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Public Sector Commissioner
Sharyn O’Neill was appointed as Commissioner on 30 July 2018 following 12 years as Director General of the Department of Education. She is the first woman to undertake the role.
Ms O’Neill’s priority as Commissioner is to strengthen and unify the public sector to better serve the needs of the Western Australian community. She is leading major reforms with a focus on sector leadership, talent, diversity, workforce, integrity and capability.
Ms O’Neill began her career as a teacher and deputy principal in country schools before moving to policy, governance and system leadership positions in education.
She has a Master of Education (Education Administration and Policy). She was awarded the Institute of Public Administration Australia (WA) Patron’s Award in 2016 and the Australian College of Educators (WA) Medal in 2019. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Executive Director Strategic Initiatives and Liaison
Executive Director Integrity and Risk (from 4 May 2019)
Dan Volaric was appointed to the position of Executive Director Strategic Initiatives and Liaison in December 2018. He is responsible for building and strengthening the Commission's engagement and relationship with key stakeholders.
Since 4 May 2019, he has also undertaken the role of Executive Director, Integrity and Risk with responsibility for strategy and advice on sector integrity and performance.
Mr Volaric previously held the position of Deputy Commissioner. He has extensive experience in public sector management, integrity, governance, corporate services and human resource management.
He has worked as a member of the executive of several agencies as part of the Commission’s advice and support role, including acting as Director General of the then Department of Environmental Regulation.
He has a Diploma of Business Administration and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Executive Director People, Culture and Diversity
Sonja Cox took up the position in September 2018 and is responsible for sector-wide workforce planning including leading a workforce diversification strategy.
Before joining the Commission, she held various senior positions in the Department of Justice and WA Police Force leading strategy, policy, planning and asset investment.
Ms Cox has an Executive Master of Public Administration and is a Fellow of Leadership WA.
Executive Director Strategic Leadership and Talent
Lorraine Gregoriadis commenced in this role in January 2019 and is responsible for leadership and management of the strategic leadership and talent division. Before joining the Commission, she held a range of executive roles in leadership development, innovation and disability services in both the public and private sectors.
Ms Gregoriadis has also worked in health, education and community services. She began her career as a speech pathologist and has a master’s in linguistics and audiology. She is a non-executive director of 100 Women, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of Leadership Western Australia.
Executive Director Policy and Data Analytics
Lindsay Warner took up this position in December 2018 and is responsible for the workforce policy and data functions of the Commission. He was acting Commissioner from April 2018 until Ms O’Neill’s appointment in July 2018. Before this he held a number of senior leadership roles in the Commission.
Mr Warner has worked in a range of government agencies in the areas of human services and economic development. He has also worked in central agencies. He has a Bachelor of Economics and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Executive Director Organisational Governance and Development
Jane Machin-Everill took up this position in August 2018 and is responsible for the executive functions of the Commission including strategic communications, planning and governance, and corporate services. Before joining the Commission, she was at the Department of Education (and Training) for 16 years in a range of leadership roles with responsibility for policy, governance, communications, executive services and ministerial liaison.
Ms Machin-Everill has worked in a number of government agencies, universities and education sectors. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies, and Diploma of Education. She is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Page last updated 9 January 2020