ATO Executive Committee

The ATO Executive Committee sets the strategic direction and monitors delivery of our commitments to government and the community.

Sue Sinclair
Geoff Leeper PSM
Jacqui Curtis
Andrew Mills
Chris Jordan AO
Neil Olesen
Ramez Katf
Frances Cawthra
Brad Chapman

Commissioner of Taxation

Chris Jordan AO

Chris Jordan AO was appointed as the 12th Commissioner of Taxation on 1 January 2013.

Chris has broad and lengthy experience in tax policy and law development and implementation, having held influential roles in the private sector and as a government adviser to both Labor and Coalition governments.

He was the Chair of the Board of Taxation from June 2011 to December 2012 and a member of the Board since its inception in 2000. He also served as Chair of the Business Tax Working Group (2011–12) and Chair of the New Tax System Advisory Board (1999–2001). He was a member of the group that consulted with the mining industry about the resource rent tax (2011–12).

Chris has more than 35 years of experience in the tax profession; starting his accounting career with the firm Arthur Andersen in 1979, with a few years as a senior lecturer in taxation at Sydney’s University of Technology and then working at KPMG for over 25 years. From 1995 to 2000, he was Partner in Charge of the New South Wales (NSW) Tax and Legal Division of KPMG and from 2001 to 2012 was Chairman of Partners for KPMG NSW.

Chris has a Master of Laws (Sydney University), a Bachelor of Commerce (University of NSW), and a Bachelor of Laws (University of NSW). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Chartered Tax Adviser with The Tax Institute.

Chris’s term as Commissioner of Taxation and Registrar of the Australian Business Register runs until 31 December 2019.

 

Second Commissioners

Neil Olesen

Neil Olesen was appointed Second Commissioner on 1 July 2013.

Neil has overall responsibility for the ATO’s Client Engagement Group. He also chairs the ATO’s Audit and Risk Committee. In Neil's previous role he had responsibility for the ATO’s law practice.

Neil has more than 30 years of experience in tax and superannuation administration, including designing and implementing new tax laws, helping to ensure compliance with existing laws and leading major change initiatives.

Neil commenced his career as a graduate in the ATO’s Adelaide office before moving to Canberra. His early roles focused on matters arising from the tax avoidance era of the 1970s and 80s, including developing processes and structures to help with early identification of new schemes, before working on changes associated with the introduction of a system of self-assessment for income tax.

A two-year stint working in a minister's office in the 1990s was followed by roles designing new tax and superannuation laws to give effect to government policy, such as the Medicare levy surcharge, the private health insurance rebate, the gun levy, family tax benefits and the superannuation ‘choice of fund’ proposal. Subsequent work focused on improving the integration of the policy, legislative and administrative elements of the tax design process, following on from recommendations made by the Ralph Business Tax Review.

Over the past decade, Neil’s roles have focused on corporate governance, stakeholder relations, and compliance. For the five years prior to being appointed Second Commissioner, Neil was Deputy Commissioner Superannuation.

Neil holds a Bachelor in Accounting and a Graduate Diploma in Taxation Law.

Neil’s term as Second Commissioner runs until 30 June 2020.

 

Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills was appointed Second Commissioner on 12 December 2013.

Andrew has overall responsibility for the ATO’s law practice, including law interpretation, dispute resolution and the ATO’s role in policy and law design.

Andrew has more than 30 years of experience in taxation, including periods in the ATO, commerce and the tax profession.

Andrew was a Director of the specialist national tax firm Greenwoods & Freehills for more than 20 years and managing director of the firm from 2006 to 2011. He has advised clients from large multinational businesses, small and medium enterprises, as well as super funds, charities and individuals.

Andrew was President of The Tax Institute in 2006 and 2007. He is a former governor of the Taxation Research Foundation and also represented industry bodies across a number of sectors. He was closely involved in the Business Tax Reform process and was a representative on a number of ATO groups, including the National Tax Liaison Group. Andrew was a member of the Board of Taxation Advisory Panel from 2009 and acted as an expert panel member and consultant to a number of reviews.

Andrew lectured in taxation in the Masters of Law course at the University of Sydney and has been a regular speaker at seminars on domestic and international tax issues. He has published papers and articles in various national and international tax journals.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Tax Law. He is a Chartered Tax Adviser (Life) of The Tax Institute, a member of the International Fiscal Association and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrew’s term as Second Commissioner runs until 11 December 2020.

 

Geoff Leeper PSM

Geoff Leeper headed the ATO's Service Delivery and Business Reporting Group which comprises telephony, registrations, processing and debt management functions, with a focus on putting in place contemporary digital services. He also had oversight of the Australian Business Register and Standard Business Reporting.

Geoff graduated from the University of Sydney in 1979 with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours). He joined the Australian Public Service in January 1980 and served in nine different organisations over a 36-year public service career.

Geoff was first appointed to the senior executive service in 1992, and had worked at the Deputy Secretary and equivalent level since 2002. His most recent roles before the ATO included head of the National Disaster Recovery Taskforce in the Department of Regional Australia, the interim Chair and CEO of the Climate Change Regulatory Authority, and Deputy Secretary in the Department of Climate Change, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Geoff's term as Second Commissioner ran from 13 September 2012 to 3 August 2016.

 

Senior executives

Two new senior executive roles

Two senior executive positions were created to give greater strategic oversight of the ATO's information technology and corporate areas.

The Chief Information Officer role drives the implementation and promotion of a services engagement model involving change in practices, approach and culture. Strategic focus areas include end-to-end digital service delivery and working environment, insight and intelligence, and anticipating and responding to the expectations of business and community.

The Chief Operating Officer ensures our corporate positioning, governance, stakeholder management, whole-of-government representation, emerging shared service provider requirements, culture, people and resource management are consistent and aligned.

 

Chief Information Officer

Ramez Katf

Ramez Katf was appointed Chief Information Officer of the ATO in November 2015. As CIO, he has responsibility for the ATO’s Enterprise Solutions and Technology Group.

Ramez provides leadership and strategic direction on technology in the ATO and ensures the delivery of technology services to support our staff. He also ensures we are taking advantage of the most innovative trends in technology to improve the experience of our staff and clients.

Before joining the ATO, Ramez was a managing director at Accenture for more than 29 years, working with government and non-government clients to deliver large-scale transformational change, in particular with innovative, technological business solutions.

His leadership of transformation programs spans Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and China. Previously, Ramez led the transformation programs for the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, New Zealand Customs and the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.

Ramez’s areas of specialisation include management and leadership, strategy, program delivery and technology.

 

Chief Operating Officer

Jacqui Curtis

Jacqui Curtis joined the ATO in September 2013. As Chief Operating Officer, Jacqui leads the ATO’s Corporate and Enabling Services functions.

Her role gives greater strength and integration to our corporate positioning, and ensures we are well positioned for the reforms of corporate and shared services occurring across the Australian Public Service, and that our planning, governance and risk management are strategic and sensible.

Jacqui brings together an integrated picture of ATO people and resource management and ensures we have the right capability and culture to deliver on our strategic intent.

She plays a lead role in managing our relationship with key stakeholders, including our scrutineers.

All of these underpin our ability to deliver a better client and staff experience.

Prior to her current role, Jacqui was Deputy Commissioner ATO People with responsibility to deliver an enterprise-wide human resource management service which supports ATO employees in providing a sustainable, open and accountable workplace. She was also responsible for leading the Reinvention Program Management Office and the change management driving this key reform.

Before joining the ATO, Jacqui held senior positions in the Department of Human Services and the Australian Public Service Commission following extensive private sector experience in Australia and internationally.

Jacqui holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the Australian National University and is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resource Institute.

 

Senior executive advisers

Deputy Commissioner – ATO Corporate

Sue Sinclair

Sue Sinclair joined the ATO in July 2006. She was appointed First Assistant Commissioner ATO Corporate in July 2013, following positions as First Assistant Commissioner Law and Practice and First Assistant Commissioner in Compliance.

As Deputy Commissioner ATO Corporate since July 2015, Sue plays a leadership role in the governance and stewardship of the ATO and works with the Commissioners and senior leaders to build a values-based culture of transparency and accountability.

ATO Corporate is responsible for internal governance, external relations and conformance, general counsel, communications, public affairs, publishing, information management, digital information and records, internal audit, and fraud prevention and internal investigation.

Before joining the ATO, Sue worked in senior positions in the New South Wales public sector. She was appointed to the senior executive service in 1988 and held several senior positions during that time, including roles in corporate services, law, policy development and operations.

Sue holds a Diploma of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney. She also has a Master of Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

 

Chief Finance Officer

Frances Cawthra

Frances Cawthra joined the ATO in August 2005 and was appointed the Chief Finance Officer in 2012. Her portfolio includes the ATO's management and financial accounting functions, procurement and contract management, as well as property and facilities management services.

Frances is a key adviser to the Commissioner and ATO Executive, ensuring organisational strategy is informed from a financial perspective. Frances has been a key change agent, continuing to reduce red tape, proactively engaging and working with colleagues across government to help deliver more effective outcomes for the organisation and managing the progress of the corporatisation of finance services.

ATO Finance ensures the ATO is provided with robust reporting and insightful business intelligence, understands its obligations, and is supported in complying with Commonwealth requirements.

Prior to joining the ATO, Frances held senior roles in the private sector in a range of industries, including retail, energy and financial services.

 

Acting Deputy Commissioner – ATO People

Bradley Chapman

Brad Chapman joined the ATO in February 2000. As acting Deputy Commissioner ATO People, Brad has responsibility for delivering an enterprise-wide human resource management service, which supports ATO employees with a sustainable, open and accountable workplace that balances the need to deliver on today’s priorities while preparing for the future.

Brad previously led the Program Management Office for the ATO’s transformation program, Reinventing the ATO. Brad was responsible for the governance and assurance of the Reinventing the ATO program and was part of the leadership team for the development of the blueprint for the ATO’s future, which was launched in March 2015.

Brad has worked across government agencies to deliver key government priorities designed to reduce red tape, realise efficiencies and improve identity security. He has previously held positions in human resources, governance and finance in the public and private sector and led large operational workforces covering a variety of functions.

Brad holds a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology and is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.