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ANZSOG congratulates Professor Glyn Davis on his appointment as PM&C Secretary

30 May 2022

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ANZSOG Dean and CEO Professor Ken Smith has congratulated Professor Glyn Davis AC on his appointment as the new Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Professor Smith said he has been a key part of ANZSOG over its 20 year history, and would be an excellent appointment as Australia’s most senior public servant.

“From our establishment in 2002 when he was Vice Chancellor of Griffith University, through his leadership of University of Melbourne and then onto his position as CEO of the Paul Ramsay Foundation and his appointment to part-time Distinguished Professorial position jointly funded by the University and ANU. He has been a long term member and Chair of our board and more recently Chair our Research Committee.

“Professor Davis will replace Phil Gaetjens in this important position. I wish Mr Gaetjens well and thank him for his work with us over the last few years.”

“ANZSOG congratulates Glyn on this significant appointment in leading the Australian Public Service, ensuring sound policy advice is provided to the new government and there is an increasing ability to focus on major issues within the Federation and with civil society more broadly.

“As Prime Minister Albanese said today: “Professor Davis will bring to the role of Secretary a deep understanding of public policy and will work with my Government in bringing about positive change for the Australian people.”

Professor Davis currently serves as CEO of the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Australia’s largest philanthropic trust, and also served on the panel led by David Thodey to review the Australian Public Service.

He has had a long and distinguished career in both academia and public service, having served as Director-General of the Queensland Department of  the Premier and Cabinet from 1998 until 2002, before moving to Vice-Chancellor roles at both Griffith University and the University of Melbourne.

Professor Davis will commence his five-year appointment on 6 June 2022, and will resign from his current roles with ANZSOG.