Respected economist and senior public servant Nicky Cusworth has been appointed as the new chairwoman of the Economic Regulation Authority, Treasurer Mike Nahan announced today.
As the deputy director general of the Department of State Development, Dr Nahan said Ms Cusworth would bring a raft of senior management, economic analysis and broader policy development skills to the role.
Ms Cusworth's five-year appointment follows on from Stephen King, who has accepted a position as commissioner at the Productivity Commission, after serving as alternate chairman during 2015.
"I am pleased to announce that Ms Cusworth will join the Economic Regulation Authority as its full-time chairwoman, from early next month," Dr Nahan said.
"This is a historic appointment given Ms Cusworth is the first woman to hold this position and I wish her all the best in this new role.
"As a former chief economist of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia and the current deputy director general of the Department of State Development, she brings a wealth of experience to the position.
"I am confident the important work of the Economic Regulation Authority - to ensure WA has a fair, competitive and efficient environment for consumers and businesses - will continue to flourish under Ms Cusworth's leadership.
"I also thank Stephen King for his contribution to the authority as a member since 2010 and as alternate chairman during 2015. I wish him all the best as he takes up his new role at the Productivity Commission."
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