The state government of Western Australia (WA) has appointed Susan Hunt PSM as chief executive officer of the integrated Lotterywest and Healthway organisations.

Hunt has served in an acting capacity as Lotterywest CEO since July 2017 and Healthway CEO since January 2018.

She now assumes both roles under a five-year contract which commences on September 30.

Hunt is credited with reorganising the lottery following the introduction of recent legislation to ban online lottery betting services, and is committed to further enhancing community grants to improve the quality of services provided to Western Australians.

She is now charged with implementing new initiatives such as raising retailer commissions on Lotterywest products, as announced by the McGowan Government, to increase sales and create long-term sustainability for Lotterywest's network of small retail businesses.

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan welcomed Hunt’s appointment. "Ms Hunt is a highly accomplished public sector leader with a wealth of experience,” he said. “She has already made a valuable and significant contribution to Lotterywest and Healthway in driving change following the board alignment.

"Her vast experience has equipped her to lead her new teams cohesively, build strong foundations at both entities, and focus on projects and initiatives to better benefit the Western Australian community.

"I welcome this appointment and look forward to seeing more of what Lotterywest and Healthway deliver to help improve the outcomes for our communities - under Ms Hunt's leadership."

In recognition of her services to the public sector, Hunt, the former head of the Zoological Parks Authority, was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in 2010 and received the Institute of Public Administration Australia Patron's Award in 2017. She is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.