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Our Executive

photo of the department's executive left to right, Nathan Smyth, Jill Charker, Kerri Hartland and Martin Hehir.
Left to right, Nathan Smyth, Jill Charker, Kerri Hartland and Martin hehir

Kerri Hartland


BA, BEc (UQ) MA (Legal Studies) (ANU)

Kerri Hartland was appointed Secretary of the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business in September 2017. Before that she was Deputy Secretary, Business Enabling Services at the Department of Finance. Kerri has worked in eight different Commonwealth departments and agencies, including as Chief Information Officer of the then Department of Industry, Science and Resources; Deputy Secretary of the Department of Human Services, and Deputy Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. Keri has worked in the Canadian public service and commenced her career as a journalist. She has qualifications in Economics, Law and Arts.

Nathan Smyth

Deputy Secretary, Employment


Nathan led the department’s Employment Cluster, which contributed to Outcome 1. Prior to joining the department in 2018, he held the position of First Assistant Secretary, Western Sydney Unit, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development with oversight of the planning, construction and financing of the second Sydney airport. Nathan has held senior positions at the Department of Finance, the Department of Health, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Jill Charker

Deputy Secretary, Corporate

BPsych (Hons I), PhD, EMPA, Grad Dip App Fin

Jill joined the Department of Jobs and Small Business in August 2017 as Deputy Secretary Corporate. The Corporate Cluster contributes to the development of organisational capability and supports the effective functioning of the department. Jill brings a wealth of experience from the senior positions she has held in corporate, program and service delivery areas across the APS.

Martin Hehir

Deputy Secretary, Workplaces and Small Business


For the reporting period in 2018–19 Martin oversaw the department’s Workplaces and Small Business Cluster, whichh contributed to Outcome 2. Martin brings a wealth of experience from across the ACT and has worked as a deputy secretary in Australian Government departments since 2012. Martin joined the then Department of Employment in August 2014.