Monday, May 20, 2024

Veteran cop to lead NSW Reconstruction Authority

NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon APM has today been appointed as the acting Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Reconstruction Authority.

In a statement, the NSW Government said Simon Draper PSM would cease his responsibilities at the Reconstruction Authority to solely focus on leading the public service as Secretary of Premier’s Department.

Deputy Commissioner Lanyon led flood recovery efforts in the Northern Rivers as the Northern NSW Recovery Coordinator in 2022 and has had an extensive career in the NSW Police Force.

He will commence in the role of Acting CEO from 8 April 2024.

“The Reconstruction Authority will be in safe hands with Deputy Commissioner Lanyon, an experienced and accomplished leader with extensive experience in working hand-in-hand with communities in both disaster response and recovery,” said Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Paul Scully.

“I look forward to working closely with Deputy Commissioner Lanyon in the coming months.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery, Janelle Saffin said Deputy Commissioner Lanyon was the ideal choice for the job.

“I worked alongside Mal following the devastating floods in the Northern Rivers and am thrilled to be working with him again,” she said.

“There is no better person to lead this organisation, to ensure our state is prepared for disasters, and to help NSW recover after they strike.”

Mr Draper commenced as Secretary of Premier’s Department on 1 September 2023 and has been undertaking both roles over the past seven months.

The Reconstruction Authority was established on 16 December 2022 to proactively reduce the impact of floods, fires and other major disasters, and to help communities across NSW recover from them faster.

“When disaster strikes, our communities rely on the dedication and unflagging efforts of our frontline responders across the emergency services and NSW Police Force,” said
Minister for Emergency Services, Jihad Dib.

“I welcome the appointment of Deputy Commissioner Lanyon to lead the NSW Reconstruction Authority as it continues its essential work to build resilience in our communities.”


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