On the Couch with Mark Duffy

IPAA SA’s On the Couch sessions are a series of informal interviews with key leaders of the public sector. In their current roles, these leaders are seen as having a high degree of responsibility and influence over the future of the public sector and the people who work within it.

These interviews are aimed at looking at the person behind the role and focus on their interests, influences, leadership styles, career highlights, journey, aspirations, values and what they see as their priorities in their current role and insights for the future.

Our special guest for this event is Mark Duffy, Chief Executive, Department for Innovation and Skills. In February 2017 Mr Duffy was appointed as Chief Executive of the Department of State Development (renamed the Department for Innovation and Skills in April 2019), after joining the South Australian public service in April 2016 as the first Chief Economist in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

This is an opportunity to hear first-hand about the life and ideas of Mark Duffy in an informal interview conducted by Sara Caplan, Partner, PwC. The interview concludes with a brief Q&A session with questions from the audience.

All IPAA events include purposeful networking which allows you to:

• Build relationships with the speaker/s and fellow guests
• Develop your capabilities 
• Establish connections across the SA public sector.

Since its inception, the series has acted as the host for a very significant number of public sector leaders including David Reynolds, Chief Executive of Department of Treasury and Finance, Commissioner Grant Stevens, Police Commissioner and Hon. Bruce Lander QC, Independent Commissioner Against Corruption just to name a few.

Mr Mark Duffy Bio

Mark has had a diverse working life including music composition, performance and production, economics, industrial relations, workers compensation, superannuation, energy, transport, planning, water, resources, utilities, sustainability, state development and the law.

In February 2017 Mark was appointed as Chief Executive of the Department of State Development (renamed the Department for Innovation and Skills in April 2019), after joining the South Australian public service in April 2016 as the first Chief Economist in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.  Immediately prior to joining the South Australian Government, Mark worked as a solicitor in a Sydney based corporate law firm for 2 years.

Over the previous 25 years Mark held various roles within the NSW Government, including Director-General in the Department of Water and Energy and Deputy Director-General in NSW Trade and Investment. Mark has a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Economics as well as Master’s Degree in Arts. Mark also completed a British Council Scholarship at the London School of Economics and has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Mark has been admitted as a lawyer in New South Wales.

Ms Sara Caplan Bio

Sara is a Partner in PwC Australia’s Consulting Practice.  She has over 25 years’ experience in education, skills, employment and training. Sara leads PwC’s Skills Service Organisation (SSO), PwC’s Skills for Australia, which is responsible for working with industry to make sure that the vocational training units and qualifications in Australia are fit for purpose and equip people with the skills needed in the workforce, now and in the future. Sara has developed PwC’s Higher Apprenticeships pilot and our work on areas such as careers support for the future of work and new ways to re- engage people into the workforce.  Sara is a member of the COAG STEM Skills Partnership Forum, chaired by the Chief Scientist, and the Department of Education and Training’s International Skills Working Group. She is also deputy chair of the National Youth Employment Body Advisory Group. Prior to joining PwC Australia, Sara led PwC’s UK education practice, working with the UK government on the development of programs such as higher and degree level apprenticeships, and employer ownership of skills and was appointed by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as an Employer Ambassador for Higher Apprenticeships.      

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Event Details

Date
Wednesday, 10 April 2019.

Time
9:00am registration for a 9:30am - 10:30am (On the Couch Session).

Venue
PwC, 11/70 Franklin Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Investment
Free for all Members.
Non Member: $30

 

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