SA Senior Appointments | PS News

by John J. Williams

Alsbury new deputy commissioner

Paul Alsbury (pictured) has been appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) for three years.

Mr. Alsbury has previously served as the Crown Prosecutor in Queensland and led the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) prosecution team.

He also worked in an Executive Director role at DTMR and as Chief of the Legal Department of the Queensland Police Force before moving on to the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission as a Senior Executive Officer (Corruption).

Mr. Alsbury took up the position on February 14.SA Senior Appointments |  PS News

New SAPOL Assistant Commissioners

Giovanni (John) Venditto and Stuart McLean have been appointed Assistant Commissioners to the South Australia Police (SAPOL) Executive Leadership Team.

Deputy Commissioner Venditto (pictured) has been assigned the Crime Service and Assistant Commissioner McLean the Security and Emergency Management Service.

Deputy Commissioner Venditto has 37 years of service with SAPOL and currently manages the Security and Emergency Management Coordination Division, which includes the counter-terrorism portfolio.

Deputy Commissioner McLean is the current Covid-19 Response Coordinator. He joined SAPOL in 1989 and held various positions at the Traffic Services Branch, the Police Academy, Human Resources, Prosecution Services Branch, and State Operations Service.

Clarke for new advisory group

Melissa Clarke has been appointed chair of the newly created Indigenous Advisory Group, a subcommittee of the Australasian Youth Justice Administrators (AYJA).

Mrs. Clarke, a proud Ngarrindjeri woman, is the General Manager, Youth Justice Strategy, Policy, and Reporting at the Department of Human Services.

She will work with the Executive Director of Community and Family Services at DHS, Alex Reid, AYJA’s core member for South Australia.

The new advisory group will consist of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and Māori leaders of juvenile justice authorities in Australia and New Zealand. It will help inform decisions being made by AYJA on a national scale.

Griffiths to Planning Commission

Steven Griffiths has been appointed to the State Planning Commission for a six-month term, beginning tomorrow (March 1) and ending August 31.

Mr. Griffiths (pictured) served in Parliament for 12 years, holding various shadow ministry portfolios and responsibilities, including ministerial responsibility for the Planning, Development, and Infrastructure Act 2016.

Doroudi to PIRSA Chief

Mehdi Doroudi (pictured) has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA).

Professor Doroudi has been the department’s deputy director since 2016 and acting director since December.

During that time, Professor Doroudi led PIRSA’s industrial development, science and innovation, policy, and legislative activities.

New appointments for Planning

Planning and Land Use Services (PLUS) has announced the appointment of Bradley Slape as Surveyor-General of South Australia, Greg van Gaans as Director of Land and Built Environment, and Margaret Smith as Director of State Assessment.

Mr. Slape (pictured left) has worked with the previous Surveyor General, Michael Burdett, for the past nine years and is the South Australian Representative on the National Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying & Mapping (ICSM) and will start this month as the 23rd Surveyor General (February).

Mr van Gaans (pictured center) is a geospatial and cloud specialist whose career has spanned private sector positions as a lecturer at the University of Adelaide and manager of Enterprise Platforms in the Department of Infrastructure and Transport (DIT). He will start in his new position this month (February).

Ms. Smith (pictured right) is currently the Director of State Development Assessment for the Department of Land, Planning, and Heritage and will start in her new position in April.

In other roles, Robert Kleeman is acting director of state assessment until April, while Brett Steiner serves as director of growth management while the recruitment for the position is conducted.

Leann becomes a member of the electoral commission

The Electoral Commission South Australia (ECSA) has appointed a new Aboriginal Engagement Coordinator in the person of Leann Bonner.

In her role, Ms. Bonner will work with Indigenous communities to deliver electoral information and voting services tailored to cultural and regional needs.

Its responsibilities include establishing remote voting services in regional cities, recruiting Aboriginal information officers to help people vote, and developing language resources to promote enrollment and voting.

Muecke to the lieutenant governor

dr. James Muecke (pictured) was sworn in as the next Lieutenant Governor of South Australia at a ceremony at Government House last Thursday (January 27).

dr. Muecke succeeds Professor Brenda Wilson, who has held this position since August 2014.

dr. An accomplished eye surgeon and Australian of the Year 2020, Muecke is a blindness prevention pioneer who has dedicated 32 years to humanitarian work.

All to District Court role

Anthony Allen (pictured) has been appointed to the District Court to fill the vacancy left by Judge Patrick O’Sullivan, designated a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia.

Mr. Allen, a QC with an extensive criminal justice background, joined the Court on January 17.

In a career spanning more than 20 years, Mr. Allen has worked as a public prosecutor with the Office of the South Australian Director of Public Prosecutions, as a partner at Mangan Ey & Associates, and as a barrister at the Legal Services Commission, before a distinguished career at the independent desk.

Oldman to Chairman of the Council

Director of the South Australian Museum, Brian Oldman (pictured), has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors (CAMD).

Mr. Oldman’s term as Chairman has started and will run until 2022.

He will take over from the Pastor and Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy, Daryl Karp.

CAMD is a full body for national, state, and regional museum directors in Australia and New Zealand.

CAMD represents its members and provides joint input on museum sector issues.

Cooper to Movie Board

Julie Cooper has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Board of the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), effective December 4.

Ms. Cooper (pictured), who has previously held several senior positions, including State Project Leader for Lot Fourteen within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, has been appointed to the SAFC Council until December 1, 2024.

Austin Taylor, a Kangaroo Island Mayoral Bushfire Relief and Recovery Fund Committee member, will join the board.

New faces for Art Gallery

South Australia’s Chief Entrepreneur, Andrew Nunn (pictured) and Philanthropy Director at The Australian Ballet, Kenneth Watkins, have been appointed to the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) Board.

Mr. Nunn and Mr. Watkins join the board of directors, which consists of Jason Karas as Chairman, in addition to Susan Armitage, Joshua Fanning, Alison Page, Jacqui McGill, and Jane Yuile as members.

New mentor for farmers

Phuong Le has been appointed the new Family and Business (FaB) mentor in the Northern Adelaide Plains.

Ms. Le (pictured) will work directly with farmers affected by the recent devastating hail storms as part of the FaB Support Program.

It will be located in the Storm Support Center at the Virginia Horticulture Center, focusing on the local Vietnamese community.

Dossett’s new biosafety officer

University of Adelaide Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) graduate Chelsea Dossett (pictured) has been named the state’s new biosafety officer for the pig industry.

Ms. Dossett was awarded the Ronald J Lienert Memorial Scholarship 2020 and graduated with honors in pig farming.

Jointly funded by the state government and the Pork SA Pig Industry Fund, the new feature focuses on developing best practice biosafety and disease management protocols.

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