Leadership team

Phil MinnsPhil Minns
Deputy Commissioner

Phil Minns commenced as Deputy Commissioner of the NSW Public Service Commission in October 2015. His role is to integrate the reform and improvement initiatives across the PSC and the NSW public sector to "take performance to the next level".

Prior to this, Phil was Deputy Secretary, Government and People Group, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet where he had been since February 2012. At DPC he was responsible for the department's corporate governance and whole-of-government support functions including strategic communications and advertising. Encompassing HR, IT and budget support to the department and ministerial offices, the Group was also responsible for the delivery of some of NSW's largest events (Australia Day, NYE etc), the provision of services to the Governor of NSW, and the NSW Government Protocol function.

Phil joined DPC from the Department of Defence where he was the inaugural Deputy Secretary, People Strategies and Policy from 2008 - 2012.

Phil's career has blended time in senior corporate roles within the manufacturing sector (ACI Packaging Group) and within Government (Brisbane City Council) as well as consulting to private and public sector organisations on organisational strategy, cultural change and organisational development, HR and talent management, strategic Industrial Relations and Reward and Remuneration strategy (Alexander Proudfoot Consulting, EMD Consulting, Mercer Human Capital Consulting).


Sue AtkinsonSue Atkinson
Manager People

Sue Atkinson leads the HR function for the PSC as the Manager People (HR). Sue joined the PSC in April 2014 after a variety of roles in both the UK and Australia. Sue is a long standing HR practitioner, with post graduate qualifications in HR Management and Development and strategic and operational human resource management experience across the commercial and government sectors.

Prior to her relocation to Australia, Sue held a senior role in the Ministry of Justice in the UK where she successfully led large scale organisational change. She developed and facilitated collaborative working within and across organisations to optimise expertise and quality outcomes. Sue played a key role in developing the professional qualification framework for Probation Officers to support career progression for current practitioners, and in Australia led the implementation of a program to support mental health in the workplace at the Australian Electoral Commission.


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.


Catherine GrummerCatherine Grummer
Director, HR Practice

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 functions in order to deliver innovative HR services. 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 was appointed as the Director, HR Practice in November 2014. In this role Catherine leads the HR Practice branch, which focuses on developing a broad range of sector wide workforce management strategies, policies and frameworks, including recruitment, performance management and workforce planning. These programs will build workforce capability in order to enhance the effectiveness of the NSW public sector workforce and delivery of services.


Scott JohnstonScott Johnston
Director, Workforce Information

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.


Jehangir MeherJehangir Meher
Director, Sector Performance

Jehangir is a long standing senior executive with 20 years of experience and has worked across Australia, Asia-Pacific, NZ and Europe where he has undertaken performance improvement and transformation roles in government, finance, telecoms and energy industries.

Jehangir leads the development and delivery of research, analysis and reporting initiatives to provide stakeholders and agencies with relevant information and insights about current issues, performance and future policy options in a range of workforce management areas. This includes reporting on the State of the Public Sector, the People Matters Employee survey, reporting on agency views on their maturity in key workforce management practices and other research and analysis on critical issues.

The Performance Team also runs the NSW Premier’s Awards for Public Service where the outstanding achievements and contributions of public sector employees, their peers and partners in the private and not-for-profit sectors are recognised.


Denise NorthDenise North
Director, Corporate

Denise has held board level, consultant and senior executive roles across the public, corporate, professional services and for purpose sectors. She joined the PSC in March 2015.

As Director Corporate she is responsible for delivery of the Finance, People, ICT, PMO, Facilities, Administration and some Risk functions of the PSC and for driving the agency wide development and adoption of best practice, fit for purpose governance and performance frameworks and behaviours. A key priority over the first twelve months will be to ensure that the outsourcing of key PSC business processes is undertaken in a way the delivers the services required in a cost effective manner and within an appropriate governance framework.


Mike PriceMike Price
Director, Workforce Management Systems

Mike has spent most of his career leading information technology projects and programs, mainly in the private sector. He started his career in the UK, also serving as an elected city councillor in his spare time for eight years, before migrating to Australia in 2000. Mike joined the Department of Premier & Cabinet in March 2011 as a project manager to lead development of the Workforce Information Warehouse (WIW) and was transferred to the PSC on its inception.

Mike has led the PSC's Human Capital Management (HCM) program from the outset, starting with the business case in 2012. He was appointed to the new PSC executive team in September 2014 as Director Workforce Management Systems. In this role Mike is responsible for driving the procurement, promotion and deployment of systems to support workforce management across the sector, in line with the Government’s reform agenda. The systems include HCM, WIW and the Government Employee Number (GEN). Mike also represents the PSC on various cross-sector bodies including the ICT Leadership Group and Accelerating Digital Government Taskforce.


Carolyn StrangeCarolyn 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.