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Kathrina LoKathrina Lo
Public Service Commissioner

Kathrina joined the Commission in April 2020 after previously working as a Deputy Secretary for the Department of Communities and Justice.

Kathrina has extensive public sector experience with both state and federal governments. She has held senior executive roles in the NSW Department of Justice, NSW Audit Office and NSW Information and Privacy Commission.

Kathrina has qualifications in law and economics. She is passionate about working in the public interest, and is a champion for diversity and inclusion.

The Public Service Commissioner is an independent office holder.

Jane SpringJane Spring
Assistant Commissioner, Capability and Leadership Strategy Division

Jane Spring is the Assistant Commissioner, Capability and Leadership Strategy Division. In her role at PSC, Jane is responsible for leading strategies in the areas of diversity and inclusion, leadership development, graduate recruitment, Aboriginal Employment, talent management and driving these aspects of workforce reform across the NSW Public Sector. Jane’s Division also ensures the legislative system architecture contained in the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 is fit for purpose and provides regulatory and workforce policy advice to the sector.

Jane is a deeply experienced senior executive in the NSW public sector and has held a wide variety of senior executive roles across a number of NSW government departments and sporting organisations including a period as the acting CEO of the NSW Institute of Sport and senior leadership positions with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority and the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.

Jane has held board memberships with Western Sydney Local Health District, Venues NSW, University of Sydney Senate, Wheelchair Sports Australia and the Combat Sports Authority. Jane is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and the University of Sydney. Jane will commence as Company Secretary for the Institute of Public Administration (NSW) shortly. Jane holds a Masters of Public Administration, Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Sydney.

Dr Kate Harrington - Assistant Commissioner - PSCDr Kate Harrington
Acting Assistant Commissioner, Performance and Analytics Division

Dr Kate Harrington is the Assistant Commissioner, Performance and Analytics Division. In her role at PSC, Kate is responsible for leading the development and delivery of research, analysis and reporting initiatives on a range of workforce management and organisational performance matters. Kate’s Division provides stakeholders with relevant insights about current issues and performance to shape future policy and strategic options.

Kate has over 10 years’ experience in executive level and leadership roles in both the public and not-for-profit sectors, with more than 20 years’ experience in the NSW government across five clusters. Most recently, Kate was the Head of Strategic Digital Initiatives at the Department of Customer Service where she managed the Office of the NSW Government Chief Information and Digital Officer. In this role she led the development of a whole of government program around Digital Capability uplift, as well as the Digital Restart Fund Bill (2019), enabling a new approach to digital/ICT funding to support better customer outcomes across the sector.

Earlier in her career, Kate led the establishment of the NSW Data Analytics Centre and developed, and successfully introduced, the Data Sharing (Government Sector) Act. Kate also developed the first state-level data catalogue in Australia (data.nsw), and led a program of citizen/developer events around building apps using NSW Government data, for which she won the Premier’s Award for ‘Innovation Through Technology’. Kate’s PhD examines the role of ICT policy in affecting public sector reform.

Joyce LowJoyce Low
Director Corporate and Chief Financial Officer

Joyce Low is the Director Corporate and Chief Financial Officer at the PSC and has over 15 years’ experience in the public sector. Joyce commenced her role at the PSC in January 2019. Joyce is a member of Chartered Accountants, Australia and New Zealand.

Joyce’s experience includes appointments at the Audit Office of New South Wales, various senior finance roles in Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and Housing NSW, Financial Controller at ASIC, CFO at the Ministry for Police & Emergency Services and Director, and Financial Planning & Strategy at the NSW Department of Education.

In her role at the PSC Joyce leads the financial and corporate functions, which include Information, Communications and Technology; Facilities; Project Management; Financial Management; Procurement and Governance

Karen DavisKaren Davis
Director, Leadership and Talent

As Director of the Leadership and Talent Branch, Karen brings more than 15 years’ of government and consulting experience to the Public Service Commission. Before joining the PSC in April 2018, Karen led, reformed, and implemented strategies for government departments and large organisations in the areas of mobility, people and culture, operations, human resources, training, organisational development, and leadership – locally and internationally.

In the past, Karen has held leadership roles with the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, NSW Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, the former NSW Department of Community Services, and managed her own consultancy firm whose clients include the NSW Department of Health, NSW Office of Water, NSW Food Authority, Roads and Maritime Services and more.

In her role with the PSC, Karen is responsible for leading strategies in the areas of diversity and inclusion, leadership development, graduate recruitment, Aboriginal Employment, talent management and driving these aspects of workforce reform across the NSW Public Sector.

Jennifer PerryJennifer Perry
Director, Workforce Strategy

Appointed in September 2017, Jennifer Perry is Director of the Workforce Strategy Branch. Jennifer has over 15 years’ experience in HR and industrial relations, including roles with the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, the former Attorney General’s Department and NSW Legal Aid. Jennifer brings an in depth knowledge of NSW public sector employment frameworks and extensive experience in working to deliver strategic workforce reform initiatives across government to the role.

The Workforce Strategy Branch develops and implements customer-focused workforce strategies for the NSW public sector that will enhance the quality and efficiency of services to the people of NSW. The Branch also ensures the legislative system architecture contained in the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 is fit for purpose and provides regulatory and workforce policy advice to the sector.

Gail Le BranskyGail Le Bransky
Director Disability Employment

Gail Le Bransky is currently seconded to the PSC as Director Disability Employment at the Public Service Commission. Until September 2020, she will lead the development and implementation of a whole-of-sector approach to increase the employment of people with disability in the NSW government sector. Gail has worked as Director of Social Policy at Transport for NSW and was responsible for delivering an inclusive customer service and to ensure that transport infrastructure and services deliver positive social outcomes. She has been responsible for leading and delivering strategic policy and planning projects to improve the provision of inclusive and accessible transport in NSW; and strategic policy on transport concessions, schemes and subsidies to improve access to the transport system for the transport disadvantaged.

Gail chaired Transport for NSW’s Accessible Transport Advisory Committee and was NSW’s representative on the Australian Government’s Accessible Public Transport Jurisdictional Advisory Committee and the Australasian Rail Association’s Disability Policy Working Group. Prior to joining Transport for NSW in 2011, Gail was proprietor of GML Social Research and worked with local councils and NSW Government agencies on a wide range of social capability strategy, development and assessment projects. In consultancy and as a public servant, Gail has worked in key policy areas including disability, environment, ageing, youth, drug and alcohol, child protection, and crime prevention issues.

Gail was the recipient of the NSW Public Service Medal in the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours list.

Emilie PridayEmilie Priday
Director, Performance and Reporting

Emilie joined the PSC in October 2018 as the Director of Performance and Reporting. Emilie has extensive experience in social policy and research. Prior to joining the PSC, Emilie led significant programs of work at the Australian Human Rights Commission, including the collaboration with the Australian Defence Force to embed cultural reform priorities and increase diversity and inclusion. Emilie holds a Master of Criminology from the University of Sydney, as well as a Bachelor of Social Work (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts.

The Performance and Reporting Branch is responsible for the delivery of research, analysis and reporting initiatives that provide insight to drive performance across the sector. This includes the annual State of the Public Sector Report, the People Matter Survey and the Premier’s Awards.

Dr Sam NielsenDr Sam Nielsen
Director of Workforce Analytics and Systems

Dr Sam Nielsen is the Director of Workforce Analytics and Systems in the NSW Public Service commission. His responsibilities have consistently involved using strategy, analytics and data science to ensure an organisation has insightful and empowering evidence to optimise success in key decisions and transformations. He worked in the higher education sector for more than 20 years as a researcher, administrator and manager. He has previously developed and led the Strategic Intelligence Unit, International Strategy Unit and the Department of Reporting and Analysis at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He has used his analysis and research skills in various consultancies with NGOs. Dr Nielsen has higher education degrees in IT, physics, psychology, education and disaster management.

Julia Carland - General CounselJulia Carland
General Counsel

Julia joined the Public Service Commission in March 2019 as PSC’s General Counsel. Julia has held a number of senior legal roles in the NSW public sector, most recently as a Director in the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Legal Branch where she has worked since 2013. Julia also spent two years working in legal policy at the Department of Justice.

Before joining the NSW public sector, Julia worked for several years in private practice as a competition lawyer and completed a year as an Associate to a Federal Court Judge. Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) degree and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) degree from the University of Sydney, and also graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master of Law (Hons I).

PSC Legal is responsible for the provision and management of all legal services for the Public Service Commissioner and the PSC across the full range of their activities. This extends from the day-to-day operations of the PSC as a Public Service agency and employer to implementation of the government sector employment legislation. PSC Legal is also responsible for identifying and managing legal risks and providing advice on the legal aspects of policy matters.