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 Senior management

Damien Walker

Damien joined the Department of Housing and Public Works in January 2014. He commenced his career with the Queensland Government in late 2010 as Deputy Coordinator-General. Most recently, Damien held the position of Deputy Director-General, Government Land and Asset Management with the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning. In this role, Damien led the review and reform of the State’s approach to holding and managing its real property assets.

Prior to coming to Queensland, Damien held senior executive roles in the South Australian Government. Damien’s roles were in infrastructure planning and delivery, contract management and reform implementation. Just prior to his move to Queensland, Damien worked in the Department of Health in South Australia leading the delivery of major health infrastructure and driving change to health service delivery, particularly via new models of care. In this role, Damien was part of an executive team that led the implementation of the New Royal Adelaide Hospital Public Private Partnership project, valued at in excess of $1.7 billion.

Damien holds academic qualifications in public policy and planning.

Liza Carroll has been appointed to the role of Director-General, Department of Housing and Public Works. It is expected she will commence in the role on 3 August 2015.

Simone Finch
A/Deputy Director-General
Housing Services

Simone joined the department in 2014 from Queensland Health. Most recently, she has headed up the amalgamation of the Torres Strait-Northern Peninsula Hospital and Health Service and the Cape York Hospital and Health Service. Simone and her team created a new statutory body through merging two remote area services with a combined staff of 900 people and a budget of $165m per annum. Prior to returning to Brisbane to take up this role, Simone was the Health Service Chief Executive for the Torres Strait-Northern Peninsula Hospital and Health Service.

Simone has previously worked in public and social housing, the environment, child protection and mental health. She has worked across the public and private sectors, in addition to the not-for-profit sector and has a background in governance, turnaround, driving change and public policy. Simone’s academic interests include corporate law and insolvency and she is currently finishing an Executive Masters of Business Administration at Bond University. She is also a qualified mediator and company director.

Graham Atkins
Deputy Director-General
Building and Asset Services

Graham has more than 30 years experience in the building and construction industry. This includes the past 10 years in the Department of Education and Training (DET) where he held various roles including Deputy Director-General and Assistant Director-General responsible for all infrastructure planning and delivery. During his time at DET, Graham was instrumental in leading the delivery of record capital and maintenance programs.

Graham has qualifications in building and quantity surveying as well as trade qualifications, and is committed to building strong relationships with key stakeholders and departmental clients to ensure that the department provides responsive and flexible client focussed services.

Don Rivers
Assistant Director-General
Building Industry and Policy

Dip Architecture, Grad Dip Building Project Management

Don was appointed to the role of Assistant Director-General, Building Industry and Policy (BIP) in July 2013.

With professional qualifications in architecture and project management, Don joined the department in 1995 after 20 years in the private sector as an Architect delivering many of Queensland's capital works projects. Don has held a number of positions in the department’s former commercialised business unit, Project Services, including Regional Architect, Client Manager, Portfolio Director and General Manager.

As the Assistant Director General of BIP, Don is responsible for the delivery of policy development and legislative reform related to the building industry and maintaining open and professional stakeholder engagement with the design and building construction sector on behalf of the department.

Robyn Turbit
Assistant Director-General
Corporate Services

BComm, BEcon, MIIA

Robyn has led the Corporate and Executive Services Division since May 2007. Prior to this, Robyn held the position of Director, Governance and Review, a role she held since November 2004. From 2001, Robyn was Manager, Internal Audit. In her current position, Robyn is responsible for human resource management, financial services, legal services, information services, executive services, integrity services, planning and performance management, communication services, and internal audit.

Robyn has extensive private and public sector experience in financial management and auditing, including five years in financial management consulting. Robyn is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Fiona Wright
A/Assistant Director-General
Strategic Asset Management

Fiona has more than 20 years experience in senior leadership roles, including, significant time spent in the private sector across the insurance, superannuation and retail industries.  Her breadth of experience includes strong operations management, service delivery and business transformation.

Before joining the Queensland Government, Fiona held business development roles in the City Design and City Buildings and Maintenance business units of the Brisbane City Council. She joined the Queensland Government in 1999 to deliver corporate services to the then Building Division of the former Department of Public Works. In 2003, Fiona established and led the Human Resources Division in Shared Services (CSQ), providing payroll and recruitment services to 12 agency clients. Fiona took on the role of General Manager of QFleet in 2006, a role in which she led major reform in fleet management across government.

Fiona has a Bachelor of Commerce, has completed the ANZSOG Executive Fellows program and is completing a Diploma of Advanced Procurement. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and committee member on the Queensland Chapter of the Australasian Fleet Managers Association.

Jane McDonald
A/Assistant Director-General
Procurement Transformation

Jane joined the Department of Housing and Public Works in July 2014 as Chief Operating Officer and supported the Assistant Director-General by assuming responsibly for the operational management and enhanced performance and delivery of the Procurement Transformation Program (PTP). Jane is a chartered accountant by profession and has a strong commercial background, having held executive positions across a number of industries in both the public and private sector.

Before joining the department, Jane played a lead role in implementing the contestability framework, processes and tools to improve service delivery outcomes across Queensland Government. Jane is passionate about delivering best value public services for Queenslanders and believes that a world class procurement function will be essential in supporting government as it transforms from being a service provider to a commissioner and contract manager.

Last updated 30 June 2015    

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