Lois Boswell
Deputy Chief Executive,
Department of Human Services

Lois Boswell is an experienced executive who has influenced many areas of public policy including development, planning, mental health, equity, environment, child protection, further education and consumer affairs. In 2013, she was recognised by the Governor of South Australia and entered into the Women's Honour Roll.

Lois is currently the Deputy Chief Executive of the Department of Human Services which brings together a range of responses to support vulnerable people and to help build resilient communities; including housing, disability and home care services and youth justice.

Lois was formerly the inaugural Chief Executive of the Lifetime Support Authority, which manages South Australia's personal injury scheme providing long-term treatment, care and support for people who have received serious lifelong disabilities from motor vehicle crashes.

In the Department of Treasury and Finance, Lois led the Compulsory Third Party insurance reform project to change tort law damages, reduce premiums and create the new no-fault care system as part of the move towards a National Injury Insurance Scheme.

Lois has also led the development of influential South Australian planning strategies:

- the 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide, which received national recognition as the most advanced integrated Australian city plan, and
- the 2011 update of South Australia’s Strategic Plan

Her diverse background includes positions such as Executive Director of Cabinet Office, Deputy Chief of Staff to SA Premier Weatherill, Social Impact Assessor for the Regional Forest Agreements, Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal Member, Community Legal Centre Manager and Chief of Staff to three Ministers.

She is a lawyer and the recipient of a LexisNexis Legal Research Prize for Torts. She also holds a Masters of Applied Science in Social Ecology, in which she received the University Prize for Outstanding Research.

April Lawrie
Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People

In December 2018, April Lawrie was appointed the inaugural Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People in South Australia by the South Australian Government.
Commissioner Lawrie’s role is to develop policies and practices to improve the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal children and young people, particularly in the areas of health, education, youth justice and child protection.

Commissioner Lawrie is a proud Aboriginal woman and heralds from the Mirning and Kokatha people from the Far West Coast of South Australia.

Commissioner Lawrie holds a Social Work Degree which led her to a range of Executive Leadership roles in South Australian Government Agencies including four years as the Aboriginal Justice Director in the Attorney General’s Department, ten years as SA Health Aboriginal Health Branch Director and two and a half years as Director of Aboriginal Education.

Over the last 30 years, Commissioner Lawrie has contributed to the formation of policy at the State and National level, and excellence in service innovation and community development with regard to Aboriginal health, education, child and family services, foster care services, justice services, across the metropolitan and regional areas, including rural/remote.

Commissioner Lawrie strongly believes that we need to bring the voices of Aboriginal children and young people and their communities into how we are designing and delivering health, education, justice and child protection culturally appropriate services so that Aboriginal children and young people can flourish.  The Commissioner believes that to improve services and outcomes, we need to recognise the solutions coming from our Aboriginal communities and families and act upon them in a meaningful way.

April lives and works in Adelaide, is married and has three children.

Pamela Melroy
Director, Space Technology and Policy,
Nova Systems

Pamela Melroy is a retired Air Force test pilot and former NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle commander.

She was commissioned in the United States Air Force and served as a KC-10 copilot, aircraft commander, and instructor pilot. Melroy is a veteran of Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, with over 200 combat and combat support hours. She went on to attend the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Upon her graduation, she was assigned to the C-17 Combined Test Force, where she served as a test pilot until her selection for the Astronaut Program. She has logged more than 6,000 hours flight time in more than 50 different aircraft.

Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in December 1994, Melroy reported to the Johnson Space Center, Texas, in March 1995. She flew three missions in space: as Space Shuttle pilot during STS-92 in 2000 and STS-112 in 2002, and as Space Shuttle Commander during STS-120 in 2007. All three missions were assembly missions to build the International Space Station. She is one of only two women to command the Space Shuttle. While an astronaut, she held a variety of positions to include performing astronaut support duties for launch and landing and Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) duties in mission control. Melroy served on the Columbia Reconstruction Team as the lead for the crew module and served as Deputy Project Manager for the Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Team. In her final position, she served as Branch Chief for the Orion branch of the Astronaut Office. She has logged more than 924 hours (more than 38 days) in space.

Colonel Melroy retired from the Air Force in 2007, and left NASA in August 2009. After NASA, she served as Deputy Program manager for the Lockheed Martin Orion Space Exploration Initiatives program and as Director of Field Operations and acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the Federal Aviation Administration. She went on to serve as Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Pam Melroy now is Director, Space Technology and Policy at Nova Systems. Colonel Melroy was interviewed for the WDSN in June, 2018.

Alison Lloydd-Wright
Executive Director,
Population Strategy,
Intergovernmental and Diplomatic Relations,
Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Alison is an experienced public sector Executive, bringing strategic leadership to a range of complex whole of government policies in regional development, social justice and now population growth. A passionate South Australian, Alison believes there is incredible untapped potential in this state, starting with our talented and underutilised women.

Erma Ranieri FIPAA
Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

Appointed on 1 July 2014, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri works passionately towards creating a world-leading public sector that serves South Australians well, does what it says it will do, and to which every public servant is proud to belong.

With the role of the public sector being to serve and support South Australia to thrive, Erma leads sector-wide reform to modernise the public sector and continue to build on its value and service to the South Australian community. 

Erma has worked for more than 30 years to help organisations optimise productivity and employee wellbeing. She was named a 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year as SA Winner of the Telstra Community and Government Award for her role in leading transformational change throughout the public sector.

With a key focus on flexibility, diversity and leadership development to ensure the public sector is positioned as an Employer of Choice, Erma continues to challenge cultural and structural barriers to drive innovative, collaborative and connected services for the community.

David Reynolds FIPAA
Chief Executive,
Department of Treasury and Finance

My executive and management career includes more than twenty years’ experience in policy advice, financial management, and organisation and executive leadership.

In 2015, I was appointed Chief Executive of the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF), South Australia.

At DTF, we’re working together to support the future prosperity and wellbeing of all South Australians. As Chief Executive I provide leadership and governance to the State budget, and oversee the strategic performance of government agencies across industrial relations, budget, taxation, superannuation, commercial and economics and accounting issues.

Prior to this current appointment, I held roles including Executive Director of the Budget Branch and Director of Gambling Policy.

I am passionate about improving the public sector through organisational development and a ‘staff first’ approach. I place a strong focus on gender equality and staff leadership and collaboration.

I have completed a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Adelaide, I am a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Nerida Saunders PSM
Executive Director,
Aboriginal Affairs and Reconcillitation,
Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Nerida Saunders is a Murri woman from the Kamilaroi Nation, born in Moree in Northern New South Wales (NSW).

Nerida has worked in the Public Sector for the past 31 years; commencing in 1988 and has worked in NSW, Qld and SA.
Nerida’s extensive career has encompassed important senior roles in various areas of complex social policy and service delivery including families and communities, child protection, housing, and Aboriginal Affairs.

Since arriving in South Australia Nerida has held the positions of Director Children, Youth and Family Services, General Manager for the Aboriginal Housing Authority SA, and since 2009 the Executive Director, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation within Department for the Premier and Cabinet.

Nerida was awarded the Public Service Medal as part of the Australia Day Honours in 2016 for outstanding public service in the provision of leadership and advocacy in the area of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation.

Nerida sits on a range of boards and committees including the Premier’s Council for Women, Child Protection Reform Portfolio Management Board Issues group on Suicide Prevention, Exceptional Needs Executive Committee, to name a few.

In her spare time Nerida enjoys playing Golf and reading.

Grant Stevens APM
South Australia Police

Grant Stevens APM has been Commissioner of South Australia Police since July 2015. With 36 years of general and specialist policing experience and over a decade as a member of SAPOL’s senior executive, Grant has personally led and delivered some of SAPOL’s most significant programs including, outlaw motorcycle gang enforcement, specialist sexual crimes investigation, and service reform initiatives around frontline service delivery and demand management. He is also committed to improving employee wellbeing, gender equity and the elimination of discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

As Commissioner, Grant leads an organisation with state wide responsibility, employing over 6,000 staff and a budget of about $1 Billion. He is a member on a range of Boards and Committees at state and national government levels. These oversee the critical issues involved in law enforcement, security and counter-terrorism, emergency management, justice reform, road safety and community safety generally.

As Commissioner, Grant has continued to actively support police-driven collaboration across government for an enhanced response to family and domestic violence and repeat offenders in South Australia. Grant has a clear vision for SAPOL as a visible, responsive police service for all South Australians which is defined in the SAPOL 2020 strategy. SAPOL 2020 guides South Australia Police organisational reform activity, through three core drivers, Our People, Operations and Technology. The strategic vision is underpinned by core values of service, integrity, courage, leadership, collaboration and respect.

Grant has also driven significant cultural reform regarding gender equity and the elimination of discrimination and sexual harassment, ensuring SAPOL is an employer of choice for men and women and all staff are respected, valued and safe at work.

As a community leader, Grant is a volunteer for St. Vincent de Paul and patron of South Australia Police Legacy and the South Australia Police Historical Society. Grant is also heavily involved in supporting cancer research, prevention and treatment, including having co-founded the charity ‘Ride Like Crazy Inc.’ an annual cycling event which raised over $1.5 million.

Married with five children, Grant is a keen amateur cyclist actively involved in his family’s sporting activities as a parent and organiser.

Cathy Taylor
Chief Executive,
Department for Child Protection

Cathy commenced as Chief Executive to lead the new Department for Child Protection (DCP) in South Australia in October 2016.

Cathy joined the department from Queensland where she was Deputy DirectorGeneral, Child Family and Community Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services from 2013 to 2016.

Cathy brings more than 15 years’ experience as a senior public servant in Queensland working in and across strategic policy, legislative reform, planning and service delivery roles in the areas of child protection, youth justice, disability services and domestic violence.
Cathy has undergraduate qualifications in law and postgraduate qualifications in law and public administration including an Executive Masters of Public Administration (EMPA), ANZSOG. 
She has previously been a Director of ANROWS - Australia’s National Research Organisation on Women’s Safety and is currently Chair, National Forum for Protecting Australia’s Children. 
In 2018 Cathy was appointed to the ANZSOG Alumni Advisory Council.