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ANZSOG Dean and CEO Adam Fennessy to take up new role as Secretary of Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

1 September 2023

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Image of Adam Fennessy, new Dean and CEO of ANZSOG

ANZSOG Dean and CEO Adam Fennessy PSM has announced he will be leaving the organisation to become Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Mr Fennessy said that he was looking forward to the new challenge but would be incredibly sad to leave ANZSOG.

“I feel that we are on the cusp of a new and very exciting phase of strategic positioning and operations. We’ve taken positive steps on organisational culture and transparency; we’re re-setting executive and governance expectations to promote accountability, information sharing, and collaboration; we have the benefit of a new energetic Chair in Sharyn O’Neill PSM and a very engaged and energised Board,” he said.

“This year has seen ANZSOG hold an 800-person First Nations conference, build on the success of the National Regulators Community of Practice, return to face-to-face teaching across our programs and develop exciting new offerings in education, research and thought leadership to meet the needs of our owner governments. We have a broad footprint across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, as shown holding part of our Executive Master of Public Administration in Darwin.

“As an organisation we have rebounded from COVID and have been able to refocus on the needs of our government customers, while building capacity within our organisation.”

“I want to take this opportunity to thank all ANZSOG staff across our unique and wonderful organisation for your support and advice over the last year. I have learnt an enormous amount while here, particularly about executive education and the relationships and differences between Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.”
The Chair of ANZSOG’s Board, WA Public Service Commissioner Sharyn O’Neill congratulated Mr Fennessy PSM on his appointment to his new role.

“Adam has brought tremendous energy and client focus to his time as Dean and CEO. His willingness to engage with stakeholders and respond quickly to member needs has positioned ANZSOG for continued future success.”

“ANZSOG’s loss is the public service’s gain. We look forward to Adam’s continued leadership across the public sector in Australia, the region and beyond.”

Arrangements for an interim ANZSOG Dean and CEO will be announced soon.