Government wants a new director for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology

I noted in April 2009 – “Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) now run by non-meteorologist”.
Government thanks outgoing Bureau of Meteorology director, Dr Greg Ayers – 20 February 2012.
I notice that 18th July 2011 Govt announced a “Review of the Bureau of Meteorology’s Capacity”.
They said then – The review is expected to present its findings to the government by the end of November 2011.
The review is being led by Ms Chloe Munro, who brings strong commercial skills and expertise in public policy and corporate finance through her senior leadership experience in the public and private sectors both in Australia and overseas.
Now – Easter Saturday 7 April 2012 Govt advertises for new Director of BoM

Odd that they are appointing a new boss while this review is still ongoing – but most things about our Govt are a bit weird.
I have just noticed that Ms Chloe Munro must be one of the busiest people in the Federal Govt this last year or so.
Still shown as Chairman of AquaSure on their website – AquaSure is the consortium building the Victorian Desalination Project.
12 May 2011 – Ms Chloe Munro has been appointed as Chair of the National Water Commission.
Then the 18th July 2011 appointment to Review the Bureau of Meteorology’s Capacity.
And on 10 Feb 2012 we see she is the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Clean Energy Regulator. Presumably the CER administers the Govts new Carbon Tax.
No wonder the BoM review is late – my head is in a spin.
Has anybody got insights re the public service history of the dynamic Ms Chloe Munro.

3 comments to Government wants a new director for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology

  • Beachgirl

    The AquaSure site says this;
    AquaSure is the consortium building the Victorian Desalination Project.
    Chloe has been active in water reform for over a decade. She has held leadership positions in the public and private sectors in New Zealand, the UK and Australia. Chloe joined AquaSure in September 2009 as its independent non-executive chairman. She is also a member of the National Water Commission.
    And investing.businessweek.com/ says;
    Ms. Chloe Munro has been Chairman of AquaSure Pty Ltd. since joining in September 2009. Ms. Munro has been active in water reform for over a decade. She has held leadership positions in the public and private sectors in New Zealand, the UK and Australia. She served in the Victorian public sector from 1996 to 2004, and held the positions of Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment and of the Department of Primary Industries. Until July 2009, Ms. Munro was an Executive director at Telstra, holding leadership positions in human resources, business operations, information technology, public policy and communications and customer service. She has been Director of Hydro-Electric Corporation since March 1, 2010. She serves as a Member of the National Water Commission. She was awarded a Centenary Medal for outstanding contribution to public administration in 2001. Ms. Munro holds masters degrees in mathematics and philosophy from Cambridge University and in business administration from Westminster University.
    Fascinating stuff, huge desalination contracts, Govt Water Commission, nah, no chance of conflict of interest there.

  • Beachgirl

    Digging a bit with Google NZ only turned up two notes on a Ms Chloe Munro. both with NZ Treasury from 1994 and 2000.
    from The Jobs Letter No.3 / 26 October 1994
    TASKFORCE list
    Chloe Munro — Treasury
    and from 2000
    Session 3: Statistical and political accountability under MMPSpeaker: Chloe Munro, The Treasury

    Looking at the press advert for the new BoM Director – I was taken by the use of the word “nous”. Did I miss its use creeping in.
    I also noted the advert did not mention the review, I am trying to imagine a new Director being pitchforked into this turmoil.
    What do you think W?

  • WSH

    IMHO the Govt would have been better off sticking with the existing Acting Director until this important outside review could be well on the way to being bedded down. I do wonder if running the press advert at Easter is code for “they already have their chosen candidate”. Would also very much appreciate readers guidance on the salary scale (Agency Head SES band 3) – A look at Google suggests north of $250K – but how far north ? In Canberra we have a water/electricity utility boss that gets way over twice that.