Movers & Shakers, Government | June – July, 2021

Randall Brugeaud DTA Digital Transformation Agency CEO
Randall Brugeaud to lead the Government's new trade taskforce

DTA loses its Chief Executive to government taskforce; South Australia confirms its next CISO; and The QLD Government fills six-month vacancy for prestigious Chief Entrepreneur role.

– Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) Chief Executive Randall Brugeaud (pictured) will step down after three years in the role to lead the Federal Government’s Simplified Trade System Implementation Taskforce.

The Taskforce will work with businesses to design and implement an improved cross-border trade system, as well as review international trade regulations and modernise outdated ICT.

Brugeaud, who served a little over three years as DTA Chief Executive, will commence his new role on July 1. His replacement at the DTA is yet to be announced.

Brugeaud’s exit comes just weeks after the DTA was moved out of the Social Services portfolio and back into the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.


– South Australia’s Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) has formally appointed Will Luker as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

Lurker had served as Acting CISO at the DPC since January this year, following the resignation of inaugural InfoSec chief David Goodman.

Goodman, who served five years as the DPC’s CISO) has since taken on the role of Director of Cyber Security & Hi-Tech at SA’s Department for Innovation and Skills.

Luker, who has been with the DPC for more than six years, was previously Deputy Director at the DPC’s Office for Cyber Security.


– The Queensland Government has appointed its next Chief Entrepreneur, with Wayne Gerard to step into the prestigious role.

The role, “a flag-bearer for innovation and entrepreneurship in Queensland”, has been vacant since last year.

High-profile entrepreneurs Mark Sowerby, Steve Baxter, and Leeane Kemp have previously served in the role, which was launched by the Palasczuk Government in 2016.

Gerard is co-founder of RedEye, a SaaS developer for critical infrastructure operators, founded in 2012.


–Austrade, the Australian Government’s trade, investment and education promotion agency, has appointed Philippa King as Deputy Chief Executive, Digital Services and Outreach.

King was most recently Executive, Government Affairs and Public Policy at the National Australia Bank.

She has also held numerous roles with DFAT, including ambassador and deputy permanent representative for the Australian Mission to the United Nations.

King commences her new role on July 13.


– The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has appointed Professor Bronwyn Fox as the research agency’s Chief Scientist.

Fox currently serves as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at Swinburne University of Technology.

She is also chair of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (Victorian Division), a fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and a fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.


– Services Australia has appointed Sebastian Hood as General Manager, Infrastructure and Operations Services

Hood previously served as ICT Strategic Sourcing, at the services agency, overseeing procurement, contract management and management of outsourced ICT managed services.

Prior to this, Hood served two years as Chief Information Officer at the Department of Environment and Energy.


– Tim Bradley, General Manager of Emerging Technologies at The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and seven-year veteran of the agency, has jumped ship to Amazon Web Services, appointed by cloud services giant as a strategic advisor for the Federal Government.


– New South Wales’ Treasury Department has appointed Katie Heathcote as Associate Director for Technology.

Heathcote formerly served as Austrade’s Global Engagement Manager for Scale Ups, and prior to this as Trade and Investment Advisor for Fintech and Disruptive Technologies.


– University of Technology Sydney’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Executive Director Margaret Maile Petty has announced her resignation after nearly four years in the role.

Professor Maile Petty announced the move on LinkedIn, praising the work of the UTS Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit (IEU).


– New South Wales Office of Local Government has appointed Kiersten Fishburn as Chief Executive.

Fishburn replaces Tim Hurst, who resigned under a cloud following his role in administering a state government grant program for councils.

Fishburn most recently served as coordinator general, Planning Delivery Unit at the state Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). Prior to that, she was CEO of Liverpool City Council.


The Victorian Government has appointed an Expert Advisory Panel to assist the state meet zero-emissions targets for light vehicles.

The panel will be led by former Productivity Commission chair Peter Harris. He will be joined by Monique Conheady, Bruce Mountain, Natasha Santha, and John Thwaites.