Professional headshot of Commissioner Brigid Monagle in the Treasury Gardens

Brigid Monagle


Brigid Monagle is the Commissioner of the Victorian Public Sector Commission. She was appointed as Victorian Public Sector Commissioner in February 2023.

Before being appointed Commissioner, Brigid acted as Secretary for the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) and before that was the department’s Associate Secretary. Before these roles, Brigid held various Deputy Secretary roles in DFFH from its formation in February 2021. These roles including leading the Readiness, Response and Emergency Management Division, which was responsible for working to minimise the impact of emergencies on Victorians, including the COVID-19 health emergency. In the second half of 2020, she was seconded to serve as Deputy Secretary, Public Health Policy and Strategy, within the former Department of Health and Human Services, supporting the emergency response of

In 2018, Brigid stood up and led the Fairer Victoria Division as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC). Fairer Victoria supported the Multicultural Affairs, Equality, Youth, Veterans, Senior Victorians, Women and Prevention of Family Violence portfolios.

Prior to this, Brigid was an Executive Director at DPC, leading advice in the areas of Aboriginal Affairs Policy, including the formation of Treaty Authority legislation and self-determination, health policy and reform, and inter-governmental strategy.

Brigid previous held various roles at DPC and spent some years working at The Treasury in New Zealand.

She holds a Masters of Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.


Professional headshot of Ella McPherson, Deputy Commissioner.

Ella McPherson

Deputy Commissioner

Ella McPherson is the Deputy Commissioner of the Victorian Public Sector Commission. She joined the Commission in November 2021.

Following an early career in journalism and consulting, she has more than 15 years’ experience in the Victorian public service, during which time she has worked across a wide range of portfolios and agencies including: youth affairs; community development; business and innovation; the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission; health and human services; education and infrastructure.

Ella held senior roles in communications, change strategy, executive and ministerial services and knowledge management, before taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Victorian School Building Authority and then COVID-19 Commander for the Department of Education and Training. She has Masters-level qualifications in Communications, Business Administration and Law.