Premier Dunderdale Announces Senior Appointments
The Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced four senior appointments.
“The people of Newfoundland and Labrador are well served by the knowledge, skills and expertise held within our provincial public service,” said Premier Dunderdale. “I commend these appointees for their ongoing commitment and dedication as they continue their careers in the employment of the Provincial Government. I look forward to their contributions in their new roles.”
Julia Mullaley is appointed Deputy Minister, Municipal Affairs, moving from the position of Deputy Clerk of the Executive Council and Associate Secretary to Cabinet, a position she has held since April 2011. Paula Burt is appointed Deputy Clerk of the Executive Council and Associate Secretary to Cabinet, having served most recently as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet (Economic Policy). Both appointments are effective immediately.
Karen Legge is appointed Assistant Deputy Minister (Corporate Services), Education, effective September 6. Ms. Legge is currently the Director of Financial Services with Eastern School District.
John Phillips is appointed Assistant Deputy Minister (Acting), Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, effective September 4. Dr. Phillips currently serves as Director, Aboriginal Health Liaison Division, Health and Community Services.
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Julia Mullaley began her career with the Provincial Government in 1993 with the Office of the Auditor General. Most recently, she served as Deputy Clerk of the Executive Council and Associate Secretary to Cabinet, a position she held April 2011-August 2012. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Mullaley served in various capacities within the public service – Assistant Deputy Minister (Business Investment) with the Department of Business; Assistant Deputy Minister (Royalties and Benefits), Department of Natural Resources; Executive Director of Planning and Co-ordination with Executive Council; and Director of Budgeting with Treasury Board Secretariat.
Ms. Mullaley graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (co-operative) from Memorial University in 1989. She worked with Doane Raymond, where she obtained a chartered accountant professional designation in 1991. Ms. Mullaley has served on a number of government committees and volunteered with several organizations including the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland, Girl Guides of Canada, Admiralty House Museum and Archives Inc., and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. She resides in Mount Pearl with her husband Cyril and their four children.
Paula Burt most recently served as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet (Economic Policy) with Executive Council; prior to this appointment she was Assistant Secretary to Cabinet (Social Policy). Ms. Burt also served for over two years as Executive Director of Planning and Co-ordination with Executive Council. She joined the Provincial Government in 1983 as a social worker and has worked with a number of departments including Social Services; Human Resources, Labour and Employment; Health and Community Services; and Education. Her earlier positions included Director of Early Childhood Learning, Cabinet Officer, Program Management, Supervisor and Consultant.
Ms. Burt has Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Memorial University.
Karen Legge joined the public service in 1993 and has held various positions since that time. She is currently the Director of Financial Services with the Eastern School District, a position she has held since 2008. Previous to this, Ms. Legge was with the Department of Health and Community Services as Director of Financial Services (2005-2008) and Manager of Financial Information Services (1999-2005). Her experience in the public sector has also included service with the Office of the Auditor General and the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance. Prior to joining the public service, Ms. Legge worked with Coopers & Lybrand, Chartered Accountants (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) as senior accountant, audit and advisory services.
Ms. Legge has a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
John Phillips currently serves with the Department of Health and Community Services as Director, Aboriginal Health Liaison Division, a role he has held since April 2010. Prior to this position, Dr. Phillips was Program Development Specialist, Aboriginal Education, with the Department of Education; and previous to that, Special Advisor to the Minister of Justice on Aboriginal justice. His career has also included roles in international, national and provincial research consulting and analysis, psycho-educational assessment and guidance in the school system, and addictions counseling. Dr. Phillips holds the degree of Doctorate of Philosophy (Native Studies) from Trent University, Ontario; and from Memorial University, the degrees of Bachelor of Education, Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts.
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