About Stewards of the Sector on the Couch

On the Couch is a series of informal interviews with key “stewards” of the public sector. IPAA NSW has identified these people as stewards of the public sector because in their current roles they are seen as having a high degree of responsibility and influence over the future of the public sector and the people who work within it. These interviews are aimed at looking at the person behind the role and focus on their interests, influences, leadership styles, aspirations, values and what they see as their priorities in their current role and insights for the future.

Past interviewees

17 September 2019  
Amy Brown, Deputy Secretary, Strategy & Delivery, NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet
6 August 2019  
Rodd Staples, Secretary, Transport for NSW
2 May 2019  
Margaret Crawford FIPAA, Auditor-General of New South Wales
11 April 2019  
Glenn King FIPAA, Secretary, Customer Service
2 August 2018  
Emma Hogan, Public Service Commissioner 
5 April 2018 –
Damon Rees, Chief Executive Officer, Service NSW
27 September 2017 
Deidre Mulkerin, Deputy Secretary, Department of Family and Community Services
23 August 2017 
Sonja Stewart, Deputy Secretary, Department of Premier & Cabinet
31 May 2017 –
Tim Reardon, Secretary, Transport for NSW
27 April 2017 –
Jeannine Biviano, Deputy Secretary, NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
22 March 2017 –
Mark Scott AO, Secretary, NSW Department of Education
22 February 2017 –
Elizabeth Koff, Secretary, NSW Ministry of Health
12 December 2016 
Andrew Cappie-Wood, Secretary, NSW Department of Justice
11 August 2016 –
Martin Hoffman, Secretary, NSW Department of Finance, Services & Innovation
24 May 2016 –
Simon Smith, Secretary, NSW Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development
4 March 2016 –
Dr Mary Foley AM, Secretary, NSW Ministry of Health
1 September 2015 –
Dr Kerry Schott AO
7 July 2015 –
Carolyn McNally, Secretary, NSW Department of Planning and Environment
17 March 2015 –
Blair Comley PSM, Secretary, NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet
22 October 2014 –
Philip Gaetjens, Secretary, NSW Treasury
11 September 2014  
Dr Michele Bruniges, Secretary, NSW Department of Education and Communities 
11 June 2014 –
Michael Coutts-Trotter, Secretary, NSW Department of Family and Community Services
13 May 2014 -
Graeme Head, Public Service Commissioner



"A very special event that I will remember for a very long time."


"Monica Attard is amazing!"


"A privilege to meet the human side of those tasked with leading in complexity."