Adam Fennessy PSM

Commissioner

Adam Fennessy PSM
Adam Fennessy PSM is the Victorian Public Sector Commissioner. Adam has over 20 years of public sector experience at state and federal levels, including four years as Secretary of the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning and prior to that the Department of Environment & Primary Industries. Adam has worked in the private sector as a partner with advisory firm Ernst & Young. Adam has served on several boards including the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) (Victoria), Infrastructure Victoria, Monash Sustainable Development Institute and Women & Leadership Australia.

Adam is an IPAA national fellow and a member of the Champions of Change Coalition. In 2018, he received a Public Service Medal (PSM) for leadership in the Victorian public sector.


Ella McPherson

Deputy Commissioner

Ella McPherson
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.