Carmel McGregor PSM

Carmel McGregor PSM
  • Role: Honorary Fellow
  • Organisation: Centre for Ethical Leadership

Carmel McGregor has recently retired from a successful Public Sector career. She works as a consultant specialising in the areas of Organisational Culture, HR and Leadership as well as Public Sector Policy.

Carmel also holds the position of Adjunct Professor University of Canberra.

She was formerly the Deputy Secretary Defence People in the Department of Defence.  She joined the Department of Defence in March 2012. During this time she led the Cultural Reforms and oversaw the implementation of significant People Policy reforms in this very large institution.

Prior to this role Carmel was the Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner where she was a member of the Advisory Group on Reform of Australian Government Administration (Blueprint).  During 2011 Carmel led a review of Pathways for APS Women in Defence.

Prior to joining the Australian Public Service Commission in 2008, Carmel was Deputy Secretary Client and Corporate Services in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) from 2005.   Whilst in DIAC she led global client service reform and a major organisational and cultural change program.

Carmel also held senior positions in Centrelink managing employment and education as well as People and Corporate Performance where she re-engineered the human resource, leadership development and organisational design functions.

From 1999-2001 Carmel lived in Paris where she worked as a consultant for the Public Management Service of the OECD with key involvement in international fora on modernising government.

Carmel was Australia’s representative and Vice Chair of the OECD’s Public Governance Committee from 2008-2012.   She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute, National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, Vice President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia in the ACT, a member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In October 2012 Carmel was selected as inaugural Woman of Influence Public Policy in the Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence.  Also in October 2012, Carmel was awarded an ANZSIG Public Service Excellence Award Honorary Adjunct Professorship.  Carmel is the recipient of a Public Service Medal in the Australia Day 2013 Honours List. In 2013 she was also recognised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for providing Exceptional Leadership in Federal Government.

Carmel is also a non executive director of the ACTSNSW Rugby Union Board (Brumbies) – being the first woman appointed to the Board. She is also a director of UN Women Australia.

Carmel is originally from Queensland and holds an Arts degree with majors in psychology and sociology from the University of Queensland.