National Convention & Exhibition 2024


20 – 22 AUGUST 2024

Phil Minns

Deputy Secretary People, Culture and Governance, NSW Health


Phil Minns commenced in the role of Deputy Secretary, People, Culture and Governance at the NSW Ministry of Health in November 2017. Previously, Phil was Deputy Commissioner for Public Service Commission from 2015 to 2017 and Deputy Secretary, Government, Corporate and Regional Coordination, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet from 2012 to 2015.  

From 2008 to 2012 Phil worked for the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet from the Department of Defence, where he was the inaugural Deputy Secretary, People Strategies and Policy, and a member of the Defence Committee. Phil’s career has spanned senior corporate roles within the manufacturing sector and government and consulting to private and public sector organisations on organisational strategy, cultural change and workforce focused strategies.  

His focus is on the critical priority areas of culture, workforce strategy and capability. Under his leadership, the People, Culture and Governance​ Division undertakes a range of functions for the effective administration of NSW Health including:  

  • covering comprehensive corporate governance frameworks and policy  
  • regulation of private health care facilities   
  • supply and administration of therapeutic goods  
  • a comprehensive range of legal and legislative services   
  • oversight and management of the Secretary’s accountabilities as employer of the NSW Health Service, including statewide industrial matters, public health sector employment policy, workplace health and safety policy, workforce planning, recruitment and reform strategies and strategic development of professional nursing and midwifery services  
  • services to support Ministerial, Parliamentary and Cabinet processes  
  • media, ​marketing and communication services.