Our Key Staff

Chris Eccles AO 


Chris Eccles was appointed Secretary of DPC in December 2014. As Secretary, Chris leads the department and the Victorian Public Service in advising the Premier and the Government of Victoria.

Chris was previously Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet from 2011 to 2014, and Chief Executive of the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet from 2009 to 2011. Chris also has previous experience in Victoria's DPC, having held the positions of Deputy Secretary, Sector Improvement Group and later Deputy Secretary, National Reform and Climate Change Group from 2007 to 2009.

Prior to joining Victoria's DPC in 2007, Chris worked in a variety of government and private sector senior management positions. He has held leadership roles with the ACT Chief Minister's Department and with the Australian National Training Authority. As an Associate Director with KPMG, Chris headed the national education consulting practice. He subsequently became a foundation Director of the consulting firm, Phillips KPA, which works across all education and training sectors.

In 2017, Chris was made an Officer of the Order of Australia 'for distinguished service to public administration, to innovative policy development and sound governance, and to the delivery of reform in the areas of training, education and disability'.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University.

Kate Houghton

Acting Deputy Secretary, Social Policy Group

Kate Houghton was appointed Acting Deputy Secretary, Social Policy Group (SPG) in November 2018.

Matt Lowe

Acting Deputy Secretary, Economic Policy and State Productivity

Matt Lowe was appointed Acting Deputy Secretary, Economic Policy and State Productivity (EPSP) in November 2018. His group oversees economic development, regional and local government outcomes, international engagement, infrastructure, planning, major transactions, energy, resources and land policy.

Jeremi Moule

Deputy Secretary, Governance Policy and Coordination

Jeremi was appointed Deputy Secretary, Governance Policy and Coordination (GPC) in August 2018.

Prior to this role, he was Executive Director of DPC's Strategic Communication, Engagement and Protocol Branch. He previously held the equivalent role at South Australia's DPC, leading that state's communication, community engagement and citizen participation agenda.

Jeremi has held various executive positions in the Victorian public service over a 15-year period. He was CEO of a registered training organisation and started his career as a journalist. He lives in Bendigo and has worked extensively in regional Victoria.

He holds a journalism degree from the University of South Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Last updated on Monday, 03 December 2018