As at June 2018, approximately 49% of all public sector executives were women despite women comprising 69% of the sector.  Further to this, only 23.5% of Senior Management Council (Chief Executives of core SA Government agencies) are women. While often perceived as being only an issue for women; gender inequality in the workplace impacts everyone. Men also benefit from increased gender equality and more equal gender roles.

The Women in Leadership Summit invited men and women in the public sector to work together to achieve improved gender equality.  The summit discussed what would be required to achieve 50% of the Senior Management Council being women and overall increases in gender equality across leadership roles. Delegates heard from our industry leaders and experts on the barriers to gender equality, and gained practical tips, tools, and advice on making the most of their opportunities to help make a change.

Delegates who attended this event;

  • Gained a better understanding of the SA public sector’s current performance on women in leadership
  • Gained an increased understanding of the barriers and opportunities and why this issue matters
  • Heard about case studies of what is working – putting policy and strategy into the workplace in practical ways
  • Developed an understanding of why gender equality is important to both women and men
  • Found out what they can do to take control of their career and help make changes


  • Alison Llyodd-Wright, Executive Director, Population Strategy, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Grant Stevens APM, Commissioner, South Australia Police
  • Pamela Melroy, Director, Space Technology and Policy, Nova Systems
  • David Reynolds FIPAA, Chief Executive, Department of Treasury and Finance
  • Nerida Saunders PSM, Executive Director, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Lois Boswell, Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Human Services

Event MC:

  • Ruth Ambler, Executive Director, Cabinet Office, Department of the Premier and Cabinet


Event Resources

Polling and Workshopping Data







16 September 2019

9:15am registration and networking
10:00am -1:00pm Event

Adelaide Oval,
William Magarey Room
War Memorial Drive
North Adelaide SA 5006

Free for State Government Members and Corporate Members
$50 for Non Members