The head of Australia’s largest philanthropic trust Professor Glyn Davis has been named as the new head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. 

Prof Davis’ career spans both the public service and academic, serving as the director-general of the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet from 1998 to 2002, and then becoming the vice chancellor of Griffith University and the University of Melbourne. 

He has also chaired the Group of Eight, Universities Australia and Universitas 21.

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The governor-general made the appointment on Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s recommendation.

“Professor Davis will bring to the role of secretary a deep understanding of public policy and will work with my government in bringing about positive change for the Australian people,” Mr Albanese said.

Prof Davis will take over the role from Phil Gaetjens, who acted as former prime minister Scott Morrison’s chief of staff before moving into the role in 2019.

The five year appointment will commence on June 6.

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