Cate Saunders was appointed DPS Deputy Secretary in February 2020. In this role Cate is responsible for corporate services, parliament engagement, communications, events, catering and visitor services.
Cate is also responsible for the provision of security services for Australian Parliament House as well as delivering the capital works and maintenance programs for the building. She is also the DPS Chief Operating Officer.
An experienced public servant, Cate commenced her APS career in 2000 and since then has worked across a range of Commonwealth agencies delivering corporate enabling services, primarily in finance and human resources.
Cate was head of the People and Culture Branch at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority before her appointment to DPS.
She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors.