Women in Leadership series: diversity in the public sector

Women in Leadership series: diversity in the public sector

WA
Jun 6
At the first Women in Leadership 2019 event in WA, CEDA welcomes Public Sector Commissioner, Sharyn O‘Neill and other leaders to share personal stories, motivations, strategies and speak to their commitment to delivering improved circumstances for all in WA.

Speakers

Michelle Andrews, Director General, WA Department of Communities
Sharyn O'Neill, Commissioner, WA Public Sector Commission
Mike Rowe, Director General, WA Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

Event overview

Join CEDA WA as we present outstanding leaders with big ideas, delivering solutions to complex diversity issues and working to ensure our public sector is strong, fosters collaboration and reflects our society.

The Women in Leadership series introduces those who provide checks and balances that are critical to a modern democracy, challenge existing structures and deliver new thinking in demanding environments. These are stories from those who have used new strategies and tools to influence change in core institutions and critical services.

Gather your colleagues and join CEDA as the Women in Leadership series begins.

Event presentations

Sharyn O’Neill, Public Sector Commission MP3

Mike Rowe, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation MP3

Michelle Andrews, Department of Communities MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the speakers

Michelle Andrews
Director General, WA Department of Communities

Michelle Andrews was appointed Director General of the Department of Communities on 1 May 2019. Michelle previously led the Policy and Reform Division in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and was also Secretary to the State Government’s independent Service Priority Review that delivered a wide-ranging blueprint for reform of the public sector. 

Prior to commencing at DPC, Michelle was a senior executive at the former Departments of Mines and Petroleum and State Development, in which she focused on major projects, resource development policy and strengthening relationships across government, industry and the community. Michelle is an environmental scientist with 30 years’ experience in the public sector, and has also worked as a senior policy advisor for several State Government Ministers. She has served as Deputy Chair of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia and on the Boards of the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute and the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Sharyn O'Neill
Commissioner, WA Public Sector Commission

Sharyn O’Neill was appointed as Public Sector Commissioner in July 2018 following 12 years as Director General of the Department of Education. She is the first woman to undertake the role.

Sharyn's priority as Commissioner is to strengthen and unify the public sector to better serve the needs of the Western Australian community. She is leading a major reform agenda with a focus on sector leadership, talent, diversity, workforce, integrity and capability.

Mike Rowe
Director General, WA Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

Mike Rowe is the Director General of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation in Western Australia, which was established on 1 July 2017.  Mike moved into the new role following three years as the Director General of the former Department of Water. Prior to this, he was Executive Director of Policy at the Department of Regional Development.

Having worked in a variety of leadership, policy, advisory and delivery roles since 1993, Mike is an experienced member of the Western Australian Government's senior executive service. His experience spans a number of natural resources management portfolios such as agriculture, environment and water, as well as central agencies including the Public Sector Commission and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Mike studied environmental science and holds postgraduate qualifications in social research and program evaluation and public sector management. 

Supported by CEDA members

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