​​Media Release

​New appointment to lead the MDBA

27 November 2015

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, has welcomed the appointment of Phillip Glyde as Chief Executive of the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).

"Mr Glyde has been a Deputy Secretary with my department since 2006—acting as Secretary on many occasions—and he brings a high level of expertise and experience," Minister Joyce said.

"He has a proven track record in financial management and public sector governance as well as experience leading professional teams and setting strategic vision.

"Mr Glyde also brings a record of achievement particularly relevant to the MDBA, through his extensive experience as a senior public servant in natural resource management and economics and involvement in complex state and Commonwealth issues.

"In the almost 10 years he has spent with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources he has led important policy reforms in the areas of live animal exports, drought management and agricultural policy.

"Mr Glyde has also headed the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) as well as working overseas at the UK Government Cabinet Office and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.

"I know many of Mr Glyde's colleagues will be sad to see him leave the department but I look forward to continuing to work with him in the broader portfolio as head of the MDBA."

Mr Glyde takes up his appointment in the new year. He replaces Dr Rhondda Dickson who started at the MDBA in mid-2011 and announced her departure in July to take a role as Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Environment.

"I would like to take this opportunity to again thank Dr Dickson for taking the MDBA through a period of significant reform, including the establishment of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan," Minister Joyce said.

The MDBA is an Australian Government agency which leads the planning and management of the Murray–Darling Basin water resources.

Minister Joyce said the Australian Government was committed to delivering the Basin Plan in a way that maximises social and economic benefits while also delivering the necessary environmental outcomes.

"To guarantee the future of the basin all three—industries, communities and the environment—must thrive," Minister Joyce said.​