Our Executive

Department of Employment Executive Officers
Our Executive

Renée Leon PSM


BA/LLB (ANU); LLM (Cambridge)

Renée Leon has been Secretary of the Department of Employment since its formation in September 2013. With over 20 years of public sector experience, Renée was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2013 for outstanding service to public administration and law in leadership roles in the ACT and the Commonwealth. She is qualified in arts and law and holds a Masters in Law from Cambridge University.

Martin Hehir

Deputy Secretary, Employment


Martin oversees the Employment Cluster, which contributes to Outcome 1. Martin brings a wealth of experience from across the ACT and his work as a Deputy Secretary within Australian Government departments since 2012. Martin joined the Department of Employment in August 2014.

Sandra Parker

Deputy Secretary, Workplace Relations and Economic Strategy

BEd (UTas)

Sandra leads the Workplace Relations and Economic Strategy cluster contributing to Outcome 2 and vocational education and training. She began working for the Commonwealth in 1998. Prior to her current role, Sandra was Deputy Secretary at the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations with responsibility for employment services, disability employment and income support policy. 

Jamie Clout

Acting Deputy Secretary Corporate


Jamie was a member of the Executive throughout 2016–17, at first in his capacity as Group Manager Finance, Legal and Governance, and then in his role as Acting Deputy Secretary Corporate since March following the establishment of the position. Jamie has been with the Department since its formation in 2013.

Moya Drayton

Group Manager, People and Communication


Moya was a member of the Department’s Executive from July 2016 to March 2017 in her capacity as Group Manager, People and Communication prior to the establishment of the Deputy Secretary Corporate position. Moya has extensive service delivery experience in Centrelink and DHS, and when she joined the Department held several Band 2 roles including responsibility for the management and performance of the national Employment Services program.