Now is the time for organisations to take a proactive approach to break down barriers to female leadership.
Have you unlocked your full leadership potential?
This conference will explore the inspirational stories of women who have broken through barriers to lead our public service organisations, as well as those men and women championing change to drive greater gender equity.
Who will attend?
Senior & aspiring leaders as well as champions of change from:
- State departments & agencies
- Local government
Attend to learn:
Identify & develop your unique leadership capabilities
Influence change within your organisation
Develop an action plan to tackle inequality
- Hear from inspiring women and men leading our public service & championing change!
Jillian Skinner is the Deputy New South Wales Liberal Leader, Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research.
She was first elected as the Member for North Shore in February 1994 and has been re-elected at five subsequent elections.
Jillian has more experience in the health field than any other politician in Australia, having first been appointed Shadow Minister for Health in 1995. She has also held the Shadow portfolios of Education and Training, and Youth Affairs and Arts.
Jillian began her career as a journalist in Melbourne. She was the first woman journalist on the Victorian Parliamentary Press Gallery, she has also worked in Adelaide, Sydney and South East Asia and has spent a number of years living in the United States.
She has operated her own editorial, strategic planning and marketing consultancy and has also been actively involved in community issues and organisations for many years.
Prior to her election, Jillian was the Director of the New South Wales Office of Youth Affairs and she has served on a number of bodies such as the New South Wales Women’s Advisory Council and the New South Wales Youth Advisory Council.
Transport for NSW
As Secretary of Transport for NSW Tim leads the Transport Cluster which has over 25,000 people working across the transport agencies on behalf of the NSW community.
His role covers the planning and delivery of services and infrastructure across the transport system including trains, buses, ferries, roads and traffic, freight and ports, light rail, point to point transport, intrastate air services, and active travel.
Tim is accountable for delivering the largest transport infrastructure pipeline in a generation, which includes $41.5bn of capital works over a four year period.
He is also accountable for better integration across transport services, implementing technology and innovation to improve customer service, and driving reforms and long term planning to make the transport system more customer-focused and efficient.
Prior to commencing this role, Tim had been a Deputy Secretary within the organisation since 2011. He has 25 years’ experience working in both government and the private sector in NSW and internationally. He is a born and bred New South Welshman and lives in Sydney with his wife Lorna and two daughters.
NSW Public Service Commission
Kathy is an experienced organisational leader who has worked across a range of industries. She has led major initiatives on leadership development; led the development of talent and diversity strategies and initiatives; and driven large scale change management programs. Prior to joining the NSW Public Service Commission in 2015, Kathy worked with the Leighton Group, where she led the Talent & Diversity function and with the Coles Group as People Development Manager, establishing the people frameworks for a start-up Distribution Centre at Eastern Creek. She also has prior experience in the professional services industry, working at both Andersen and Ernst & Young.
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & the Environment
Tim Baker is the Deputy Secretary (Corporate, Heritage and Land) within the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Tasmania. In total Tim has responsibility for over 400 staff with a total combined operating budget of approximately $50 million.
Tim has held senior roles across a number of industries including public administration, politics, financial services and information technology. Immediately prior to taking up the role of Deputy Secretary Tim was the Chief of Staff for Tasmania’s Minister for State Growth, Energy, Environment, Parks and Heritage.
What People Are Saying
“Excellent conference – inspirational speakers – I was completely engaged for two days”Aggie Marek, Director, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Public Sector Women in Leadership Canberra, June 2016
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Women Lawyers Association of the ACT
The Women Lawyers Association of the ACT (WLA ACT) is a not for profit organisation that promotes the interests of women lawyers in the ACT. WLA ACT provides opportunities for women lawyers across the ACT to connect with and support each other and engage with the ACT legal community.
Our objectives are to ‘Connect Support Engage’.
WLA ACT fosters a welcoming and supportive professional environment which, in turn, assists in retaining talented women as valuable members of the legal profession at all stages of their career. Our members come from all sectors of the legal profession – private practice, public sector, universities, judiciary, courts, law students, and people from legal backgrounds who are not currently practising.
We are active across a range of fronts, including policy development, advocacy, networking events, CPD seminars, Law Week activities and research into local pay and conditions. Membership is open to both men and women. Many of our events and initiatives are of value to all lawyers regardless of gender. While many of these have been generated out of issues that particularly impact women lawyers, they ultimately have a broader relevance. It is for this reason that we frequently collaborate with organisations such as the ACT Law Society, ACT Young Lawyers and the ACT Bar Association.