Professional headshot of Brigid Monagle, Commissioner

Brigid Monagle


The Victorian Public Sector Commissioner is responsible for driving excellence, professionalism, and integrity in the sector.  

Brigid Monagle was appointed as Commissioner in February 2023.  

She is a senior public servant who previously acted as Secretary for the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH).   

Prior to that Brigid was the Associate Secretary at DFFH and before that she also held several Deputy Secretary roles in that department. 

In the second half of 2020, Brigid was seconded to the then-Department of Health and Human Services to serve as Deputy Secretary, Public Health Policy and Strategy during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In 2018, Brigid established and led the Fairer Victoria Division as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC). 

Brigid was also 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. 

Before that, Brigid worked at The Treasury in New Zealand for several years. 

Brigid is committed to supporting Victorian public sector employees to continue to meet the high standards that the community rightly expects of the sector.   

She holds a Master of Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from 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.