 13 years experience at the executive level, Jon has a solid track record of strategic leadership, change management and business management across portfolios including Human Resources, Counter Terrorism, Community Policing and National Security. Having been responsible for leading a refreshed approach to community policing in the New Zealand Police Force, Jon possesses the requisite experience in emphasising partnerships, community participation and problem solving that will ensure that ANZPAA achieves its mission of developing and promoting strategic policing initiatives that enhance community safety.

Professor Stephen Dinham is the new Director, Learning and Teaching / Chair of Teacher Education at The University of Melbourne.

The University of Melbourne's Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) is at the forefront of innovation in education, working with partners in schools, early childhood settings, communities, government and beyond, constantly seeking new and improved ways to support Australia's education system. The Melbourne Graduate School of Education is arguably the leading research school of education in Australia. Home to a number of internationally renowned experts, the impact of their research can be seen locally and internationally, in classroom practice, education policy and social institutions. The Melbourne Research Institute (MERI), which oversees all MGSE research activities, fosters research of genuine international significance and strengthens the nexus between research and teaching in the MGSE.

Professor Stephen Dinham is the new Director, Learning and Teaching/Chair of Teacher Education at The University of Melbourne, and will oversee the review and development of all coursework programs in the MGSE. He will have a particular responsibility for the further refinement of the professional-entry Master of Teaching program, to maintain and enhance its reputation both nationally and internationally. Professor Dinham will also be accountable for the improvement of the perceived quality of the programs, will lead continuous improvement in each program and will develop strong relationships with schools and with government and the other educational sectors.

Previously the Research Director, Teaching, Learning and Leadership at the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER), Professor Dinham has also held senior Professorial roles at the University of Western Sydney, the University of New England and the University of Wollongong during an extensive career spanning over 30 years. He has conducted a wide range of research projects in the areas of educational leadership and change, effective pedagogy/quality teaching, student achievement, postgraduate supervision, professional teaching standards and teachers' professional development. Since 1989, Professor Dinham has won more than 60 grants totalling almost $4,000,000 and he also has an extensive publication record (more than 260 publications) of books, book chapters, refereed journal articles, and articles in professional journals.

Professor Dinham will bring to the role of Director Learning and Teaching a strong track record in leading teacher education programs and educational reforms and will bring a highly philosophical and strong evidence-based approach and a focus on the quality of teaching supported by effective leadership.

John Papatheohari is the new General Manager, HealthSMART Services at the Victorian Department of Health.

The Victorian Department of Health's objective is to enhance and protect the health and wellbeing of all Victorians. They work with the community to provide better access to health, aged care and mental health and drug services. They do this through managing the public hospital system, developing health infrastructure in rural and metropolitan Victoria, pursuing opportunities for partnership with the primary care sector and other governments, public health interventions, and implementing major health initiatives such as the Victorian Cancer Action Plan. They also encourage Victorians to improve their health through preventative health initiatives and education programs. HealthSMART is a six-year funded $360M technology program operating across the public healthcare sector. It aims to upgrade outdated technology systems and provide a platform for a shared service technology model across healthcare providers in Victoria.

John Papatheohari has been appointed as the new General Manager, HealthSMART Services at the Department of Health, and will provide commercial leadership and management across the delivery of its technology model across healthcare organisations. He will manage and maintain the new systems delivered through the program, which is the largest public sector IT undertaking in Australia, providing a whole of health ICT to 40 clients and 140,000 users.

Previously the Vietnam Global Business Services (GBS) leader at IBM Global Services, John has 25 years experience in the IT Shared Services environment managing and working with all elements of negotiations and delivery. John has a strong track record of implementing strong governance and processes, extensive client services delivery experience and demonstrated strong skills in building culturally diverse teams and units with high staff retention. As a highly experienced and highly capable IT professional with more than 17 years experience in senior management positions, John will undoubtedly enable HealthSMART to contribute to the creation of efficiency and collaboration for the Victorian health service.

Vince Haining is the new Chief Executive Officer at Maribyrnong City Council.

The City of Maribyrnong is an inner-western municipality of approximately 31 square kilometres in area. It comprises the suburbs of Footscray, Kingsville, Seddon, West Footscray, Maidstone, Tottenham, Yarraville, Braybrook and Maribyrnong. The municipality itself is a dynamic gateway to the Western Region with its close proximity to ports, rail freight terminals, airports and major highways. It provides easy access to all the benefits of Melbourne such as the Docklands and an extensive public transport system. The City of Maribyrnong is a place of diversity, opportunities and challenges. The level and type of development that has occurred over the last ten years, and likely to continue for the next ten to twenty years, is unique to inner Melbourne.

Vince Haining is the new CEO of Maribyrnong City Council, and will lead the organisation and its community into the next stage of cultural and social evolution, during a period of key transport and infrastructure development. Responding to the community's increasing expectations of services, Vince will actively pursue strategic partnerships with industry and key local institutions which will promote the City and create new amenities.

Previously the General Manager Infrastructure Services at Maribyrnong City Council, Vince has extensive Local Government expertise and has built strong relationships within Government, having held senior executive positions at both Boroondara City Council and Melbourne City Council over a 14 year period prior to commencing at Maribyrnong. Demonstrating a vision for where the Council is heading and a passion for the community, Vince possesses all the requisite skills to develop strong relationships with stakeholders, to improve Maribyrnong's community services, reduce their asset gap and keep the city's financial plan on track.

Emma Cassar is the new Chief Executive Officer at Open Family Australia.

Open Family Australia (OFA) is a community organisation that has been working with street children since 1978. They exist as an independent, not-for-profit organisation whose missions is to improve the well being and self worth of alienated and excluded street children through unconditional support, with a view to reconnecting them with the community. Through OFA's expertise and proven methodology they go to where young people are, searching in hot spots such as railway stations, shopping centres, rooming houses and squats. They engage with young people to link them to services which can help them reconnect back into a supportive environment and a healthy community. This could include crisis support and services such as housing, health, drug and alcohol programs, family counselling, legal services, re-engagement back into school, and assisting young people to find suitable work.

Emma Cassar has recently been appointed as OFA's new Chief Executive Officer, and will provide expert strategic advice on operational and policy matters to the Board, deepen relationships with government, health, community and corporate agencies, ensure ongoing staff development which is both meaningful and progressive, and maintain a strong public profile for the organisation.

Emma Cassar is an inspirational leader and in 2009 was winner of the Victorian Telstra Business Women's award, as well as the National Young Business Woman of the Year. Prior to joining Open Family Australia, Emma had carved out a successful career within the Corrections / Prisons / Justice sector. Previously, Emma was the General Manager across 11 public & 2 private prisons throughout Victoria, and placed a particular emphasis on equipping inmates with not only life skills but skills which could help them transition back into society. Having previously demonstrated a tenacious attitude to improving the lives and work of inmates and prison officers, Emma has a well developed capacity for contemporary leadership which will help propel Open Family Australia into its next phase of evolutionary growth.

Frank Gannon is the new Director at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR).

QIMR was established by the Queensland Government in 1945 and is now one of the largest medical research institutes in the southern hemisphere. Over 700 scientists, students and support staff in five research divisions currently work at QIMR. In addition to its research activities in the areas of Infectious Diseases, Immunology, Cancer & Cell Biology, Genetics & Population Health and Mental Health, the Institute has an active program for patenting and commercialising technologies together with facilities for the manufacture of cell-based therapies. QIMR is in a period of significant growth with the construction of a new 13 floor research facility, the Smart State Medical Research Centre, due for completion in 2012. This $180 million project will accommodate twenty new research laboratories and attract an additional 400 scientists and students.

Frank Gannon has recently been appointed as QIMR's new Director, and will lead an expert senior team to drive excellence in every aspect of QIMR's operations in line with its mission, vision and philosophy. Frank will provide the focus, energy and inspiration required to lead the Institute through the next phase of its development to further enhance its research and innovation profile.

Frank Gannon is a highly skilled and visionary leader who possesses a wealth of experience leading highly reputable scientific organisations and a strong personal research track record. Most recently, he was the Director General of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) which was established to administer Ireland's €1.4 billion Technology Foresight Fund, with the aim of building and strengthening scientific and engineering research in the areas of greatest strategic value to Ireland's long-term development. Demonstrating extensive experience leading large scientific entities, including during periods of change and significant growth, Frank Gannon is ideally placed to lead QIMR as it builds on its formidable reputation for world-class medical and translational research.

Karen Symes is the new Chief Information Officer at the Guild Group.

For more than 40 years, the Guild Group has developed an outstanding reputation in pharmacy for delivering tailored insurance and business solutions and a consistently high level of service to its clients. Working in close partnership with their owners, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, the Guild Groups operates as a separate commercial business with an ever expanding range of products and services available. Demand for additional services, much of this driven by existing clients, has seen the Guild Group undergo significant growth over recent years. Their range of services now extends far beyond just Business and Professional Indemnity Insurance, and the organisation is proud to provide products and services that support the business and personal needs of pharmacists.

Karen Symes has been appointed as the new Chief Information Officer at the Guild Group, and as a key member of the Guild Group's Executive Team, will oversee and manage the provision of IT services for the organisation, and developing and implementing IT policies and initiatives in line with strategic business growth strategies and objectives.

Previously the Head of Business Systems & Technology at Equity Trustees, Karen possesses a strong IT infrastructure and financial services background, and has a proven track record in building contemporary, resourceful and disciplined technology from scratch including CRM, cross-sell enablement, enterprise wide core systems linkages, VOIP, ECM and business process management. She is also very strong on people leadership, having developed her leadership skills whilst on the talent program at ANZ. With the Guild Group poised for significant growth over the next three years, Karen displays the requisite IT and people skills required to implement streamlined systems and new technologies to support the organisation's exciting strategic directions.

Sharon McGowan is the new Executive Director Communications & Community Relations at Melbourne Health.

Melbourne Health is a leading health care provider in Victoria, providing comprehensive acute, sub-acute, and general, specialist medical and surgical, and mental health services through both inpatient and community based facilities. With an annual budget in excess of $780 million and over 8,500 staff, Melbourne Health is Victoria's second largest public health service, and operates the following services: The Royal Melbourne Hospital - City Campus, The Royal Melbourne Hospital - Royal Park Campus, NorthWestern Mental Health, North West Dialysis Service, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory and Support Services.

Sharon McGowan is the new Executive Director Communications & Community Relations at Melbourne Health, and will be responsible for the development and implementation of fundraising, public relations, media strategy, marketing, communication, community engagement and participation strategies in this complex multi-stakeholder, multi-layered environment.

Sharon is a dynamic leader with an impressive mix of management and communications skills in health care provision, developed both in Australian and in the UK. Previously the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Benetas, Sharon has a proven track record in translating complex issues and messages into clear and concise communications that connect well with target markets, and excels in working at a strategic level. Having developed extensive experience which is complementary to the demands of this prestigious Melbourne Health communications role, this position is a great match for Sharon's values systems, providing her with the opportunity to add value and make a positive difference to the Melbourne Health community.

Peter Harrison is the new Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director at Chisholm Institute of TAFE.

Chisholm Institute is a thriving Technical and Further Education Institute with a focus on servicing the major growth corridor of south eastern Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula and Bass Coast through six campuses and a number of outreach centres. The Institute offers more than 500 courses in over 70 study areas, and works closely with industry to support workforce development in enterprises and to remain abreast of current industry practice. Chisholm's consulting and training services are targeted to the needs of individual workplaces, utilising a range of flexible and responsive approaches. Chisholm has a proud history of delivering technical training in the south east of Melbourne.

Peter Harrison is the new Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director at Chisholm Institute of TAFE, with the responsibility for promoting and supporting innovation and quality in Chisholm's educational delivery, supporting the development of an organisational culture which is driven by a responsiveness to change and continuous improvement, and promoting the overall growth of the Institute's training services, ensuring that the training offered addresses individual and industry requirements.

Having previously been at Kangan Batman TAFE for 13 years, Peter has recently been focusing on the development and implementation of Skills Victoria's ministerial reforms through a whole-of-organisation change management process, as well as management and administration of the Skills Victoria's Performance Agreement. Also possessing experience in customer relations; marketing, business development, learning, research and design, library and learning centre, student records, children's services; and information systems, Peter is a highly strategic and commercial educational leader, who possesses a strong passion for the TAFE mission. Peter's appointment will have an undoubtedly positive impact on Chisholm's future strategic direction.

Other new exciting appointments at Melbourne Health.

Melbourne Health is a leading health care provider in Victoria, providing comprehensive acute, sub-acute, and general, specialist medical and surgical, and mental health services through both inpatient and community based facilities. With an annual budget in excess of $780 million and over 8,500 staff, Melbourne Health is Victoria-s second largest public health service. Melbourne Health operates the following services: The Royal Melbourne Hospital - City Campus, The Royal Melbourne Hospital - Royal Park Campus, NorthWestern Mental Health, North West Dialysis Service, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory and Support Services.

Helen Matthews is the new Director of Pharmacy at Melbourne Health.

Helen Matthews has been appointed as the new Director of Pharmacy at Melbourne Health, and will play a key strategic role in leading the future direction of Pharmacy Services and the Pharmacy Team, with a focus on best practice service development, quality, education and research across Melbourne Health.

Helen is a highly experienced and engaging health professional with extensive leadership experience in pharmacy, having previously been the Chief Pharmacist at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne for sixteen years. Having held pharmacy management positions in some of Melbourne's leading teaching hospitals, Helen has obtained extensive experience in pharmacy service management, change management, patient care models and strategic planning, and through her appointment will ensure the ongoing delivery of high quality accessible and customer-focused pharmacy services at Melbourne Health.

Karen Clark is the new Co-Divisional Director Nursing and Operations - Emergency Services, ICU, Imaging & Ambulatory Care at Melbourne Health.

Karen Clark has been appointed as the new Co-Divisional Director Nursing and Operations - Emergency Services, ICU, Imaging & Ambulatory Care at Melbourne Health, and will provide strategic leadership and operational management to the Shared Services Division which includes Emergency Services, ICU, Imaging and Ambulatory Care across Melbourne Health to ensure the ongoing delivery of high quality clinical and clinical support services.

Previously the Director of Nursing and Hospital Manager at Mercy Health, Karen has extensive nursing and leadership experience and has held Director of Nursing roles for the past eight years. During her career, she has demonstrated extensive experience in implementing strategic and business requirements, providing operational leadership and directing and controlling the provision of nursing and other hospital services to ensure the maintenance of high quality patient care. With outstanding communications, strategic and operational skills, Karen will undoubtedly contribute to the achievement of Melbourne Health's strategic and business plans and work closely with key stakeholders to achieve strategic, operational and financial performance targets.

Kathy Quade is the new Co-Divisional Director Nursing and Operations - Cancer and Infectious Medicine Services at Melbourne Health.

Kathy Quade has been appointed as the new Co-Divisional Director Nursing and Operations - Cancer and Infectious Medicine Services at Melbourne Health. In this newly-created role, Kathy will provide strategic leadership and operational management to the Cancer and Infection Medicine Services Division's nursing workforce across Melbourne Health to ensure the delivery of high quality clinical and clinical support services.

Previously a Nurse Unit Manager and Acting Co-Divisional Director of Medicine, Emergency and Hospital in the Home at Melbourne Health, Kathy is strong on values-based people management and leadership, and has a very positive approach to her work. Advocating a leadership style which places a strong emphasis on open and honest communications, Kathy demonstrates the ability to lead Melbourne Health's Cancer and Infectious Medicine Services nursing workforce as it continually strives to provide best-practice service delivery in the areas of cancer and infectious medicine patient care.

Dr Susannah A'Hern is the new Medical Director at the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV).

Since its formation in 1999, the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria has been actively seeking ways to improve the educational and training opportunities available to support the welfare and career development of doctors who have recently graduated or commenced work in the Victorian health system. Through their work, PMCV aspires to promote safe, high quality and accessible healthcare and a sustainable, highly motivated and effective medical workforce.

Dr Susannah A'Hern has been appointed as the new Medical Director at the PMCV, and will work closely with the Board, the Chair of Committee and the Executive Officer to advance the profile of the PMCV; develop strategic relationships with universities, hospitals, other medical training facilities and relevant national bodies, undertake accreditation of training places and oversee the Victorian Computer Matching Service.

Previously the Director Medical Services with Alfred Health, with responsibilities for postgraduate medical education and training and assistance in medical workforce management, Dr A'Hern has extensive knowledge of the current workforce and training issues of prevocational doctors, and demonstrates experience in establishing and overseeing hospital based workforce and training initiatives. She is strongly committed to the vision, mission and values of the PMCV, and possesses a passionate interest in providing outstanding training and support to the next generation of medical professionals.

Beige Pureau is the new Manager Marketing & Communications at the City of Stonnington.

Located in Melbourne's inner east, the City of Stonnington takes in the suburbs of Prahran, Windsor, South Yarra, Toorak, Armadale, Malvern, Malvern East, Glen Iris and Kooyong, and has an economically and culturally diverse population of approximately 90,000 people. The City of Stonnington is proud of its workforce and recognises the strengths this provides in meeting the needs of the community it serves. It is committed to providing a workplace where employees are valued and respected and free from all forms of discrimination and harassment.

Beige Pureau is the new Manager Marketing & Communications at the City of Stonnington, and will be responsible for the development and implementation of marketing and communications for the organisation including corporate publications, marketing, corporate branding, website development, engaging internal communications channels, speech writing, advocacy, and issues management.

Beige brings a wide portfolio of highly relevant skills and experience to the role at City of Stonnington. For the past 16 years she has worked in marketing, public relations and communications across a wide range of councils, and was most recently the Manager Communications and Marketing at Manningham City Council. Having also managed the communications, PR and marketing teams at the City of Whitehorse, City of Yarra and Frankston Councils, Beige has developed an approach to marketing communications which is steeped in well considered strategic thinking with a focus on successful outcomes. With a proven ability to be able to plan effective communication programs that strongly connect with the community, Beige possesses all the experience necessary to strategically position the City of Stonnington as an industry leader and strong community advocate.

Francesca Trimboli is the new Manager Marketing & Communications at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital is a leading hospital in eye, ear, nose and throat services. The Hospital undertakes half of Victoria's public general eye surgery, up to 90% of special eye surgery, and all of Victoria's public cochlear implant surgery. Annually, the Hospital provides over 220,000 occasions of service to patients ranging from medical and allied health outpatient clinics, to emergency and inpatient admissions.

Francesca Trimboli is the new Manager Marketing & Communications at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital and will have the key strategic responsibility for developing new marketing, branding and communications plans designed to significantly raise the public profile and fundraising capabilities of this world leader in eye and ear healthcare.

Formerly the Marketing Manager at Australia on Collins, Francesca is highly strategic and strong on social marketing and analytics and she also has a strong creative bent. A very capable, positive, and engaging Marcomms professional, she has had a diverse array of career experience in high profile sporting, events and arts organisations, mainly in the not-for-profit sector. Possessing strong experience in branding, marketing, profile raising, communications and media management, Francesca is ideally positioned to raise the profile of this world-leading organisation.

Taryn Rulton is the new Financial Controller at Victoria Police.

Victoria Police contributes to a high quality of life for individuals in the community by ensuring a safe and secure society and underpins the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of Victorians. Since Victoria Police first began providing policing services in 1853, its role has expanded from one focused primarily on law enforcement, to one of community assistance, guidance and leadership. Their mission is to provide a safe, secure and orderly society by serving the community and the law. Victoria Police is a large organisation employing over 14,000 people, including Police, Public Servants and Protective Security Officers, serving a population in excess of 5 million.

Taryn Rulton has been appointed as the new Financial Controller at Victoria Police, and in a key leadership position, will play an educative role in enhancing the organisation's focus on financial accountability and return on Victoria's investment in policing. Managing Victoria Police's $1.8B budget, Taryn will deliver high-level advice on budget management, forecasting, financial systems, risk, taxation compliance, customer-focused business reporting, financial analysis and the overall financial health of the organisation.

Previously the Assistant Director, Fiscal Strategy (Budget and Financial Management Division) at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, Taryn is highly articulate and commercially oriented in her approach to business process improvement, customer orientation, stakeholder management and leadership modelling. A highly professional and confident executive, Taryn demonstrates the financial experience and people skills necessary to take Victoria Police's financial development and to the next level.

Darryn Paspa is the new Manager Procurement and Contracts at Kingston City Council.

The City of Kingston is one of Melbourne's largest local Councils, developing the careers of over 1,300 staff through a diverse and dynamic range of roles. Only 15 minutes from Melbourne's CBD, Kingston offers a vibrant and engaging lifestyle. Its 135,000 residents and staff enjoy 13kms of beach frontage, quality residential living, boutique strip shopping, bike tracks and prestigious schools. Kingston's diversity - with its wetlands, foreshore, open spaces and industrial areas - offers lifestyle choices and work variety.

Darryn Paspa is the new Manager Procurement and Contracts at Kingston City Council, a newly-created key leadership position, and will be responsible for providing systems, processes and specialist advice to the organisation on procurement and contracts, probity services, tendering and purchasing compliance and reporting.

Previously the Manager Contracts and Procurement at the City of Casey, Darryn has some excellent career breadth and experience brought from the local government, defence and health sectors. Possessing an engaging, collaborative and positive leadership style, Darryn is a highly knowledgeable and experienced professional with an entire career spent in contract and procurement. With a passion for highly ethical governance and probity procedures, Darryn has the requisite experience needed to build cultural change and facilitate organisational learning at the City of Kingston.

Chris Lo Piccolo is the new Manager City Works at Darebin City Council.

Darebin is home to one of the largest, most diverse communities anywhere in Victoria in terms of cultures, language (more than 118 languages are spoken), religions, socio-economic background, employment status, occupation, and housing needs. The Council actively represents the community's diversity and aim to create an inclusive work environment that values the contribution of all employees and treats all employees with dignity and respect.

Chris Lo Piccolo is the new Manager City Works at Darebin City Council and will be responsible for the efficient and cost effective operation of several critical council services, including environmental operations, resource recovery, roads infrastructure and fleet services.

Formerly the Manager Infrastructure Services at Boroondara City Council, Chris is a committed and professional local government manager who is highly orientated towards customer service, problem solving, business process improvements and providing best-practice infrastructure services for his constituents. With a history of running efficient quality service levels and possessing an appetite for change and improvement, Chris will help drive the ongoing development of infrastructure services and city works for the City of Darebin.

Brendan Walsh is the new Manager Engineering Operations at Surf Coast Shire Council.

Under the leadership of CEO Mark Davies (our successful candidate from 2008), and with a strategic and energetic Council, the Surf Coast Shire is one of the most exciting local government organisations in Australia. The Surf Coast Shire is among the fastest growing regional municipalities in Victoria (av.3.06% annually for past 15 years) and with its spectacular coastline, scenic rainforests and magnificent beaches, is one of the tourist draw cards of Australia.

Brendan Walsh is the new Manager Engineering Operations at Surf Coast Shire Council, and will be responsible for providing leadership to a multi disciplined department (including busy Civil Works and Parks & Open Space units), delivering best practice infrastructure construction and maintenance for the community, managing annual budgets and contracts, and leading departmental planning and development.

Formerly the Interface Manager at Transurban Group, Brendan developed a broad and thorough experience in engineering and infrastructure management during his long tenure with Transurban. During his career he has been exposed to the management of the majority of civil engineering areas and brings best commercial practice knowledge from the private sector, as well as significant community experience and stakeholder management expertise. As a strong communicator with a proven ability to foster positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders, Brendan is well positioned to ensure the exceptional delivery of Surf Coast Shire Council's infrastructure maintenance program during this time of unprecedented growth for the area.

Liz Walker is the new Chief Executive Officer at Lort Smith Animal Hospital.

Established in 1935, Lort Smith Animal Hospital is one of the largest Animal Hospitals in the world, providing quality care for over 100,000 lost, abandoned, mistreated and sick animals every year. With a large team of 26 dedicated and caring full time vets providing high quality veterinary care, the organisation also cares for stray and unwanted animals in its dedicated cattery and kennels, and reunites or re-homes thousands of cats and dogs each year. The most recent addition to the hospital, the wildlife and exotic pet unit, also provides care and expertise and promotes interest and further education in the captive care of these special creatures.

Liz Walker is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Lort Smith Animal Hospital, and will lead a dynamic team to drive excellence in every aspect of the organisation's financial, operational, marketing, fundraising and promotional delivery, and bring Lort Smith Animal Hospital through to the next stage of significant growth.

Previously the General Manager - Veterinary Pathology at Gribbles Veterinary Pathology, Liz Walker is a practical and pragmatic executive with a demonstrated passion for animals. A vet by origin, she has a strong pathology background, and possesses robust business management, strategic planning, financial management and marketing experience. As a leader who engenders tremendous loyalty amongst her staff and demonstrating an ability to build relationships based on trust and respect, Liz is an outstanding addition to the Lort Smith Animal Hospital Executive, and will ensure that the organisation develops beneficial partnerships within Victoria and Australia, whilst maintaining a strong public profile and strengthening relationships with government, corporate agencies and the wider community.

Mark Darmody is the new Chief Financial Officer at the Victorian Department of Health.

The Victorian Department of Health's objective is to enhance and protect the health and wellbeing of all Victorians. They work with the community to provide better access to health, aged care and mental health and drug services. They do this through managing the public hospital system, developing health infrastructure in rural and metropolitan Victoria, pursuing opportunities for partnership with the primary care sector and other governments, public health interventions, and implementing major health initiatives such as the Victorian Cancer Action Plan. They also encourage Victorians to improve their health through preventative health initiatives and education programs.

Mark Darmody is the new Chief Financial Officer at the Victorian Department of Health, having commenced in May of this year, and is responsible for budget management and funding, finance policy and operations, financial policy and shared services coordination. Mark will drive the financial direction of the Department, and provide expert advice on the department's financial performance and key issues to the Minister, the Secretary, senior management, hospital CEOs/CFOs, central agencies, interstate departments, Commonwealth, ATO and the Auditor-General's office.

Mark Darmody is a highly capable finance executive with over ten years experience in a variety of roles with the Victoria Department of Human Services (DHS). Previously the Director Finance and Business Services, Mark has extensive experience in government processes and financial reform principles in the public sector, is well-versed in corporate service delivery culture and has had considerable experience working within a multi-disciplinary workforce. Having previously managed billion-dollar budgets and with extensive experience reporting to and advising senior stakeholders on program delivery, budget and accounting matters, Mark will ensure the ongoing financial strength and development of this vital state department.

Bruce Clarke is the new Executive Director Finance and Corporate Services at Western Health.

Western Health was formed in July 2000 and is the major public provider of acute health services throughout Western Metropolitan Melbourne. They provide a range of health services including emergency, elective, medical, surgical, obstetrics, paediatrics, community-based rehabilitation, acute geriatric medicine and subacute services from three acute hospital campuses - Western Hospital, Sunshine Hospital and The Williamstown Hospital. Employing approximately 5000 staff, Western Health's catchment extends from Footscray and out to the growth corridors of Caroline Springs and Melton, up to Sunbury and down to Werribee. It numbers approximately 690,000 people and is growing at 4% per annum.

Bruce Clarke commenced as the new Executive Director Finance and Corporate Services at Western Health in May of this year, and as a key member of the Executive team, is responsible for the operational management of the finance and corporate services portfolio, which includes the quality and continuous improvement of finance, assets and infrastructure and the commercial contracts and relationships functions.

Previously at Nylex as their General Manager - Strategy & Risk, Bruce Clarke is a senior strategy and risk management professional with proven experience in strategic planning, treasury management and risk management. As a confident and highly talented professional, Bruce possesses the diverse and wide range of experiences that will ensure Western Health's financial development and stability as it moves into its next phase of high-level organisational growth.

Michael Cudmore is the new Manager Load Planning at La Trobe University.

Since its establishment in 1964, La Trobe University has become an internationally recognised leader in tertiary education and training, with strong research and teaching programs and student exchange networks across more than 40 countries. It is committed to providing undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of the highest quality, supported by an outstanding research profile.

Michael Cudmore is the new Manager Load Planning at La Trobe University, with the responsibility for developing, managing and implementing La Trobe University's student load model and associated policy and procedures and providing strategic input into load planning across the University.

Previously the Manager Projects & Planning at the Deakin University Planning Unit, Michael has developed extensive career experience in the areas of enrolment planning, resource allocation, income forecasting, Commonwealth grant and tuition fee pricing. With demonstrated experience in achieving best practice management of student load and resource allocation, Michael is well-placed to develop and establish a load planning function that will support La Trobe University in achieving its strategic goals.

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