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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Experienced CEO and company director appointed Agent-General

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Experienced CEO and company director appointed Agent-General

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced that Ms Linda Apelt has been appointed as the Agent-General for Queensland in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    The Agent-General is the Queensland Government representative in the United Kingdom, and fosters trade and investment between Queensland and Europe.

    “This is a key role based in the United Kingdom that requires strong stakeholder and leadership abilities,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “Ms Apelt is an experienced chief executive officer and company director with over 30 years’ experience in government and corporate environments.”

    “As a former long-serving Director-General, Ms Apelt made significant contributions to the human services sector by improving service delivery through strong stakeholder engagement.”

    The Premier said Ms Apelt’s public sector experience is complemented by her private sector roles and multiple board positions across a range of sectors.

    “Ms Apelt is current Chief Executive Officer of Montrose Therapy and Respite Services and through this role, has been instrumental in the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.”

    “She is an Adjunct Professor with the Institute of Social Science Research at The University of Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “She has served as a non-Executive Director on a range of national and Queensland-based Boards and is Chair of the Crèche and Kindergarten Association Ltd and is currently Chair of Screen Queensland. The financial year (2015-16) was Queensland’s best year in terms of attracting production expenditure since 2002-03 of more than $200 million.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said the role of Agent-General is crucial leading up to the Commonwealth Games, with liaison with the Royal Family, Commonwealth Games Federation and Trade Ministers, and the Brexit referendum, recent election result and subsequent discussions around an Australian-European Union Free Trade Agreement.

    “Ms Apelt is well placed to represent Queensland interests in promoting trade and investment across all industries,” the Premier said.

    The role of Agent-General was created in the late 1860s and Ms Apelt will be the first woman to hold the position.

    The role of Agent-General identifies, promotes and facilitates trade and investment opportunities across all major sectors including agriculture, construction and infrastructure, life sciences, tourism, education, emerging industries and the mining and resource sectors.

    Ms Apelt will commence the Agent-General role shortly for a period of 18 months.

    Ms Apelt’s formal qualifications include a Masters of Educational Studies degree and is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Queensland. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Queensland).

    Her former roles in the public service include Director General of the Department of Housing (1998-2004), Disability Services Queensland (2004-09) and Department of Communities (2009-12).

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791