Dermot Walsh has been the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s Chief Operating Officer since October 2015. In June 2018 he moved to the role of Senior Assistant Ombudsman of the newly established Industry Branch. The Industry Branch brings together all of the Office’s industry ombudsman functions, including: private health insurance, postal industry, overseas students and VET student loans.
Before joining the Office, Dermot held leadership roles in both the Australian and ACT Public Service, in a diverse range of organisationsincluding the ACT Land Development Agency, ACT Economic Development Directorate, Comcare, the National Gallery of Australia, the Defence Service Homes Insurance Scheme and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Dermot has a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Fellow member of CPA Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.