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Member name

Qualifications, knowledge, skills or experience (include formal and informal as relevant)

Number of meetings attended / total number of meetings

Total annual remuneration

Will Laurie (Chair)

Mr Laurie has held leadership roles in professional firms, including Price Waterhouse, PwC and Boyce CA.

He has been Chair of Commonwealth and ACT Audit Committees including the Department of Defence, the Treasury, the Attorney-General’s Department, the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate. He has specialist knowledge of Commonwealth financial and performance management and reporting.

His commercial Board experience includes On-line retailing; Economic and Social Modelling; and Property Management.

He holds a Batchelor of Economics from Sydney University and a graduate diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.



Elizabeth Montano (independent member)

Ms Montano holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (UNSW) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has over twenty years’ experience as chair, deputy chair and member of boards and audit committees across a range of government and not-for-profit entities. She has broad ranging experience in governance and the machinery of government including in financial and performance reporting, risk, assurance and program and project management and oversight.

She is a former Chief Executive Officer in the Commonwealth and senior financial services lawyer with King & Wood Mallesons.



Steve Murtagh

Mr Murtagh was the Deputy Official Secretary to the Governor-General until his retirement in December 2019. He holds a Certificate in Governance and Risk Management from the Governance Institute of Australia and is a member of the Risk Management Institute of Australia.

He has been a member of Public Sector Audit Committees for most of the past 12 years, informed by a career in the General Government Sector spanning more than 37 years, and in Governance focused roles at Branch Head or equivalent levels for over 12 years.


Ref. Appendix E: Executive Remuneration

Jo Tarnawsky

Ms Tarnawsky was appointed as Deputy Official Secretary to the Governor-General in December 2019. She concurrently performs roles as the OOSGG’s Chief Risk Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Security Officer, and Chairs the Property, Security and IT Sub-Committees.

She holds a Masters of Arts from Deakin University, a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from ANU, and is a graduate of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College.

She has previously worked in various roles for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and at Parliament House.

Ms Tarnawsky has significant risk management experience, particularly with regard to events, security threat assessments, travel advice, VIP visit arrangements, risk registers, and crisis response action plans.


Ref. Appendix E: Executive Remuneration