Leading & Collaborating Through Times of Change

Great leaders can build great organisations. Professional, purposeful and collaborative leadership in the public sector is essential as we face rapidly changing times in South Australia. It is how we lead in times of change that can determine the ongoing success of our sector.

This dynamic forum will engage senior leaders across the public sector to raise awareness and provide insights into how to manage the challenges of leadership in times of complex change. It will also explore how we can come together to achieve better outcomes for South Australians and continue to build a modern public sector.

Keynote speaker Professor Lisa Paul AO PSM, former Secretary of the Federal Department of Education and Training, will draw from her experience and career in the Australian Government and public sector to share her approach to, and her definition of, successful leadership. Lisa will discuss her insights into maintaining a strong culture and how to motivate teams amidst complex change.

Professor Helen Sullivan, Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy, will unpack some of the challenges, opportunities and benefits of collaborating across government in times of change.

SA’s Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Erma Ranieri, and SA Health's Chief Medical Officer and Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Paddy A Phillips, will then join both keynote speakers for a panel discussion.

Speaker Biographies:












Prof Lisa Paul
Company Director

Ms. Paul has been a Chief Executive in the Australian federal government from 2004 to 2016, most recently as the Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. Ms. Paul currently serves on the Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board as well as the Boards of Navitas, Advanced Personnel Management (APM), Social Ventures Australia, Australian Schools Plus, High Resolves, the Australia American Educational Leadership Foundation Ltd and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth.  She is an Australian National University Policy Fellow, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a member of Chief Executive Women and a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government. She is also a delegate to the Australian Davos Connection. Ms Paul is an independent non-executive director of Bond University Limited.  She is a former director of the Programmed Group as well as a former member of the Advisory Board to the Melbourne Accelerator Program and Enterprise Professor-Public Policy at the University of Melbourne.      









Prof Helen Sullivan
Director, Crawford School of Public Policy

Professor Helen Sullivan is a leading public policy thinker and academic whose work has shaped understanding of the changing nature of state-society relationships and their implications for public governance. As Director of the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy, she heads Asia-Pacific’s leading public policy school.

Helen is widely published and appears regularly in print and online media commenting on contemporary public policy issues. She is committed to bridging the gap between research and policy and has led and supported successful innovations in this area in both the UK and Australia. In 2017 she was appointed National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.





Professor Paddy A Phillips
Chief Medical Officer and Chief Public Health Officer
SA Health

Professor Phillips is Chief Medical Officer and Chief Public Health Officer for South Australia. His portfolio includes public health,  emergency management, medical workforce and training, , libraries and research. His interests are in building a better health system through innovation, collaboration and leadership. He remains clinically active in acute general medicine with interests in health services research.

He was previously Professor and Head of Medicine, Flinders University, Flinders Medical Centre and Repatriation General Hospital, Adelaide. Before that Professor Phillips held senior clinical academic posts at the University of Melbourne, followed by Oxford University.

















Erma Ranieri
Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
IPAA SA President

Appointed on 1 July 2014, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri works passionately towards creating a world-leading public sector that serves South Australians well, does what it says it will do, and to which every public servant is proud to belong.
With the role of the public sector being to serve and support South Australia to thrive, Erma leads sector-wide reform to modernise the public sector and continue to build on its value and service to the South Australian community.

Erma has worked for more than 30 years to help organisations optimise productivity and employee wellbeing. She was named a 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year as SA Winner of the Telstra Community and Government Award for her role in leading transformational change throughout the public sector.

With a key focus on flexibility, diversity and gender equality in leadership as business imperatives for the public sector, Erma continues to challenge cultural and structural barriers to drive innovative, collaborative and connected services for the community.

The Commissioner for Public Sector Employment reports directly to the Minister for the Public Sector and holds a statutory role under the Public Sector Act 2009. The Act outlines principles and guidelines to improve and uphold public sector performance – it is the Commissioner’s role to bring these to life across government.


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Events Details

Thursday, 22nd February 2018

8:45am registration/ networking
9:30 am - 11:30am

Panorama Ballroom, Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Morning tea and refreshments.

Professional Member: Free
State Government Member: Free
Corporate Member: Free
Non Member: $30.00

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If you fall under the 'non member' category you may wish to consider becoming a Professional Member of IPAA SA. It is tax deductable and you'll recieve a training voucher to ofset the value of your membership.