Penny Gregory

Penny Gregory

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Penny brings over 30 years’ experience in government in Australia, including as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Department of Health and Community Services and the CEO of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. She has a deep and practical understanding of the health system, its policy levers and the practical realities of managing change. She also brings a detailed understanding of government policy and budget parameters; having worked in the Australian Department of Finance, ACT Treasury and ACT chief minister’s office.

Influential work

  • Led a review of Australian Government investment in the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and the state and territory peak Aboriginal community controlled health bodies
  • Assisted two separate consortia involving six Queensland hospital and health services to successfully tender to become primary health networks
  • Provided assistance to Leading Age Services Australia to merge the six separate organisations into a single national entity
  • Partnered with Our Watch to develop and implement its first five-year strategic and business plans
  • Led two separate evaluations of a Department of Veterans’ Affairs post-hospital stabilisation program.

Outside of Nous

Before joining Nous in 2012 Penny was the CEO of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, an agency within the Australian health portfolio. She chaired the ACT’s Children and Young Person’s Death Review Committee for three years and has been a long-term director on the board of Northside Community Services in Canberra.

Penny maintains strong connections with New Zealand, where she grew up. She has an Honours degree in New Zealand history from Massey University and a PhD in Tongan history from the Australian National University.

In his spare time...

Penny is a keen bush walker (a tramper in New Zealand terms) and finds time to walk in many and varied places.