I'm very pleased to have returned to this portfolio after the recent machinery-of-government (MoG) changes.
I have a long history in the education sector. I began my career as a teacher at Beenleigh State High School, then I was a principal before I was appointed an Education Queensland Executive Director (Schools) in 2002. In 2005 I became School Resourcing and Administration Assistant Director-General, based at central office.
I started at the Department of Justice and Attorney General (JAG) in January 2007 as Deputy Director-General for Justice Administration, acted in the position of Director-General from September that year prior to my permanent appointment in May 2008.
Now after a few years away from the sector, I've returned as Acting Director-General and, for the first time, Training is part of my responsibilities.
I look forward to again working with my colleagues in Education and meeting the many outstanding people who make up the Training sector. I believe strongly in building productive relationships based on ethical practice, truth, honesty and respect.
One of my priorities is to ensure DET operates as a cohesive and united portfolio to meet our objective of giving Queenslanders a modern and responsive education and training system.
Former Department of Education, Training and the Arts (DETA) Director-General Rachel Hunter worked hard to achieve this aim.
Since Ms Hunter took over the reins at DETA in 2006 she has been an inspiring and supportive leader and on behalf of all staff I wish her the best in her new role as JAG Director-General.
As you know, the Arts portfolio has moved to the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Arts Queensland joined the Education portfolio in February 2004 and there have been significant achievements in delivering culturally rich and diverse experiences to Queenslanders, in particular nurturing children's and young people's participation in the arts.
And with our new portfolio, Education and Training, we gain a new Minister, Geoff Wilson.
On behalf of all staff I welcome Mr Wilson and we look forward to working closely with him to further engage Queenslanders in life-long education and training.
Mr Wilson replaces Member for Everton Rod Welford who was Education, Training and the Arts Minister for four years before retiring at the recent State election.
Mr Wilson is the Member for Ferny Grove in Brisbane and has been in the Queensland Parliament since 1998. He was appointed Mines and Energy Minister in 2006. For more about Mr Wilson, visit the DET website.
I would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome you have given me and I look forward to working with you to ensure we continue to contribute to a clever, skilled and creative Queensland.