New chief for Pilbara Development Commission

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

A new leader has taken the helm of the Pilbara Development Commission as a new chairman is announced.

Brendan Hammond was announced at the beginning of this month as the new Commission chairman by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan.

Ms MacTiernan said Mr Hammond was chosen because of his extensive experience in both the private and public sectors.

“He brings intelligence, drive and energy to all his work,” she said.

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“I am confident he will provide tremendous leadership to strengthen the Pilbara in this time of transition.”

With more than 22 years experience in a number of senior roles across energy, water, ports and resources sectors, Ms MacTiernan said she was confident of the success Mr Hammond would bring to the role.

“Brendan has an extraordinary track record in the private and public sectors as well as deep engagement with the Pilbara and with indigenous economic development,” Ms MacTiernan said.

In 2011, Mr Hammond was awarded the Governor’s Award for Regional Development at the Western Australian Citizen of the Year Awards in 2011. Pilbara Development Commission chief executive Terry Hill welcomed the new appointment and said he looked forward to the new future.

“Brendan is a well-respected leader who has strong ties with the Pilbara and regional Western Australia,” he said.

“We plan to visit a number of towns across the region over the coming months to give our stakeholders an opportunity to meet Brendan in his new role to discuss local regional development issues and opportunities.”

Mr Hammond replaced retiring chairman Chris Gilmour, who held the position for the past three years.

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