Leadership team

Phil MinnsPhil Minns
Deputy Commissioner

Phil Minns commenced as Deputy Commissioner of the NSW Public Service Commission in October 2015. His role is to integrate the reform and improvement initiatives across the PSC and the NSW public sector to "take performance to the next level".

Prior to this, Phil was Deputy Secretary, Government and People Group, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet where he had been since February 2012. At DPC he was responsible for the department's corporate governance and whole-of-government support functions including strategic communications and advertising. Encompassing HR, IT and budget support to the department and ministerial offices, the Group was also responsible for the delivery of some of NSW's largest events (Australia Day, NYE etc), the provision of services to the Governor of NSW, and the NSW Government Protocol function.

Phil joined DPC from the Department of Defence where he was the inaugural Deputy Secretary, People Strategies and Policy from 2008 - 2012.

Phil's career has blended time in senior corporate roles within the manufacturing sector (ACI Packaging Group) and within Government (Brisbane City Council) as well as consulting to private and public sector organisations on organisational strategy, cultural change and organisational development, HR and talent management, strategic Industrial Relations and Reward and Remuneration strategy (Alexander Proudfoot Consulting, EMD Consulting, Mercer Human Capital Consulting).


Catherine GrummerCatherine Grummer
Executive Director, HR Practice & Reform

Catherine has extensive experience with large scale transformation initiatives within the private sector. She began her career with global consulting firms, where her work focused on partnering with clients to design workforce programs in order to achieve business outcomes and improve the effectiveness of their HR functions in order to deliver innovative HR services. Catherine also previously held senior HR leadership roles at a global manufacturer and a North American food distributor, where she led programs across a variety of HR disciplines.

Catherine was appointed as the Director, HR Practice in November 2014. In this role Catherine leads the HR Practice branch, which focuses on developing a broad range of sector wide workforce management strategies, policies and frameworks, including recruitment, performance management and workforce planning. These programs will build workforce capability in order to enhance the effectiveness of the NSW public sector workforce and delivery of services.


Sam McGivernSamantha McGivern
Director Corporate/ Chief Financial Officer

Sam heads up the PSC’s Financial and Corporate functions, which include Human Resources, ICT, Facilities, Project Management, Procurement and Governance.Sam has an extensive background in senior management with hands on financial, operational and strategic roles in large corporates as well as privately owned businesses. 

Prior to joining the PSC, Sam held the role of Chief Operating Officer at Guardian Early Learning, where she was responsible for a multi-site Operations team of 1,200 staff, as well as Marketing, Facilities and Capex management, Human Resources, Compliance and Strategy functions. 

In recent years, Sam held the role of General Manager/CFO at Sambag, where she held full Financial, Sales, E-Commerce, IST, and Human Resources responsibilities, as well as leading a major business restructure and website development. Sam also worked for Qantas Airways for several years, with senior roles leading a major business transformation program, commercial airport negotiations, and the International Product and Customer Service strategy.  


Kathy BakerKathy Baker
Director, Leadership and Values

Kathy is an experienced organisational leader who has worked across a range of industries. She has led major initiatives on leadership development; led the development of talent and diversity strategies and initiatives; and driven large scale change management programs.

Most recently, Kathy worked with the Leighton Group, where she led the Talent & Diversity function. Prior to this she was with the Coles Group as People Development Manager, establishing the people frameworks for a start-up Distribution Centre at Eastern Creek. She also has prior experience in the professional services industry, working at both Andersen and Ernst & Young.


Scott JohnstonScott Johnston
Director, Workforce Information

Scott Johnston is the Director of the Workforce Information Branch. Scott Joined the PSC in June 2014 after a long career in official statistics for both the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Office for National Statistics (UK) where his focus was primarily economic statistics including prices and national accounts. Scott has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and post graduate qualifications in statistics and finance and investment.

The Workforce Information Branch compiles the annual Workforce Profile and manages the various data assets that are contained within the PSC. An important role of the branch is to provide workforce analytical support and leadership to the PSC and the Sector.


Jehangir MeherJehangir Meher
Director, Sector Performance

Jehangir is a long standing senior executive with 20 years of experience and has worked across Australia, Asia-Pacific, NZ and Europe where he has undertaken performance improvement and transformation roles in government, finance, telecoms and energy industries.

Jehangir leads the development and delivery of research, analysis and reporting initiatives to provide stakeholders and agencies with relevant information and insights about current issues, performance and future policy options in a range of workforce management areas. This includes reporting on the State of the Public Sector, the People Matters Employee survey, reporting on agency views on their maturity in key workforce management practices and other research and analysis on critical issues.

The Performance Team also runs the NSW Premier’s Awards for Public Service where the outstanding achievements and contributions of public sector employees, their peers and partners in the private and not-for-profit sectors are recognised.


Carolyn Strange

Carolyn Strange
General Counsel

Carolyn became the PSC’s General Counsel in November 2013. She provides legal advice to the Public Service Commissioner across the full range of his diverse functions and the operations of the PSC.

Since starting as a commercial litigation solicitor in private practice, Carolyn has had a long and varied legal career in the NSW and Commonwealth public sectors. Her public sector legal experience has included positions with the NSW Solicitor General, the Office of General Counsel in the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department, the NSW Environment Protection Authority and NSW Parliamentary Counsel’s Office. Carolyn has also held senior management roles in the NSW government regulatory sphere, including the licensing and quality assessment of early childhood education and care services and the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites.