Movers & Shakers, Government | April – May, 2021

Dean Capobianco CEO Geoscape
Geoscape Australia's newly appointed CEO, Dean Capobianco

ADHA and Tax Office lose their CISOs, while national spatial data specialist, Geoscape Australia, appoints a former Olympian as Chief Executive.

– The Australian Digital Health Agency’s (ADHA) Chief Information Security Officer, Anthony Kitzelmann, has been poached by Airservices Australia.

Kitzelmann served four years at the ADHA, overseeing the agency’s massive My Health Record system expansion.

As Airservices Australia’s newly appointed CISO, Kitzelmann says he looks forward to building “a world-class cyber program [to support] the business”.


– The ATO has also lost its cyber chief, with Jamie Norton announcing he will depart after serving three years as the tax office’s CISO.

Norton will take on the role of Partner at McGrathNicol, a specialist advisory and restructuring firm.

Of his time as ATO cyber chief, Norton he was “proud” of how his ATO team had “grown and adapted to the changing environment, and their tireless efforts to proactively defend one of the engine rooms of the Australian economy”.


– Geoscape Australia, a self-funded geospatial data company owned by Australian governments, has appointed Dean Capobianco (pictured) as Chief Executive.

Capobianco, a former Olympic sprinter, currently serves as a non-executive director of Provider Choice, a technology and human services company focused on NDIS assistance, and as senior adviser to Karlsgate Inc.

Geoscape chair Lynne Robinson noted Capobianco’s “capabilities and leadership style are a very close match to what we were seeking in our new Chief Executive”.

“He is immensely positive and energetic, with a real knack for bringing out the best in people. We know he’ll have a big impact on the business,” she said.

Capobianco will be tasked with expanding Geoscape’s business opportunities, promoting the company as the chief standard for spatial data in Australia.


The Federal Department of Social Services has appointed Adrian Hudson as Chief Operating Officer. Hudson had served as Acting COO since early last year before his full appointment to the role.

He previously served as First Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure, at the Department of Defence.


– Australia Post has appointed Paul Graham as its next Group Chief Executive and Managing Director.

The appointment follows the controversial dismissal of former AusPost CEO Christine Holgate, with claims by Holgate during a recent Senate inquiry that she was “unlawfully” stood down by the postal service.

Graham currently serves as Chief Supply Chain Officer at Woolworths Group. He commences his new role with AusPost in September this year.


The Victorian Government is seeking a private venture fund manager for its $50 million Victorian Growth Fund (VGF).

The VGF, which was announced in last year’s state budget, uses venture capital funds to fill funding gaps for local, high-growth start-ups. The state government has stumped up nearly half of the VGF’s $50 million total funding pool, with the remainder coming from institutional investors.


– The NSW Government has appointed Paul Miller as Ombudsman.

Miller has served in the role in an acting capacity since August last year. Prior to this, he was Deputy Ombudsman and Commissioner for Community and Disability Services.

Miller replaces Michael Barnes, who took on the role of NSW Crime Commissioner mid-last year.


The former head of the Australian Defence Force information warfare division (IWD), Major General Marcus Thompson, has been appointed a Senior Advisor to the Federal Government by Macquarie Telecom Group.

Thompson served four years in the IWD, supporting the ADF’s defensive and offensive cyber capabilities.

He will lead Macquarie’s government advisory body, advancing the company’s prospects in onshore digital supply chains and sovereign cyber capability.


*Correction: Geoscape Australia was incorrectly labelled Geoscope Australia in an initial published version of the Movers & Shakers column. We apologise for any confusion.