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Biography of Secretary, Kathryn Campbell AO CSC

Kathryn Campbell AO CSC joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Secretary in July 2021. Most recently, she was Secretary of the Department of Social Services from September 2017 to July 2021 and before that Secretary of the Department of Human Services from 2011 to 2017.

Ms Campbell has worked at senior levels across the Australian Public Service, including Deputy Secretary positions at the Department of Finance and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 2005 to 2011. She was also an Army Reserve Officer from 1989 to July 2021.

Ms Campbell was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2010 for her service as Commanding Officer of the Sydney University Regiment of the Army Reserves and was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2019 for her services to public administration and the Australian Army Reserve.

Ms Campbell is a Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Applied Mathematics), a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Information Science. She has also completed the Royal Australian Air Force Command and Staff College course and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

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