To help you stay informed during COVID-19, IPAA SA, the South Australian Leadership Academy (Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment) and PwC are pleased to offer the Virtual on the Couch Series. 

Our guest for this informal interview was Acting Chief Executive, Department of Human Services, Lois Boswell who shared her insights into the SA public sector with a focus on the current situation with COVID-19. Ms Boswell also discussed her thoughts on leadership frameworks, models and mantras that she finds particularly helpful during these times. Ms Boswell was interviewed by Kim Cheater, Partner, PwC.

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Lois Boswell

Acting Chief Executive
Department of Human Services

Lois Boswell is the Deputy Chief Executive of the South Australian Department of Human Services which brings together a range of responses to support vulnerable people and to help build resilient communities. Her portfolio oversees the Office for Women, Community and Family Services, Youth Justice, Screening, and Concessions and Support Services. Lois is also Adjunct Professor with the University of South Australia.

Lois is an experienced executive who has influenced many areas of public policy including development, planning, disability, mental health, equity, environment, child protection, further education and consumer affairs. In 2013, she was recognised by the Governor of South Australia and inducted into the Women's Honour Roll.

Her diverse background includes positions such as Executive Director of Cabinet Office, Deputy Chief of Staff to SA Premier Weatherill, Social Impact Assessor for the Regional Forest Agreements, Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal Member, Community Legal Centre Manager and Chief of Staff to three Government Ministers.

Lois was formerly the inaugural Chief Executive of the Lifetime Support Authority, South Australia's personal injury scheme providing long-term treatment, care and support for people who have received serious lifelong disabilities from motor vehicle crashes.

In the Department of Treasury and Finance, Lois led the Compulsory Third Party insurance reform project to change tort law damages, reduce premiums and create the new no-fault care system as part of the move towards a National Injury Insurance Scheme.

Lois has also led the development of influential South Australian planning strategies, including the 2011 update of South Australia’s Strategic Plan and the 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide, which received national recognition as the most advanced integrated Australian city plan.

Lois is a lawyer and the recipient of a LexisNexis Legal Research Prize for Torts. She also holds a Masters of Applied Science in Social Ecology, in which she received the University Prize for Outstanding Research.

Kim Cheater

Partner, Adelaide
PwC Australia

Kim Cheater is the Adelaide Partner for PwC. During his time at PwC, Kim has led the Risk, Governance, Internal Audit, IT Consulting and Cyber Security businesses along with the firm's Government Sector and Financial Services practice areas. In July 2016 Kim was appointed as the Adelaide Market's Managing Partner and to PwC's 2020 Leadership Team. Throughout his career, Kim has been committed to indigenous reconciliation. He leads PwC's national Reconciliation Team and in 2016 Kim was made an Ambassador to the Aboriginal Employment Industry Cluster Program by the Governor of South Australia.

Event brought to you by

Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
South Australian Leadership Academy
PwC Australia

1 June 2020