The Department of the Premier and Cabinet has a diverse range of business units that directly service the government and the community.

Our business units are led by dedicated professionals, who are committed to delivering the best value for the state. Meet our most senior executives.

Dr Don Russell
Chief Executive

Dr Don Russell

As leader of the Public Sector, the Chief Executive supports the Premier and Ministers to deliver the Government’s vision for South Australia as a place where people and business thrive.

Dr Russell was appointed as Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet on 6 February 2017.

Dr Tahnya Donaghy
Deputy Chief Executive

Dr Tahnya Donaghy

As Deputy Chief Executive, Dr Donaghy leads a group of divisions which cover responsibilities for Cabinet and policy advice, the Government’s economic priorities, the Office for Data Analytics, the Early Intervention Research Directorate, International Business and Government Relations, Service SA, ICT and Digital Transformation, and whole of government Procurement.

The two main functions of the division encompass whole of government policy advice and coordination, and across government reforms. Policy advice encompasses a broad range of social, economic, domestic, national and international affairs. Key reform areas are being led in procurement, data and its role in evidenced-based decision making, and in the areas covered by the Office for Customer, Digital and ICT Transformation.

Dr Paul Heithersay
Deputy Chief Executive

Dr Paul Heithersay

As Deputy Chief Executive, Dr Heithersay leads a group of divisions which cover responsibilities for managing the state's mineral, gas, petroleum, energy, and investment sectors on behalf of the people of South Australia.

Dr Heithersay also heads the Resources Infrastructure and Investment Task Force, a specialist team that works to secure investment in state significant projects involving mineral resources and downstream processing.