Ms Robyn Kruk AO
FSANZ Board Chair
Robyn Kruk AO graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours). She subsequently completed a Masters of Public Administration
Robyn began her career in the NSW public sector in 1980. In 1994 she was appointed Director-General of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and in 2002 was appointed Director-General of the NSW Department of Health.
At the end of her NSW public sector career she was Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. She left the position in late 2008 and was appointed Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (later Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities) in early 2009. From September 2010, Robyn was suffering from cancer, and had to take extended sick leave from the role.
On her return to work in 2011, following successful cancer treatment, Robyn was appointed CEO and Commissioner and set up the newly created National Mental Health Commission.
Following her retirement from the Commission, she undertook program reviews and was appointed to a range of non-executive board and statutory positions. Robyn was the Independent Assessor for the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (DART) and led international taskforces assessing sustainable development in China. In 2015, she was appointed chair of the eHealth Implementation Steering Committee, to oversight delivery of an Australia-wide electronic medical record system.
She is a Chair Emerita of the US Milbank Memorial Fund (a philanthropic health research organisation) and has been a judge of the Dubai government’s annual public sector excellence awards since 2013.
Robyn is a member of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission, the Chair of the NSW Ambulance Advisory Council, the Deputy Chair of Mental Health Australia, the Chair of the Victorian Expert Advisory Committee on Perpetrator Interventions, the Chair of the WA Partnership Forum reporting to the Premier on improving community services and the Chair of Food Standards Australia New Zealand.