Leadership team

Scott JohnstonScott Johnston
Assistant Commissioner, Performance and Analytics Division

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.

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.

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.