Victorian Ombudsman appoints new Deputy

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Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass today announced that Megan Philpot will be Victoria’s next Deputy Ombudsman.

A qualified lawyer, Ms Philpot is currently Acting Ombudsman in South Australia, where she has been Deputy Ombudsman since 2009.

“I am delighted that Megan will be joining me in leading the important work of this Office,” Ms Glass said.

“Megan brings with her a wealth of relevant experience, after more than 20 years with Ombudsman SA," she said.

"During this time, she has also taken time out to assist commissions of inquiry, do voluntary legal work and lead major investigations.”

Ms Glass paid tribute to outgoing Deputy Ombudsman John Taylor.

“John’s courage and integrity is evident in his achievements over the past 10 years," Ms Glass said.

"As Deputy Ombudsman, John has tackled some of the thorniest issues in Victoria’s public administration.

“John’s impact on public administration has been profound and far-reaching.

"In addition to this, he has created a well-run office of highly motivated and professional staff, and provided invaluable support to me since I commenced as Ombudsman in March this year.”

Ms Glass said Ms Philpot would begin her term in the New Year.

“There is much that I wish to achieve in my term as Ombudsman.

"I am pleased I have such a strong team to ensure fairness for Victorians in their dealings with the state, and transparency and accountability in public administration.”

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