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.

Learn about our speakers

Mark Duffy

Chief Executive, Performance and Reform
Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Mark Duffy is the recently appointed Chief Executive of the Performance and Reform Unit with the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Responsible for public sector performance and reform and assisting the state’s economic rebuilding and recovery work in relation to COVID-19.

In February 2017 Mark was appointed as Chief Executive of the former Department of State Development and now Department for Innovation and Skills, after joining the South Australian public service in April 2016 as the first Chief Economist in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

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.

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10 April 2019

PwC, 11/70 Franklin Street, Adelaide SA 5000