Ms Hitchman is an experienced career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is currently Deputy Chief of Protocol, a position she has held since 2013. She has previously served overseas as First Secretary at the Australian High Commission in London.
In Canberra, Ms Hitchman has served as Director, Regional and National Security Section; Director, Intelligence Review; and Director, International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament Secretariat. Ms Hitchman was also an Adviser, International Division, in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Ms Hitchman holds a Master of National Security and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the Australian National University.