Meg Brighton, Deputy Secretary Schools Group
Meg Brighton commenced as Deputy Secretary, Schools with the Department of Education in March 2023.
Prior to joining the Department, Meg was the inaugural Head of the Parliamentary Workplace Support Service (PWSS) – an independent and confidential function that was established in response to high profile, complex and highly sensitive issues in Australia’s Parliament House. The function is focused on strengthening the workplace culture in Commonwealth Parliamentary workplaces.
Meg has also held a number of senior roles in the ACT Government. As the Deputy Director-General in ACT Health she had a senior role in the ACT Government’s COVID response as well as being responsible for leading strategic policy, health funding reform, system planning and jurisdiction-wide approaches to clinical leadership, education and health research.
Prior to this, as Deputy Director-General and Acting Director-General of the ACT Education Directorate, Meg was responsible for strategic policy and service delivery reform, education programs, school funding and the operations of all the ACT’s public schools.
Meg has more than 20 years’ experience across economic and social policy portfolios, regulation, corporate services and service delivery in the ACT, NSW and Canadian public sectors. She has also held a number of non-executive director roles in the non-government sector and has served on the Boards of ACARA and the ACT Teacher Quality Institute.
Meg holds a Master of Commerce (major in Law) and a Bachelor of Arts (major in Public Relations).