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Policy, research and project

Policy, research and project mentors

Stephanie Foster PSM

Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner
Australian Public Service Commission

Stephanie Foster was appointed as the Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner on 3 October 2013. In this role she supports the Australian Public Service Commissioner in leading and shaping a unified, high performing Australian Public Service.

Stephanie joined the Commission from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports where she had been since its inception as the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government in September 2010. Her responsibilities included regional policy and the Arts.

Stephanie Foster is a career public servant who has worked with the Australian Public Service since joining the Department of Defence in 1987 as a graduate trainee. Stephanie spent sixteen years in the Intelligence community in a range of analytic and management positions and a further six years in Defence's International Policy area. Stephanie was awarded a Public Service Medal in June 2008 for her policy support to Australian Defence Force deployments overseas. She has also been awarded the French decoration of Officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite for her work to develop Defence relations between France and Australia.


Jennifer Ranson

Director, Workforce Trends Project
Department of Education and Training

I have worked across both the Australian and NSW Governments for more than 20 years in the areas of primary industries (PI), natural resource management (NRM) and skills and workforce development.

I have valued the opportunity to work with governments, industry and the community on the design, implementation and maintenance of a range of projects including:

  • workforce development
  • Vocational Education and Training reforms
  • national and sector skills analysis and strategies
  • suspension of live cattle exports
  • structural adjustment of commercial fisheries
  • NSW Recreational Fishing Fee
  • emergency response to Equine Influenza outbreak and fires
  • game and feral animal control

I have been involved in machinery of government processes such as Cabinet consideration, legislation amendments, the Budget, ministerial council, inter-governmental agreements and national partnerships.

I have degrees in economics and environmental science and a masters in environmental law.


Karena Ingham

Director, Programme Management Office, People Services Division
Department of Human Services

Karena is an experienced program manager, with a proven track record in the implementation of Government reforms and policies, including the delivery of complex transformation programs in national security and service delivery environments. With experience in the public service and private sector in Australia, New Zealand and England, Karena has worked in a variety of different roles across multiple industries and agencies. Karena’s interests are in business design, change management, governance and implementation of transformational change programs, and cross-agency collaboration to achieve policy outcomes.

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Paul Casimir

Director, Programme Management Office, People Services Division
Department of Human Services

Paul Casimir is the Director of the Integrity team in the Australian Public Service Commission, and a very long-term employee of the Commission.

His team provides policy advice to employees, agencies and the Government about the APS Values, the Code of Conduct, and general integrity issues in the Australian Public Service. Most recently, his team drafted the new guidelines on public comment and social media for APS employees, and has been very busy taking questions about that ever since.

In addition to his work on integrity matters, Paul also has extensive experience dealing with workplace diversity and approaches to managing workplace conflicts.


Matthew Cartledge

A/G A5 Ministerial and Parliamentary Branch
Department Defence

Matthew Cartledge commenced his public service career working at The Canberra Hospital.  Following several years as the hospital Customer Relations Officer,  Matthew was promoted to EL1 Investigator for the Community and Health Services Complaints Commissioner.  In April 2000, Matthew transferred to the Department of Family and Community Services to facilitate organisational development following Machinery of Government changes.  In 2003, Matthew was promoted to an EL2 position in the Department of Health and Aged Care to manage the Aged Care Approvals Round – a complex annual tender like process.  In 2005, Matthew transferred to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).  Roles in DVA included Senior Director of the Contracts Advisory Unit, Director of Gallipoli Projects, Executive Officer to the Secretary, and over 12 months Acting Assistant Secretary for Anzac Centenary and Planning. In 2016, Matthew transferred to the Ministerial and Parliamentary Branch of the Department of Defence.  Matthew’s broad experience is an example of the diversity of opportunity available in the course of an Australian Public Service career.


Rebecca Fealy

A/g Assistant Commissioner
Australian Taxation Office


Fiona Mc Speerin

Assistant Secretary, Naval Shipbuilding
Department of Defence