Australian Government

03/15/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/14/2019 21:09

Appointment of GBRMPA CEO

Minister for the Environment

Media release
15 March 2019

After a rigorous merit-based selection process Mr Josh Thomas has today been announced as the new Chief Executive of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is the lead manager of the Reef, whose responsibilities include monitoring the health of the reef, the provision of permits, the prevention of illegal activity, community engagement and liaising with governments.

The Chief Executive is responsible for the day-to-day operations of GBRMPA, while the board is responsible for the management of the marine park, including guidance on policy.

Mr Thomas brings a strong understanding of the Authority with more than 15 years' experience in the public and private sector and has academic qualifications in science and international affairs.

His application received widespread support from non-government organisations and environmental groups and I am confident he will make a valuable contribution to the leadership of the Authority.

The merit-based selection process was conducted by a public service panel and was endorsed by the Australian Public Service Commissioner.

Mr Thomas will commence in the role on March 18. I would like to thank Mr Bruce Elliot for acting in the Chief Executive Officer role while this recruitment process was underway.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment (Authority Governance and Other Matters) Act 2018 separated the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer roles. Dr Ian Poiner was appointed Chairperson of the Authority on 29 October 2018.