Donna Rygate is the Chief Executive of Local Government NSW which is the peak industry association representing the interests of all 152 NSW general purpose councils, associate members and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. We have a fascinating conversation about her career journey within the Public Sector, the challenges and rewards of working in this sector, providing an important service to the community.
Donna previously held senior roles in policy, communications, governance and operations in the NSW public sector.
Prior to Local Government NSW, Donna was Chief Executive of the NSW Office of Communities, the umbrella organisation for functions including: Sport & Recreation, Venues NSW, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Penrith Lakes, Youth, Veterans’ Affairs, Volunteering, the Commission for Children & Young People, the Children’s Guardian and Aboriginal Affairs.
At the NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure, Donna headed Corporate Governance and Policy. Prior to that, she was Deputy Director-General, Strategy, Communication and Governance at the NSW Department of Community Services.
Donna's broad experience has also included roles in central agencies, transport, conservation and environment protection.
On a personal note, Donna also runs a farming and grazing property in Central Western NSW.