Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

    New director general to spearhead Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    19/07/2017 10:05 AM
     
    • ​Darren Foster appointed as Department of the Premier and Cabinet Director General - effective immediately

    Premier Mark McGowan today welcomed the appointment of Mr Darren Foster as the Director General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

     

    The application and evaluation process, managed by the Public Sector Commission, concluded this week following the approval of the appointment by Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia.

     

    The Department of the Premier and Cabinet has two key service delivery areas including administration of executive government services and government policy management.

     

    Mr Foster's role will see him oversee a range of strategic and management activities such as the communication and promotion of the State Government's job-creating policies and initiatives, provision of administrative support to the Premier, Ministerial Offices and the Leader of the Opposition as well as leadership and co-ordination of cross-agency solutions to complex policy issues.

     

    He will help implement machinery of government changes that will see a more efficient and effective public sector deliver better services to Western Australians.

     

    Prior to his appointment, Mr Foster was acting Deputy Director General of the department and was seconded into the role from the Department of Fisheries where he served as Deputy Director General.

     

    In a range of permanent public service and term of government roles, Mr Foster has 30 years' experience in diverse areas such as environment, treasury and finance, energy, health, education and training, tourism, racing and gaming and native title.

     

    He has previously held senior roles focusing on strategy and policy matters for Federal, State and local governments.

     

    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

     

    "I congratulate Mr Foster on this appointment and recognise him for his achievements in government over the past three decades.

     

    "Mr Foster brings a wealth of experience from across policy, management and operational areas which will strengthen his duties in spearheading the administration of executive government services and government policy management.

     

    "He shows strong qualities of leadership, accountability, collaboration and innovation which are central to his role as the Department of the Premier and Cabinet continues to support my office and the Government to serve the Western Australian community."

     

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