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Part 3.2: Executive (As at 30 June 2019)

Glenys Beauchamp PSM

This image depicts Glenys Beauchamp PSM, Secretary, Department of Health.


Glenys Beauchamp was appointed Secretary of the Department of Health on 18 September 2017.

Glenys has had an extensive career in the Australian Public Service at senior levels, with responsibility for a number of significant government programs covering economic and social policy areas.

She has more than 25 years’ experience in the public sector and began her career as a graduate in the Industry Commission.

Prior to her current role, Glenys was:

  • Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (2013 to 2017).
  • Secretary of the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (2010 to 2013).
  • Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2009 to 2010).
  • Deputy Secretary in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2002 to 2009).

Glenys has held a number of executive positions in the ACT Government, including Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services and Deputy CEO, Department of Health. She also held senior positions in housing, energy and utilities functions with the ACT Government.

Glenys was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2010 for coordinating Australian Government support during the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Glenys has an economics degree from the Australian National University and an MBA from the University of Canberra.

Professor Brendan Murphy

This image depicts Professor Brendan Murphy, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the Australian Government.

Chief Medical Officer

Professor Brendan Murphy is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the Australian Government and is the principal medical adviser to the Minister and the Department of Health. He holds direct responsibility for the Department’s Office of Health Protection and Health Workforce Division.

In addition to the many committees he chairs, co-chairs and participates in, he is the Australian Member on the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Governing Committee and represents Australia at the World Health Assembly.

Prior to his appointment, Brendan was the Chief Executive Officer of Austin Health in Victoria.

Professor Murphy is:

  • A Professorial Associate with the title of Professor at the University of Melbourne.
  • An Adjunct Professor at Monash University.
  • A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
  • A Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians.
  • A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He was formerly CMO and Director of Nephrology at St Vincent’s Health and sat on the Boards of Health Workforce Australia, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. He is also a former president of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology.

Dr Margot McCarthy

This image depicts Dr Margot McCarthy, Special Adviser.

Special Adviser

Dr Margot McCarthy joined the Department of Health in November 2015 after responsibility for the Ageing and Aged Care portfolio transferred to the Department from the Department of Social Services.

Margot has held a number of senior positions in the Department of Defence, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and the Department of Social Services.

In February 2013, she was appointed as an Associate Secretary in PM&C, leading the National Security and International Policy Group, which provided advice to the Prime Minister, and whole-of-government coordination on national security matters.

Margot is a graduate of Oxford University (D.Phil. in English Literature) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc in Management). She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of New England.

Caroline Edwards

This image depicts Caroline Edwards, Deputy Secretary, Health Systems Policy and Primary Care.

Deputy Secretary, Health Systems Policy and Primary Care

Caroline Edwards is the Deputy Secretary of Health Systems Policy and Primary Care Group. Caroline is responsible for strategic matters across the portfolio, hospital funding, international engagement and Commonwealth-State relations on health matters. She is also responsible for leading the Department’s work on policies and programs relating to mental health, primary care, health economics and research, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Caroline is the Chief Allied Health Officer and the Chief Data Custodian.

Before joining the Department in 2017, Caroline held a range of senior Australian Public Service roles, including several years located in Darwin.

Caroline holds a Bachelor of Laws with first class Honours from Monash University.

Matt Yannopoulos PSM

This image depicts Matt Yannopoulos PSM, Chief Operating Officer.

Chief Operating Officer

Matt Yannopoulos took up the role of Chief Operating Officer on 9 July 2018. In this position he is responsible for the Department of Health’s corporate and enabling areas including finance, legal, corporate services, the Department’s state network, human resources, communications and information technology.

Prior to this, Matt was the Senior Responsible Officer for the Child Care Reform Implementation at the Department of Education. In this role he was responsible for the leadership and direction for the Program of Child Care Reform Implementation, including the build of the new IT system supporting the child care reforms across the Departments of Education, Human Services and Social Services.

Matt has held previous government positions including First Assistant Secretary, Portfolio Investment Division and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Department of Health as well as other significant roles such as Portfolio CIO of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and as the Department of Defence’s first Chief Technology Officer.

Matt has an accounting and information technology background and is an accredited FCPA.

Adjunct Professor John Skerritt

This image depicts Adjunct Professor John Skerritt, Deputy Secretary, Health Products Regulation.

Deputy Secretary, Health Products Regulation

Adjunct Professor John Skerritt heads the Health Products Regulation Group, which works to safeguard and enhance the health of all Australians through effective, timely and risk proportionate regulation of therapeutic goods and control of drug import, export and production.

He was formerly a Deputy Secretary in the Victorian Government and has extensive experience in medical, agricultural and environmental policy, regulation, research management, technology application and commercialisation. John was previously the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of a Commonwealth Statutory Authority, a Ministerial appointee on the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee and Chair of the Board of a major international technical organisation. During the 1990s he held senior management positions in The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and Cooperative Research Centres.

He has significant experience on Boards of international and national organisations and more than 25 years’ experience in negotiating and leading international technical and commercial collaborations. He is currently Vice-Chair of both the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities and the Scientific Advisory Council of the Centre for Innovation in Regulatory Science.


  • Is an Adjunct Full Professor of the Universities of Sydney, Queensland and Canberra.
  • Has a University Medal and PhD from the University of Sydney.
  • Is a graduate of the Senior Executive Programs of London Business School and of IMD Business School, Switzerland.
  • Is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
  • Is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia (Victoria).

Penny Shakespeare

This image depicts Penny Shakespeare, Deputy Secretary, Health Financing.

Deputy Secretary, Health Financing

Penny Shakespeare is Deputy Secretary of the Health Financing Group. This includes the Technology Assessment and Access Division, Medical Benefits Division and Provider Benefits Integrity Division.

Since joining Health in 2006, Penny has held a number of senior leadership positions. Penny was the First Assistant Secretary of the Technology Assessment and Access Division, where she led the division through a period of significant change to further build on the division’s capabilities in Health Technology Assessment.

Penny has also previously led the Health Workforce Division, Medical Benefits Branch and Private Health Insurance Branch.

Prior to joining the Department, Penny was:

  • An industrial relations lawyer in the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.
  • In regulatory policy roles, including as head of the ACT Office of Industrial Relations.
  • A member of the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission.
  • A member of the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Advisory Council.

Penny has a Bachelor of Laws, a Master’s degree in International Law and is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor.

Dr Lisa Studdert

This image depicts Dr Lisa Studdert, Deputy Secretary, Population Health, Sport and Aged Care Royal Commission Taskforce.

Deputy Secretary, Population Health, Sport and Aged Care Royal Commission Taskforce

Dr Lisa Studdert is the Deputy Secretary for Population Health, Sport and Aged Care Royal Commission Taskforce. She is responsible for leading the National Integrity of Sport Unit, the Office of Sport, the Youth Taskforce, the Royal Commission Aged Care Taskforce and the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office. She also oversees the Department’s work on food regulation and drug, alcohol and tobacco policy.

Lisa joined the Department of Health in June 2013 as a First Assistant Secretary in the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and went on to lead the Population Health and Sport Division. She worked in the office of Minister Greg Hunt, and before that, as Chief of Staff to former Health Minister, Sussan Ley.

In 2011, Lisa was a member of the senior leadership team at the Australian National Preventive Health Agency and she also has a background working in population and preventive health policy and programs in Australia and internationally.

Lisa is a PhD graduate of Cornell University.

David Hallinan

This image depicts David Hallinan, Acting Deputy Secretary, Ageing and Aged Care.

Acting Deputy Secretary, Ageing and Aged Care

David is the newly appointed Acting Deputy Secretary, Ageing and Aged Care Group of the Department of Health.

David’s role from 2016 to April 2019 was as the First Assistant Secretary responsible for leading the Health Workforce Division. The division is responsible for the Australian Government’s involvement in the regulation, training, supply and distribution of the health workforce, including the implementation of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy and the Murray Darling Medical School Network.

David worked in the Department of Health for the 10 years to 2011, in areas spanning primary care, Medicare benefits, population health and portfolio review functions. From 2011 to 2016, David worked at the Department of Finance in policy advisory roles across a wide range of portfolios before returning to the Department of Health in January 2016.

David graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Economics.