The Rt Hon Ian Sinclair AC, Chairman of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) announced the appointment of two new board members Dr Steven Kennedy PSM and Bruce Scott OAM.
Dr Steven Kennedy is the Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, a position he has held since September 2017. Dr Kennedy is the Federal Government’s representative. He has had extensive experience working within a wide range of Government departments, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; the Department of the Environment; the former Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education; the former Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and the Head of Secretariat of the Garnaut Climate Change Review – Update 2011. Immediately prior to joining DIRD, he was a Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he was responsible for Innovation and Transformation and led work on the Cities Agenda, regulatory reform, public data and digital innovation.
Born and bred in Western Queensland, Bruce Scott and his wife own and run Moothandella, a cattle station in Queensland’s Channel Country. Mr Scott has served on numerous boards as well as local, state and federal government committees and community committees. He was recently recognised in the Queen’s birthday Honours List for his services to local government, and to the community of Barcoo Shire, where he is Mayor.
Mr Sinclair said both men will bring valuable skills and knowledge to the board, and ensure ongoing representation of key perspectives, following the recent retirement of Tim Fairfax AC and Mike Mrdak AO.
“We are very pleased to have Steven joining the board. Having someone of his calibre, with such broad experience across so many of the issues that concern the lives of those living in rural, regional and remote communities is invaluable and will ensure that the links between FRRR, government and philanthropy will remain strong.
“Similarly, it’s great to have Bruce joining us. His understanding of agriculture, as well as his knowledge of local government and his deep understanding of the needs, challenges and priorities of those living in regional and remote communities make him a great addition to the Board.
“I look forward to working with both Bruce and Steven in the coming years to continue to support rural, regional and remote communities.”
“I also want to take this opportunity to acknowledge Tim Fairfax’s enormous contribution to the board over many years. I am delighted he will continue to support FRRR both on sub-committees and as a donor partner. On behalf of the board, I also thank Mike Mrdak for his active support and championing of FRRR during his tenure as the Federal Government’s representative.”