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The Hon. John Lloyd PSM

Australian Public Service Commissioner

John Lloyd was appointed Australian Public Service Commissioner in December 2014.

Other senior positions that Mr Lloyd has held are:

  • Australian Building and Construction Commissioner
  • Senior Deputy President, Australian Industrial Relations Commission
  • Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth Department of Employment and Workplace Relations
  • Chief Executive, Department of Productivity and Labour Relations, Western Australia
  • Director, Workplace Relations and Productivity, Institute of Public Affairs
  • Red Tape Commissioner, Victoria

Most of Mr Lloyd's work has been in the field of workplace relations.

Mr Lloyd has also served on the board of three organisations dedicated to supporting people with cerebral palsy.

Ms Rosemary Huxtable PSM

Secretary to the Department of Finance

Rosemary Huxtable PSM, is Secretary of the Australian Department of Finance. She is responsible for a range of significant services delivered by Finance including supporting the delivery of the Australian Government Budget, oversight of the financial framework of Australian government agencies, shareholder aspects of government business enterprises and the ongoing management of the Australian Government's non-defence domestic property portfolio and key asset sales.

Finance also provides strategic advice, policy development and service provision contributing to the effective and efficient delivery of government activities including shared and common services, the coordinated procurement of certain whole of government services and public service modernisation.

Additionally, Finance provides advice on work expenses and allowances to parliamentarians and their employees, provides general insurance services to government agencies and promotes improved risk management.

Ms Huxtable joined Finance in June 2013 as Deputy Secretary of Budget and Financial Reporting and has led Finance's contributions to 11 economic updates including four Budgets. Prior to joining Finance, Ms Huxtable was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Health and Ageing with responsibility for policies and programs in the areas of ageing and aged care, mental health and e-health. She has been a key player in significant health reforms, particularly those to Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and hospital financing. Ms Huxtable was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) of the Health Department since 2003 and was first promoted to the Commonwealth SES in 1993.

Ms Huxtable has worked extensively in the areas of health and community services across the public and private sectors, including a period on ministerial staff, managing a private consulting business based in Western Australia, and 25 years' experience in Commonwealth administration.
In 2005 Ms Huxtable received a Public Service Medal for her work on Medicare.

Mr Michael Pezzullo

Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Michael Pezzullo was appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with effect 13 October 2014.

Prior to this, Mr Pezzullo was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service from February 2013 and acted in the role from September 2012. Mr Pezzullo first joined the Service as the Chief Operating Officer in July 2009. In that role, he was responsible for offshore maritime security, border-related intelligence, national security and law enforcement programmes, integrity and professional standards, and corporate operations. As principal deputy, he chaired the Service's Operations Committee and acted as CEO when required.

Prior to joining the Service, he was Deputy Secretary Strategy in the Department of Defence—a position to which he was appointed in January 2006. In this position, he was responsible for defence strategy and planning, force structure development, the strategic policy aspects of Australian Defence Force operations, Defence's international security relationships, and the delivery of national security programmes in areas such as export controls, counter-proliferation and Defence cooperation with other countries. He also had oversight of the Department's ministerial support and public affairs programmes.

Mr Pezzullo joined the Department of Defence as a graduate in 1987. He worked in Defence until 1992 in a variety of strategic policy and intelligence positions. He then transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he worked in the International Division.

In March 1993, he joined the staff of the Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon Gareth Evans QC. He remained in Parliament House until December 2001, including serving five years as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Kim Beazley MP.

In February 2002, he rejoined the Department of Defence as an Assistant Secretary in the Corporate Services and Infrastructure Group (now Defence Support Group). In March 2004, he was promoted to the position of Head Infrastructure. In July 2004, he was transferred into the newly formed role of Chief Of Staff Australian Defence Headquarters and Head of Coordination and Public Affairs Division.

Between February 2008 and May 2009 he led the Defence White Paper team and was also the principal author of the 2009 Defence White Paper.

Mr Pezzullo has a BA (Hons) in History from Sydney University. He enjoys being with his family, cricket and rugby league, and reading (anything on military history, international relations, intelligence, and political biography for starters).

Ms Sandra Parker

Deputy Secretary Workplace Relations and Economic Strategy, Department of Employment

Sandra Parker's role as the Deputy Secretary, Workplace Relations and Economic Strategy is to facilitate jobs growth through workplace relations and work health and safety policies and programmes that promote fair, productive and safe workplaces. Sandra works closely with the Department's seven portfolio agencies – the Fair Work Commission, Fair Work Building and Construction, the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman, Comcare, Safe Work Australia, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

She held the position of Deputy Secretary, Employment from 2010. The role included managing the Commonwealth's $8 billion outsourced employment programmes, including mainstream and disability employment services. She also led Commonwealth income support and labour market policy.

For three years prior to this, Sandra was head of the Office of the Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC), a tripartite national body overseeing the establishment of national occupational health and safety and workers' compensation policy and standards.

Sandra was promoted to senior executive level in the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2002, having held various policy and program management positions in vocational education and training policy and programmes, at Commonwealth and state government levels.

She began her career in education, with secondary teaching roles in Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and in London.

Sandra holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania and is a graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors. She is an alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Australia New Zealand School of Government.

Mr Rob Hefernan

Deputy Secretary Strategies and Operations, Department of Environment and Energy

Rob Heferen joined the Department of the Environment and Energy on 1 August 2016 with
responsibility for Energy and the Office of Energy Security. He leads on national energy policy advice – including energy efficiency, electricity and gas markets, and energy security – as well as Australia's engagement with key international energy bodies.

Prior to this, Rob was Deputy Secretary with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science with responsibilities for Energy, Resources and the Office of Northern Australia.

Before joining the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Rob was the Deputy Secretary, Revenue Group with The Treasury from March 2011 – April 2016.  Rob's other roles in the Australian Public Service have been in Customs, the ATO, Treasury and in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Ms Elizabeth Kelly

Deputy Secretary, Governance, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Elizabeth Kelly is the Deputy Secretary of the Governance Group in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, responsible for machinery of government, legal policy, governance issues across the APS, Cabinet and the coordination of support to the Prime Minister and Portfolio Ministers. She also has the role of Chief Operating Officer, responsible for financial management, ICT and corporate services.

Elizabeth has previously served in two Deputy Secretary roles with the Attorney-General's Department, firstly responsible for Civil Justice and Legal Services and then Strategic Policy and Coordination and ministerial support.

Before returning to the Australian Public Service in 2006, she was the Director of Policy and Regulatory Services in the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety, responsible for legal policy advice to the ACT Government. She also served as the Director of Policy for the Northern Territory Attorney-General's Department from 1996 to 2001, and was a Crown Prosecutor in the Serious Fraud Office, Fiji Director of Public Prosecutions in 1998.

Elizabeth was admitted as a legal practitioner by the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1989, practising as a solicitor at Blake Dawson Waldron in 1989-90, for the New South Wales Royal Commission into Productivity in the Building Industry from 1990 to 1992 and for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions from 1992 to 1996.

Elizabeth completed the Advanced Management program at the Harvard Business School in 2012.

Ms Vicki Rundle

A/g DCEO, Markets and Supports, National Disability Insurance Agency

Professor Ruth Bridgstock

Dean - Academic in the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia

Professor Ruth Bridgstock is Dean – Academic in the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia, where she is also Professor of Learning and Teaching. Ruth is passionate about developing 'future capable' learners, teachers, programs, and educational institutions. Her activities are all centered on the question of how we can foster capabilities for productive participation in the 21st century knowledge economy and society. She engages in research and scholarship into the changing world of work, capability needs, and approaches to learning in the digital age. Ruth designs, develops and evaluates innovative curricula and teaching approaches for the development of these capabilities, and is also engaged in teacher capacity building and educational and organisational transformation projects.

Ruth is Australian National Senior Teaching Fellow for Graduate Employability 2.0, which seeks to foster individual and organisational connectedness capabilities for success in life and work in the 21st century. The fellowship also seeks to strengthen the capacity of higher education to cultivate meaningful connections and partnerships with industry, community and other key learning stakeholders. Ruth is author of 'Creative Graduate Pathways Within and Beyond the Creative Industries' (Routledge) and 'Creative Work Beyond the Creative Industries: Innovation, Employment and Education' (Edward Elgar).

Marion Walshe

Facilitator, AGLN Tasmania

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