25 September 2023

ACTPS veterans named as champions

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Six senior members of the ACT Public Service (ACTPS) with personal experience in the Australian armed forces have been named Veterans Employment Executive Champions to support the transition of other veterans into the ACTPS.

Minister for Veterans and Seniors, Gordon Ramsay said the six represented the presence of veterans in the ACTPS and demonstrated how a range of valuable skills and experience gained in the Defence Forces could be transferred to the Public Service.

“Our Champions have a combined experience of almost 30 years in the ACTPS with their lengths of service varying between eight months and 13 years,” Mr Ramsay said.

He said they also had a combined military service of nearly 140 years.

“Our Champions will help drive the ACT Government’s Veterans Employment Strategy, which actively supports veterans to transition into civilian life and employment in the ACTPS, Mr Ramsay said.

He welcomed the increased allocation in the 2018–19 Budget to support veterans, which he said further demonstrated the commitment to building a diverse, agile, responsive and innovative Public Service.

The Executive Champions are: David Roulston, Chief Information Officer, Transport Canberra and City Services; Emma Thomas, Director-General, Transport Canberra and City Services; Georgeina Whelan, Chief Officer, ACT State Emergency Service; Brendan Stevens, Director, People and Culture, Emergency Services Agency; Damian Cantwell, ACT Electoral Commissioner; and Virginia Hayward, Chief HR Officer, Justice and Community Safety.

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