Office of the Deputy Secretary

The office of the Deputy Secretary is responsible for leadership and co-ordination across External Affairs and Regulation. The office provides strategic advice and support to the Deputy Secretary and to the leadership team, manages high-level and cross-divisional projects, undertakes close liaison with the Ministers’ offices, and ensures that the division’s accountabilities are effectively managed and co-ordinated.

The office has a staff complement of six, and is led by a Director.

Leslie Loble(External Affairs & Regulation)

Leslie Loble is Deputy Secretary External Affairs and Regulation, and leads cross-sectoral, state-wide and national developments in education, spanning early childhood education, schooling and higher education. She shapes State policy and leads negotiations with the Commonwealth over education policy and funding, including agreements worth more than $10 billion over four years to New South Wales. She led the NSW development of the Gonski school funding reforms, the introduction of new State funding arrangements for early childhood education and the development of the Smart and Skilled reforms of the NSW training system. She is a member of 10 major boards and committees and chairs the National Schooling Policy Group on behalf of the Education Ministers and CEOs. Prior to joining the Department of Education and Communities Executive, Leslie was appointed by President Bill Clinton to several key roles including as Chief of Staff to Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich, and to senior executive positions in the U.S. Department of Labor. Leslie has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.