Please join us as we welcome our next ‘On the Couch’ guest Damien Walker, appointed as Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, in April 2022. Damien is a proud South Australian who has returned after nearly 12 years in Queensland, where he worked in various Director-General roles, drove economic growth and job creation and successfully led Queensland’s delivery of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

During this session, Mr Walker will share with us some of the highlights of his career as well as goals for his current role and address questions you may have during the audience Q&A. Join the conversation and submit your questions via Slido here now.


Learn about our speakers

Damien Walker

Chief Executive
Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Damien Walker was appointed Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in April 2022.
He is a proud South Australian, who has returned to the South Australian Public Sector following nearly 12 years in Queensland.
Damien is an experienced executive who has broad background in strategic planning, industry development and public policy.
He was formerly Director-General of the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, in the Queensland Government. In his various Director-General roles, he drove economic growth and job creation and successfully led Queensland's delivery of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Immediately prior to returning to South Australia, he led the Queensland Government’s flood recovery efforts.
His background also includes senior executive roles in the South Australian Government in infrastructure planning and delivery, investment facilitation, contract management and reform implementation, including working on the construction of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Glenside campus redevelopment and the SAHMRI building.
Damien has also served on a number of boards in the areas of economic development, trade and investment.
Above all, Damien is passionate about gender equity in the workplace and the prevention of domestic and family violence. He is also driven to deliver initiatives to create opportunities for First Nations people.
Damien holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Planning, and further academic qualifications in property and planning.
Damien is married to Tamara and has three young daughters.

Jamie Briggs

Adelaide Managing Partner
PwC Australia

Jamie Briggs is the Adelaide Managing Partner and South Australian Government leader at PwC.
He was previously a member of the Australian Parliament, serving in the capacity of Federal Minister for Cities and the Built Environment and the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development. Prior to entering Parliament he was a Senior Advisor to the then Prime Minister the Hon. John Howard from 2004-2007 advising on workplace relations reform.
He has completed his MBA at the University of Adelaide and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Relevant Experience

Throughout Jamie’s 15 year career in the Australian Government he has worked extensively on significant public policy issues, managing a range of stakeholders and delivering high performance outcomes. More specifically in his role as Federal Infrastructure Minister, Jamie worked very closely with State Governments to design and implement major infrastructure projects ranging across Australia. This included developing unique and innovative approaches to deliver projects such as the implementation of the Australian Government infrastructure asset recycling programme, the development of the Western Sydney Airport supporting and infrastructure and the first of its kind concessional loan for the 2nd stage of the WestConnex project in Sydney. In addition, Jamie was appointed as the first ever Federal Cities Minister beginning the process of establishing the city deal concept in Australia.

Since joining PwC in February 2017, Jamie has worked with a range of issues with clients to implement strategies for dealing with significant public interest issues to achieve high quality outcomes. This has included developing PwC’s approach to cities with the development of the ‘CityPulse’ and working with private sector clients to develop solutions to important problems by providing a deep understanding of government and its processes driven from extensive experience in the government sector.

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5 July 2022

9:30 am (Networking Morning Tea)
10:00 am to 11:00 am Event

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