ACCC welcomes new deputy chair

The commission also pays tribute to the outgoing deputy chair

ACCC welcomes new deputy chair


By Mina Martin

Competition regulator and national consumer law champion ACCC has welcomed the governor general’s recent appointment of Catriona Lowe as deputy chair, for a five-year term from Jan. 27.

Lowe will succeed Delia Rickard, who will finish her term on the same date after more than a decade with the ACCC.

She will chair the ACCC’s Compliance and Product Safety Committee and will participate in a range of other ACCC committees and boards.

ACCC chair Gina Cass-Gottlieb said Lowe “is exceptionally well qualified” to be appointed to the role.

In Lowe’s “varied roles as a regulator, litigator, and consumer advocate, [she] has demonstrated a strong commitment to consumer issues and protection of consumer rights over many years,” Cass-Gottlieb said.

Lowe is currently a board member at the Australian Energy Regulator and served as the co-CEO of the Consumer Action Law Centre, CEO and treasurer of the Consumers’ Federation of Australia, and chair of the ACCC consumer consultative committee.

Cass-Gottlieb also lauded the contributions of departing deputy chair Delia Rickard, whose “formidable experience, wisdom, and passion” the ACCC chair said would be missed. 

Rickard “has demonstrated a tireless focus on the welfare of consumers, especially vulnerable consumers,” Cass-Gottlieb said. “Her advocacy on scam prevention and product safety at the ACCC has been particularly important.”

Rickard was appointed as a board member of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) in August.

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