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

Our business units are led by dedicated professionals, who are committed to delivering the best value for the state. Meet our most senior executives.

Dr Don Russell
Chief Executive

Dr Don Russell

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

Dr Tahnya Donaghy
Deputy Chief Executive

Dr Tahnya Donaghy

As Deputy Chief Executive, Dr Tahnya Donaghy leads a group of divisions which cover responsibilities for the Cabinet and policy advice, the Early Intervention Research Directorate, the Office for Data Analytics, International and Intergovernmental Relations, and ICT and Digital Government.

Dr Donaghy pioneered the legislation of the new Public Sector (Data Sharing) Act 2016 to improve information sharing across government and Evidence Based Decision-Making in South Australia. She also established the Early Intervention Research Directorate within the department, as part of the Government’s response to the Royal Commission into the Child Protection System.

Dr Paul Heithersay
Deputy Chief Executive

Dr Paul Heithersay

As Deputy Chief Executive, Dr Heithersay leads a group of divisions which cover responsibilities for managing the state's mineral, gas, petroleum, energy, and investment sectors on behalf of the people of South Australia.

Dr Heithersay also heads the Resources Infrastructure and Investment Task Force, a specialist team that works to secure investment in state significant projects involving mineral resources and downstream processing.

Jason Schell
Chief Operating Officer

Jason Schell

As Chief Operating Officer, Jason Schell is responsible for supporting an efficient operating model for the department, to ensure targets can be met and organisational change is appropriately resourced and monitored. Areas of responsibility include Corporate Finance, People and Culture, Risk and Audit and Shared Services SA, along with driving transformative change across the department through the Modern Workplace and Project Management offices.

Mr Schell is additionally the department’s Chief Procurement Officer and has responsibility for whole of government procurement.