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PSC Advisory Board

Biographies and information on our current board members.

The PSC Advisory Board is established by the GSE Act. The Advisory Board determines general policies and strategic directions in relation to the functions of the Public Service Commissioner and advises the Premier, either on request or on its own initiative, on any matter relating to the management and performance of the government sector.

The Advisory Board has such other functions as are conferred or imposed on it by or under the GSE Act or any other Act. Members comprise a chairperson and 4 others appointed by the Premier, together with the Public Service Commissioner and Secretaries of the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) and the Treasury (or their respective senior delegates). The Premier’s appointees must together have expertise in human resources management, probity and accountability, strategic planning, budget and performance management and service delivery across the public, private, tertiary and not-for-profit sectors.


The Premier appointed the following Public Service Commission Advisory Board members:

  • Sandra McPhee AM (Chair)
  • Jordan O'Reilly
  • Geoff Stalley 
  • Simon Draper (Secretary, NSW Premier's Department)
  • Michael Coutts-Trotter (Secretary, NSW Treasury)
  • Kathrina Lo (NSW Public Service Commissioner)

Our external members of the Advisory Board are: 

Ms Sandra McPhee AM (Chair) has extensive experience as a non-executive director and senior executive in a range of major public, Commonwealth and State government, and not-for-profit organisations including utilities, energy, health, retail, tourism and aviation. Sandra was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 and a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013. In 2015, Sandra authored the Commonwealth Public Service Commission Workforce Planning Strategy Report, “Unlocking Potential”. In 2019, she chaired the Australian Government, Expert Advisory Panel review of Employment Services. The resultant report, “I Want to Work’ was accepted by Government in March 2019 and recommendations are being prepared for implementation.

Mr Jordan O’Reilly is the CEO and co-founder of Hireup, an online platform connecting Australians with disability with support workers who fit their needs and share their interests. He was awarded the NSW Young Carer of the Year Award in 2011, the Rotary Community Service Award in 2012 and the Sydney University Faculty of Health Science Leadership award in 2013. Jordan has also been awarded the Foundation for Young Australians Changemaker of the Year Award 2014, a Myer Foundation Innovation Fellowship in 2015, Sydney University’s Young Alumni Achievement Award 2015, NSW State Finalist, Young Australian of the Year Award 2015 and was recognised as EY’s 2018 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.

Mr Geoff Stalley is the Chief Financial Officer of Booktopia and was previously the Chief Growth Officer for Serco Asia Pacific. Geoff has a long career working for major professional services firms (AT Kearney, Andersen, EY and Deloitte) and for global and Australian clients. His expertise spans corporate innovation and growth, business strategy and execution, major transformational change, as well as operational management and people leadership. Geoff has substantial Consumer, Retail, Automotive and Technology industry experience. Geoff is a Non-Executive Director of iSelect Ltd, Chair for Uplifting Australia and the Advisory Board Chair for Exent.