Announcing the 2018 Top 50 Public Sector Women (NSW)
Across New South Wales Local and State Government and Statutory Authorities, the public sector has a significant number of exceptional female leaders building high performing teams and transforming their communities.
Davidson is delighted to announce the Top 50 Public Sector Women (NSW) for 2018 and to support the identification and development of exceptional female leaders across the public sector.
Samantha AbeydeeraDeputy Executive Director, Train Crewing and Support, Sydney Trains
Samantha joined Sydney Trains as Deputy Executive Director in July 2017 and is accountable for over one thousand front line train crew (drivers and guards), who provide services to over one million customers per day. Samantha has previously played a part in delivering improved services for the people of NSW and the customer base through her roles in leading the Industrial Relations portfolio for the Customer Service Directorate over 2013- 2016, as a driver for the introduction of Opal ticketing and improved customer service through station environment changes and a proactive service model for staff. She has worked closely with the executive and front line to deliver the 2017 timetable, the 2018 Enterprise Agreement, the train crew indigenous recruitment program and the mental health strategy for crew that has seen all front line train crew leaders upskilled in cultivating a healthy workplace in 2018.
Turkan AksoyCultural and Inclusion Officer, City of Canterbury Bankstown
Turkan has worked within the community sector for over 20 years and has established herself as a key stakeholder within multicultural issues around access and equity. Her experience in the government and non-government sectors includes building the capacity of small and emerging communities, cultural diversity training, employment skills development, women at risk, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and youth mentoring. She is the founder of the Youth StepUP Program, developed in collaboration with the community to provide free employment support for young people from refugee backgrounds. In 2016, Turkan was the recipient of the Humanitarian Awarded by Refugee Australia for her work on this program. Turkan is the convenor of the Local Government Multicultural Network which recently conducted its inaugural Inclusive Communities in NSW Conference bringing together all three tiers of government.
Bridget BarrettExecutive Director, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
Having held several Senior Executive roles throughout her extensive public-sector career, Bridget is well-respected as a strong, inclusive leader among her teams, peers and leaders within the Department of Finance Services and Innovation (DFSI). Bridget has extensive experience across several key public-sector environments including regulatory, human services, central agencies and community. Bridget inspires direction and purpose and has the proven ability to develop, drive and implement national and organisational programs that deliver both organisational efficiencies and exceptional value to the NSW community.
Clare BeechDirector, Sector Operations, NSW Ambulance
Clare started her paramedic career as a Graduate with Rural Ambulance Victoria in 2002. She spent a number of years working in rural and remote locations in country Victoria before relocating to Melbourne to commence employment with the then Metropolitan Ambulance Service. In 2007, Clare accepted a paramedic position with NSW Ambulance. Her previous role was Executive Director, Business Innovation and Planning. Clare recently attained a Master of Business Leadership. She has been a Director on the Board of the Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine since 2013. Clare has contributed to the college’s advocacy for paramedic registration under AHPRA and the National Scheme and is now the NSW practitioner member for the Paramedicine Board of Australia.
Anne CampbellExecutive Director, Service Delivery Programs, Department of Family and Community Services
Anne is the Executive Director of Service Transfer Delivery with the Department of Family and Community Services leading the transfer of all specialist disability services to the non-government sector by June 18. Anne is a very experienced public sector leader who has held senior policy, program, strategy and operations jobs, and was an expert adviser to the Special Commission of Inquiry Report into child protection services in NSW. Prior to her current role, Anne was on secondment as Director-General of the ACT’s Community Services Directorate. At the Department of Family and Community Services, she led the development of the NSW Future Directions strategy for Social Housing.
Gabi CarriganExecutive Director (job-share), NDIS Reform Group, Department of Premier and Cabinet
Gabi’s role supports the successful implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in NSW, working closing with the Commonwealth, NDIA and NSW mainstream agencies. Gabi joined the NSW Government from the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in the UK. She has held a number of senior executive positions in the NSW public sector including in the Premier’s Implementation Unit, the Department of Family and Community Services and the Department of Education. Before joining the public sector, Gabi spent seven years working as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company, UK, leading projects across sectors and disciplines. Gabi has an MBA from INSEAD and a BA Honours in Mathematics.
Gail ConnollyGeneral Manager, Georges River Council
Gail brings more than 20 years of local and state government experience to her role and prior to joining Georges River Council, was the General Manager of the City of Ryde. Her expertise includes managing urban growth, infrastructure and transport planning for local government areas and metropolitan growth centres. Gail has taken a leading role in transformational leadership and organisational reform, business improvement and cultural change. Her communication and service delivery give her a strong foundation on which to build the future vision of Georges River Council. Gail has also held senior executive roles in NSW State agencies, including NSW Transport and Infrastructure, and the Department of Planning, leading preparation for the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy and the Metropolitan Transport Plan.
Simone CookDirector, People and Performance, City of Canterbury Bankstown
Simone is responsible for WHS, Risk, HR, Payroll, Culture, L&D and Business Improvement at Bankstown City Council. She has spent 19 years in the local government sector working in the Human Resources and Organisational Development space. Pre-amalgamation, Simone and her team focused on transforming Bankstown City Council into a constructive culture through engagement, talent and some outstanding employee initiatives. At the Australian HR Awards, in 2014 Simone was awarded Australian HR Manager of the Year, and in 2015 Bankstown City Council was awarded Employer of Choice (Public Sector and NFP).
Margaret CrawfordAuditor-General of New South Wales, Audit Office of New South Wales
Margaret Crawford commenced her role as the Auditor-General of New South Wales in April 2016. She has over 30 years’ experience as a senior executive across a diverse range of large, complex public sector organisations - local, State and the Commonwealth governments - including the Victorian Department of Human Services, the Australian Taxation Of ce, the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority and Australia’s largest local government, Brisbane City Council. Margaret has worked across a diverse range of sectors, including housing and homelessness, community and disability services, road transport policy and regulation, taxation administration and gaming regulation. She is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA).
Cathy CroweGeneral Manager, Mental Health, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
Cathy has worked for NSW Health for 30 years, commencing as a Registered Nurse and going on to specialise in Emergency Nursing. Cathy’s first management position was as Nurse Unit Manager and later she managed a $165 million redevelopment project for the Nepean Hospital campus, in conjunction with Health Infrastructure. In 2014, an opportunity arose for Cathy to guide the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Mental Health services as the General Manager. Cathy welcomed a return to managing clinical services and in this role works hard to ensure the stigma of Mental Health is erased and that people living with mental illness live their best lives in the least restrictive environment.
Ally DenchExecutive Director Community and Corporate, Wollondilly Shire Council
Ally has more than 30 years of experience in direct care, service management and delivery, and policy development in the government and non-government sectors. Ally has held management positions at Wollondilly Shire Council, the Centre for Community Welfare Training, UnitingCare Burnside and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Ally is passionate about closing the gender gap within Local Government and is Council’s 50:50 Vision Champion, driving Council’s Gender Equity initiative. Ally has influenced and led successful teams, implementing clear visions, actions and strategies that have produced positive outcomes including Council Strategic Plans, convening the Sydney Peri-Urban Network of Councils, Partnering with the Wollondilly Health Alliance and other various government and private sector policy development initiatives.
Dr Liz DevelinDeputy Secretary, Energy, Water and Portfolio Strategy, Department of Planning and Environment
Liz Develin leads the Division as Deputy Secretary for Energy, Water and Portfolio Strategy. Liz has more than 20 years’ experience in state and local government, NGOs and the academic sector. She has extensive experience in program delivery, capital planning, program evaluation, communications and strategic planning.
Jacqui EdgleyDirector, Nursing and Midwifery, Mona Vale Hospital, Northern Sydney Local Health District
Jacqui has worked in the nursing profession for 34 years and has undertaken a variety of positions. With the closing of Mona Vale Hospital and the transition to the new Northern Beaches Hospital, Jacqui has had to stretch herself in many areas. The professional and emotional stress involved in the separation of staff that have been at Mona Vale for many years has been a sometimes traumatic journey, during this time Jacqui has been the rock that keeps the hospital functioning as a cohesive unit. Jacqui’s commitment to excellence is reflected in a workforce that is professional, customer-focused, provides best practise nursing care and a culture that facilitates continual learning and growth.
Alison FrameDeputy Secretary, Policy and Communications, Department of Planning and Environment
Prior to joining the Department of Planning and Environment, Alison was the Acting Deputy Secretary at the Department of Premier and Cabinet and has held Senior Executive roles in the NSW Department of Family and Community Services working on funding reform for child protection services in NSW. Alison started her public sector career with the Australian Public Service and held Executive positions in Medicare Australia, the Commonwealth Department of Families and Community Services and the Department of Human Services. At Centrelink, Alison led operations in parts of Sydney and the Illawarra, including being responsible for 25 offices and more than 1,000 staff.
Peta GamonDirector Corporate Communications, Roads and Maritime Services
Peta’s commitment, capability and passion to drive positive outcomes has brought about real change in the way the industry engages with communities impacted by major infrastructure projects. Building on her experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors, Peta’s focus this past decade has been exclusively in the public service working in the transport infrastructure industry in senior communication, community engagement and project management roles. Peta benefits from a curious mind that allows her to question the status quo and unpick complex issues helping project teams to fully understand challenges, embrace opportunities and plan new ways forward that balance the needs of the community and customer.
Felicity GreenwayExecutive Director, Resources Policy and Reform Implementation, Department of Planning and Environment
Felicity has spent more than 20 years working in planning and has built her professional practice that includes oversight of planning processes for high-profile, critical infrastructure and assets at a state level. Felicity has played a key role in establishing new assessment policies, sufficiently robust and rigorous to manage major changes in the infrastructure landscape, such as the long term lease of electricity networks. Felicity works collaboratively with stakeholders across the NSW public sector, industry and community, as well as sourcing and responding to input to scope and deliver major planning policy reforms.
Michele Hall PSMExecutive Director, Aboriginal Education and Communities, NSW Department of Education
Michele is a proud Gamilaraay woman with cultural connections to South Western Queensland and the North Western region of NSW. For the past 30 years, has worked in a broad range of educational instruction, principalship, advisory, managerial and Senior Officer Leadership positions within the sphere of education, specifically within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education. Michele joined the Department in 2007 as Assistant Director and in her current role as Executive Director, she leads a directorate that supports approximately 56,000 Aboriginal students throughout 2,210 public schools in NSW. She is responsible for leading Connected Communities, the key Aboriginal education strategy for the Department, which includes 11 of the most complex and diverse communities in the state. In 2015, Michele was awarded the Public Service Medal for her outstanding service to Aboriginal education, particularly to students in rural and remote locations.
Phillipa HarrisonExecutive General Manager, International, Tourism Australia
Phillipa joined Tourism Australia in February 2017 to head up the organisation’s international operations for Asia, the Americas, Europe and New Zealand as well as Global Distribution and Partnerships. She oversees Tourism Australia’s network of international offices spanning 12 countries and manages airline relationships and distribution channels, working in partnership with the industry to grow the inbound market for Australian tourism. Prior to her current role, Phillipa spent six years working for Hamilton Island Enterprises and before that held a variety of senior sales, marketing and product roles at Viator Systems (Sydney), Base Group (Sydney), STA Travel (London), Contiki Holidays (London), and Trailfinders (London).
Georgina HarrissonDeputy Secretary, Educational Services, NSW Department of Education
Georgina joined the Department in April 2017 and has 15 years’ experience in public policy across three jurisdictions, in central and line agencies and is passionate about translating policy into action and community impact. Prior to her current role, Georgina was the Deputy Secretary, Corporate Services and also held the role of Deputy Secretary, Strategic Reform and Policy at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. Georgina held a range of senior management positions with the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Office of the NSW Premier in Australia and with the Department of Children Schools and Families, Department of Communities and Local Government, Cabinet Office and Home Office in the UK.
Rosemary HegnerDirector, Health Emergency Management Unit, NSW Ambulance
Rosemary joined NSW Ambulance in 1985. During that time, or in her time on secondment to NSW Health, she has held numerous roles including Paramedic, Intensive Care Paramedic, Registered Nurse, Work Force Planning Coordinator, Manager, Clinical Education with NSW Health, Manager Redesign with NSW Health, Principal Project Officer, Centre for Healthcare Redesign, Acting Director Counter Disaster Unit, Director Health Emergency Management Unit, Acting Executive Director Health Emergency and Aeromedical Services, NSW Ambulance. Rosemary has developed a reputation for strategic thinking with a tenacity for quality results achieved through in uential leadership, honesty and professionalism. In her management roles, Rosemary has put systems in place that have instilled improvements across NSW Health.
Phillipa HethertonDirector, Early Appropriate Guilty Pleas Reform, NSW Department of Justice
Phillipa Hetherton is the Director of a reform implementation team for the NSW Department of Justice. She has worked in senior public policy roles for eight years. She has successfully led several cross-agency teams to develop cross-sector reforms, in particular, expanding the effective options for victims of child sexual abuse to obtain compensation, and a major reform to the management of serious criminal cases in NSW courts. Phillipa was previously a lawyer and worked extensively with economically disadvantaged people including remote Aboriginal communities in NSW and the Northern Territory. Her work included negotiations and litigation, including the trial of a complex High Court test-case (Blue Mud Bay case).
Dr Theresa JacquesDirector, Intensive Care Unit, St George Hospital, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
Theresa has been Director of Intensive Care at The St George Hospital for nearly 30 years. As Chair of the Medical Staff Council she led the community collaboration to obtain funding for the hospital rebuild and led the build of a state of the art ICU. She pioneered many innovations in ICU clinical and management practice. Theresa received The World Congress in Intensive Care 2nd prize for best scientific paper for her research into the deteriorating patient. This went on to inform the ACI Between the Flags project. She is secretary of the NSW Senior Medical Staff Executive and started the NSW chapter of Women In Intensive Care network and St George Support of Women In Medicine Network.
Mia KumarPrincipal, Burwood Girls High School
Mia started teaching mathematics in 1970 and became Head Teacher Mathematics at Burwood Girls High School from 1981-1988. She was promoted to leading teacher in 1989 and was concurrently the President of the Mathematical Association of NSW. In 1993, Mia was promoted to principal at Peakhurst High School and transferred to Burwood Girls High School in 2002. She believes in creating a school culture which celebrates diversity and where every student can contribute, develop and experience success; a school where students and staff take pride in quality teaching and learning and become good problem solvers, confident communicators and work well with each other. The school achieves excellent results at NAPLAN and Higher School Certificate examinations.
Susannah Le BronExecutive Director, Customer Service, Sydney Trains
Susannah has worked closely with her executive and the broader Customer Service team to develop our Customer Service Directorate Strategy to 2019 – Think Customer, Connect Team, Be Brilliant! - which underpins a series of exciting initiatives aligned to the priorities of the Premier, Transport for NSW and Sydney Trains. Susannah joined Sydney Trains after 23 years’ experience in the aviation industry and a strong background in customer service, business transformation and innovation. Susannah has also worked with Etihad and Qantas Airways. At Etihad Susannah was the Senior Manager Ground Services Support. At Qantas, Susannah held a number of roles including Manager Customer Service and Client Airlines at Sydney Airport and, Project and Transformation Manager at Sydney Airport and Head Office.
Kate Lorimer-WardDeputy Director General, Agriculture, Department of Industry
Kate has worked across a diverse range of portfolios with extensive management experience, and has a strong reputation for operating with integrity. Kate holds a personal focus and desire to service the rural, regional and remote communities within NSW, through creative leadership, innovative program creation, design and implementation. She is committed to rural communities and has empathy for the challenges of working and living in a non-urban environment having being raised on a farm near Parkes. Kate displays a passion for leading people and enjoys the challenge of change and achieving an engaged workforce. She believes in the statement that as a leader you are measured by the ‘shadow that you cast’.
Dr Jodi LynchHead of Oncology, St George and Sutherland Hospital, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
Jodi is a Medical Oncologist and Head of Department at St George and Sutherland Hospital with a particular interest in Breast and Gynaecological Malignancy. Jodi is the Lead Clinician for the Breast Multidisciplinary Group which meets fortnightly to optimize treatment plans for all breast cancer patients. Jodi is actively involved in Clinical Research and is the Principal Investigator for several current international breast studies. Jodi is a regular speaker for community groups including the Cancer Council and local support groups. Improving communication and holistic care are integral elements of her daily practice. When she is not working she is happiest skiing or sailing on the harbour with her husband and family.
Adjunct A/Prof Cheryl McCullaghDirector of Clinical Integration, The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network
Cheryl’s 25 years’ experience in health includes nursing, research, education and executive management. Her responsibilities include clinical leadership for e-health strategy and adoption, clinical data collection, analytics, Activity Based Funding (ABF), and efficiency and revenue sustainability. Her focus is on developing people and processes with new system integration, modernising service delivery, addressing fair resource allocation, efficiency, and innovation in health services. Cheryl’s recent work includes research into efficiency, safety and cost of EMR implementations, use of patient/parent-facing health technology in the paediatric setting, addressing the costs and burden of paediatric care, and delivering the MEMORY strategy.
Carolyn McNallySecretary, Department of Planning and Environment
Carolyn has led major transformation of the Department’s governance structures and key portfolio areas including the establishment of the Greater Sydney Commission, a revamp of planning legislation, a landmark housing affordability package, an increase in the energy rebate, and planning for new housing release areas. She has placed renewed focus on working more closely with industry and the community to make the NSW planning system more responsive and oversaw the largest investment into cultural infrastructure since the Opera House. Formerly Deputy Director General at Transport for NSW and head of the Infrastructure Development Division within the Federal Department of Infrastructure, she has a strong record of designing, administering and delivering multi-billion-dollar programs.
Jennifer McNeillRegional Manager, South, Service NSW
In her role, Jennifer manages 21 sites and consistently plays a significant role in community development on behalf of Service NSW. The winner of two CEO awards 2017 All Star award (previously commissioners award) and 2015 Leadership Service Delivery award, Jennifer is a dynamic and creative leader, a service delivery and people development professional/leadership facilitator, mentor and Coach and strategic thinker. Jennifer’s career has stemmed across local, state and federal government focusing on leadership development and putting the customer at the heart of everything she does. A dynamic and creative leader driven by a culture where staff are empowered, able to challenge freely for positive change and encouraged to use their own resourcefulness and initiative to problem solve, she is rewarded with continually high levels of engagement often far beyond business targets.
A/Prof Elisabeth MurphyNetwork Director, Child, Youth and Family Health Services, Northern Sydney Local Health District
Elisabeth has led the development, implementation and monitoring of programs for children and youth. This includes Universal Health Home visit for the majority of approximately 12,000 new babies born each year in NSLHD, StePS vision screen at pre-school for four-year-olds and Hospital in the Home - a service model now accessed by approximately 10% of families. She is also a Senior Clinical Advisor, Child and Family Health, NSW Ministry of Health. She has overseen the development of a number of NSW wide programs including hearing - SWISH ( Winner of NSW Premiers Public Sector Award and NSW Health Award for Effectiveness); Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health program (Silver Winner IPAA Prime Ministers Award for excellence in Public Sector Management).
Hayley RawsthorneDirector Organisational Communication, Department of Industry
Hayley is a passionate communications leader with 15 years’ strategic communications experience across a range of industries including state government, agribusiness, financial services and professional services in both Australia and the United Kingdom. She is highly experienced and talented at leading teams to drive strategic outcomes in challenging environments across all aspects of the communications function, including corporate and public affairs, internal and culture communications, project communications, change and transformation communications, community and stakeholder engagement, customer communication and media liaison and management.
Carmen RechbauerExecutive Director, Clinical Support Services, HealthShare NSW
Carmen’s role is to lead the transformation of NSW public hospital food services through the implementation of My Food Choice which uses technology and modern business practices to support patient nutrition and provide a better service to hospitals. A highly accomplished and experienced executive, she is strategically focused with capacity to execute in a complex environment. She achieves results through outstanding people management skills and developing exceptionally productive and effective teams. Carmen has deep experience in the food service industry, from owning her own small business to working with major private and public concerns. Carmen has completed a Masters of Business Administration.
Caroline ReedExecutive Director (job-share), NDIS Reform Group, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
Caroline Reed is Executive Director (job-share), NDIS Reform Group, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. Her role supports the successful implementation of the NDIS in NSW, working closing with the Commonwealth, NDIA and NSW mainstream agencies. Previously Caroline supported the establishment of the Premier’s Implementation Unit - which supports the Premier in driving delivery of the Premier’s Priorities, providing independent oversight of performance and addressing delivery barriers. Before joining the NSW Government, Caroline spent 6 years in the UK Civil Service working primarily on education policy, strategy and delivery. She began her career as a political adviser, and in government relations.
Jane RichardsonDirector, Transport Integration, Sydney Metro Delivery Office, Transport for NSW
Jane is currently responsible for the transitional integration of the Sydney Metro program with the existing multi-modal transport network, infrastructure and operations. She has led the successful delivery of service improvements for the community of NSW through the implementation of new rail timetables. Jane led the assurance and implementation of rail timetable changes and deployment of new rolling stock designed to realise the network operational and customer benefits of the multi-billion dollar Clearways infrastructure program investment. Jane’s success can be credited to her abilities in effective change management, a risk-based decision making mindset and an ability to simultaneously consider forward strategising, delivery-based milestone planning and the pragmatic operational details.
Kirsty RuddockDirector, Regulatory Investigations and Compliance, Department of Industry
Kirsty is on secondment for six months from the Department of Planning and Environment, where she was Director – Compliance and Investigations. Prior to joining DPE, Kirsty was the Director – Enforcement (NSW) at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. She has also worked as the Principal Solicitor of the EDO NSW and North Queensland, a community legal centre that specialises in public interest environmental law and as a lawyer at Cape York Land Council. Kirsty also worked as a lawyer at the Public Solicitors Of ce of the Solomon Islands and Attorney General’s Of ce of Samoa. She started her legal career at the Australian Government Solicitor.
Janet SchorerNSW Children’s Guardian, Office of the Children’s Guardian
Janet became the NSW Children’s Guardian in July 2017. Prior to this, she was an Executive Director in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet from November 2014 and managed the NSW transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across government, including negotiations with the Commonwealth to design of the NDIS. Prior to joining the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Janet worked in several senior roles at the Department of Family and Community Services. With a career long commitment to child health and wellbeing, Janet managed Families NSW, a whole of government approach to early childhood intervention, led the establishment of integrated child and family centres with nine Aboriginal communities, and led the expansion of the Staying Home Leaving Violence program across NSW.
Anne SkewesDeputy Secretary, NSW Land and Housing Corporation, Department of Family and Community Services
Anne manages the NSW Land and Housing Corporation’s $54 billion portfolio of 130,000 public housing properties. Her role includes the delivery of the $22 billion Communities Plus Program, leveraging private and not for profit capital and expertise to build 63,500 new homes over 10 years. Prior to joining Family and Community Services, Anne was a Deputy Director-General at the NSW Department of Finance and Services. She has also held the roles of Chief Executive of the NSW State Property Authority, Chief Executive of the ACT Land Development Agency, and led major urban renewal projects in South Australia.
Dr Clare SkinnerDirector, Emergency Medicine, Hornsby Kuring-gai Hospital, Northern Sydney Local Health District
Clare worked as a junior medical officer at The Canberra Hospital before specialist training in Emergency Medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital. She was elected to Fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine in 2011. Since then she has worked clinically as a Specialist Emergency Physician at Royal North Shore, Hornsby Kuring-Gai and Ryde Hospitals, and as Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at the University of Sydney. Clare’s over-arching aim is to make public hospitals better and safer places for patients, their carers, and for staff members. She strives to do this through generating positive workplace culture, building relationships, supporting multidisciplinary innovation, and by valuing and driving continuous education.
Emma SmithSenior Assistant Superintendent, Corrective Services NSW
Emma works tirelessly to deliver results for the management team of Macquarie Correctional Centre. Emma has been a leader of the commissioning team of Macquarie Correctional Centre, the first Rapid Build Prison comprising dormitory accommodation for maximum security offenders. Emma was able to provide the framework of operations for a centre to open with detailed standard operating procedures for a model that had not previously been tested. Emma has a young family in a regional area and is able to commit to both career and family without compromising either. Emma is a leader within the centre and models ethical practice and behaviour for other staff follow. Emma is a key member of the management team at Macquarie Correctional Centre.
Amanda SpaldingGeneral Manager, Hay Shire Council
Amanda has worked in the public sector in the north of England and NSW for the majority of her 30-plus year career. She has been an Executive Director and Chief Information Officer in the NSW State Government as well as a Director/Deputy General Manager of four 4 Sydney Council. Amanda has been a Director of many companies including Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and was Vice President of WomensportNSW for five years. After more than 20 years at second tier level Amanda became the General Manager of Hay Shire Council, between the Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers, in December 2017.
Naomi StephensDirector, Fire and Incident Management Branch, NSW Office of Environment & Heritage
Naomi started work with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. For more than a decade she operated at the coalface of conservation and fire management as the Hunter Region’s Regional Operations Coordinator before working in various senior executive roles. Naomi is a member of the NSW Bush Fire Coordinating Committee and represents OEH on the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), the AFAC Rural Land Management Group and the National Forest Fire Management Group. She is a Director on the Board of the Bush Fire Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and the Lead End User Representative for the Prescribed Burning Cluster research program under the CRC.
Sonja StewartDeputy Secretary, Operations and Engagement, Department of Premier and Cabinet
Sonja leads the Department’s Operations and Engagement group - responsible for diverse functions ranging from enabling services for the Department, Premier and Ministry to protocol, Government advertising and communications and major events such as Australia Day. Before joining the Department, Sonja was Deputy Commissioner at the NSW Public Service Commission, delivering strategies and projects aimed at improving workforce performance across the NSW Public Sector. Sonja has extensive experience across State and Commonwealth governments, including family and community services, the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commission and Australian Trade Commission where she began her career as an Aboriginal cadet.
Angela TsoukatosA/General Manager, Customer, Strategy and Regulation, Sydney Water Corporation
Angela has been a member of the Sydney Water Executive since 1999, having served as General Manager, Customer Services for nine years and since 2016 as General Manager, People Leadership & Culture. Angela is passionate about aligning people to strategy and creating a culture where people are empowered to do their best work. Angela has a Bachelor of Social Work, UNSW, a Master of Management (Public Sector), UTS, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has recently completed Level 1 and 2 Executive Coaching, Institute of Executive Coaching, Sydney. She is also an accredited Human Synergistics practitioner (LSI 1 and 2 and GSI) & a certified Strengths coach.
Narelle UnderwoodSurveyor-General of NSW, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
Narelle was appointed the 25th Surveyor-General of NSW in 2016 - the youngest person in 200 years and the first female to hold the position. This is a major role within State Government responsible for the leadership and regulation of the land and mining surveying profession. She is the President of the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information (BOSSI), Chair of the Geographical Names Board (GNB) and the Surveying and Mapping Industry Council. Narelle is a strong advocate within the surveying and spatial information field, particularly for its future development as it intersects with innovation and emerging technologies. She is also an energetic mentor for young men and women entering the profession.
Jennifer Van CleefDirector, Patient Support Services, HealthShare NSW
Jennifer began her extensive career in NSW Health as a Nurse in the Hunter area. In 2008, Jennifer was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) for her project management skills in the implementation of the Patient Allocation Matrix. From 2013, Jennifer worked for the Ministry of Health, where she was responsible for the implementation of a new business model for non-emergency patient transport services across the NSW public health system. Jennifer’s role now encompasses the Directorate of Patient Support Services that includes EnableNSW and the Patient Transport Service (formally known as NEPT). Jennifer holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Human Resources.
Dianna WatkinsGroup Director, Policy, Legislation, Performance and Consultation, Department of Industry
Dianna has worked for the NSW Public Service for more than 25 years. In her current role Dianna is responsible for the development, implementation and management of strategic planning for biosecurity and food safety, associated legislation, policy and program development, and the monitoring and evaluation of performance. Dianna is also responsible for the processes that facilitate accountability and good governance for the Division and delivering high level strategic relationships at government and peak industry level facilitating industry cooperation. Dianna is considered a thoughtful leader with exceptional issues management and problem solving skills and one who delivers key organisational outcomes with quality customer service.
Deborah WillcoxChief Executive Officer, Northern Sydney Local Health District
Deb’s career has included roles in both government and non-government with experience spanning clinical, corporate services, government departments, the research environment and senior government advisor roles. She has held a number of senior executive positions within NSW Health including Director of Operations, Sydney Local Health District, General Manager, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Director of Customer Services and Corporate Governance, HealthShare NSW and Director of Executive and Ministerial Services with NSW Health. Deb has held senior positions in government as Chief of Staff in the portfolios of Planning, Housing and Aboriginal Affairs. Deb was an advisor to the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health, overseeing clinical areas including planned surgery, critical care, and emergency departments for these portfolios.
Nanette WilliamsCrown Prosecutor, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Nanette started employment as a solicitor at the Office of the Clerk of the Peace and was appointed as a trial advocate in the NSW Of ce of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 1996. Nanette has been a Crown Prosecutor since 1999 and in her role has appeared in over 265 jury trials. Nanette has prosecuted many matters involving historical allegations of sexual assault, and is considered highly experienced in dealing with these matters. She has prosecuted over 10 murder trials in the NSW Supreme Court and in 2015, Nanette conducted the rst prosecution in a Commonwealth nation of charges of female genital mutilation. Nanette has worked in the public sector, serving the people of NSW for almost 32 years.
Becky WoodExecutive Director, Fleet Program Delivery, Transport for NSW
Becky is an experienced leader of significant and complex transport infrastructure projects. Past roles include UK Government Sponsor for the £15bn Crossrail project and Phase 1 of the HighSpeed Rail 2 project, as well as Senior Responsible Officer roles for the UK government on the Thameslink and Intercity Express Schemes, encompassing replacement of suburban and intercity rolling stock as well as major station and infrastructure upgrades. Appointed Executive director, Fleet Program Delivery in February 2017, Becky is currently leading a $6bn delivery portfolio for Transport for New South Wales, comprising delivery of new suburban, intercity and regional rail fleets as well as new ferries for Sydney Harbour. She is also the founding Chair of the Transport for New South Wales Diversity & Inclusion Council for Infrastructure & Services.
A/Prof Amany ZekryConsultant Community Paediatrician, Sydney Children’s Hospital
As Head of Gastroenterology and Hepatology she has built ‘from scratch” a clinical team delivering a multidisciplinary, patient-centred approach towards diseases. She Chaired the St George Hospital Clinical Council from 2010 – 2013 and is currently District Clinical Stream Director for Medicine leading district-wide efforts to build a culture on a collaborative approach to equitable service delivery. From 2013-2017, Amany was the President of the Australian Liver Association and formed a large collaborative group from different sectors that facilitated advocacy for PBS listing of treatment for the hepatitis C virus. Under her leadership, the first report on the burden of chronic liver disease in Australia was commissioned and published, leading to positive engagement with policy makers.
A/Prof Karen ZwiConsultant Community Paediatrician, Sydney Children’s Hospital
As a community paediatrician, Karen has achieved significant health improvements for vulnerable children, including Aboriginal and refugee children. She has enhanced their access to healthcare services by running clinics in multiple community based locations. Her work has led to the development of effective and innovative award-winning health services for ‘at risk populations’, helping shape the hospital, the health system and government policy. As Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, Karen researches and evaluates programs that drive improvements in child health. She co-ordinated the first longitudinal study of newly arrived refugee children in Australia and has driven clinical, research, policy and service planning work to transform health outcomes in Aboriginal, refugee and other priority children.