CEO of Investment NSW to front hearing into John Barilaro’s US trade job

The CEO of Investment NSW will take part in a public hearing on Wednesday into the recruitment process for former Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro’s new job in the United States.

Barilaro was named the New York-based senior state trade commissioner for the Americas last week with a salary exceeding $500,000.

A previous round of recruitment identified two highly rated candidates, and in August last year internal emails, obtained through Parliament, show Investment NSW was almost ready to announce the successful candidate publicly.

It is understood that it was a senior official within Investment NSW, Jenny West.

On August 23, Kylie Bell, executive director of trade at Investment NSW, asked a colleague “could we also start press releases for NY, Mumbai and Singapore this week.”

“I think we’re close to being able to announce NY and the rest will probably be ready to go in September. Then we’re all done.”

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Amy Brown, CEO of Investment NSW, will appear at a hearing next week.(Provided: NSW Investment )

Emails from early September indicated that a contract for the American role was in the works.

But three weeks later, the agency’s general counsel, Chris Carr, was investigating other methods of employment, emailing ‘we were asked if there was an option for ministerial appointments’ .

As the ABC reported on Thursday, Amy Brown, CEO of Investment NSW, then wrote to the external recruiter on October 3.

“I appreciate you keeping this confidential, but we have now received confirmed instructions to begin preparation of legislation to convert the Chief Global Trade and Investment Commissioners into Statutory Officers (i.e. say ministerial appointments),” she said.

“This means that the recruitment process for STIC positions in Singapore, India/Middle East and China will have to be halted, and all candidates informed that we are not going any further in the process.

“We will treat the STIC position in New York as an internal matter.”

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