Natalie Howson


Natalie has 25 years experience in senior executive roles in the state and federal public service. She has established and lead a commonwealth statutory authority and been Director General of two ACT Government Directorates – Education and Community Services.  She finished her public sector career in 2019.

She held senior executive roles in several Australian Government agencies including; Defence, the Health Insurance Commission (Medicare Australia), and Centrelink. These roles focused on service delivery reform, complex program development, regulation and change management. She was recognised throughout her career for skills in leadership, stakeholder collaboration, effective change management and delivery. She has a proven track record of business development. In delivering change across both service and technology-based environments, Natalie has established successful partnerships in many diverse sectors. Natalie is an experienced chair and has been a member of international and national policy and regulatory committees. She is also an accomplished media spokesperson.

Natalie commenced her working life as a secondary teacher and then, curriculum and teaching coach with the Queensland Education Department. She was CEO of the Australian Sports Drug Agency in the leadup to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. In 2000 she was recognized as the ACT Telstra Businesswoman of the Year.

To mark the Centenary of Canberra, Natalie founded the successful children’s charity Boundless Canberra in 2012. Boundless Canberra is Canberra’s only all abilities playground for children, nestled in King’s Park and within the Parliamentary Triangle.

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