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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Two Queensland Government Directors-General appointed

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Friday, February 26, 2016

    Two Queensland Government Directors-General appointed

    Directors-General of the Departments of Science, Information Technology and Innovation and Environment and Heritage Protection have been appointed following an open merit-based selection process.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was pleased to endorse the recommendation of the independent recruitment panel and welcomed Mr Jamie Merrick and Mr Jim Reeves to the senior executive roles.

    “Mr Jamie Merrick has been acting in the Director-General role in the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation since August last year,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “Revitalising science and biotechnology and creating new industries by fostering innovation is a significant element of our Advance Queensland program, which is at the core of our economic agenda.

    “Mr Merrick has played a pivotal role in implementing the Advance Queensland strategy to date, and in his role will continue to ensure the program positions Queensland as a world-class investment destination and innovation hub.

    “He brings to the role extensive experience in the fields of economic development and innovation policy, both in Queensland and internationally.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said Mr Merrick’s previous experience included Deputy Director-General roles in three Queensland Government departments, including the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and former Departments of State Development and Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.

    “In these roles, Mr Merrick provided strategic advice to Cabinet across economic, social and environmental policy and coordinated the Queensland Government’s contribution to the Brisbane G20 Leaders’ Summit,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “He has an impressive track record at the senior executive level.”

    The Premier said Mr Jim Reeves would continue in the role of Director-General, Environment and Heritage Protection, a role he has been acting in since November last year.

    “Mr Reeves brings to the role an impressive track record in public administration and leadership in environmental management, urban systems, regional planning and community development,” she said.

    Most recently Mr Reeves was Director of Operations at QUT’s Institute for Future Environments, a large research facility that studies how to make our natural, built and virtual environments more sustainable, secure and resilient.

    “Mr Reeves has a thorough understanding of the essential role the department plays in preserving and enhancing our state’s natural and built environments, and is well placed to take up the Director-General role,” the Premier said.

    Ms Palaszczuk said the new Directors-Generals would work closely with their respective Ministers to deliver on the priorities outlined in their portfolio charter letter to deliver on the government’s commitments to Queenslanders.

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    Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation: Mr Jamie Merrick

    Mr Merrick has significant senior leadership experience in the fields of economic development and innovation policy, both here in Queensland and in the United Kingdom. Mr Merrick has been acting in the Director-General role since August 2015. In this role he has been leading a department that is developing new capability in the areas of cyber security and digital government and provides vital scientific services in the areas of water, land and vegetation, as well as biodiversity, climate and air quality. He has played a pivotal role in developing the Government’s flagship policy, Advance Queensland, which will position Queensland as a world-class investment destination and innovation hub. Prior to this, Mr Merrick held Deputy Director-General roles in three Queensland Government Departments including Premier and Cabinet, and the former Departments of State Development and Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. In these roles he provided strategic advice to Cabinet across economic, social and environmental policy and coordinated the Queensland Government’s contribution to the Brisbane G20 Leaders’ Summit. Mr Merrick has previously held senior roles in the United Kingdom including Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, The East of England Development Agency and the ICT industry. Mr Merrick holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science.

    Department of Environment and Heritage Protection: Mr Jim Reeves

    Mr Reeves has been acting in the Director-General role since November 2015. He brings significant senior executive experience, having previously held the role of Director-General, Department of Environment and Resource Management. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of Brisbane Water, one of the largest water businesses in Australia, and coordinated the response to the worst drought on record, changing from the narrow focus on engineering and asset management to a holistic approach of resource management and sustainability. Most recently, Mr Reeves has held key environment-related leadership roles at Queensland University of Technology. He has experience in environmental science and has covered research themes such as managing resilient landscapes and growing the global bio-economy. His academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Behaviour Science and Graduate Diploma of Applied Social Psychology. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been a Director of the Brisbane Powerhouse; the Water Services Association of Australia; Brisbane Water Enviro Alliance; and the Urban Land Development Authority.