QLS APPOINTS NEW CEO

QLS APPOINTS NEW CEO

THE Queensland Law Society (QLS) has appointed Amelia Hodge as its new CEO, following the departure of Noela L'Estrange on June 30.

Hodge will step into her new role at the incorporated society on July 20, bringing more than 25 years of legal and governance experience.

QLS president Michael Fitzgerald says Hodge will contribute a high level of leadership skill and commercial expertise.

"Mrs Hodge's diverse career includes appointments across the private and public sectors, and across a range of industries," Fitzgerald says.

"She was chosen in a competitive selection process from a strong field of candidates.

"She demonstrated to the Council excellent leadership, governance, strategic thinking, stakeholder engagement, management and financial management skill sets.

"She has held a number of board positions since 2010. The Society looks forward to welcoming her as our new CEO."

Hodge's most recent position was network property group manager at Powerlink Queensland, a government corporation that maintains the state's electricity network.

She has also held a number of senior management roles with Origin Energy, Coffey Commercial Advisory and Queensland Environmental Protection Agency.

Hodge was admitted to practise law in 1991, and has practised as a solicitor for several years including operating a small property practice.

The Bachelor of Laws graduate also holds a Graduate Certificate in Property Economics from QUT.

She has also completed the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Infrastructure and the Market Economy Executive Program.

She is currently completing an Executive Masters of Business Administration at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

L'Estrange has been at the helm of QLS since 2009, and was instrumental in the refurbishment of Law Society House, establishing a governance framework and enhancing business processes.

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