The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), has today in Council approved the appointment of Mr Mark Fraser LVO OAM as Official Secretary to the Governor-General.
Mr Fraser has been Deputy Official Secretary to the Governor-General for the past five and a half years.
Mr Fraser’s appointment, which takes effect on 27 June 2014, follows the departure of Mr Stephen Brady CVO, who will shortly take up an appointment as Australian Ambassador to the French Republic.
The Governor-General said Mr Brady has done an outstanding job as Official Secretary for almost six years.
“Through his sophisticated, nuanced and professional advice, Stephen has contemporised operations, improved accountability and performance, and achieved new levels of outreach and engagement by this Office,” the Governor-General said.
Mr Fraser comes to the role with 20 years of public sector experience, including as Consul-General in the Netherlands (2004-2007) and Consul in Turkey (1998-2001).
Mr Fraser has significant experience in major event management, including in relation to Anzac Day commemorations in Turkey and events marking the 400th anniversary of Dutch-Australian relations, as well as crisis response management overseas, including the Bali bombings (for which he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal).
As Deputy Official Secretary to the Governor-General, Mr Fraser has overseen the day-to-day management and administration of the Office, as well as acting as Official Secretary on numerous occasions. He has also coordinated multiple head of state, head of government and Royal visits. Earlier this year he was made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) for his service to the Crown.
The Governor-General said he is delighted to have Mr Fraser as his Official Secretary.
“I am looking forward to drawing on Mark’s considerable protocol, governance and management experience, and his global outlook and contemporary approach to leadership in the public sector,” the Governor-General said.
By virtue of his position, Mr Fraser will also serve as Secretary to the Council for the Order of Australia and the Australian Bravery Decorations Council.
Mr Fraser holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Public Relations and Journalism, a Master of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and a Global Executive Master of Business Administration.