The New South Wales
Public Sector Young Leaders Conference

Rydges Sydney, Thursday 27th September 2018

09:10 - 09:40

Keynote address

Deidre has worked in frontline roles in child protection and juvenile justice, managed regional operations across human services and lead state wide reform initiatives for the Queensland government. Between 2004 and 2016, she worked in a number of executive roles in statutory child protection, juvenile justice and public housing in both operational and program development roles in Queensland and New South Wales. In her current role, Deidre is responsible for ensuring that client outcomes and the use of robust evidence and data drives the decisions about how services are delivered, monitored and improved.

Deidre Mulkerin

Deputy Secretary, Commissioning, Department of Family and Community Services

09:40 - 10:30

Development Session

How you see yourself is linked to your identity, but how others see you is more closely aligned to your reputation. There are always subtle differences between how we see ourselves and how others perceive us. However, if there is a significant lack of awareness or misalignment between the two then you could be doing yourself a disservice. The first session of the conference explores the concept of self-identity before turning towards professional reputation.

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome and Opening Comments 

Antony Maxwell

Senior Facilitator & Director of Learning and Development, ASAM

 10:30 – 10:50      Morning Tea

10:50 - 11:20

Keynote Address 

Leilani Frew was appointed inaugural CEO of the Commonwealth Government’s Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency (IFPA) in 2017. IPFA is provides commercial and financial advice to support the Australian Government’s infrastructure investment decisions. With a career spanning over 25 years, Leilani is an experienced infrastructure finance and advisory professional having held leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. Leilani held senior roles in NSW Treasury, Moelis, RBS, ABN AMRO and Commonwealth Bank. In 2015 she received the Women's Achievement in Infrastructure Award from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. Leilani is a member of various advisory boards and councils, including Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, the International Project Finance Association and the NSW Branch of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.


Leilani Frew

Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency

11:20 - 12:20

Development Session  

Values based leadership considers the notion that both personal values and organisational values align. However, in reality this is rarely 100% accurate. During challenging times or in highly pressurised environments values can act as a powerful anchor allowing us to remain confident and decisive. This development session explores the concept of values based leadership and how as leaders we must find a path that aligns our needs with that of our organisations. Moreover, it peels back the layers of occupational ‘need’ to identify how values can play out in the workplace.

 12:20 – 13:00      lunch

13:00 - 13:30

Keynote Address 

Superintendent Craner joined the NSW Police Force in 1990. He has performed roles in General Duties, Drug and Anti Theft Units, Undercover Work and Criminal Investigations in Central Metropolitan (City Central, Surry Hills, Kings Cross Drug Unit, and Eastern Beaches) and Regional Commands (Wagga Wagga and Riverina Anti Theft).

Superintendent Craner played a major role in several protracted public order rallies in Sydney CBD including the Occupy Sydney Protests. He also was heavily involved in the entire Lindt Siege Café Co-ordination and Response. As Commander Port Stephens he was instrumental in gathering the community’s confidence by arranging community forums, raising awareness of Domestic Violence in the Northern Region of NSW and displaying an adaptive leadership style that earnt him recognition from across all levels of government and community. 

Superintendent Chris Craner

Commander, Wollongong Police District, NSW Police Force

13:30 - 14:30

Development Session 

Leading with mindfulness and presence explores the importance and impact of emotional health. Indeed, when we are ‘operating’ at our best we find that we build strong relationships across the organisation, have a comprehensive overview of the work, tasks and projects are completed and there is a true sense of excitement and achievement. This development session will explore the framework of vertical levels of development and the impact of emotional health.

 14:30 – 14:50      Afternoon Tea

16:20 - 16:50

Keynote Address 

In 2000 Barry Irvin became Chairman of Bega Cheese. Back then, the business produced 3,500 tonnes of cheddar, sold only domestically, and employed around 80 people. Today it is an ASX listed company with global sales exceeding $1.2 billion. It produces approximately 230,000 tonnes of cheese and other products; exports to over 40 countries; and employs around 2,000 people. Barry has chaired the charity Giant Steps since 2002. Giant Steps provides services to children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder. Barry was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to the dairy industry and children with disabilities. He was also named NAB Monash University Agribusiness Leader of the Year and Rabobank Agribusiness Leader of the Year. 

Barry Irvin AM

Executive Chairman, Bega Cheese and Chairman, Giant Steps

16:50 - 17:00

closing Comments 

Antony Maxwell

Senior Facilitator & Director of Learning and Development, ASAM

14:50 - 15:20

Keynote Address 

Jody has been deeply involved in the development of Service NSW from the initial business case to the present. She is leading the transformation of NSW Government transactional services into an agile omni-channel network delivering responsive customer services. Jody is recognised for high performance business achievements and is a passionate advocate for the development of teams and individuals. Jody has held senior executive roles in the NSW public service for more than a decade, including Family and Community Services and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. These roles have all been transformational, leading significant reform in service provision and running large multidisciplinary teams in complex environments.

Jody Grima 

Executive Director, Service Delivery, Service NSW

15:20 - 16:20

Development Session   

An ability to redefine our value and take ownership of our role, whatever our current level, is a critical skill in the modern working world. Indeed, if we are not making decisions ourselves, then somebody else is surely making them for us. The final development session explores our own career direction and how the decisions we make enable us to follow our chosen pathway. It considers how we can develop a ‘stepping up’ mindset, actively develop advantageous relationships and prioritise brave, adaptive thoughts and action.





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