Terry has had a varied public service career, working with successive Australian Federal and State governments in public policy and public sector management.
Terry’s early career as a CEO focussed on building Australia’s education and technical skills capacity. In 2000, he was appointed Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria, where he played a leading role in developing an ambitious national reform agenda, subsequently agreed by all States and the Commonwealth Government. He has also been involved in many initiatives to improve planning and service delivery in the State.
Terry was Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from March 2008 to September 2011, overseeing further development and implementation of this national reform agenda, particularly through social policy. Terry was also responsible for overseeing work on national security and international policy, environment, industry and economic policy, and coordination of government administration, including Cabinet support. Terry also played a lead role in driving reforms to the Australian Public Service.
Terry was named a Companion of the Order of Australia, on Australia Day 2012. He is currently: Chair, Barangaroo Delivery Authority in NSW; Senior Adviser, Boston Consulting Group; Chair, Cranlana Program; Chair, Melbourne Theatre Company; Member, Advance Global Advisory Council; Governor, Committee for Economic Development Australia; Director, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and Director, Menzies Foundation.