Inside the Project - Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment

Inside the Project- Examining the Challenges, Risks and Processes inside some of SA's biggest economic projects

IPAA places a large focus on strategic forums and events, and therefore we are excited to announce the second instalment of a new series proudly supported by Wallmans Lawyers. The series is titled ‘Inside the Project- Examining the Challenges, Risks and Processes inside some of SA's biggest economic projects’. These will be informal interview/panel type sessions, where senior Public Sector Leaders are interviewed about a specific project and provide the opportunity for the senior State Government employee audience members to gain exclusive access to ‘the inside story' of a project.

Our guest for the next ‘Inside the Project’ is Scott Ashby, Chief Executive, Primary Industries and Regions SA where he will discuss the Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment project in detail.

Sandy Pitcher, Chief Executive of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources will interview Mr Ashby and together they will provide insight into the challenges, risks and processes of the Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment project.

This intimate Chatham House rule session is by invitation only. 

Date:

Wednesday, 15 June

Venue:

Wallmans Lawyers, Level 5, 400 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000

Time:

9:00 am (registration) 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Speaker Bios

This event is proudly supported by:

   

 Scott Ashby, Chief Executive, Primary Industries and Regions SA

Scott Ashby was appointed Chief Executive of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) in February 2013. He brings to the role more than 20 years of leadership experience and knowledge in primary industries, water management, natural resource management, and environmental protection, as well as central agency experience. He leads PIRSA at a time of key challenges in helping shape the future economy of our State, in particular our regions. The State Government's strategic priority of Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment drives PIRSA's business. Scott will ensure PIRSA continues to build reputation of a long history of excellence and drive a policy-focused, high performing, collaborative, trusted department that works in partnership with regional industry and communities.

Prior to this appointment, Scott was Chief Executive of the Premier's Murray Darling Basin Plan Taskforce in the South Australian Government. The Taskforce, established in June 2012, was successful in driving the State Government's response to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and achieving its critical priority of securing a healthy future for the River Murray and the communities who depend on it. A major element of this process was engaging the South Australian and national community through the Fight for the Murray campaign.

Scott has previously held the positions of Chief Executive in both the Department for Water (DFW) and the Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation (DWLBC) in the South Australian Government. Scott has also held the positions of the South Australian Commissioner on the Murray-Darling Basin Commission and South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Officials Committee (BOC) member.

His central agency experience included Deputy Chief Executive in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) in South Australia, where he led a number of policy and program divisions, and corporate services. Scott has worked in both the South Australian and Victorian public sectors since 1991, in a wide range of policy areas, including as Executive Director Strategic Policy in the Victorian Department of Primary Industries and a number of Executive positions in the Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

These roles included responsibility for policy areas addressing agriculture, biosecurity, forestry, minerals and petroleum development, fisheries, science policy, regional economic development, natural resources management, environment protection, water management, greenhouse and climate change, and intergovernmental relations.

Scott is a member of the Senior Management Council, the SA Government ICT Board, and the State Emergency Management Committee.

   

Sandy Pitcher, Chief Executive, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Sandy Pitcher commenced as the Chief Executive of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in January 2015.

Sandy was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet for 5 years. She was responsible for many areas, including the South Australian Cabinet Office, the Economic Analysis Division and the Strategic Engagement and Communications division.

In 2012 Sandy was awarded the South Australian Telstra Business Woman of the year for the Community and Public sector category, and went on to win the national title in November 2012.

Previously she was Executive Director, Office of the Executive Committee of Cabinet, where she worked on the development of the 2009 State Reform Agenda and led the across Government implementation of South Australia’s Strategic Plan. 

Sandy joined Cabinet Office at the end of January 2009, following a busy three years as the Director, Office for Women.  In this role, Sandy led the implementation of the State Government’s plan for South Australia to become a national leader in gender equity.  She was a delegate to the social inclusion stream of the Australia 2020 Summit in Canberra in 2008.

Sandy worked for four years in London, primarily as the head of Corporate and Parliamentary Affairs in the UK's Commission for Racial Equality, and has previously worked in Commonwealth public sector roles in Canberra and Sydney.

Educated at the University of Adelaide, Sandy has degrees in law and the humanities. She was raised in Mannum and has a 8 year old daughter, Matilda (Tilly) and a 4 year old daughter, Tess.


 

 

 

 

 

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