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Find out about the people who lead us in our executive team, including the experience they bring to Health.

Our Secretary

Glenys Beauchamp PSM

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Glenys Beauchamp was appointed Secretary of the Department of Health on 18 September 2017.

Glenys has had an extensive career in the Australian Public Service at senior levels with responsibility for a number of significant government programs covering economic and social policy areas.

She has more than 25 years’ experience in the public sector and began her career as a graduate in the Industry Commission.

Prior to her current role, Glenys was:

  • Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (2013 to 2017)
  • Secretary of the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (2010 to 2013)
  • Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2009 to 2010)
  • Deputy Secretary in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2002 to 2009).

Glenys has held a number of executive positions in the ACT Government including Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services and Deputy CEO, Department of Health. She also held senior positions in housing, energy and utilities functions with the ACT Government.

Glenys was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2010 for coordinating Australian Government support during the 2009 Victorian bushfires. She was also awarded the ANZSOG Institute for Governance Public Service Excellence Award in 2012 for outstanding public sector leadership.

Glenys has an economics degree from the Australian National University and an MBA from the University of Canberra.

Chief Medical Officer

Professor Brendan Murphy

Portrait of Professor Brendan Murphy Chief Medical Officer of Australia

Professor Brendan Murphy is the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government and is the principal medical adviser to the Minister and Health. He also holds direct responsibility for Health’s Office of Health Protection and the Health Workforce Division. In addition to the many committees he chairs, co-chairs and participates in, he is the Australian Member on the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Governing Committee and represents Australia at the World Health Assembly.

Prior to his appointment Brendan was the Chief Executive Officer of Austin Health in Victoria.

Professor Murphy is:

  • a Professorial Associate with the title of Professor at the University of Melbourne
  • an Adjunct Professor at Monash University
  • a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
  • a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians
  • a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He was formerly CMO and director of Nephrology at St Vincent’s Health, and sat on the Boards of Health Workforce Australia, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. He is also a former president of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology.

Deputy Secretary for Health Financing

Penny Shakespeare

Penny Shakespeare

Penny Shakespeare is Deputy Secretary of the Health Financing Group. This includes the Technology Assessment and Access Division, Medical Benefits Division, Provider Benefits Integrity Division.

Since joining Health in 2006, Penny has held a number of senior leadership positions. Most recently Penny was the First Assistant Secretary of the Technology Assessment and Access Division, where she led the division through a period of significant change to further build on the division’s capabilities in Health Technology Assessment.

Penny has also previously led the Health Workforce Division, Health’s Medical Benefits and Private Health Insurance Branches.

Prior to joining Health, Penny was:

  • an industrial relations lawyer in the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations
  • in regulatory policy roles, including as head of the ACT Office of Industrial Relations
  • a member of the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission
  • a member of the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Advisory Council.

Penny has a Bachelor of Laws, a Master’s degree in International Law and is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor.

Deputy Secretary for Health Products Regulation

Adjunct Professor John Skerritt

Adjunct Professor John Skerritt heads the Health Products Regulation Group which works to safeguard and enhance the health of all Australians through effective, timely and risk proportionate regulation of therapeutic goods and control of drug import, export and production.

He was formerly a Deputy Secretary in the Victorian Government and has extensive experience in medical, agricultural and environmental policy, regulation, research management, technology application and commercialisation. John was also previously the Deputy CEO of a Commonwealth Statutory Authority, a Ministerial appointee on the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee and Chair of the Board of a major International technical organisation. During the 1990s he held senior management positions in CSIRO and Cooperative Research Centres.

He has significant experience on Boards of international and national organisations and more than 25 years’ experience in negotiating and leading international technical and commercial collaborations. He is currently Vice-Chair of both the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities and the Scientific Advisory Council of the Centre for Innovation in Regulatory Science.


  • is an Adjunct Full Professor of the Universities of Sydney, Queensland and Canberra
  • has a University Medal and PhD from the University of Sydney
  • is a graduate of the Senior Executive Programs of London Business School and of IMD Business School, Switzerland
  • is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
  • is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia (Vic).

    Deputy Secretary for Population Health, Sport and Aged Care Royal Commission Taskforce

    Dr Lisa Studdert

    Dr Lisa Studdert

    Dr Lisa Studdert is the Deputy Secretary for Population Health, Sport and Aged Care Royal Commission Taskforce.

    Lisa joined Health in June 2013 as a First Assistant Secretary in the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and went on to lead the Population Health and Sport Division. She worked in the office of Minister Greg Hunt, and before that, as Chief of Staff to former Health Minister, Sussan Ley.

    In 2011, Lisa was a member of the senior leadership team at the Australian National Preventative Health Agency and she also has a background working in population and preventive health policy and programs in Australia and internationally.

    Lisa is a PhD graduate of Cornell University.

    Deputy Secretary for Ageing and Aged Care

    Mr Michael Lye

    Mr Michael Lye

    Michael Lye joined the Department of Health in December 2019 as Deputy Secretary responsible for Ageing and Aged Care.

    Prior to joining Health, Michael was the Deputy Secretary responsible for disability and carers policy at the Department of Social Services, where his responsibilities included disability and carers policy and programs, the National Disability Strategy, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Disability Employment Services.

    Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology and a Master of Social Welfare Administration and Planning, both of which are from the University of Queensland.

    Special Advisor

    Dr Margot McCarthy

    Dr Margot McCarthy

    Dr Margot McCarthy joined Health in November 2015 after responsibility for the Ageing and Aged Care portfolio transferred to Health from the Department of Social Services.

    Margot has held a number of senior positions in the Department of Defence, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and the Department of Social Services.

    In February 2013, she was appointed as an Associate Secretary in PM&C, leading the National Security and International Policy Group which provided advice to the Prime Minister, and whole-of-government coordination on national security matters.

    Margot is a graduate of Oxford University (DPhil in English Literature) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc in Management). She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of New England.

    Deputy Secretary for Health Systems Policy and Primary Care Group

    Caroline Edwards

    Potrait of Caroline Edwards

    Caroline Edwards joined Health in November 2017 and is the Deputy Secretary of Health Systems Policy and Primary Care Group. Caroline’s responsibilities include primary care and mental health, health economics and research, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, whole of portfolio strategic policy and long-term health reform. Caroline is also the Chief Allied Health Officer.

    Prior to joining Health, Caroline was Deputy Secretary of the Health and Aged Care Group in the Department of Human Services (DHS) where she delivered programs in the health portfolio including Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Aged Care payments.

    Before her role at DHS in 2016, Caroline’s career was focused on social policy, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, including 10 years in the Northern Territory where she worked:

    • for Aboriginal Legal Aid
    • as a Judicial Registrar in the Northern Territory Magistrates Court
    • in the Federal Court where she mediated and case-managed native title and other cases as judge’s delegate.

    She has also worked as Chief Advisor in the Corporate and International Tax Division of the Department of Treasury with responsibility for local and international messaging on corporate tax avoidance issues including at forums for both the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

    Caroline is committed to developing leadership within the Australian Public Service as well as fostering diversity and innovation. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Laws with first class Honours from Monash University.

    Chief Operating Officer

    Matt Yannopoulos PSM

    Photo of Matt Yannopoulos

    Matt Yannopoulos took up the role of Chief Operating Office on 9 July 2018. In this position he is responsible for Health’s corporate and enabling areas including finance, legal, corporate services, Health’s state network, human resources, communications and information technology.

    Prior to this, Matt was the Senior Responsible Officer for the Child Care Reform Implementation at the Department of Education. In this role has was responsible for the leadership and direction for the Program of Child Care Reform Implementation including the build of the new IT system supporting the child care reforms across the Departments of Education, Human Services and Social Services.

    Matt has held previous government positions including First Assistant Secretary, Portfolio Investment Division and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Health as well as other significant roles such as Portfolio CIO of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and as the Department of Defence's first Chief Technology Officer.

    Matt has an accounting and information technology background and is an accredited CPA.

    Last updated: 
    2 December 2019

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