Queensland appoints Coordinator-General

Acting Premier Steven Miles says the state has opened a new chapter in the delivery of major infrastructure projects with the appointment of a new Coordinator-General.

Gerard Coggan

The role was established in 1938 to coordinate the provision of public infrastructure and encourage development and jobs creation after the Depression.

Today the Coordinator-General continues to play a key role in Queensland’s economic development.

As an independent officer of reporting directly to the infrastructure and state development minister, Mr Coggan will be relied on to deliver economic opportunities for the state, Mr Miles said.

HIe takes up the position early in 2024, replacing Mike Kaiser.

Mr Miles said Mr Coggan was a highly credentialed executive with over 20 years’ experience in project management and consulting in the public and private sectors.

Most recently he was engaged as a General Manager at APA Group, and in his last government role was Acting Deputy Director-General – Investment Facilitation and Partnerships in the former Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

“The appointment marks an important milestone in the state government’s ongoing commitment to delivering the infrastructure the state needs as it embraces the future,” Mr Miles said.

“For more than 80 years, the Coordinator-General has played a critical role in driving major infrastructure projects for the state of Queensland. Mr Coggan’s appointment will open another chapter in that story.

“Additionally, as a member of the Queensland Public Service Leadership Board, this role is significant in managing our broader public service to achieve excellence in their work.”

The role comes with wide ranging regulatory powers to plan, deliver and coordinate large-scale projects.

The Coordinator-General is also required to balance industry needs and public expectations, stimulating jobs and growth while protecting the environment and supporting local communities.

Mr Coggan said he looked forward to finding ways to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes for a broad range of stakeholders.

“I have a passion for leading teams toward shared strategic objectives and this role is a chance to bring that work to Queensland’s biggest opportunities – I can’t wait to get started,” he said.

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