Cassandra Meagher

Executive Director, Policy, Regulation and Engagement / Service Victoria

As an experienced leader, Cassandra translates ideas into strategies and delivers them. She is currently Executive Director, Policy and Regulation at Service Victoria, in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet leading the creation of Victoria’s identity policy and regulatory framework.

Cassandra grew her career in the early 90’s as an economist with the Productivity Commission learning the fundamentals of public policy and regulatory reform, applying them in practice to the restructuring of railways in New South Wales and Britain. She then leveraged this understanding to work in the Financial Sector as stock brokers advising Australian and International institutions on the rationale for investing in transport, mining services and commercial service firms. Since 2011 she has worked in the Victorian public sector, including leading the Victorian Biosecurity Regulator and being on six statutory committees and representing the Victoria on the National Biosecurity Committee. Some of her achievements in this role included leading the policy and regulatory work underpinning the Victorian Government decision to implement Electronic Sheep Identification, as well as the development of a series of actions plans including the Victorian Wild Dog Action Plan, the Fruit Fly Action Plan and the draft Animal Welfare Action Plan.

Cassandra has a Masters in Commerce majoring in Economics from the University of Melbourne and an honours degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics for La Trobe University. She has post graduate qualifications in project management and applied finance. She has studied utility regulation in the United Kingdom and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Women on Boards. Cassandra is a member of the advisory group for the ANZSOG/national regulators community of practice and is the founder of MS Angels Melbourne (raising money for a cure for MS) and manages two under 9s soccer teams.

Cassandra’s experience with innovation:

Cassandra drives reform and innovation seeking to improve service offerings, value for money, the operation of the public sector and the experience of the public sector for stakeholders and the public.  Highly skilled in leading teams, solving problems and building team capability, Cassandra believes that collaborative team working that enables team members the opportunity to learn from each other delivers great results and the best environment for people to thrive in.