Former Director-General of the NSW Department of Services, Technology and Administration (STA) Graeme Head is the most recent top bureaucrat to leave the NSW Public Sector to take up a prominent role in Canberra.
Mr Head will become a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Health and Ageing. It is rumoured that he will become responsible for managing the transition to the Federal Government’s proposed public hospital funding arrangements.
Commencing his career in the NSW Public Service over 30 years ago as nurse at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Mr Head has held senior roles across a variety of NSW Government agencies including the Environment Protection Authority, the Department of Premier & Cabinet (DPC), the Sydney Catchment Authority and STA.
The moves to Canberra commenced with former Director-General of NSW Department of Education and Training, Andrew Cappie-Wood, heading up the Chief Minister’s Office in ACT Government and include the former Secretary of NSW Treasury, John Pierce who is now Secretary of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.
However, the most key of these moves may yet be that of Robyn Kruk. Ms Kruk resigned her role as Director-General of DPC shortly after Nathan Rees became Premier in 2008 and is now Secretary of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Prior to her DPC role, she had served as the Director-General of NSW Health and the Director-General of NSW National Parks and Wildlife as well as holding executive positions in both the NSW Cabinet Office and the Department of Premier.
A signal of the esteem by which she is held in Canberra, Ms Kruk is one of six bureaucratic appointments to the Advisory Group on Reform of Australian Government Administration (in a total membership of ten).