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Our Executive

The executive team as at 30 June 2018.

· Secretary
Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM

· Deputy Secretary Indigenous Affairs
Professor Ian Anderson AO

· Deputy Secretary Economic
Dr David Gruen

· Deputy Secretary Governance
Ms Stephanie Foster PSM

· Deputy Secretary Social Policy
Ms Lin Hatfield Dodds

· Deputy Secretary National Security
Mr Allan McKinnon PSM

· Deputy Secretary Innovation and Transformation
Mr Barry Sterland PSM

· Associate Secretary Indigenous Affairs
Mr Andrew Tongue PSM

· Deputy Secretary APS Review Taskforce
Mr David Williamson

Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM, Secretary

Martin Parkinson commenced as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on 23 January 2016.

From March 2011 to December 2014, Martin was the Secretary of the Department of the Treasury. Before this he served as the inaugural Secretary of the Department of Climate Change from its establishment in December 2007. Between 1997 and 2000 he worked at the International Monetary Fund on reform of the global financial architecture.

Martin has served as a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Chair of the Board of the Australian Office of Financial Management, and a member of the Business Advisory Council and Australia’s Asian Century Strategic Advisory Board.

Martin holds PhD and MA degrees from Princeton University, a Master of Economics from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons 1) from the University of Adelaide. In May 2015, Martin was awarded the degree of Doctor of the University (honoris causa) by the University of Adelaide.

Professor Ian Anderson AO, Deputy Secretary Indigenous Affairs

Professor Ian Anderson AO (MBBS, PhD, DMedSci (honoris causa) FAFPHM) commenced as Deputy Secretary Indigenous Affairs on 6 March 2017.

Ian was previously the Foundation Chair, Indigenous Higher Education; Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) at the University of Melbourne. He was also the Foundation Chair of Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne and has held a number of academic, policy and practice roles in Indigenous health over a 30-year period.

Ian was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2017 for distinguished service to the Indigenous community, particularly in the areas of health equality, aged care and education, as an academic, researcher and medical practitioner, to policy reform, and as a role model.

Dr David Gruen, Deputy Secretary Economic

Dr David Gruen commenced as Deputy Secretary, Economic, on 15 September 2014. He is responsible for leading the economic and data policy aspects of the Domestic Policy Group and is Australia’s G20 Sherpa.

Before David joined PM&C he was Executive Director of Macroeconomic Group at the Department of the Treasury. He was also Head of the Economic Research Department at the Reserve Bank of Australia. Before joining the Reserve Bank, he worked as a research scientist in the Research School of Physical Sciences at the Australian National University.

David was visiting lecturer in the Economics Department and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University from August 1991 to June 1993. He holds PhD degrees in physiology from Cambridge University, England and in economics from the Australian National University.

Ms Stephanie Foster PSM, Deputy Secretary Governance

Stephanie Foster PSM commenced in the role of Deputy Secretary, Governance, on 11 December 2017.

Stephanie was Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner from October 2013 to December 2017. In this role she supported the Australian Public Service Commissioner in leading and shaping a unified, high-performing APS.

Prior to this, Stephanie was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports, where she was responsible for regional policy and the arts, from February 2011.

From November 2008 to January 2011, Stephanie was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, where she had direct responsibility for Local Government and Regional Development, the Office of Northern Australia and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.

Stephanie was awarded a Public Service Medal in June 2008 for her policy support to Australian Defence Force deployments overseas. She has also been awarded the French decoration of Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite for her work to develop Defence relations between France and Australia.

Ms Lin Hatfield Dodds Deputy Secretary Social Policy

Lin Hatfield Dodds commenced as Deputy Secretary, Social Policy, in July 2016. Lin leads the provision of whole-of-government advice to the Prime Minister on social policy issues, including health, education, social services and gender equality. Lin advises the Prime Minister on major Commonwealth initiatives such as the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. She also leads the provision of advice to the Prime Minister on the Council of Australian Governments. In addition, Lin provides policy advice, and advice on international engagement, to the Minister for Women.

Before joining PM&C Lin was the National Director of UnitingCare Australia. Lin has served on a wide range of boards and government advisory bodies, including as President of the Australian Council of Social Service, and Chair of the Australian Social Inclusion Board.

Lin was ACT Australian of the Year in 2008, received a Churchill Fellowship to study anti-poverty strategies in 2003, and was awarded a Chief Minister’s International Women’s Day Award in 2002.

Mr Allan McKinnon PSM, Deputy Secretary National Security

Allan McKinnon commenced as Deputy Secretary, National Security and International Policy Group, in June 2012. He leads the provision of advice to the Prime Minister and whole-of-government coordination on national security matters.

From September 2013 to September 2014, Allan was seconded to the Operation Sovereign Borders Joint Agency Taskforce as Deputy Commander. In this role he supported whole-of-government efforts to combat people smuggling and the protection of Australia’s borders.

Before joining PM&C, Allan worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where he served in numerous overseas postings, including at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo as Counsellor (Minerals and Energy) (1994–1998) and Deputy Head of Mission (2006–2010).

Mr Barry Sterland PSM, Deputy Secretary Innovation and Transformation

Barry Sterland commenced as Deputy Secretary, Industry and Jobs, on 27 November 2017. He is responsible for leading the innovation, infrastructure and environment policy aspects of the Domestic Policy Group.

Barry was previously Deputy Secretary in charge of international economic engagement at the Department of the Treasury. In this role, he led the G20 Finance Deputies group during Australia’s Presidency of the G20 in 2014, represented Australia on the Financial Stability Board, and was closely involved in regional forums such as APEC and in Australia’s bilateral economic engagement in the Asian region. Between 2014 and 2016 he was an Executive Director on the Board of the International Monetary Fund, representing Australia and several other mainly Pacific countries. In 2017 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

In 2010 Barry received the Public Service Medal for his work on climate change policy. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and completed a Masters in Public Policy at Princeton University. He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics with first class honours and the University Medal from the University of Sydney.

Mr Andrew Tounge PSM, Associate Secretary Indigenous Affairs

Andrew Tongue was appointed as the Associate Secretary of Indigenous Affairs on 1 July 2015. Andrew is responsible for leading policy, program and delivery reform in Indigenous Affairs in line with the Government’s commitment to improving the lives of Indigenous Australians. This includes responsibility for over 1,200 staff in more than 100 locations across Australia.

Prior to his current role, Andrew was Secretary of the Victorian Premier’s Department and Secretary of the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development. Andrew has worked in a number of Commonwealth departments across social and industry policy and on regulation. Andrew received a Public Service Medal in 2011 for outstanding public service in the development of public policy, particularly in the areas of aviation security, Indigenous affairs and social housing.

Mr David Williamson, Deputy Secretary APS Review Taskforce

David Williamson commenced as Deputy Secretary leading the team supporting the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service on 27 February 2018. Before this he was a Deputy Secretary and Innovation Champion in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, where his group included agricultural policy, farm support and sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry divisions.

From 2013 to 2016 David worked at PM&C, firstly leading the taskforce that prepared the Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia and then as head of the Industry, Infrastructure and Environment Division.

Previously, David has held a number of senior executive positions in the Infrastructure, Transport and Agriculture portfolios. He has also had leadership roles supporting a number of government-commissioned inquiries.