Donna Rygate is an experienced Chief Executive, independent director, business leader and skilled problem solver with a solid track record of positive transformation of organisations.
In addition to holding various board, panel and committee chair and member roles, and doing some consultancy, she loves working on the farming and grazing property she co-owns at Canowindra in Central Western NSW.
From 2014 to 2018 Donna was Chief Executive of Local Government NSW, the peak industry association that represented the interests all NSW general purpose councils and other related organisations.
Donna previously worked in executive, policy, communications, governance and operational roles in the NSW public sector for more than 25 years. She was Chief Executive of the NSW Office of Communities (the umbrella organisation for a range of functions including Sport & Recreation, Venues NSW, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Penrith Lakes, Youth, Veterans’ Affairs, Volunteering, the Commission for Children & Young People, the Children’s Guardian and Aboriginal Affairs).
Donna also headed Corporate Governance and Policy in the then NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure; and was the Deputy Director General Strategy, Communication and Governance with the then NSW Department of Community Services. Her broad experience also included roles in central agencies, transport and environment protection.
Donna has an Economics degree with Honours in Government and Public Administration and a Masters degree in Planning, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. She is currently enrolled in the Juris Doctor program at Macquarie University.
Donna was made a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration in 2012.