Friday, June 21, 2024

New Coordinator-General appointed for Queensland

Acting Premier Steven Miles has announced Gerard Coggan as the State’s new Coordinator-General.

The Acting Premier said Mr Coggan (pictured) is a highly credentialed executive with over 20 years’ experience in project management and consulting. 

He has worked in both the private and public sectors, most recently engaged as a General Manager at APA Group, and in his last role in Government as Acting Deputy Director-General – Investment Facilitation and Partnerships in the former Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

“This is a critical time for our state as the world’s appetites for the things Queensland has traditionally provided change.  Mr Coggan’s experience across energy, resources and linear infrastructure sectors will be critical in assessing and managing the way forward for our State,” said Mr Miles.

“Additionally, as a member of the Queensland Public Service Leadership Board, this role is significant in managing our broader public service to achieve excellence in their work.”

As an independent officer of the State reporting directly to the Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, the Coordinator-General is relied upon to drive and deliver economic opportunities for Queensland.

“For more than 80 years, the Coordinator-General has played a critical role in driving major infrastructure projects for the state of Queensland. Mr Coggan’s appointment will open another chapter in that story.”

“This role leverages significant, wide ranging regulatory powers to plan, deliver and coordinate large-scale projects, while ensuring their environmental and social impacts are properly managed,” said Mr Miles.

In a statement, Mr Coggan said the new role was the intersection of “all the things I’ve enjoyed delivering on over my working career”.

“Finding ways to achieve mutually beneficial project outcomes across a broad range of stakeholders is the key to helping Queensland tackle some of the challenges the world is bringing to us,” he said.

“I have a passion for leading teams toward shared strategic objectives and this role is a chance to bring that work to Queensland’s biggest opportunities – I can’t wait to get started.”

Mr Coggan will commence in the role in early 2024.

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