Public Sector Advisory Panel​

The Public Sector Advisory Panel (PSAP) provides AHRI with strategic and expert advice on the various layers of public sector organisations (i.e. local, state and national public service organisations), including the tools and resources required. The panel contributes to the maintenance of HR standards.

The PSAP is responsible for contributing specialist knowledge to assist AHRI’s National Accreditation Committee (NAC) in its role of updating the AHRI HR Capability Framework and the AHRI Practising Certificate (APC) curriculum in ensuring it is contemporary and in line with HR best practice.


Non-Executive Director and Public Sector Advisory Panel Chair, AHRI

Carmel McGregor PSM is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. She was formerly Deputy Secretary Defence People in the Department of Defence until her retirement in 2014.

Prior to that, she was Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner − a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group on Reform of Australian Government Administration (Blueprint). McGregor was Australia’s representative and Vice-Chair of the OECD’s Public Governance Committee from 2008−2012.

She is currently Vice President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) ACT, a Fellow of AIM, an AHRI Fellow, and a National Fellow of IPAA. McGregor is an AHRI Director and a member of AICD.

McGregor is the recipient of a Public Service Medal in the 2013 Honours List and was recognised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for exceptional leadership.

In 2012 she was selected as inaugural Woman of Influence Public Policy in the Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence and was awarded an ANZSIG Public Service Excellence Award.


Deputy commissioner of taxation, ATO people (HR)
Brad Chapman is currently Deputy Commissioner ATO People. He commenced in this role in April 2016 and is responsible for delivering an enterprise-wide human resource management service to support ATO employees by providing a sustainable, open and accountable workplace – one that delivers on today’s priorities and shapes the ATO as a workplace of the future.

Chapman has previously held positions in human resources, governance and finance in the public and private sector and has lead large operational workforces covering a variety of functions. Chapman holds a Bachelor of Business from the QLD University of Technology.


Deputy Secretary, Chief Operating Officer, Department of Jobs and Small Business

Dr Jill Charker is the Deputy Secretary, Corporate, and Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Jobs and Small Business.

Jill has previously held Deputy Secretary positions in the Department of Human Services and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and was formerly the CEO of ComSuper.

Jill holds a PhD from Griffith University, and a Class 1 Honours degree in psychology. She has also completed an Executive Masters degree in Public Administration through the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). Jill is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance, and is a Level 2 qualified executive coach through the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership.


Executive Manager Corporate Services, Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)


General manager, people policy and operations division, department of human services
Ian Fitzgerald is the General Manager, People Policy and Operations, in the Department of Human Service. Between 2011 and 2016 he was the Chief Human Capital Officer at the Australian Public Service Commission where he was primarily responsible for establishing major capability reviews spanning the public service. Fitzgerald was also responsible for the Strategic Centre for Leadership, Learning and Development where he founded the talent management and development process for APS senior executives.

Prior to the APS, Fitzgerald held senior management policy and delivery roles in criminal justice agencies in Australia and the UK, and has held senior management positions in Westpac. He is a PhD candidate working in the field of political psychology. He has a BSc, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Australian HR Institute.


Deputy secretary, defence people group, department of defence
Justine Greig is the First Assistant Secretary People Policy and Culture in the Department of Defence. She has responsibilities for employment arrangements for the Australian Defence Force and Australian Public Service, learning and development, and evolving Defence culture through Pathway to Change.

Throughout her career, Greig has applied her strong professional interest in the areas of leadership, gender and workforce diversity.

Greig holds an honours degree in psychology from the ANU, a Masters of Psychology from the University of London, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from Deakin University. She was a finalist in the AHRI Practitioner of the Year Award (2012), and was a finalist in the Australian Financial Review/Westpac Women of Influence Awards, in the Public Policy Category (2013).


Deputy Commissioner, Victorian Public Sector Commission
Julia is the Deputy Commissioner of the Victorian Public Sector Commission. She joined the Commission in June 2019.
She has more than 30 years’ experience in the Victorian public service, during which time she has been Deputy Secretary or Executive Director in a range of justice portfolios including Youth Justice, Police, Corrections, Crime Prevention, Victims Services and the Infringements System.
Julia was also responsible for leading the Victorian government’s employment programs for disadvantaged job seekers and redeveloping child protection placement and support services. Her career achievements have been built on a strong background in youth work, research, training and community development.