New era for the National Capital Authority

The Australian Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Doran as the new Chief Executive of the National Capital Authority (NCA).

Following a merit-based selection process, Ms Doran has been appointed for a five-year term, commencing on 2 April 2024.

Ms Doran brings extensive experience in public sector leadership roles – most recently serving as the acting Director-General, Transport Canberra and City Services, and acting Chief Project Officer at Major Projects Canberra.

After commencing her career in the private sector, Ms Doran has worked across a variety of Directorates in the ACT Government, including in Treasury, Land/Economic Development, Health and Justice and Community Safety.

Her appointment heralds a new era for the NCA and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), with Ms Doran’s broad expertise in public sector governance to bring a fresh approach to the NCA’s critical role as trustee of our nation’s capital.

The appointment of Ms Doran demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to the continued enhancement of our nation’s capital, and continues the Government’s record of appointing highly qualified and capable women to senior public sector positions.

The Chief Executive of the NCA is a full-time position that holds significant responsibility for developing and maintaining the nation’s capital for future generations of Australians.

The Chief Executive, along with the Chair and three additional members – make up the NCA Board, all of whom are appointed by the Governor-General on advice from the Australian Government. 

For more information on the NCA and its board, visit: 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Territories, Kristy McBain MP:

“The Chief Executive position of the NCA is central to how we safeguard Griffin’s vision as we grow the nation’s capital – which is why I’m excited that we’ve been able to attract someone with such calibre and experience to this role.

“Karen Doran not only has a passion and understanding for what makes Canberra such a unique and extraordinary city – she brings a wealth of experience in public sector leadership and governance that will underpin her success in forging a fresh direction for the NCA.

“Karen’s experience overseeing the roll-out of critical projects across the ACT will also ensure she’s well-positioned to collaborate with the ACT Government and other key stakeholders to progress the Australian Government’s priorities for the nation’s capital.

“I again want to thank Sally Barnes for her leadership and dedication to public service ahead of her departure on February 29, and I wish her every success for the next stage of her career.”

Quotes attributable to Authority Chair, Terry Weber:

“The role of the NCA in supporting Canberra’s position as a national capital we can all be proud of is vitally important. The ACT is not only Australia’s seat of Government, but is a symbol of the many aspirations, passions and values that make our country great.

“Ms Doran will bring important rigour and leadership to the role, particularly around governance, financial management, government processes, procurement and project management – and I am sure, will represent the Authority and our nation with distinction.”

Quotes attributable to incoming Chief Executive, Karen Doran:

“I am honoured and excited to be taking on the role of Chief Executive of the NCA.

“Canberra fulfils an important role as our national capital; a historic legacy which I respect and am committed to preserving while allowing this unique city to continue to grow and evolve, for the benefit of all Australians.

“I look forward to fostering collaborative working relationships with stakeholders and to productive engagement processes with our community.

“I thank the Minister and the Chair for providing me this opportunity and for their confidence.”