Prof. Peter Shergold AC

Deputy Chair

Professor Peter Shergold AC has a distinguished academic and public service career that spans over three decades.

As the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2003-2008, Professor Shergold was the nation’s most senior public servant. In two decades as a senior public servant, he served four Prime Ministers and eight Ministers in both Labor and Coalition governments.

Professor Shergold has a Bachelor of Arts (First Class) from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, a Master of Arts in History from the University of Illinois and a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics. In 2005, Professor Shergold was elected a Fellow of The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Professor Shergold serves on the Boards of AMP and Corrs Chambers Westgarth. In the not-for-profit arena, he is on the Boards of the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence and the General Sir John Monash Foundation. He also Chairs the Board of the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. He has headed the Ministerial Expert Group on Gambling.

Most recently New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell has appointed Professor Shergold to be Chair of a new NSW Public Service Board. In January 2011, Professor Shergold was elected Chancellor of Western Sydney University.