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Senior public servant and committed advocate of women's progression
Change Management, Feminist Policy and Politics, Women’s Affairs, Gender, Leadership
Susan’s professional expertise is extensive and has been brought together through both public and private experience. Susan was appointed to her first Chief Finance Officer role at the age of 25. She has worked with New Zealand Treasury where she was responsible for assisting organisations such as Air New Zealand and New Zealand Rail Corporation to strategically change and grow their business. She also lived and worked on Norfolk Island where she led the transition of a five-star holiday resort from construction to operations.
Since then, Susan has held senior executive positions in the not-for-profit and state government sectors, driving change and transformation in high performing organisations. As a Certified Practicing Accountant, Susan has extensive financial and business experience. She also possesses high level experience in strategic planning, risk management, human resource policy development and commercial finance.
Susan joined Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet in August 2016 where she leads the delivery of corporate services to the department and 18 other government entities. She is also a member of the department’s board of management.
Prior to this role, she held a number of senior roles within Queensland Health. These included Deputy Director-General of Corporate Services Division, Chief Executive at Health Support Queensland, and as Deputy Director-General for System Support Services.
Susan holds a bachelor of business degree with a major in accounting, is a Fellow of CPA Australia, and a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australia and New Zealand School of Government and the Institute of Strategic Leadership. Susan attended the Harvard Driving Government Performance Executive Education Program in 2014 after being awarded the Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship – a prestigious award only offered to three public servants across Australia each year.
In 2014, Susan was a finalist in both the Premier’s Awards for Excellence (in the Excellence in Leadership category) and the Queensland Health Awards for Excellence for her work on cultural performance development programs within the Department of Health. In 2015, Susan and her team won the Queensland Health Director-General’s award for excellence for her work in furthering the Department’s gender diversity through the Aspiring Women Leader’s Summit.