Kerry Petersen has been appointed as Deputy Director-General Major Projects and Property with Queensland’s Department of State Development.
A qualified architect, Ms Petersen has held multiple senior positions overseeing high-profile public infrastructure programs and projects during her career in the public service.
Ms Petersen is leading the delivery of some of the state’s key infrastructure projects including the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games venues and village and the North Queensland Stadium. Other program responsibilities include Property Queensland and Priority Ports.
“I am excited and privileged to have a senior role in the Queensland Government where I have the opportunity to ensure efficient delivery of significant programs and projects.
“I look forward to continuing to work closely with key stakeholders across the public and private sectors to ensure great outcomes for Queensland,” Ms Petersen said.
The Department of State Development Director-General Michael Schaumburg said Ms Petersen’s wealth of experience would be of great value to her role and the department’s senior leadership team.
“Ms Petersen will manage high profile infrastructure projects delivering significant economic opportunities across the state and we are honoured to have her on board,” Mr Schaumburg said.
Ms Petersen has more than 25 years’ experience in the Queensland public sector and is
the recipient of a number of awards including the National Association of Women in Construction – Achievement in Development Award (1997) and the Australia Day Achievement Medallion (2002) for the Department of Public Works.
She has a Bachelor of Architecture, Graduate Certificate in Management and Graduate Certificate in Strategic Asset Management. Ms Petersen also successfully completed the Australia and New Zealand School of Government Executive Fellows Program in 2015.
Ms Petersen was acting in the role for nine months prior to confirmation of her appointment.