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Roxanne Kelley

Roxanne Kelley

Position: Board Member

Board Member since: 2021

Qualifications: Roxanne has a Bachelor of Speech Therapy (University of Queensland, 1982), an Executive Masters of Public Administration (ANU, 2005) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2016). She was awarded a Public Service Medal in the 2017 Australia Day Honours for her work on reform in the Department of Defence.

Background: Roxanne is a career public servant with over 30 years experience working in State and Commonwealth Governments. She joined the public service because she was focused on delivering value and outcomes for the community.

Roxanne’s first job was as a speech therapist in the Queensland State Government working with people with disabilities. She spent 19 years working in social policy areas with her last role being the Director of the Domestic Violence Prevention Branch. Roxanne says that ‘this was one of the significant points in my career with my last day in the role coinciding with the Queensland Parliament passing legislative amendments we had worked on to protect people in non-spousal relationships from domestic violence.’

Since joining the Commonwealth public service and moving to Canberra in 2003, Roxanne has worked in social policy, national security and central policy agencies with responsibilities covering service delivery, cross-government policy development, regulatory compliance and enforcement, organisational re-design, change management, corporate governance, finance, communications, IT and HR.

Roxanne has been a Deputy Secretary since 2016 leading the People Group in Defence, as Chief Operating Officer in the Departments of Social Services and Human Services and is currently leading the Corporate and Foreign Investment Group in The Treasury. Roxanne is a member of the Audit Committee for two Commonwealth agencies and a Director on the Board of the Australian Business Growth Fund which is a public-private partnership between the Commonwealth Government and six major banks helping small and medium sized businesses to access capital and reach their potential.

Roxanne is married and has two sons. Now that her children are adults, Roxanne wanted to get involved with her community. She particularly wanted to get involved with domestic violence prevention again and feels very privileged to have been elected as a member of the DVCS Board.

Roxanne is passionate about quality service delivery and understands the importance, challenges and opportunities of delivering high quality essential services that make a difference in people’s lives. She is very interested in learning more about the opportunities and challenges involved in community service delivery in Canberra.

Roxanne is very excited to be working with the Board, the CEO and members to ensure the success and sustainability of DVCS.

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