GEDC CEO steps down

Date published: 26/06/2014

Norman Baker, who was appointed Acting CEO of the GEDC by the Public Sector Commissioner at the end of February, announced this week that, for personal reasons, he was unable to continue in his position. Mr Baker was originally appointed to the position until a permanent CEO was recruited. 

The current freeze on recruitment in the Public Service delayed the process and unfortunately Mr Baker is unable to continue until a permanent CEO has been selected.
During his short  term as Acting CEO,  Mr Baker proved himself an excellent leader for the organisation. and in the four months he was at the reins of the GEDC he:

  • Managed and finalised the production of the Goldfields-Esperance Regional Investment BluePrint, to be released for public comment in the coming weeks.
  • Finetuned the funding processes for the Goldfields-Esperance Revitalisation Fund and steered two projects through to approval stage.
  • Worked on governance issues and reviewed and formalised processes within the GEDC
  • Started implementation of the recommendations arising from the PSC examination of late last year
  • Travelled extensively through the region, met with local government and established a good rapport with key stakeholders.
  • Reviewed the GEDC organisation structure

He will be missed by Board and staff and his departure is a loss to the GEDC and the region. Manager  Policy and Projects, Janice Kendall will be acting in the position until an Acting CEO is appointed.