Newly appointed chief and lead executives in the Queensland public sector

Published Friday, 10 September, 2021 at 04:45 PM

Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

The Queensland Government has announced key appointments in senior roles.

Under Treasurer, Queensland Treasury
Mr Leon Allen

Leon Allen was appointed to the role of Deputy Under Treasurer in 2020 and since April 2021 has been acting as Under Treasurer. He brings a wealth of relevant experience gained in State and Commonwealth public service, and private sector roles including 13 years’ experience in financial services.

He spent four years in the US as CEO and Managing Director of the Commonwealth Bank Australia in the Americas.

Since his time with Queensland Treasury has played a key role in in supporting the economic, fiscal and commercial response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in developing the organisation’s strategic plan and workforce development. 

Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner
Mr James Purtill

James Purtill is a senior executive with high level capability and experience within the public and private sectors in Australian and international settings.

Mr Purtill has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal, led large organisations of up to 2500 employees and has broad experience in engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples including significant workforce reforms, professional development, reconciliation strategies and joint management programs.

Director-General, Department of Energy and Public Works
Mr Paul Martyn

Paul Martyn holds a Masters of Public Policy from the University of London, Bachelor of Laws and Arts, both with Honours, from the University of Queensland.

Mr Martyn has a 24-year career within the Queensland public sector, with senior roles in a wide range of economic agencies covering industries including agriculture, mining, energy, tourism and technology.

Special Commissioner Equity and Diversity, Public Service Commission
Dr Linda Colley

Prior to her appointment as Special Commissioner, Dr Colley was an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations and Leader of the Work and Employment Research Group at the School of Business and Law, at CQUniversity.  Her research interests include gender and public sector management, and she has conducted research projects with all Australian public service jurisdictions.

Dr Colley is Chair of the Work Health and Safety Board, and worked in employment policy and practice during her previous career in the public sector.

Dr Colley holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and a Doctor of Philosophy from Griffith University.