Public Service Commissioner
Master of Laws, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Economics, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
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 is on the board of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and is a member of Chief Executive Women.
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.
Chris joined the Commission in October 2020 after previous senior leadership roles in People and Culture, Talent and Organisation Development for Lendlease, American Express and Westpac.
Chris has a strong commitment to achieving outcomes related to diversity and inclusion and has overseen award winning Diversity and Inclusion programs for gender diversity, Indigenous Engagement, LGBTIQA+ inclusion and mental health.
He has qualifications in Management and Aboriginal Studies, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a certified Practising Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute.
Chief Financial Officer and Director, Governance and Risk
Master of Commerce (Financial Accounting), Bachelor of Commerce
Joyce is the Director, Governance and Risk and Chief Financial Officer at the PSC and has over 20 years’ experience in the public sector. Joyce commenced her role at the PSC in January 2019. 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, Financial Planning & Strategy at the NSW Department of Education.
Master of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Arts
Sarah joined the PSC as General Counsel in June 2020. Sarah brings a wealth of government legal experience to the role of General Counsel, having over 20 years’ experience in senior legal roles, with time spent as Director Legal, NSW Department of Customer Service and its predecessor the NSW Department of Finance Services and Innovation and as a Senior Solicitor, NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office.
Director, Leadership and Talent
Bachelor of Education, Diploma in Teaching, Graduate Certificate in Social Administration
As Director, Leadership and Talent, Karen brings more than 15 years of government and consulting experience to the role. 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 included the NSW Department of Health, NSW Office of Water, NSW Food Authority, Roads and Maritime Services and more.
Director, Workforce Inclusion and Experience
Master of Criminology, Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), Bachelor of Arts
Emilie joined the PSC in October 2018. 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.
Dr Sam Nielsen
Director, Performance and Insights
Doctor of Philosophy in Disaster Management, Master of Education (Research), Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Arts
Sam joined the PSC in January 2020. 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.
Acting Director, Workforce Strategy and Capability
Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management)
Tianna joined the PSC in January 2022. As well as experience in the private sector, Tianna has 10 years’ experience within the public sector with the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, TAFE NSW and the NSW State Emergency Service. With experience in specialist and generalist human resources roles, Tianna has supported and implemented a range of people initiatives and strategies across workforce strategy, talent management and change.