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Photograph of Darren Foster Director General 
Mr Darren Foster

Darren Foster was appointed Director General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in July 2017 bringing to the role more than 30 years’ public service experience gained at all levels of government, overseeing a broad range of legislative, policy and cultural reforms.

Encouraging transparency reforms, simplified policies and approvals processes, and driving cultural change have been common areas of focus throughout Darren’s career across portfolios as diverse as Treasury, Energy, Racing and Gaming, Regional Development, Arts, Employment and Training, Health and Education. Darren has held senior roles at the Department of Fisheries, Office of the Environmental Protection Authority and National Native Title Tribunal.

Darren has served on numerous boards and committees, including WA’s 175th Anniversary Steering Committee, State’s Overseas Relations Committee (Sister-State relationships) and Curtin University Governing Council. Darren holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Cultural Studies) and a Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (History), and is an alumnus of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government Executive Fellows Program. Darren is the first Western Australian to receive the prestigious Sir James Wolfensohn Scholarship at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Photograph of Emily RoperDeputy Director General Policy and Reform
Ms Emily Roper

Emily is the Deputy Director General of the Policy and Reform Division.
Emily has worked for the Commonwealth and WA public sector in a number of leadership change management, capability development and engagement roles in Australia and overseas.  Before being appointed to Deputy Director General, Emily led the Public Sector Reform Unit which is responsible for coordinating and supporting wide-ranging reform of the Western Australian public sector. 

Other roles in the WA Public Sector have included Deputy Commissioner Operational Services and leading the Intelligence Services Directorate at the Department of Justice.  In the Commonwealth public sector Emily held a range of strategic leadership, operational and liaison engagement roles, leading a number of projects to review and redesign core and specialist capabilities, and oversaw their implementation.  

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A/Deputy Director General  Infrastructure and Major Projects
Ms Stephanie Black

Stephanie Black has worked in the WA public sector for more than 10 years. In addition to working in a number of agencies, Stephanie led the ICT commissioning program for Fiona Stanley Hospital, the program to decommission Shared Services, and the Secretariat for the Special Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects. Stephanie has been the Executive Director, Government Procurement at the Department of Finance since 2015 and is on secondment to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Prior to joining the public sector, Stephanie worked in the financial sector. Stephanie is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has post graduate qualifications in corporate governance and finance. 

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Executive Director State Services
Mr Robert Kennedy

Robert Kennedy has worked in public sector agencies for over 20 years in both the Western Australian and Commonwealth governments. Most of this time has been in central agencies in policy and administration roles. He joined the Department in 2003 and has worked in State Administration, Office of the Director General and Strategic Project roles.  Robert was appointed Executive Director in 2016 and is responsible for the Department’s State Services area comprising Corporate Services, Executive Services and Cabinet Services.  Robert is one of the State’s representatives on the Order of Australia Council, Australian Bravery Decorations Council and the Australia New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee.



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Government Chief Information Officer
Mr Greg Italiano

Greg Italiano was appointed to the role of Government Chief Information Officer in December 2018. Prior to taking up the appointment, he was the Executive Director of Corporate Services at the Department of Justice. Greg has more than 15 years of public sector experience and has worked in several senior executive roles with the WA Police and the Departments of Health, Justice and Treasury. He has planned and delivered on a range of reforms, including those for which ICT was a key enabling component. Greg has a Bachelor of Business and a BA Hons in Politics and Government, and is an alumnus of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government Executive Fellows Program.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.