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Damien Walker

Board Member, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation; Director-General of the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games

Damien Walker was appointed as the Director-General of the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games in February 2017. This is a key role which will work closely with national and international partners to deliver the biggest sporting event in Australia this decade, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.  Damien also oversees the implementation of key government policies and priorities including tourism and small business growth strategies. He comes to the Director-General role in DTESB with significant government experience in Queensland and South Australia. He has previously held Deputy Director-General roles in the areas of tourism, housing and public works, infrastructure and planning and has also been Queensland’s Deputy Coordinator-General. Before leaving Adelaide to live in Queensland, Damien held senior executive roles in the South Australian Government in infrastructure planning and delivery, investment facilitation, contract management and reform implementation. He led the delivery of major health infrastructure, including the $2 billion New Royal Adelaide Hospital, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and the Glenside Campus Redevelopment. Damien holds academic qualifications in public policy and planning.