Leadership team

Catherine GrummerCatherine Grummer
Assistant Commissioner, Capability and Leadership Strategy Division

Catherine is the Assistant Commissioner, Capability and Leadership Strategy Division and was Acting Commissioner from January to May 2018. Catherine has extensive experience with large scale transformation initiatives within the private sector. She began her career with global consulting firms, where her work focused on partnering with clients to design workforce programs in order to achieve business outcomes and improve the effectiveness of their HR function. Catherine also previously held senior HR leadership roles at a global manufacturer and a North American food distributor, where she led programs across a variety of HR disciplines. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Notre Dame, a MBA from Northwestern University and has completed the University of Michigan's Advanced Human Resource Executive Program.  

In her current role, Catherine leads a diverse team responsible for developing and implementing a broad range of contemporary sector-wide workforce strategies and programs, from recruitment, performance management, capability development, talent management to strategic workforce planning that will enhance workforce productivity, improve the quality and efficiency of services to the people of NSW and increase the sector’s appeal as an employer of choice.  This role is also responsible for the delivery of sector wide workforce programs, including the NSW Leadership Academy, initiatives to increase the diversity of the NSW workforce and the NSW Graduate programs.


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.


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.


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 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.