Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 411. Updated Tuesday, 27 May 2014

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Senior Appointments

Health expert joins ANSTO board

Healthcare sector expert Penny Dobson has been appointed to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) Board.

Former Vice President and Head of Marketing of the Japanese subsidiary of Merck & Co Inc , she joins ANSTO as it prepares to build a new Nuclear Medicine facility that will join the global fight against cancer and heart disease.

Ms Dobson is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Master of Business Administration from Macquarie University, a Diploma of Pharmacy from New Zealand and is also a registered Pharmacist in Australia and New Zealand.


New Future Fund Head of Risk

The Future Fund has appointed Joel Posters as its new Head of Environmental, Social and

Governance Risk Management.

He will relocate from The Netherlands to take up the role and is expected to start in August 2014.

Mr Posters was until recently Global Head of Sustainability with De Lage Landen, part of Rabobank Group and has held similar roles at ABN AMRO Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers and AT Kearney, including experience across Europe, Asia and Australia.


From previous editions

New Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism

Miles Armitage (pictured) has been appointed as Australia’s next Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism, replacing Bill Fisher in the role that is central to the coordination and promotion of Australia's international counter-terrorism efforts.

Mr Armitage is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is currently Assistant Secretary Counter-Terrorism Branch.

He was most recently Ambassador to Timor-Leste and has also served in Manila, New York and Islamabad.


Calvert-Jones for NGA Council

John Calvert-Jones has been appointed to the Council of the National Gallery of Australia.

Mr Calvert-Jones is currently a Trustee of the McClelland Gallery in Victoria and is a Director of the Kimberley Foundation Australia, which focuses on research as well as the preservation and promotion of Kimberley rock art.

Mr Calvert-Jones previously served on the National Gallery council between 2006 and 2012.

The appointment is for three years.


G-G to be Colombo patron

The Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove has agreed to be the Patron of the Government's New Colombo Plan.

Under the New Colombo Plan, growing numbers of Australian undergraduate students are already taking advantage of opportunities to broaden their study and work experiences in the region in this pilot year.


Heap takes on new ABC role

Rebecca Heap has been appointed to the newly created role, Head of TV Strategy and Digital Products at the ABC.

Ms Heap will join the network on May 19.

The appointment will see the digital and strategic planning functions brought together under the leadership of this new position.

Ms Heap has held senior strategy and content positions both at Foxtel, where she was Director, Content and Partnerships, and Austar, in her role as General Manager, Strategy and Programming.


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