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Retiring D-G pays tribute to staff

November 07 2012

Retiring D-G pays tribute to staff

Retiring ... Julie Grantham. Photo: Tony Phillips.

The Director-General of the Department of Education, Training and Employment paid tribute to staff as she announced her retirement last Friday.

Julie Grantham will retire on 9 November, but in making her announcement on 2 November said she would take leave until that date.

'You are an amazing group of people,' Ms Grantham told staff. 'When I think back to my time since rejoining the department in 2009, and of all the wonderful work and outcomes that have been achieved, I can only say that I am very proud of the achievements and of the people I have worked with.

'I have thoroughly enjoyed this role and all the challenges that go with it.'

In a special message, Ms Grantham thanked staff for their contribution to the department and looked to its future.

'I wish you all the very best in the years to come - there is so much on the horizon with the reforms in all parts of this agency - early childhood, school education, in training and TAFE and employment - wherever we look there is so much happening - enough to consume your energy for a long, long time,' she said.

'I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Minister Langbroek and his team over the past few months and I know they in turn will enjoy this portfolio and celebrate the achievements with you in the coming years.'

A former teacher, Ms Grantham began her career at Beenleigh State High School and went on to become a school principal, followed by Executive Director (Schools) and Assistant Director-General, School Resourcing and Administration.

In April 2012 she became the Director-General of the newly established Department of Education, Training and Employment following three years at the helm of the former Department of Education and Training.

Deputy Director-General Policy, Legislation and Early Childhood Annette Whitehead will take the D-G's chair while a national recruitment campaign is undertaken.

Ms Whitehead is a previous Director of the Office of Ageing and Director of the Office of Childcare with extensive experience in government in ageing, disability, childcare, education and training and child safety.

From 2002-2004 she led Education and Training Reforms for the Future, which included reforms to senior schooling and the introduction of the Prep year in Queensland.

Prior to returning to the Department of Education, Training and Employment Ms Whitehead was responsible for coordinating social policy initiatives across government from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.