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Drew Clarke

Andrew Leigh Clarke AO PSM FTSE is a former senior Australian public servant who served as Secretary of several departments and as Chief of Staff to the 29th Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, before his retirement in April 2017. Since his retirement from the public service he has been appointed to the board of nbn™ and is to become chairman of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).[1]

Drew Clarke
AO PSM FTSE
Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Australia
In office
15 September 2015 – 21 April 2017
Secretary of the Department of Communications
In office
18 September 2013 – 21 September 2015
Secretary of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
In office
11 March 2013 – 18 September 2013
Secretary of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
In office
April 2010 – March 2013
Personal details
Born Andrew Leigh Clarke
Nationality Australia Australian
Alma mater Ohio State University
Occupation Public servant

Life and careerEdit

As a former surveyor who had worked in Australia and Antarctica, Clarke joined the Energy area of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources in 2002 and moved to the newly created Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism in December 2007.[2]

Clarke was promoted to Secretary of the Department in April 2010.[3]

Clarke was appointed to head the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy in February 2013,[4] an appointment for five years from 11 March 2013.[5]

Following the elevation of Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the Prime Ministership in the September 2015 Liberal leadership spill, Clarke became Turnbull's Chief of Staff.[6]

Although originally agreeing only to establish the new prime minister's office and retire after the 2016 federal election, Clarke stayed on until he retired in April 2017.[7]

He was appointed to the board of nbn from 22 August 2017 for a three-year term on 15 August 2017.[8]

AwardsEdit

Clarke was awarded a Public Service Medal on the Queen's Birthday 2009 "for outstanding public service in driving significant reform of the energy market".[9]

He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2011.

Clarke was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) on Australia Day 2016 "for distinguished service to public administration, to communications and energy policy initiatives and reform, and to the spatial information industry".[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Andrew Probyn, (16 October 2017), Malcolm Turnbull's former chief of staff to be new energy 'tsar' under alternative to Clean Energy Target, ABC News. Retrieved 16 October 2017
  2. ^ "Departure of the Secretary of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism" (Press release). 11 February 2013.
  3. ^ Our Secretary: Drew Clarke, Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, 18 January 2011, archived from the original on 14 March 2011
  4. ^ Peake, Ross (11 February 2013). "PM's new department head 'an asset'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 9 August 2015.
  5. ^ Senior Commonwealth Public Service Appointments (PDF), Hawker Britton, February 2013, archived from the original (PDF) on 1 March 2014
  6. ^ Public servant Drew Clarke replaces Peta Credlin as acting chief of staff, Canberra Times, September 2015
  7. ^ PM's chief adviser Drew Clarke to retire, Greg Moriarty named chief of staff, Canberra Times, 18 April 2017
  8. ^ Tom McIlroy, (15 August 2017), Malcolm Turnbull's former chief of staff Drew Clarke named to NBN Co board, Canberra Times. Retrieved 15 August 2017
  9. ^ "CLARKE, Andrew Leigh - Public Service Medal (PSM)", It's an Honour, Australian Government, archived from the original on 9 August 2015
  10. ^ "CLARKE, Andrew (Drew) Leigh - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 26 January 2016.
Government offices
Preceded by
John Pierce
Secretary of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
2010–2013
Succeeded by
Blair Comley
Preceded by
Peter Harris
Secretary of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
2013
Succeeded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Communications
Preceded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Secretary of the Department of Communications
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Heather Smith
as Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts