Our leadership team

Simon Smith, Secretary, NSW Department of Industry 

Simon Smith was appointed to the position of Secretary in July 2015 by the Premier.

Prior to this appointment he was Chief Executive at the Office of Finance and Services and before that, Deputy Secretary at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Simon trained as an economist and first joined the NSW Public Sector in 1994. His public sector roles have focused on the nexus between the economy and the environment, including roles in regulation, policy development and program delivery.

He is passionate about the contribution that the public sector can make to building prosperity for the whole community.

Zoe de Saram, Deputy Secretary, Skills & Economic Development

Zoe de Saram PSM was appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary, Skills and Economic Development, in the NSW Department of Industry, in July 2017.

She is a seasoned leader and policy maker, having operated in a number of different executive roles in the NSW Public Sector, as well as in a NSW Minister’s office.  She has broad experience in economic, environmental and social policy development, regulation, reform and program delivery, including the delivery of corporate enabling services.

Immediately prior to joining Industry, Zoe was Executive Director, Justice and Community Safety, and Executive Director, Ministerial and Correspondence Services, at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. She was the Executive Director, Policy, Economics and Governance at the Office of Environment and Heritage between 2010 and 2012.

In 2017 Zoe was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding service in the management and delivery of support services to the NSW Ministry and the Office of the Leader of the Opposition.

Zoe trained as an agricultural economist and first joined the NSW Public Sector in 1990. She worked briefly in the finance sector before joining the NSW Public Sector.

Scott Hansen, Director General, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Scott Hansen joined NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) as Director General in March 2014. The NSW Department of Primary Industries is a core division of the state's economic development agency, NSW Department of Industry and includes Agriculture NSW, Fisheries NSW, NSW Office of Water, Metropolitan Water Directorate, NSW Food Authority, Biosecurity NSW, Land and Natural Resources, Game Licensing Unit and Office of Agricultural Sustainability & Food Security.

Before joining the department Scott held senior management positions in both the public and private sectors with a defined interest in the areas of agriculture, innovation and productivity. Immediately prior to joining DPI, Scott was Managing Director of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), responsible for the overall operations of the business and a $170 million industry-funded budget for research and development, and marketing.

Before being appointed Managing Director, Scott held an overseas post with MLA, working in Washington from 2009 - 2011, heading up Australia's beef, lamb and goat marketing efforts in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Scott has also served in leadership roles as the Executive Director of Sheepmeat Council of Australia, Executive Director of Victorian Farmers Federation Pastoral Group, and previously worked with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries. He graduated with a rural science degree from the University of New England.

Paul Newson, Deputy Secretary, Liquor & Gaming NSW and Office of Racing

Paul Newson commenced in the Deputy Secretary, Liquor, Gaming & Emergency Management role in September 2016. Paul brings an extensive range and depth of regulatory knowledge and experience from leadership roles across a number of state and federal organisations.

Paul’s experience in law enforcement, defence and regulatory practice includes commercial assurance activity in the import/export environment, interdiction of criminality in the border environment, educating and strengthening business resilience, and in response to anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing risks, consumer protection enforcement and energy market compliance. Prior to his secondment as interim Chief Executive of Greyhound Racing NSW in February 2015, Paul was the Executive Director of the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.

Paul has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Directors Course and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics), a Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Legal Studies, and a Master of Law & Management.

Paul is a Trustee of the Responsible Gambling Fund and has recently taken up an appointment as a Trustee of the International Association of Gaming Regulators.

Shaun Smith, Deputy Secretary, Corporate Service Partners

Shaun was appointed as Deputy Secretary, Corporate Service Partners in October 2017. Shaun joins the Department of Industry from the Department of Finance Services and Innovation (DFSI), where most recently he has been responsible for setting up the Strategic Programs and Performance Management Office reporting to the Secretary.

Shaun brings prior experience in large commercial roles within property, engineering and construction before joining NSW State Government where his career included roles as Director, Executive Director and Managing Director for Department of Premier and Cabinet and DFSI.

Shaun established the NSW Telco Authority and has previous experience acting as Deputy Secretary for DFSI across the Government Services division. He has been instrumental in establishing the customer service council for NSW Government and at DFSI as the Executive Sponsor for Premier’s Priority 12 - Improving customer satisfaction with Government Services. He is also the chair of NSW Government Community of Change professionals and brings strong leadership, operations and customer focus skills to the department.

Liz Livingstone, Deputy Secretary, Lands and Water

Information to come.

Steven Blaney, Executive Director, Communication & Engagement

Steven Blaney joined DRE and Industry as an Executive Director in Communication in September 2015 and was appointed the Executive Director and Head of Communication and Engagement for Industry in February 2016.

Prior to joining Industry Steven had been Head of Corporate Affairs for an Australian mining company. Before this Steven had spent the previous 15 years working in leadership and regional management roles in Sydney, London, Amsterdam and Hong Kong with the Royal Bank of Scotland, ABN AMRO and Citi.

Steven brings a wealth of communication and marketing experience to the NSW public sector.

Michelle Sloane, Executive Director, Strategy, Office of the Secretary

Michelle Sloane is the Executive Director, Strategy, Office of the Secretary, appointed in August 2017. She is responsible for driving cohesive Departmental strategy and associated organisation reforms that support the delivery of the government's agenda. In addition, Michelle manages the Office of the Secretary, the central management unit of the Department of Industry which provides support services to the Secretary, including strategic advice and management of information flows from the department’s divisions. Prior to this role, Michelle was Director, Corporate Affairs with Local Land Services.

Before joining the Department of Industry, Michelle was the Executive Director of The Baird Institute, a cardio-thoracic surgical research and training organisation. Michelle's background is psychology, human resources and organisational change management, working for many years in senior executive positions across a variety of industries including finance, IT and FMCG. Over 20 years ago, Michelle established her own management consulting practice, a business her husband now leads. During this time she worked on a number of AusAid contracts in China as well as a range of global and regional change management engagements.

In 2012, Michelle was elected a Councillor for the City of Willoughby in Sydney, during which time she held the position of Deputy Mayor.

Michelle is an experienced leader and manager with a diversity of experience gained across both the public and private sectors.