Alice Thompson will be the Committee for the Hunter’s first chief executive officer.

Former KPMG executive and sustainability champion Alice Thompson has taken a role as Committee for the Hunter’s first chief executive officer.

Thompson, who last year moderated a session at The Fifth Estate’s Tomorrowland event, will lead the recently formed independent body designed to provide civic leadership and champion the success of the Hunter region.

As a regional economy traditionally dominated by coal mining, Thompson’s job will come with some major sustainability challenges. Fortunately, the Hunter is already headed in a promising direction, with agricultural businesses, booming coastal urban cities, wind turbines, eco-developments and research think-tanks also part of the region’s DNA.

Before KPMG, Thompson was the senior advisor on cities and infrastructure for then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. She’s also been an economic development director in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, and been a director at Infrastructure Australia.

She also made a brief run at former PM Tony Abbott’s seat in Warringah in Sydney’s northern beaches at the last federal election before dropping out of the race and standing in another nearby electorate.

News emerged last week that Anissa Levy has left her role as NSW government’s coordinator-general of Environment, Energy and Science at the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment.

The news was leaked to the SMH from the department, with anonymous sources in the department saying that Levy and Energy and Environment Minister Matt Kean failed to see eye-to-eye on a number of issues, including the allocation of firefighting staff.

She will remain at the department in a new leadership role, according to a message to staff obtained by the Herald.

Aurecon has created a new role to lead a team dedicated to sea level rise and other coastal impacts of climate change in Asia. Stéphanie Groen is the new director of the coastal and climate change practice, to be based in Singapore.

Groen brings 18 years of experience in water, marine and environmental consultancy to help clients mitigate the risk from climate change in what the company has identified as an “increasingly important area of engineering”.

Energy Consumers Australia, which was set up by the Council of Australian Governments Energy Ministers Council to give residential and small business energy consumers a voice on national energy market matters, will be looking for a new chief executive officer, with the departure of Rosemary Sinclair.

Sinclair has taken a new role as chief executive of auDA, the administrator and self-regulatory policy body for the .au domain space.

Matthew Salisbury is now principal director at WSP in Australia. He was formerly a South Australia manager for the company.

Our pick of the jobs

Vicinity Centres, which has strong track record on sustainability including a $70 million-plus million pipeline of solar projects, is looking for a sustainability manager to drive its environmental programs.

Industry body for community housing in NSW, Community Housing Industry Association NSW, is hiring an Aboriginal partnerships Specialist to build partnerships between the Community Housing sector and the Aboriginal Community Housing sector.

Environmental markets investor GreenCollar, which specialises in carbon farming and reef credit projects, is looking for a project technician to join its technical team in Sydney.

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