The ATO Executive Committee sets our strategic direction and monitors delivery of our commitments to government and the community. Its focus is on the strategic matters that relate to the direction and positioning of the organisation.
Our Commissioner and second commissioners are statutory appointments. The ATO Executive Committee consists of the Commissioner, three Second Commissioners and the leads from the operations, service delivery and finance sections of the ATO.
Commissioner of Taxation and Registrar of the Australian Business Register and the Australian Business Registry Services
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 an advisor to both Labor and Coalition governments.
He was 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 in 2011–12 and as 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 almost 40 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 more than 25 years. From 1995 to 2000, he was Partner in Charge of the 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) and Bachelors of Commerce and Law (University of NSW). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Chartered Tax Adviser with The Tax Institute.
Chris’s term runs until 29 February 2024.
Second Commissioner – Client Engagement
Jeremy Hirschhorn was appointed to the Second Commissioner role from 16 April 2020. He has overall responsibility for the ATO’s Client Engagement Group, which fosters willing participation in Australia’s tax and super systems through well-designed client experiences.
Jeremy has more than 20 years' experience in roles managing complex tax matters.
As Deputy Commissioner of Public Groups & International from April 2015, Jeremy was responsible for ensuring that the largest Australian and multinational companies were meeting their corporate tax obligations and providing the Australian community with confidence that these large companies were being held to account.
Jeremy also worked as Chief Tax Counsel, with responsibility for the provision of the ATO’s legal advice in relation to interpretation of the tax and super laws, when he joined the ATO in August 2014.
Prior to joining the ATO, Jeremy was a senior partner in KPMG’s tax practice.
Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of NSW. He is a Chartered Tax Adviser and Chartered Accountant.
Second Commissioner and Chief Information Officer
Ramez Katf was appointed Second Commissioner of Enterprise Solutions and Technology in May 2017. He also continues to hold the position of Chief Information Officer, which he took up when he joined the ATO in November 2015.
As Second Commissioner and CIO, Ramez provides leadership and strategic direction on information and communications 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 holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW.
Ramez's term runs until April 2024.
Second Commissioner for Law Design and Practice
Kirsten has overall responsibility for the ATO’s law practice, including law interpretation, public advice and guidance, independent dispute prevention, litigation and resolution, and the ATO’s contribution to policy and law design.
The Law Design and Practice Group serves the community, government and clients by ensuring the tax and super laws are informed, understood, administered and applied with confidence and integrity and is respected and trusted as the authoritative voice of the Commissioner on matters of law and revenue analysis.
Kirsten joined the ATO in 2014 and the ATO’s Chief Tax Counsel from 2015, one of the highest legal authorities within the ATO, leading the Tax Counsel Network and providing technical leadership in relation to significant tax issues, cases and rulings. Kirsten was acting Second Commissioner for 12 months before being formally appointed to the role in October 2021.
Prior to joining the ATO, Kirsten was a tax Partner at Clayton Utz with a focus on the financial services industry and providing finance and investment transaction advice.
Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Masters of Law (Tax).
Chief Operating Officer
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) leads the ATO’s Enterprise Strategy and Corporate Operations functions.
These functions include Strategic Planning, Governance, Finance, Corporate, Risk Management, People, Integrity, Change Management and Design for the organisation. In this role, Jacqui is a member of the ATO Executive, responsible for shaping and setting strategic direction and oversight implementation.
The COO position gives greater strength and integration to our corporate positioning, and ensures we are well positioned for Australian Public Service (APS)-wide reforms of corporate and shared services, and that our planning, governance and risk management is strategic and sensible. The COO brings together an integrated picture of our people and resource management and ensure we have the right capability and culture to meet our strategic intent.
This position has a role in managing the relationship with key stakeholders like our scrutineers.
All of these underpin our ability to deliver on a better client and staff experience.
Prior to the COO role, Jacqui joined the ATO in September 2013 as Deputy Commissioner ATO People and was responsible for delivering an enterprise-wide human resource management service which supports ATO employees in providing a sustainable, open and accountable workplace. Jacqui was also responsible for leading the Reinvention Program Management Office and the change management driving this key reform.
Before joining the ATO, Jacqui was General Manager of the People Capability Division with Services Australia, where she led the department’s leadership and change, people development, workforce planning and research functions. Jacqui has also worked for the Australian Public Service Commission, where she was responsible for delivering integrated people development, SES and APS-wide leadership and talent, change management, strategic recruitment, communications, and learning and development. She also has extensive international experience.
Jacqui holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the Australian National University and is a Fellow of Australian Human Resource Institute, and was appointed Adjunct Professor University of Canberra in 2018.
In October 2019, Jacqui was appointed the inaugural Head of the APS HR Professional Stream.
Chief Service Delivery Officer
Melinda Smith was appointed Chief Service Delivery Officer in October 2016.
In this role, Melinda leads the Service Delivery Group which is responsible for a broad range of the ATO's foundation services for all segments of the community. These include processing all payments, activity statements, income tax returns, superannuation lodgments and other forms, as well as administering the Tax File Number register, Australian Business Register and registers held on behalf of the superannuation industry.
Melinda is a marketing and retail leader who brings extensive executive experience in driving customer service and product transformation programs in large-scale environments. She previously worked in senior roles at Woolworths Group for more than 20 years, where she led successful organisational change programs.
She has extensive experience managing large and diverse workforces in fields such as information technology, procurement, supply chain, shopfloor and online retail, and human resources. She is renowned for understanding the needs and behaviour of customers and being able to deliver products and services they want.
Melinda holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management and Bachelor degrees in Business and Economics from Monash University. She is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chief Finance Officer
Janine Bristow was appointed role of Chief Finance Officer in May 2020, to oversee all aspects of ATO finances including resource management and strategy, budgeting, financial accounting and tax reporting, procurement and contract management, project management and property and facilities management services.
She has been acting in the CFO role since July 2019 and during the last 12 months has initiated and delivered the ATO five year budget planning cycle to provide the ATO with visibility over forward year funding and resources. This is a significant initiative which strongly supports the achievement of the ATO’s 2024 vision.
Her role supports the delivery of the ATO's outcomes and priorities, aligning the ATO’s organisational strategy to financial investment. Janine leads professional finance teams, providing the ATO with financial modelling, insights, business analytics and advice to ensure the ATO meets its obligations and is efficient and effective in the investment of public monies. Janine first joined the ATO in November 2010. Prior to being appointed to act in the role of Chief Finance Officer she was Assistant Commissioner ATO Finance with responsibility for managing the ATO’s budget and all government funding measures.
Janine has more than two decades of senior leadership experience from the public and private sector. She has led teams with significant operating scale and complexity, in diverse disciplines including compliance, front line delivery, finance and law. Janine holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Management, an Associate in Music and is studying a Masters in Commerce.
The ATO Executive Committee is responsible for our strategic direction and commitments to government and the community.