Gig Guide: ACS appoints permanent chief executive

Brandon How

The Australian Computer Society has appointed Josh Griggs as its permanent chief executive after a six-month stint acting in the role.

Mr Griggs stepped into the role following the retirement of his predecessor Chris Vein in December. Mr Vein spent a year and a half in the role.

Before joining the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as interim CEO, Mr Griggs worked as a data centre and tech consultant for five and a half years.

He has also previously worked as Optus Business’ vice present for government, Alphawest chief executive as managing director of data centre firm Metronode, which has since been acquired by the data centre firm Equinix.

ACS president Helen McHugh said that “Josh has impressed the Management Committee with his focus on realigning ACS to deliver value to members and build on the organisation’s position as the voice of Australia’s ICT professionals”.

ACS chief executive Josh Griggs.

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation director-general Mike Burgess has been reappointed on another five-year term. The former Telstra cyber executive has led the organisation since September 2019.

Mr Burgess has also previously served as the director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate and worked as a deputy director for Cyber and Information Security at its predecessor, the Defence Signals Directorate.

At the Productivity Commission, a government economic think tank, three new full-time commissioners have been appointed on five-year terms. Meanwhile, commissioner Dr Catherine de Fontenay has been reappointed for another five-year term.

The new commissioners are PwC Indigenous Consulting partner and managing director Selwyn Button, Airlines for Australia & New Zealand chief executive Dr Alison Roberts, and KPMG national lead and global co-lead for climate policy advisory Barry Sterland.

In the New South Wales government, legislative assembly member for Liverpool, Charishma Kaliyanda, has been appointed to three parliamentary secretary roles. These are Parliamentary Secretary for Customer Service and Digital Government, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services, and Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Justice.

The Audit Office of NSW’s deputy auditor-general Ian Goodwin has departed after serving in the role since 2017. Prior to his state government role, he worked at the Australian National Aduit Office for 13 years.

Dr Rob Nicholls, a regulation and governance specialist working in digital policy, has joined the Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising, an industry representative group, as manager for regulatory affairs and advocacy.

Dr Nicholls will continue working as a senior research associate at the University of Sydney and is also a professional fellow at the University of Technology Sydney.

The chief executive of the Canberra Institute of Technology Leanne Cover has resigned. The head of the TAFE provider had reportedly been on paid leave for nearly two years following the launch of an investigation by the ACT Integrity Commission after she awarded $8.5 million in consulting contracts.

The new chief financial officer of the Australian Bureau of Statistics is Geraldine Quinane, who has been promoted from within the organisation.

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