Cash recruits business leaders to FWC bench

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Cash recruits business leaders to FWC bench

It's out with the old and in with the new at the Fair Work Commission, with three appointments and one resignation in the past week.

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It's out with the old and in with the new at the Fair Work Commission, with three appointments and one resignation in the past week.

Senior deputy president Jennifer Acton, appointed to the bench in 1992, has resigned. She is also a professor of law at Monash University and hold bachelors and masters degrees in law, and also in economics. She is also a barrister and solicitor. 

Meanwhile, the Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash, has announced three appointments to the bench – two deputy presidents and a commissioner – all with business backgrounds.

Peter Anderson has been appointed as a deputy president and will begin on 18 April. He is a former CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and runs an industrial and business consultancy, PinPoint Enterprises.

Mr Anderson has more than 30 years of experience in workplace relations as a lawyer, advocate and policy expert. He holds a Bachelor of Laws with honours.

Alan Colman has been appointed a deputy president, commencing 26 April. Mr Colman is a Melbourne-based partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, which is an independent corporate and commercial law firm.

Mr Colman is described by the law firm as being an expert in industrial relations and workplace change. He has previously worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and at the United Nations. He holds a Master of Laws and a Master of Arts.
 
Sarah McKinnon has been appointed as a commissioner, commencing 1 May. Ms McKinnon is general manager, Workplace Relations and Legal Affairs, National Farmers’ Federation.

Ms McKinnon has workplace relations experience in both the private and public sectors. She has been in her role at the National Farmers’ Federation since 2014 and is currently a member of the National Workplace Relations Consultative Council.

Ms McKinnon previously worked in the Australian Public Service as a principal government workplace relations lawyer at the Department of Employment. Ms McKinnon holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics.
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