​New CEO for NSW Trustee and Guardian

Publication date: Friday, 19 January 2018

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Attorney General Mark Speakman today announced the appointment of Adam Dent as Chief Executive Officer of NSW Trustee and Guardian.

“Mr Dent is a proven leader, who has helped reinvigorate agencies to make them more effective and efficient,” Mr Speakman said.

“NSW Trustee and Guardian has undergone significant reforms in recent years and Mr Dent’s experience in change management will be vital to ensuring it continues to be the first choice trustee for thousands of people across the state.”

Over the past two years, Mr Dent has held senior roles in the private sector. Most recently, he was a director of advisory at Ernst & Young where he worked with governments across Australia and New Zealand on organisational change projects to boost workforce capacity and deliver better value to taxpayers.

Mr Dent served as commissioner of the NSW State Emergency Service in 2015 and 2016, including during the Hunter superstorm when the agency’s volunteers responded to tens of thousands of calls for assistance, including with hundreds of flood rescues. He also led significant improvements to the SES’s executive structure and governance.

In Victoria, Mr Dent was state manager of emergency services for the Australian Red Cross from 2007 to 2014. He was at the helm when the Red Cross provided critical humanitarian assistance to communities during the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 and Victorian floods in 2010-11.

“Mr Dent has dedicated much of his career to helping the community, particularly vulnerable people, and his appointment to NSW Trustee and Guardian will enable him to continue this important work,” Mr Speakman said.

“Planning ahead is a key part of life and the Trustee and Guardian helps NSW people make wills and power of attorney and enduring guardianship arrangements so their rights and wishes are properly documented and respected,” Mr Speakman said.

NSW Trustee and Guardian is an independent and impartial executor, administrator, attorney and trustee. It also provides financial management services, including for people who have a disability that affects their capacity to make decisions.