Noticeboard: Lauren Oakey resigns as LG Professionals chief

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

In this wrap:

  • Lauren Oakey resigns as LG Professionals chief
  • Emma Hogan appointed NSW Public Service Commissioner
  • Kia Dowell appointed WA tourism board commissioner
  • New deputy mayor for Isaac Regional Council

Lauren Oakey resigns as LG Professionals chief

Lauren Oakey

LG Professionals Australia has announced the resignation of chief executive Lauren Oakey, who will finish up in the role in mid-April.

Ms Oakey has been with LG Professionals Australia for more than six years.

The organisation’s president, Ricki Bruhn, said Ms Oakey had been instrumental in introducing several positive changes including the national office’s relocation to Canberra to work more closely with the Federal Government.

She also advanced the organisation’s international development program and its national congress and management challenge.

Ms Oakey will be replaced by interim CEO, Jane Trotter, who has served on both the national as well as the South Australian board for Local Government Professionals Australia.

Emma Hogan appointed NSW Public Service Commissioner

Emma Hogan

Human resources executive Emma Hogan has been appointed NSW’s Public Service Commissioner.

Ms Hogan has two decades’ experience leading people divisions in major Australian corporations including Foxtel, Qantas and Woolworths.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the appointment showed the NSW Government was focused on lifting standards and improving outcomes.

Chair of the Public Service Commission, Professor Peter Shergold, said Ms Hogan would build on the innovative work undertaken by NSW’s inaugural Public Service Commissioner, Graeme Head, who finished his term in January.

Kia Dowell appointed WA tourism board commissioner

Kia Dowell

Respected Aboriginal business leader Kia Dowell has been appointed as a new commissioner on the board of Tourism Western Australia.

Ms Dowell is head of strategy and innovation at Indigenous Business Australia, which is the lead Commonwealth agency for Aboriginal economic development.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia welcomed Ms Dowell to the board acknowledging her career achievements, as well as her service to other boards including Aboriginal consulting firm Codeswitch, which she co-founded.

Ms Dowell will replace Elizabeth Gaines who resigned from the Tourism WA board after her appointment as chief executive of Fortescue Metals Group – the first woman to head a major Australian mining company.

New deputy mayor for Isaac Regional Council

Anne Baker with Kelly Vea Vea

Isaac Regional Council has announced the appointment of Kelly Vea Vea as new deputy mayor.

She succeeds Cr Geoff Bethel, who had served as deputy mayor since 2016.

Cr Vea Vea said she was looking forward to tackling the challenges the role presents and representing the council and the community in a higher capacity as deputy mayor.

Mayor Anne Baker said Cr Vea Vea has been a strong advocate for her division and the wider Isaac region since being elected to Council in 2012.

The council had previously determined the role of deputy mayor would be periodically rotated among a number of the eight divisional councillors over the 2016-20 term.

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