The Queensland government has finally ended the leadership uncertainty at its Department of Science, IT and Innovation, a year after asking director general Sue Rickerby to re-apply for her job as part of an executive-wide spill and fill.
This afternoon premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced she had settled on Jamie Merrick to lead the department, following his six-month stint acting in the role following Rickerby’s departure.
Merrick will now permanently take the reins of the government’s $180 million ‘Advance Queensland’ jobs creation strategy, which aims to nurture and grow knowledge-based industries in the state.
“Mr Merrick has played a pivotal role in implementing the Advance Queensland strategy to date, and in his role will continue to ensure the program positions Queensland as a world-class investment destination and innovation hub,” the premier said in a statement.
“He brings to the role extensive experience in the fields of economic development and innovation policy, both in Queensland and internationally.”
DSITI runs whole-of-government IT for state, and houses the government chief information office, the state’s digital functions, and shared services agencies.
Hailing from Leicester, England, Merrick worked in economic development roles for many years in the UK government, and also spent a stint working in the exports division of a Cambridge-based ICT firm.
In Queensland Merrick has held deputy director-general roles in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department of State Development and the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.