Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald confirms a rumour that has been circulating that Robyn Kruk, the current Director General of the NSW Department of Health will be vacating her position.
Her role was advertised by Hamilton James Bruce on 12 May 2007. The ad states that the role is ‘responsible for the administration and operation of 8 Area Health Services, the Ambulance Service of NSW, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Justice Health, and plays a critical role in the ongoing development of NSW Health. The closing date for applications is 25 May 2007.
The placement of this advertisement is a clear indication that an open selection process is being run for the position. The other options would have been to rotate an existing Director General into the position or make a direct appointment either from within the NSW public sector or externally. It likely that the decision to run an open process was due to the nature of the job - one of the most challenging and difficult roles in NSW government administration. In addition to allowing local candidates a chance to contest the job, HJB are likely to be conducting a global search.
Ms Kruk is widely regarded as having performed well in her role and it has been rumoured that she will move to head the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Given the NSW Directory currently lists her as the Director General of Health, and Dr Col Gellatly as the Director General of Premier and Cabinet, these moves may not take place until her successor at Health has been found.
The Directory also continues to list Alan Marsh as the Acting Director General of the NSW Department of Commerce. A search of the Directory provides only one entry for Andrew Cappie-Wood – as ‘formerly Director General, Department of Education and Training.