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ANZSOG alumni recognised in Australia Day Honours List

29 January 2018

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Several ANZSOG alumni have had their dedication to the public service recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours List.

John Pierce, Chairman of the Australian Energy Market Commission, was named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), for his “service to public administration through senior roles in developing regulatory and policy initiatives and micro-economic and energy market reforms, and to the community”. Mr Pierce is a former head of the NSW Treasury and was a key architect of electricity privatisation in NSW. He was a participant in ANZSOG’s CEO Forum in 2007 and 2015.

In addition, Public Service Medals (PSMs) have been awarded to five ANZSOG alumni for their contribution to public life in Australia. PSMs are awarded to just 100 public servants each year for outstanding service to the nation.

Sandra Parker, from the Commonwealth Department of Employment, was a graduate of ANZSOG’s Executive Fellows Program in 2008, and participated in the China Reciprocal Program in 2016. She was recognised for her outstanding public service in the area of workplace relations.

Brendan McRandle, from the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities was awarded a PSM for his work on the development and delivery of the Western Sydney Airport project to the construction stage. Brendan was part of the Towards Strategic Leadership program in 2009.

Susan Weston, from the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, participated in ANZSOG’s China Reciprocal Program in 2014, and received the Public Service Medal for her work in advancing the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Andrew Nicholls, from the NSW Department of Transport graduated from ANZSOG’s Executive Master of Public Administration program in 2007 and then undertook the Executive Fellows Program in 2016. He was awarded the PSM for outstanding service to transport and insurance policy development and reform in NSW.

Mr Adam Fennessy, former Secretary of Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, received the PSM for his outstanding public service to a range of Victorian departments over the course of his career. Mr Fennessy participated in ANZSOG’s CEO Forum in 2014.

These graduates exemplify the professionalism and dedication that the programs aim to foster among public servants. ANZSOG congratulates them for receiving these honours.