In August 2014, Sandra assumed the role of Assistant Secretary Cyber Policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet leading cyber security policy development. She was a key architect of Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy and has responsibility for whole-of-government cyber policy coordination and international cyber security strategy.
Prior to this, Sandra led the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency which provides centralised personnel security vetting services for Australian Government agencies and industry partners. She delivered a major organisational transformation agenda within the Agency, including through the delivery of strengthened business governance, change management programs, ICT delivery and people strategies.
Sandra has also led the Department of Defence Security Policy and Plans Branch, with responsibilities for strategic planning for Defence’s future security capability; shaping the security policy agenda; enabling secure ICT services; developing a security governance framework and building partnerships with defence industry on security.
Sandra has spent most of her professional career with the Department of Defence. She began as a graduate and worked in a range of intelligence and security operational, analytic and leadership roles. Sandra also spent a year as the Chief Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Defence.
Sandra is married with a young son, and enjoys cooking, food journalism, fashion, and football, and she also volunteers for her local community.