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 Chief Executive, Primary Industries and Regions South Australia, Michelle Edge who shares her insights on the opportunities and challenges her department faces, as we emerge into the COVID-19 recovery period. Ms Edge also discusss her thoughts on leadership frameworks, models and mantras that she finds particularly helpful during these times. Michelle Edge was interviewed by the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Erma Ranieri.
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Michelle Edge was appointed Chief Executive of Primary Industries and Regions SA in April 2020. As CE Michelle guides strategic direction across the Department’s policies, programs and actions to support the State’s primary industries, agribusiness and regions to achieve the South Australian Government’s strong ‘Growth State’ plan for economic growth.
Before joining PIRSA, Michelle’s previous experience included CEO of industry-Government partnership organisation, Operational Solutions for Primary Industries New Zealand. In this role, Michelle led policy and industry program implementation in animal health, biosecurity, wildlife management, pest and disease management and livestock traceability as well as service delivery of national policy programs, research, technology development, regional engagement and extension.
Between 2010 and 2014 Michelle served as the CEO of Australian Meat Processor Corporation, the Rural Research and Development Corporation for that sector, where she was responsible for driving service delivery in areas of sustainability, market access, climate change, productivity, food safety, marketing, technology.
Michelle has also held various senior roles in the Victorian Government and operated as a consultant in areas of biosecurity, animal health/welfare, productivity, market access and commercial and industry development.
Michelle has been passionate about agriculture throughout her life and career, and holds a Bachelor Degree with Honours in Agricultural Science from University of Melbourne, where she also undertook research in her early career.
Erma Ranieri FIPAA
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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18 September 2020