Ruth Fenwick

Ruth Fenwick is the Assistant Director-General for Corporate Services at the National Archives of Australia. She is the Chief Security Officer and Chief Risk Officer. Her areas of responsibility include:

  • Corporate governance and risk – leading activities that enable efficient, effective and ethical corporate governance, sound corporate and strategic business planning, reporting and policy development
  • Finance and procurement – providing high-quality, timely and accurate financial and procurement advice and services to the National Archives, as well as whole-of-government reporting requirements
  • People management and development – providing customer-focused, relevant, accurate and timely HR services to the business
  • Property and security - managing and servicing of the National Archives property portfolio; security; business continuity; and general corporate services and supplies

Prior to joining the National Archives, Ruth was a Senior Executive Service (SES) with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), leading the Parliamentary, Ministerial and FOI Branch. During this time she managed the agency’s caretaker arrangements, briefings for two incoming ministers, the agency’s submissions to joint standing committees and parliamentary inquiries, and preparations for Senate estimates.

Ruth has also worked in a variety of functions at the Department of Social Services, Australian Public Service Commission and the Human Services Portfolio. She has a strong background in project management, service delivery reform and governance.

Her broad background enables her to bring a fresh perspective to corporate service functions to support the National Archives in overseeing the efficient, effective and ethical management of its resources in accordance with whole-of-government legislative and policy frameworks.

Ruth is a strong believer in developing people to take responsibility and ownership of their work and career and supporting them to exceed their expectations.