With our focus on the future, we partnered with SouthStart to deliver ‘a Stream’ as part of the conference, bringing new insights about entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation in government organisations to employees of the South Australian Public Sector.

Attendees heard from Premier Steven Marshall MP as he officially opened the _southstart conference and following with our esteemed keynote from the author of the recently released ANZOG report on innovation in the public sector, entitled  ‘Today’s Problems, Yesterday’s Toolkit’, Professor Rod Glover. Delgates had the opportunity to explore the creative bureaucracy and the role of imagination in public service, with world-renowned Charles Landry. Other insightful speakers included Commissioner Erma Ranieri, Doha Kahn, Jim Whalley and Craig Wilkins plus many more.

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Hon Steven Marshall MP

Premier of South Australia
Government of South Australia

Steven Marshall is South Australia’s 46th Premier.

He was elected to the South Australian Parliament as the Member for Norwood in 2010. His electorate has since been renamed Dunstan.

In 2013, Mr Marshall became the Leader of the Liberal Party and the State Opposition.

He led the Party to victory on March 17, 2018.

Mr Marshall is responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Defence and Space Industries, the Arts, Veterans’ Affairs and Multicultural Affairs.

Prior to entering public life, Mr Marshall worked in the manufacturing industry, running his family’s furniture manufacturing business Marshall Furniture from 1997.

Mr Marshall was born and educated in Adelaide, South Australia. He completed his secondary schooling at Immanuel College before studying at the University of South Australia.

He graduated with a Business, Marketing degree. He also received an MBA from Durham University.

Mr Marshall is a patron and ambassador of numerous sporting and community organisations.

He has lived in the Dunstan area all his adult life and is the father of two children – Charlie and Georgie.

Kathryn Anderson

Knowledge in Action

Kathryn has over 25 years’ experience in business and learning environments, she has worked in the Arts, economic development, stakeholder management, marketing, stakeholder engagement and advocacy. As Deputy Director at the New Venture Institute Kathryn developed and oversaw the Institute’s enterprise engagement, developing NVI’s first satellite incubator in the Limestone Coast and unofficially, the world’s largest networking event. She has more than ten years working at the interface of higher education and enterprise and is the co-editor and co-author of Engaging Australia and the Future of Universities Thoughtbook.

Kathryn is currently founding CE of Investor Alliance, focused on mobilising smart capital for business. In her work with The Executive Connection she supports CEOs and business leaders to succeed and excel. Her side hustle is The Pivot Project, focused on fluid worklife.

Dr Matthew Butlin

South Australian Productivity Commission

Dr Butlin is the Chair and Chief Executive of the South Australian Productivity Commission (SAPC), appointed in October 2018. The SAPC is the independent advisor to the SA Government, undertaking public inquiries and research for the government.

Dr Butlin previously held the role of Red Tape Commissioner in Victoria from September 2015 to June 2018. In that capacity he consulted widely with business and other stakeholders
to identify regulatory inefficiencies and red tape. He used this information to engage regulatory leaders and their agencies on opportunities to cut regulatory burdens from State and local government regulation and legislation, with some success.

He was Chairman of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC) from 2008 to 2015, a body that performed a similar role to the SAPC, and prior to that, a Commissioner with the Commonwealth Productivity Commission. At VCEC he conducted 12 public inquiries and several studies and investigations.

Between 1975 – 2008 he held senior executive roles in the Australian Public Service and in mining (CRA Ltd and Newcrest Mining) and management consulting.

Dr Butlin is a part-time Senior Associate of ACIL Allen Consulting. There are strict protocols in place with the South Australian Government to avoid conflicts of interest.

He is the immediate past national President and an Honorary Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia. He is the Chair of the Advisory Board of Melbourne University’s Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research since 2013. He is also an honorary Enterprise Professor at Melbourne Institute since 2018.

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Professor Rod Glover

Monash University, Sustainable Practice Institute

Professor Rod Glover is Director of Monash University’s Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), where he specialises in innovation at the level of systems and societies. He supports public entrepreneurs both globally and locally.

Rod works at the intersection of research, policy and politics, with a particular focus on creating mission-oriented and entrepreneurial institutions. With Professor Beth Simone Noveck from The Governance Lab at New York University, Rod recently released a major report on innovation in the public sector, entitled 'Today’s Problems, Yesterday’s Toolkit'.

Rod has directly led the design of major policy frameworks in Australia including the COAG National Reform Agenda and a National Innovation Statement. He was formerly Deputy Secretary (Innovation and Projects) in Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet, Senior Adviser to an Australian Prime Minister and worked in the Australian Treasury.

Rod has been a member of the National Sustainable Development Council and National Sustainability Council, and a Director of Save the Children Australia, the Centre for Evidence and Implementation, the Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science, and Per Capita. He was Chair of Hands on Learning Australia and the COAG Preventative Health Working Group, and on the Executive Committee of First 1000 Days (Indigenous early childhood).

Doha Kahn

SA Climate Strike Coordinator
School Strike 4 Climate

Doha is the coordinator of the South Australian branch of the School Strike 4 Climate movement, and a year 12 at Glenunga International High School. She has been involved in organising the Climate Strikes since November of last year, and is passionate about climate action and social justice.

Greg Mackie OAM

Chief Executive Officer
History Trust of South Australia

Cutting his teeth as a cabaret musician and department store executive, Greg co-founded and was managing director of Adelaide’s iconic Imprints Booksellers (1984-2007). With a wealth of governance experience, including a term as an Elected a Member of the Adelaide City Council (2000-03) and on the boards of many community benefit, arts and cultural organisations, he was founder of The Adelaide Festival of Ideas in 1999. Greg went on to head up Arts SA (2004-08), becoming Deputy Chief Executive in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (2008-11), where his stewardship included Arts SA, the Adelaide Thinkers in Residence Program, Capital City Directorate, and establishment of the Integrated Design Commission SA. In 2012 Greg moved to SA Health to head up Office for the Ageing. Following three years consulting, Greg joined the History Trust of South Australia as CEO in 2016.

Clare Mockler

Deputy CEO (Director Culture)
Adelaide City Council

As Deputy CEO at the City of Adelaide, Clare leads the Culture Portfolio which makes a significant contribution to creating a brilliant experience that is authentically Adelaide and which builds on our rich inclusive and welcoming culture, ably supported by an efficient and effective corporate services team.

Clare’s been with the City of Adelaide for 18 years and has held a variety of roles across the business. Prior to relocating to Adelaide, Clare worked for several years in the private sector in the UK.

Charles Landry

International authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change

Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He is currently a fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. He invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980’s. Its focus is how cities can create the enabling conditions for people and organizations to think, plan and act with imagination to solve problems and develop opportunities. The notion has become a global movement and changed the way cities thought about their capabilities and resources.

Charles helps cities identify and make the most of their potential by triggering their inventiveness and thinking and by opening up new conversations about their future. His aim is to help cities become more resilient, self-sustaining and to punch above their weight.

Charles facilitates complex urban change and visioning processes and undertakes tailored research often creating his own projects. These include the Urban Psyche test developed with Chris Murray and the ‘Creative City Index’ in collaboration with Bilbao and developed with Jonathan Hyams. It is a strategic tool that measures, evaluates and assesses the innovative eco-system of a city and its capacity to adapt to radical global shifts and adjustments. So far 23 cities have taken part from Helsinki to Adelaide, Krakow to Taipei, Mannheim and Plymout.

His latest major project is the picture driven ‘The Civic City in a Nomadic World’. It brings together his work over the last decade including the concept of ‘civic urbanity’, the ‘creative bureaucracy’ and ‘the management of fragility’. Publication date late 2017.

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.

Jim Whalley

South Australian Chief Entrepreneur
Office of the South Australian Chief Entrepreneur

As South Australia’s first Chief Entrepreneur, Jim Whalley has been appointed to provide strategic advice to enable entrepreneurialism across all forms of business, industry and public sector in South Australia.

The Chief Entrepreneur, together with the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, will support entrepreneurs to build their capabilities and their confidence, to make sure they have the skills to grow a business from concept through creation, bring their ideas to market and turn their innovations into commercial outcomes.

Jim is the Chair and co-founder of innovative defence industry company Nova Systems.

He is a former air force fighter pilot and test pilot and holds a Master of Business Administration, a science degree and has completed the Harvard Business School OPM Executive Education Program.

Jim is a member of the Sir Ross and Keith Smith Advisory Committee, the council of the University of South Australia, the board of the Adelaide Festival, and a nonexecutive director of Australian Naval Infrastructure.

Craig Wilkins

Chief Executive
Conservation Council of SA

Craig has worked in the areas of public health, social services, environmental change and politics for the last 25 years in a variety of not-for-profit and government organisations, as well as in Parliament House. For the last 5 years he has been the Chief Executive of the state's peak environment body, the Conservation Council of SA. He straddles the insider/outsider divide as an appointed member of the Premier’s Climate Change Council, the Adelaide Parklands Authority and a range of working groups and committees, including the Grote Street Business Precinct, while also leading and assisting community campaigns and movements for change. Craig is a passionate believer in collective altruism - the act of people generously working together on behalf of others and the planet we call home.

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20 November, 2019

8:30am - 6:00pm

Gilbert Suite, Adelaide Convention Centre
North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000