Leadership team

Scott JohnstonScott Johnston
Assistant Commissioner, Performance and Analytics Division

Scott Johnston is the Assistant Commissioner, Performance and Analytics Division. 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.


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 GSE Act is fit for purpose and provides regulatory and workforce policy advice to the sector.


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.