CANBERRA centenary executive director Jeremy Lasek has confirmed he is leaving the centenary team to take on a role as CEO of the National Australia Day Council.
Lasek will also leave his position as Executive Director of Culture and Communications, Chief Minister and Cabinet in mid-September for the new position, a role he has held since 2003.
Lasek says he felt it was “time for a new challenge.”
“It’s just a great opportunity, I’ve had a lot to do with the Australia Day Council over the last decade or more, and I’ve been involved heavily with it when I was working for the National capital Authority,” he says.
“I thought it was too good an opportunity not to have a shot at. I have gone from one of the great jobs in Canberra to one of the great jobs in Australia.”
Lasek says his September start date means he will get to “see out” most of the year’s Centenary celebrations.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, I’ve worked with some amazing people and had some great moments,” he says.
Ahead of the Centenary, Lasek’s “number one priority” was developing emergency communications in his role for the Chief Minister and Cabinet.
“That position was created to coordinate communications for the ACT government after the Canberra bushfires, and having been impacted directly by the Canberra bushfires, it’s been my top priority since I joined the ACT government, just making sure we had better systems in place if there is a major emergency like a bushfire,” he says.
“Even in the Centenary year it’s always been my number one priority, making sure Canberrans are warned and informed if there is an emergency. I’m leaving now very confident that we have those systems in place, and I would regard it as my biggest achievement.”