South Australian Governor Her Excellency, the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, joined us for a conversation where she discussed her vision for her critical role and the state. During this session, Her Excellency shared with us some of the highlights of her career and addressed questions from the audience in a Q&A session.

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Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC

South Australia

Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC is a proud sixth-generation South Australian.
She studied economics at the University of Adelaide while there becoming the first female captain of the rowing club in its 103-year history, and went on to join the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs in 1985. She worked in Hong Kong during the early years of China’s reform and opening, eventually becoming Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2011-2015.

In 2016, Her Excellency was appointed head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, pursuing Australia’s interests as world powers shifted and the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. She also led the department through a period of cultural change, encouraging more women into senior ranks.
She has also been International Adviser to the Prime Minister and Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister and Defence Minister.

In June 2021, Her Excellency was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to public administration through the advancement of Australia's diplomatic, trade and cultural interests, particularly with the People's Republic of China and the Indo-Pacific region, to innovative foreign policy development and high-level program delivery, and as the 36th Governor appointed in South Australia.

Erma Ranieri PSM FIPAA

IPAA SA President, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

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 leadership development to ensure the public sector is positioned as an Employer of Choice, Erma continues to challenge cultural and structural barriers to drive innovative, collaborative and connected services for the community.

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20 September 2022

9:30 am (Registration and Networking)
10:00 am to 11:00 am Event

Tea, Coffee and Morning Tea

Adelaide Convention Centre, Panorama Ballroom, North Terrace Adelaide

Free for all State Government, Corporate and Personal Members of IPAA SA
$30 for non-members