26 September 2023

Tidball to take on Department Secretary role

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Michael Tidball has been appointed Secretary of the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ), the lead Agency in the Stronger Communities Cluster.

Announcing his appointment, Attorney General, Mark Speakman said Mr Tidball (pictured) was currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Law Council of Australia.

Mr Speakman said that, prior to this role, Mr Tidball (pictured) was the CEO of the Law Society of NSW for 14 years and has served as the Secretary-General of LAWASIA since 2015.

“Michael has an extensive background in policy, leadership and strategy formulation and execution across the public and private sectors in Australia,” he said.

“During his 35-year career, Michael has worked with Government leaders and Ministers, Agency heads, industry leaders, the judiciary, non-Government organisations and the community.

“I look forward to working closely with Michael in his new role aiming to achieve safe, just, resilient and inclusive communities in NSW as we deal with the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Mr Speakman said Mr Tidball began his career in child protection, working for the South Australian Public Service, before moving to the Commonwealth to develop community corrections and juvenile justice programs in the lead-up to self-government in the Australian Capital Territory.

The Attorney General said Mr Tidball would commence in his new role on 1 February, replacing former Secretary, Michael Coutts-Trotter, who left DCJ in October to lead the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

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