Assistant Director-General, Corporate Services
Cheryl Watson joined the National Archives in March 2008 as the Assistant Director-General, Corporate Services.
Cheryl has enjoyed a diverse and challenging 26 years in the Australian Public Service. She started in 1985 in the Department of Administrative Services and worked in a range of agencies, including the Australian Taxation Office, IP Australia, and the Department of Communications and Transport. In 1994 Cheryl moved to the Department of Communications which later became the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
Cheryl has worked in human resource management in all of these agencies. At the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy she also worked in the Arts division, on the Return of Indigenous Cultural Property program, the Register of Cultural Organisations, the Cultural Gifts program and the Federation Fund. She also spent short periods as a Departmental Liaison Officer. In her last year in the Arts division, she worked to the Deputy Secretary of Arts, coordinating the division, managing its budget and overseeing the Cultural Ministers Council.
Returning then to a corporate role, Cheryl led the governance area, overseeing the department’s risk, fraud, audit, and compliance activities, including corporate planning and the annual report. In her last position before joining the National Archives, Cheryl was General Manager, Human Resources and Communications, responsible for corporate communications, human resources and cross-portfolio policy coordination.