Mr Ray Griggs AO, CSC
Ray Griggs commenced as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the National Indigenous Australians Agency on 1 July 2019. Ray is responsible for leading policy, program and delivery reform in line with the Government’s commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. This includes responsibility for over 1200 staff right across Australia.
Prior to his current role, Ray was the Associate Secretary of the Indigenous Affairs Group within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Before joining the Australian Public Service, Ray spent four decades in the Royal Australian Navy, including a range of command and operational roles. His last two positions were as Chief of Navy and the Vice Chief of Defence Force between 2014-18. Ray has been involved at a senior level in leading a number of significant reform programs including large scale cultural change programs, enterprise wide business reforms and most recently comprehensive reform of Defence’s capital investment program.
Ray holds a Master of Science degree from the National Defense University in Washington D.C., a Master of Business Administration from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland. He is an Officer in the Order of Australia, has been awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross, a Commendation for Distinguished Service and holds awards from the Governments of France, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Spain and the United States of America.