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Queensland Building and Construction Board Chair, Mr Dick Williams, said Ms Levy brings a wealth of private and public sector leadership experience to the QBCC.

Ms Levy's most recent role was as CEO of Water Infrastructure NSW.

Her previous leadership roles have included Coordinator-General of the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment's Environment, Energy and Science Group, Deputy CEO and Head of Investor Assurance at Infrastructure NSW, and Acting Chair and CEO of the NSW Environment Protection Authority.

Ms Levy was appointed to the role following a comprehensive and rigorous Australia-wide executive search and recruitment process conducted by executive recruitment firm Luminary Partners.

"Ms Levy has significant knowledge and expertise in construction and infrastructure planning and delivery, as well as being an experienced regulator," Mr Williams said.

"She is highly regarded in government and industry circles across many sectors and is recognised for her commitment to developing industry engagement and partnerships, her deep understanding of regulated industries, and her expertise in effecting organisational change."

Mr Williams said Ms Levy's appointment comes at an important time for Queensland's building and construction industry, given current supply-chain issues and increased materials costs, compounded by labour shortages at a time of surging demand.

"The QBCC has a vital role to play in making sure that Queenslanders continue to have confidence in the building and construction industry," Mr Williams said.

"Ms Levy will focus on delivering industry certainty, as we continue our drive to be an agile, insights-driven organisation, while addressing any opportunities for potential improvements to QBCC's governance arrangements flowing from the governance review led by Mr Jim Varghese AM.

"Importantly, Ms Levy's extensive skills and experience will ensure the QBCC is an effective regulator that can be trusted by Queenslanders. 

"I look forward to working with Ms Levy, given the importance of the Queensland building and construction sector, which is worth $47 billion a year and employs over 230,000 people.

"The Queensland Building and Construction Board wishes to thank Mr Richard Cassidy for his excellent contribution as Interim CEO and Commissioner while the search for a new permanent CEO and Commissioner was conducted."

Ms Levy will commence with the QBCC on 14 February, 2022.

Minister for Public Works and Procurement, Mick de Brenni, said he had supported the board's recommendation to appoint Ms Levy after a comprehensive national search and recruitment process.

"Ms Levy takes on her new role as Commissioner at a time critical to ensuring fairness and confidence in the building industry for everyone from new home builders and renovators to the 230,000 Queenslanders that depend on it for their livelihoods," Mr de Brenni said.

Ms Anissa Levy

Ms Anissa Levy's most recent role was as the CEO of Water Infrastructure NSW, where she was responsible for the establishment of the organisation and building the capacity and capability of the water sector to plan and deliver large and complex infrastructure programs across NSW. 

Prior to this, Ms Levy led the Department of Planning Industry and Environment's Environment, Energy and Science Group as Coordinator-General, delivering significant policies, initiatives and strategies on climate change, renewable energy and energy security, environmental sustainability, waste management, biodiversity and conservation.  

As Deputy CEO and Head of Investor Assurance at Infrastructure NSW, Ms Levy oversaw the development, implementation and operation of the Infrastructure Investor Assurance Framework — a risk-based framework for the oversight of the government's ambitious infrastructure program.

As the Acting Chair and CEO of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Ms Levy committed to developing partnerships with the community, industry, government agencies and environmental groups, and initiated change to the culture of the EPA into a more customer-focused organisation.

A civil engineer by profession, Ms Levy has a strong track record of driving transformational change across organisations and teams with experience in the development, construction, infrastructure, transport, sustainability, environment, waste, energy and water sectors.

Last reviewed: 21 Jan 2022 Last published: 21 Jan 2022
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