Deidre has worked in frontline roles in child protection and juvenile justice, managed regional operations across human services and lead statewide reform initiatives for the Queensland and New South Wales Governments. Since 2004, she has held numerous executive roles responsible for statutory child protection, juvenile justice, housing, homelessness and domestic and family violence.
Deidre is currently Deputy Secretary Commissioning for the human service government agency, Family and Community Services in New South Wales. In this role, Deidre is responsible for ensuring that client outcomes and the use of robust evidence and data drives the decisions about how services are delivered, monitored and improved.
Deidre has provided evidence at several Commission of Inquiries, including the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. She has demonstrated her strengths in policy development and delivery implementation through her leadership of the New South Wales Premier’s Priorities, Protecting Our Kids and Reducing Youth Homelessness.
She has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Queensland, post-graduate management qualifications from the Queensland University of Technology and Government Executive training at the Harvard Kennedy Business School.
As an inaugural participant in the NSW Public Service Commission’s Leadership Academy, Deidre has been recognised as an outstanding public sector leader.