The Department of the Premier and Cabinet has a diverse range of business units that directly service the government and the community.

Our Executive Committee is comprised of members from across each of our business units. The Committee meets on monthly basis to consider all strategic and operational matters that affect the department and services to the Premier and Ministers.

Executive Committee Members

Dr Don Russell

Dr Don Russell
Chief Executive

As leader of the Public Sector, the Chief Executive supports the Premier and Ministers to deliver the Government’s vision for South Australia as a place where people and business thrive.

Dr Don Russell was appointed as Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet on 6 February 2017.

Tahnya Donaghy

Tahnya Donaghy
Deputy Chief Executive
Premier’s Policy and Strategy Group

The Premier’s Policy and Strategy Group’s has four business divisions including Cabinet Office, Economic, Office for ICT and Digital Transformation.

The group’s key responsibilities include provision of domestic policy, implementation of government commitments and economic policy, and transformation and implementation of the government’s digital agenda.

A Data Analytics Unit is currently being established to support policy decisions and implementation with evidence based data.

Phil McMahon

Phil McMahon
Chief Operating Officer

The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the monitoring and supporting an efficient operating model for the department. The COO has an across the department role to ensure appropriate business planning is undertaken such that targets can be met and organisational change is appropriately resourced and monitored.

Phil’s areas of responsibilities include Corporate Finance, People and Culture, Risk and Audit, along with responsibility for driving transformative change across the department through the Modern Workplace and Project Management offices.

Ruth Ambler

Ruth Ambler
Executive Director
Cabinet Office

Cabinet Office supports the Premier and Cabinet by leading and supporting key policy projects and cross-agency initiatives.  It also provides the Cabinet secretariat and advises Cabinet on policy matters.

It monitors election commitments and achievements under South Australia’s Strategic Plan.  Cabinet Office also provides strategic advice on security and emergency management and runs the State Crisis Centre during an emergency.

Adam Kilvert

Adam Kilvert
Executive Director
International Business and Government Relations


Intergovernmental Relations provides strategic advice and support to the Premier and Chief Executive on national policy issues, including those considered at Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meetings.  The team works with colleagues across government to pursue South Australia’s economic, social and environmental policy interests and to negotiate the best possible outcomes for the state.

International and Commercial co-ordinates the government's international engagement activities, including inbound and outbound missions as well as planning and executing the Premier's own activities.  The team also provide analysis and advice in relation to the commercial opportunities that arise out of these and other engagements.

Carolyn Lee

Carolyn Lee
Director
Office of the Chief Executive

The Director, Office of the Chief Executive is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the Office of the Chief Executive.

The Director is also responsible for Electorate Services and Executive Services.

Anthony Mackay

Anthony Mackay
Executive Director
Shared Services SA

Shared Services SA leads the delivery of shared corporate and business services (Payroll, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Financial Services) for South Australian Government departments.

Shared Services SA’s purpose is to deliver a great service to our customers and value to the Government of South Australia.

Rik Morris

Rik Morris
Executive Director
Government Communications and Engagement

Recognising the importance of communicating and engaging effectively with South Australians and other key stakeholders, the Government Communications and Engagement team plays an across-government role in developing new programs and providing advice on best practice for communications and engagement activities.

The team also provides corporate and internal communications services to the department.

Sinead O'Brian

Sinead O’Brien
Executive Director
Office for ICT and Digital Transformation

The Office for ICT and Digital Transformation oversees the implementation of a more contemporary ICT and digital platform that will drive digital transformation, modernise the public sector, harmonise technologies and change the way we do business to make government services more efficient, effective and accessible to all South Australians.

ICT and Digital Transformation initiatives are expected to improve the government’s current ICT service delivery, drive economic development and deliver improved value for money.

Ainslie OConner

Ainslie O'Connor
Director Strategic Advice
Office of the Chief Executive


Strategic Advice drives whole-of-government initiatives and collaboration across key priorities, including Aboriginal affairs.

Ainslie also provides strategic policy advice to the Chief Executive, Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Erma Ranieri

Erma Ranieri
Commissioner for Public Sector Employment


The Commissioner holds a statutory role under the Public Sector Act 2009. The Act outlines a number of principles and guidelines to improve and uphold public sector performance, and it is the Commissioner’s role to bring these to life across government.

Erma oversees the Office for the Public Sector and is responsible for a number of sector-wide reform programs to increase productivity, cut red tape and deliver on government priorities.

Jason Schell
Chief Procurement Officer

Steve Woolhouse

Steven Woolhouse
Chief Financial Officer

The Chief Finance Officer provides financial management, budget monitoring and advisory services to the department.

Steven works with the Executive Committee to ensure the planning and delivery of the department’s overall business results are aligned with strategic objectives and savings targets.