An experienced senior public servant and former department head had joined government advisory firm Proximity.
Kerri Hartland, who was the secretary for the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business as well as the first female and first externally appointed deputy director-general (COO) of ASIO, has joined Proximity as a principal adviser.
Most recently, she was working as a B2B coordinator with Sir Peter Cosgrove on the Business Council of Australia’s initiative, BizRebuild, to support Australia’s bushfire recovery.
Proximity director James Dunn said the team is excited to welcome Ms Hartland, who brings “vast experience and an impressive track record across much of the Australian Public Service”, he said in a statement.
“Kerri has a great reputation as an accomplished [problem-solver] and for successfully leading major service delivery reform and change management programs across a range of portfolios,” he said.
“Given her extensive experience at the highest levels of national security, Kerri will take an active role in growing our capability in this space.”
Ms Hartland said she is excited to be joining Proximity at a time the business is undergoing continued growth, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.
“I’m keen to use the skills I’ve gained in my 30-year public service career and continue to add to public policy and delivery from a whole new vantage point,” she said.
“I’m particularly passionate about good governance, change management and the importance of strong leadership and culture.
“In considering my next career step, I looked for a private sector company with a positive culture that best aligned with my values. Proximity, I believe, is a good fit for me, and I look forward to being a productive part of this dynamic team.”