Noticeboard: Caroline Spencer appointed WA auditor

Our wrap of the latest appointments in and around government and the public service across Australia.

In this issue:

  • Caroline Spencer appointed WA auditor
  • Daryl Karp reappointed Museum of Australian Democracy director
  • Tony Nutt appointed to NMA council, Australia Post board
  • Former UN executive joins ASPI
Caroline Spencer

Caroline Spencer appointed WA auditor

Caroline Spencer has been appointed Western Australia’s next Auditor-General.

Ms Spencer, who was most recently the managing partner of professional services firm Vista Advisory, has experience in public sector audit, risk and governance at state and federal level.

State Treasurer Ben Wyatt said that Ms Spencer, who previously conducted a review of the Office of the Auditor-General in 2015, has significant understanding of the role.

Ms Spencer was selected from a field of 33 applicants and will be the first female Auditor-General for Western Australia.

Daryl Karp reappointed Museum of Australian Democracy director

Daryl Karp

Daryl Karp has been reappointed director of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House on a full-time basis for a second five year term.

Announcing the reappointment Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said that Ms Karp, who been director since 2013, had delivered key outcomes for the museum and built strong stakeholder partnerships.

“Ms Karp has established a vision for the museum that celebrates the spirit of Australian democracy and the importance of civic engagement. Under her leadership, the museum has expanded its service offering and achieved its highest visitor numbers on record,” he said.

Ms Karp has extensive experience in Australian cultural activities, media and digital engagement. She is currently chair of the Council of Australian Museum Directors and a board member of SBS and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

Ms Karp previously worked as the head of factual programs at ABC TV and was CEO of Film Australia.

Tony Nutt

Tony Nutt appointed to NMA council, Australia Post board

Tony Nutt has been appointed a member of the Council of the National Museum of Australia on a part-time basis and as a non-executive director of the Australia Post Board – both three-year term positions.

Mr Nutt, a former federal and state director of the Liberal Party, is currently an Adjunct Professor at the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Notre Dame.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said Mr Nutt Mr Nutt would bring a range of skill to the roles including public policy and budget expertise, strategy development and stakeholder relations.

Mr Nutt was a principal adviser to former Prime Minister John Howard and chief of staff to former Attorney General Daryl Williams. He was also principal adviser to former Premier of Victoria Ted Baillieu.

Dr Robert Glasser

Former UN executive joins ASPI

Dr Robert Glasser, the former head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, is joining the Australian Strategic Policy Institute as a visiting fellow from May.  

Prior to his UN service Dr Glasser was secretary general of CARE International, one of the world’s largest non-governmental humanitarian organisations, and was assistant director general at the Australian Agency for International Development before that.

ASPI said Dr Glasser would participate in a range of roundtables and events within its risk and resilience program over the next year.

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