Mr Brady is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was seconded as Official Secretary to the Governor-General from 2008 to 2014. He has previously served as Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (2004-2008) and Permanent Representative to the Organisation of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden with accreditation as Ambassador to the Kingdoms of Denmark and Norway, and the Republics of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Iceland (1998-2003); and Counsellor, then Chargé d’affaires, in Dublin.
Mr Brady worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 1991 to 1996; and was Senior Adviser (Government) to the Prime Minister (1996-1998 and again from 2003-2004). Mr Brady worked also as Foreign Policy Adviser to Leaders of the Opposition and shadow Foreign Ministers. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the Australian National University.
Mr Brady is a member of the European Australian Business Council (EABC).