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NSW Telco Authority appoints Beth Jackson as first female chair

The NSW Telco Authority has its first female chairperson, with board member and former Telstra executive Beth Jackson elevated to the role.

Jackson, who has served on the authority’s board since early this year and has experience in the public sector and legal profession, replaces former chairperson Rod Gilmour.

The Authority's managing director Kate Foy said, “I’m delighted to see more female leadership at the Telco Authority. Ms Jackson’s experience in the public sector, legal profession and companies like Telstra have equipped her to help guide the strategic direction of the NSW Telco Authority.”

Two new board members — Geoff Kleemann and Ric Oldham — were also appointed, both with experience in executive and financial management.

Foy congratulated the reappointment of Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, and the advancement of Kaaren Koomen to deputy chairperson. Koomen, who has been acting chair during 2017, has experience in communications and technology.

Foy said Rod Gilmour had provided “unwavering leadership during his five years as Chairperson of NSW Telco Authority. I’d like to thank him for his guidance, support and leadership during his time in the chair".

“Having a representative from an emergency service organisation brings the voice of first responders and frontline workers to the discussion.”

Foy also acknowledged new members Philip Gardner and Clare Gardiner-Barnes who were appointed in May 2017 for three-year terms.

The board of the telco authority will have its first meeting with its new members in Dubbo this month, marking the first time it has met in a regional location.

Foy said during the Dubbo visit the board would also visit one of the Critical Communications Enhancement Program sites to see firsthand the work of the Authority to improve radio network coverage across New South Wales.

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