The Lighting Council has appointed Richard Mulcahy as its new chief executive. He replaces Bryan Douglas, who had held the top job for almost a decade.

Mr Mulcahy is an adjunct professor at the University of Queensland School of Business, Law and Economics, and was formerly the chief executive of Ausveg, a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly and Liberal shadow treasurer, and was also for 11 years the national director of the Australian Hotels Association.