Ms Urquhart was appointed Head of Strategic Policy Division in the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources in November 2020. For most of 2020, she worked across a succession of taskforces related to the Australian Government’s response to the pandemic. Previously, she led Science and Commercialisation Policy Division for five years. From 2010-2013, she managed the Enterprise Connect program, responsible for program delivery, policy, and a suite of advisory bodies.
Prior to joining the department, Ms Urquhart worked for 20 years in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on relationships with Syria, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, West Europe and New Caledonia. She was posted to Damascus, Honiara and Noumea (serving as Consul General to the French Territories). She has studied Mandarin, Arabic, Solomons Pijin and French. Ms Urquhart was the first Australian woman to lead a peace mission when she led the International Peace Monitoring Team in Solomon Islands in 2001.