Leadership team

Jane Spring - Assistant Commissioner - PSCJane 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.


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.


Joyce 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.


James HarperJames Harper
Director, Workforce Analytics and Systems

James Harper is the Director of Workforce Analytics and Systems within the Performance and Analytics Branch, joining the PSC in October 2018. James has worked in a range of areas including Engineering within the Royal Australia Air Force, extensively in the private IT Sector and in senior management roles.

James has had the opportunity to work extensively across all NSW Government Clusters, on a range of IT projects. At the PSC, James is responsible for the collection, management and analysis of data and analytics, which are utilised in the annual State of the Public Sector and Workforce Profile Reports.


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.


Julia 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.

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