Gig Guide: Randall Brugeaud joins Services Aus

Brandon How

Services Australia’s new chief operating officer is public sector IT stalwart and former Digital Transformation Agency chief Randall Brugeaud.

Mr Brugeaud, who spent the last three years as the head of the Australian Simplified Trade System Implementation Taskforce, began in the role at the start of July.

On LinkedIn, he said he is “immensely proud of what the Taskforce has been able to achieve” and is now “looking forward to being part of [Services Australia chief executive] David Hazlehurst’s leadership team”.

Mr Brugeaud has also had stints deputy Australian statistician and chief operating officer of the Australian Bureau of Statistics as well as chief information officer at the former Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the former Australian Customers and Border Protection Service.

Services Australia has also appointed well-regarded tech mandarin Jordan Hatch as general manager, bringing his experience spent as assistant secretary for the myGov User Audit at the end of 2022.

He moves from the Department of Finance where he has been acting as first assistant secretary for regulatory reform for the past year.

The new chair of the Australian Nuclear Science Technology Organisation is Michael Quigley, who has previously worked in several public and private sector roles, including as the founding chief executive of the NBN Co. He fills the vacancy left by Dr Annabelle Bennett.

Infrastructure owner Goodman Group, which recently recommenced plans for a data centre project in Sydney, has appointed Giles Proctor as the new vice president for data centres. He has previously served in operational and technical data centre roles at AWS, Equinix and Vantage Data Centres in the United States and the Asia-Pacific.

The Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre has established the Australian Council of Senior Academic Leaders in Digital Health, which includes 36 founding member universities. The inaugural chair of the council is Professor Clair Sullivan the director of the Queensland Digital Health Research Centre at the University of Queensland.

The new head of BP Australia is Lucy Nation who is being promoted from her role as vice president for hydrogen. She is also director of industry body, the Australian Hydrogen Council, and is on the advisory board of Curtin University’s Institute for Energy Transition.

The Queensland government has appointed a new seven-membered Queensland Energy System Advisory Board to help deliver the state’s energy transformation. It will be chaired by experienced board director Leanne Bond, who is currently a director at Aurecon, the One Basin Cooperative Research Centre, and the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering.

The Australian Air Force has a new chief in Air Marshal Stephen Chappell, replacing Air Marshal Robert Chipman, who will become vice chief of the Defence Force on July 9.

The new chief executive of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority has been confirmed as Stephen Gniel. He formally begins his three-year term after having acted in the role since November 20, 2023. He was previously chief executive of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

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