Noticeboard: Sue Clearihan appointed LGA SA president

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

In this wrap:

  • New LGA SA president
  • New acting GM for Lismore City Council
  • Infrastructure Australia CEO resigns
  • Robotics expert appointed NSW Chief Scientist
  • New appointments and expansion at ANZSOG
Sue Clearihan

New LGA SA president

City of Adelaide Councillor Sue Clearihan has been appointed the new Local Government Association of South Australia president following the resignation of City of Onkaparinga Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg on 7 June.

Clr Clearihan will remain in the position until the appointment of a new board and president in October.

She said her focus for the next four months would be working with the LGA board, member councils and the State Government on local government reform to restore confidence in the sector.

Scott Turner

Acting GM for Lismore City Council

The current assets manager of Lismore City Council, Scott Turner has been appointed acting general manager by Council.

Mr Turner will take on the role after the departure of GM Gary Murphy, who stepped down late last week.

Previously, Mr Turner worked as a civil engineer and for Mosman Municipal Council as the manager of assets and engineering services for more than a decade and has been with Lismore City Council for 12 years.

Infrastructure Australia CEO resigns

Philip Davies

After three years as CEO of Infrastructure Australia, Philip Davies has resigned and will be leaving the organisation at the end of August.

Mr Davies delivered the Australian Infrastructure Audit and Australian Infrastructure Plan and was a key advocate for infrastructure reform.

Infrastructure Australia has started recruiting for a new CEO and is yet to detail interim arrangements.

The organisation recently appointed a new executive director of policy and research, Peter Colacino, who is currently executive general manager of corporate affairs at NRMA, and will start in the role in July.

Hugh Durrant-Whyte

New NSW chief scientist

The NSW Government has appointed leading robotics expert Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte as its chief scientist and engineer.

Professor Durrant-Whyte, who recently worked as the chief scientific adviser for the UK Ministry of Defence and formerly as the director for translational data science at the University of Sydney, will commence in the role in September.

The appointment comes after the resignation of Professor Mary O’Kane who served as the NSW chief scientist and engineer for nine years.

Appointments at ANZSOG

Michelle LeBaron

The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) has appointed new researches as part of a broader organisational expansion.

Professor Michelle LeBaron from the University of British Columbia in Canada, who specialises in conflict transformation, dispute resolution, culture and resilience, has joined the faculty.

The University of Melbourne’s Professor Janine O’Flynn was also recently appointed the school’s Professor of Public Management.

The appointments come as the school expands its operations in Perth, Brisbane and Wellington.

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