Ian joined the Australia Public Service Commission (APSC) in January 2011 as the Chief Human Capital Officer.
He is currently responsible for the Strategic Centre for Leadership, Learning & Development which has been funded to refresh the leadership capability framework and the talent development processes required to build a stronger pipeline of senior executives within the Australian Public Service (APS).He has also been tasked to lead initiatives which promote collaboration across the APS to build its collective workforce planning capability and outcomes leveraging existing agency best practice.
Ian is also responsible for the APSC’s workforce research and development program including the production of the annual APS “State of the Service” report and other research projects.
Ian started his career in the justice sector including delivery and policy lead roles in Australia and at the Home Office in London. More recently he worked for Westpac in various roles including Head of People Strategy & Metrics and other HR Director roles in Australian and in New Zealand.
Ian has a BSc from ANU and an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Ann is CEO of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation. Carnival is the world’s largest cruise ship operator and owner of the iconic brands P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Costa, Cunard, Holland America and Seabourn. She has transformed the industry and growth has more than doubled since 2007.
Prior to this, Ann was with Westpac for 12 years and was Chief Executive Officer, Westpac New Zealand, the CEO of the Bank of Melbourne and Group Executive, People & Performance. She was a driver of cultural change, community engagement and customer focus in commercial and retail banking.
Director General, Defence Education, Training & Development
Department of Defence
Brigadier Gates graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in December 1986 into the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery. His Regimental service has included a variety of gunnery postings, serving in 4th Field Regiment and 8th/12th Medium Regiment, commanding 103 Medium Battery from 1996 to 1997. During 2003 and 2004 he commanded the School of Artillery in Puckapunyal.
Extra-regimental service has included instructional appointments as a tactics instructor at the Royal Military College (1992 and 1993) and at Combat Command Wing of the Combined Arms Training Centre (1999 and 2000). He also served on the Directing Staff at the United Kingdom’s Combined Joint Services Staff College (2005 and 2006). He has held staff appointments as a Lieutenant Colonel in Army Force Development and as the Director of Operational Plans (J53) in Headquarters Joint Operations Command.
In 1998, Brigadier Gates attended the Australian Army Command and Staff College at Queenscliff and studied Law at the University of Melbourne during 1999 and 2000. He completed the Defence and Strategic Studies Course at the Australian Defence College in 2009. He has a Masters of Defence Studies and Graduate Diplomas in International Law and Strategic Studies. Brigadier Gates was awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal for service to Army Force Development in the 2004 Australia Day Honors List.
Donna has an extensive background in human resources both in the private and public sectors. Her present focus is establishing and developing strategies, systems and processes for leadership development, talent management and succession planning at Queensland Health, having recently developed strategies for the Commonwealth and Victorian public services. These strategies focus on identifying, developing and assessing high potential leaders. She has worked as a HR Director and in organisational development, strategic advisory, change management, industrial relations and HR policy roles. Her interests include leadership development theory and practice, high performance workplaces, aligning development and business requirements, succession risk management, organisational transformation and nice shoes.
National Manager, Human Resources
Australian Federal Police
Assistant Commissioner Leanne Close recently moved to the position of National Manager Human Resources for the Australian Federal Police. This role encompasses management of more than 500 personnel in a range of disciplines including Human Resources, Professional Standards, Learning and Development (including support to the Australian Institute of Police Management), Organisational Health, Well Being, Medical and Psychological Services.
Su Kearns is the Group Manager, Corporate and Strategic Development for the Fair Work Ombudsman. In this role she has responsibility for strategic human resources, leadership, learning and development, internal and external communications and business support functions. She has been a Human Resources professional for over 20 years, with senior roles in both the public and private sectors, and was a 2011 finalist in the Australian Human Resources Institute awards for the Dave Ulrich HR Leader of the year.
Su is passionate about leadership and the impact that HR can have on the success of an organisation. She has been instrumental in establishing a Diversity Council at the Fair Work Ombudsman, and has been involved in a number of leading edge leadership initiatives to assist in developing and embedding future organisational talent.
Andrew Podger is Professor of Public Policy at the Australian National University; he is also an adjunct professor at Griffith University and Xi’an Jiao Tong University. Andrew’s expertise lies in social policy, particularly health financing, and in public management. His most recent major publication is a book on the role of departmental secretaries.
Highlights of a long career in the Australian Public Service include being the Public Service Commissioner for three years following six years as Secretary of the Department of Health and Aged Care. He has also headed the Departments of Housing and Regional Development and Administrative Services. Before retiring from the APS in 2005, he chaired a task force for the Prime Minister on the delivery of health services in Australia.
Andrew was National President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia from 2005 to 2010. He has completed a wide range of consultancies since retiring, both in Australia and overseas.
He was made on Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2004. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
Stephen is a workforce strategist who supports individuals, teams and organisations to deliver contemporary and compelling human resource outcomes.
Stephen is a skilled practitioner and experienced executive having worked with CEOs and senior leaders to deliver organisational outcomes.
He is a mentor, leadership facilitator and public speaker who is passionate about talent management.
Stephen is the former head of human resources in the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Australian Agency for International Development.
Complementing Stephen’s workforce expertise is a practical understanding of business, customer service and policy development.
Stephen’s career spans private and public sectors, having worked in Canberra, Sydney, Bangkok and Tokyo. Stephen has worked in policy and program delivery roles in several Australian Government Departments and Agencies including: the Australian Tax Office; the Australian Agency for International Development including three years as a Diplomat at the Australian Embassy Bangkok; and the Australian Public Service Commission.
While he remains unsure of what he’ll do when he grows up, Stephen’s career thus far has given him a diverse perspective on people, leadership and development challenges that surround today’s workforce.
John Taya is the Executive Director Organisational Development at Main Roads Western Australia which is focussed on linking human resource management with the strategic planning of the organisation.
He worked as a Director with the Department of the Premier & Cabinet in Western Australia implementing shared services covering a workforce of over 100,000 employees.
John was previously the Executive Director Human Resources and has worked in this capacity in both the Public and Private Sectors in Australia and in London.
John has lectured in the MBA programs at the Graduate School of Management at the University of Western Australia, Chifley Business School and at the Graduate School of Business at Curtin University specialising in the areas of Human Resource Management, Organisational Development and Industrial Relations.
Bridget Beattie is the Regional General Manager for Right Management in India, Australia and New Zealand.
In 1994 Bridget co-founded the leading New Zealand consultancy that was purchased by Manpower and is now Right Management. Bridget has worked in and consulted in the Finance, IT, and Professional Services industries and has consulted in the Energy, Local Government and Finance sectors in New Zealand and Australia. Bridget has led significant projects which have involved working globally particularly in Asia.
She is qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor and has undertaken post graduate management study at the Kellogg School of Management in the USA. Bridget has completed tertiary study in English Literature and History.
Bridget is a regular commentator in The Australian and New Zealand Business Press, and a regular speaker at conferences throughout Asia.
Clare Longden leads the Talent Management team for Right Management Australia and represents the region as subject matter expert. She is a qualified organizational psychologist and assessment specialist.
Clare’s experience combines fifteen years in Corporate HR with over ten years consultancy in occupational psychology, working in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. She has worked with many Australian Federal and State Government Departments as well as a number of multi-national companies in the Asia Pacific Region.
Clare’s approach combines psychology, personality assessment and coaching, with ‘real-world’ career to enable her to assist individuals and organizations identify and realize potential.
- NSW Department of Education secondary school teacher + Head Teacher
- NSW Department of Education senior HR advisor + Senior Workforce Planner
- Manager Workforce Planning Ambulance Service of NSW
As a senior L&OD practitioner Andrew’s career spans more than 20 years including 5 years as General Manager of L&OD at CEVA Logistics Australia and New Zealand and 15 years in the Royal Australian Air Force.
Andrew and his team support L&OD teams to respond to the strategic challenges facing their organisations. They do this by integrating an organisational learning methodology with world class content from Harvard Business Publishing to drive leadership capability and build organisational performance. The 70:20:10 and Leader-led Learning are at the heart of his approach.
Andrew holds a Masters in Human Resource and General Management and a Bachelor of Administrative Leadership. In 2005 he received a Commendation for his services to leadership development as Chief Instructor at the Air Force’s Officer’s Training School.
Director, People, Information & Communication
Department ofTreasury and Finance,VIC
Currently the Director People, Information and Communications at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance and Adjunct Professor in the school of management at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Previously held executive and senior management roles in public sector health and the department of defence with responsibilities focusing on human resources and organisational development.
Major areas of interest:
Undertaken significant work in the areas Knowledge management, Leadership Development, Culture and Workforce Planning
- Ph.D.(Knowledge Management), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, School of Management
- Bachelor of Business (with Distinction), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
- Diploma of Education, La Trobe University
- Bachelor of Science (Honours), La Trobe University
As Manager of the Centre for Career Development at the Australian National University, Carole is responsible for leading the university’s approach to the development of academic, professional and technical staff. Carole has more than 20 years experience working in career and workforce development ranging across community, corporate, government and education sectors. She holds specialist expertise in the design, development and delivery of career and leadership development programs and is an accredited career coach. Carole is the National President the Career Development Association of Australia, Australia’s largest association of career professionals and has served on a number of boards, most recently for the Career Industry Council of Australia. Carole is a member of the Australian Country team attending the International Symposium of Career Development and Public Policy, Budapest, December 2011 and has spoken at several national and international conferences and forums.
Janet is responsible for ensuring the attraction, recruitment and retention of passionate, highly capable people who will help Bupa Australia achieve its goal of becoming Australia’s favourite healthcare company.
Commencing with Bupa in 2012, Janet brings 25 years of experience in all recruitment aspects including commercial recruitment, talent management and business partnering.
Prior to joining Bupa Australia, Janet held a number of executive roles at leading professional recruitment providers and also established and ran her own business for 12 years.
Deputy Director General, Chief Minister & Cabinet Directorate
A/g General Manager, People and Capability Division, Enabling Services
Department of Human Services
- Worked in vocational education and training for over 10 years
- Registered Organisational Psychologist
- Has implemented cultural change programs in Federal and State government organisations
- Passionate about creating a culture of continuous learning and development
- Hands on and blended approach to adult learning
Emma Deutrom is the Chief HR Officer at IP Australia. Her background is in organisational psychology, adult education and knowledge management.
Emma’s role in IP Australia encompasses all areas of HR but she has a particular bend towards organisational development. She was responsible for establishing a centralised centre of excellence for learning and development in IP Australia and this encompassed a number of new initiatives including the organisations Pilot Talent management program.
Emma has over 15 years of HR experience in both public and private enterprises.
Public sector organisations, at all levels, are facing increasing policy and delivery challenges. This, coupled with decreasing budgets and, in many cases, decreasing staff means it really is a case of having to ‘do more with less’.
Public sector HR practitioners are turning their attention to establishing / strengthening talent management in order to ensure their organisations have the capabilities and leaders required to remain effective in this challenging environment.
- Hear what’s required of future leaders
- Gain an update on the APSC’s initiatives
- Learn how to lay the ground work for effective talent initiatives
- Hear how to tackle some of the challenges and misconceptions around talent management