Kathy Leigh is the Director-General of the ACT Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate and Head of the ACT Public Service. She provides high level strategic advice to the ACT Chief Minister and Cabinet and chairs the Strategic Board of Directors-General.
Before taking up her position as ACT Head of Service, Ms Leigh was Director-General of the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate from October 2009. In this role she advised the ACT Attorney-General on a wide range of issues including legal policy, court reform, human rights, corrections, regulatory services and emergency management.
Ms Leigh previously served for a number of years with the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department overseeing policy development and national programs on access to justice, human rights, family law and administrative law.
Earlier in her career, Ms Leigh advised on international and constitutional law and represented Australia in treaty negotiations at the United Nations and other international forums. She also worked at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Ms Leigh has a Bachelor of Arts (Griffith University), Bachelor of Laws (with Honours, from Australian National University), and a Master of International Law (Australian National University).