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Across Government HR Forum
Modernisation of HR - HR 2015

You're welcome to use the links below to access presentations of the topics discussed:
Minister O'Brien: Download speech here >
Brett Minchington: Download presentation here >
Bill Cinnamond: Download presentation here >
Rachel Capetanakis: Download presentation here >
Erma Ranieri: Download presentation here >
Jane Booth: Download presentation here >
Keith Bartley: Download presentation here >

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The workplace of the 21st Century is evolving and changing exponentially. Now, more than ever, the HR practitioner is operating in an increasingly complex environment and is expected to navigate increasing complex HR issues. There is no question that HR underpins the effective functioning of any organisation, but staying ahead of developments in today's time poor workplace is the challenge.

Cutting across themes of leadership, cultural change and what it means to be a HR professional, this forum provided opportunities for the audience to hear from key speakers about the development of the practice of HR in the public sector.

The Hon Michael O'Brien MP, introduced this forum with Dr Verna Blewett, Director of New Horizon Consulting and Associative Professor of the Appleton Institute for Central Queensland University, being the MC.

This forum was created with the busy HR practitioner in mind or anyone who is looking at a future career in HR. HR professionals at all stages of their career benefited from attending this forum and were able to network with peers and colleagues from across the state, listen to and interact with speakers who are experts in their fields, as well as discuss HR challenges and successes in a supportive, professional environment.

Our presenters and panellists included:

  • Brett Minchington, Chairman/CEO, Employer Brand International;
  • Bill Cinnamond, Director, Public Sector Management Division, Department of the Premier and Cabinet;
  • Rachel Capetanakis, Strategic Program Manager, Office of the Chief Information Officer;
  • Erma Ranieri, Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy;
  • Jane Booth, Associate Director, PwC;
  • Keith Bartley, Chief Executive, Department for Education and Child Development; and
  • HR Leaders Panel: Phil O'Loughlin, Erma Ranieri, Jane Booth, Keith Bartley and Bill Cinnamond.

  Hon Michael O'Brien MP.

Michael O'Brien was appointed as the South Australian Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education, and Minister for Science and Information Economy in March 2009. He was subsequently given responsibility for the Road Safety portfolio.

Before gaining his Cabinet position, he was a Parliamentary Secretary and served on numerous Parliamentary Committees. After the State election in March 2010, Michael was appointed Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Minister for Forests, Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Northern Suburbs.
In the Cabinet reshuffle on 8 February 2011, Michael was appointed Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Minister for Forests, Minister for Energy and Minister for the Northern Suburbs.

In the first Weatherill Cabinet, Michael was elevated to Minister for Finance and Minister for the Public Sector.

MC - Dr Verna Blewett, Director, New Horizon Consulting and Associate Professor of the Appleton Institute, Central Queensland University.

Verna Blewett helps organisations to improve. Verna is a human factors ergonomics (HFE) professional so she has a human-centred approach to her work. She helps organisations manage change through the effective management of people and the development of their leaders. As a skilled facilitator she helps organisations find strategic direction using innovative participatory processes that engage people at all levels in her client organisations.

Verna is the Director of New Horizon Consulting Pty Ltd and an Associate Professor at the Appleton Institute (Adelaide campus of Central Queensland University). Her research work is grounded in the experience of organisations and she has made important contributions nationally and internationally to the understanding of organisations, participatory processes at work, and the management of work health and safety. She has Masters degrees in Business Administration and in Public Health, and a PhD in organisational change. She is an elected Fellow and Past-President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia and represents Australia on the International Ergonomics Association Council.
  Brett Minchington, Chairman/CEO, Employer Brand International.

Brett Minchington is a global authority on employer branding who has shared his perspectives with thousands of senior leaders from companies across all industries at Conferences and masterclass events in more than 45 cities in 26 countries.

His focus is on improving employer brand management capability amongst leaders around the world to create an environment where employees are inspired to perform at their best! Brett is the world's most published author in employer branding and his work has been published in newspapers, HR, Management and Marketing publications around the world including 'The Economist' and 'Business Week.'

He has consulted to companies on global and national employer brand projects and advises market leading employer brand agencies around the world on strategic employer brand consulting.
  Bill Cinnamond, Director, Public Sector Management Division, Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Bill is the Director of South Australia's Public Sector Management Division, Department of the Premier and Cabinet.  In this role he is involved with driving change to increase performance at both the individual and organisational levels across the South Australian Public Sector.

He was a key participant and driver of the reforms that led to development of South Australia's Public Sector Act 2009, the instigation of significant workforce reforms, the building of the public sector's leadership strategy and the High Performance Framework.
  Rachel Capetanakis, Strategic Program Manager, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Rachel Capetanakis is a Strategic Program Manager within the Office of the CIO. Rachel manages the across government ICT Workforce Program for the SA Government. Two key projects of the ICT Workforce Program are the ICT Workforce Profile 2009/10 and the ICT Skills Framework:

  • The ICT Workforce Profile 2009/10 will assist the SA Government and its agencies to make informed decisions about the ICT workforce now and in the future and form the basis of the SA Government ICT Workforce Plan;
  • The ICT Skills Framework is based upon the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA), and will provide a common frame of reference of ICT skill descriptions for the SA Government.
  Erma Ranieri, Deputy Chief Executive
Department of Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy

As the former Executive Director (People and Culture) of PIRSA, Erma Ranieri led the agency’s change management and development agenda by addressing critical business issues such as the attraction and retention of people in a competitive labour market and creating value in an environment of competing stakeholder expectations.

In that role Ms Ranieri was often asked to provide leadership in events and is considered an inspiring, thought provoking and passionate speaker.

Erma is now Deputy Chief Executive, DMITRE, and is one of our featured Fellows.
  Jane Booth, Associate Director, PwC.

Jane has extensive experience in developing business strategy, organisational design and leading culture change in complex multi-divisional organisations. She has a proven track record in delivering people based solutions to business challenges, having led creative businesses as a senior manager across the public and private sectors of the UK media industry and latterly as Head of Talent Management for the BBC in the UK.

Currently an Associate Director with PwC in Adelaide, Jane has provided a range of consultancy services to various organisations in State and local government in SA, including business transformation, organisational restructures, leadership development and coaching programs.

Alongside deep expertise in talent strategy, Jane has widespread experience in designing and delivering leadership and management development initiatives, capability audits and building high performing teams. Jane co-developed the leadership framework for the BBC and is an accredited executive performance coach.
  Keith Bartley, Chief Executive, Department for Education and Child Development.

As Chief Executive of the Department for Education and Child Development, Keith Bartley is leading reforms in South Australian public education and child development to ensure that children, students and their families gain the greatest possible benefit from public schooling in this state.

Keith is responsible for advising the South Australian Government on all matters relating to public school education and children's services. As such, Keith heads a department that has an annual budget of $2.1 billion and delivers public education through almost 600 schools to nearly 170,000
students, as well as preschool education through over 400 preschools to over 17,000 three to five year olds.