Graduates Inspired By Aps Leaders

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3rd November 2010, 02:18pm - Views: 1765


16 Furzer Street, Phillip ACT 2606, Australia


Issued 3 November 2010

For immediate release

Graduates inspired by APS leaders

At a special annual event hosted today by the Australian Public Service Commission, APS graduates

were provided with an opportunity to hear from and pose questions to four inspiring Senior Executive

leaders who commenced their careers in the APS as graduates.

Candid Reflections from inspiring APS Leaders is a ‘Parkinson-style’ interview discussion, now in its

4th year. It was held today in the Hellenic Club of Canberra with over 600 graduates, their supervisors

and coordinators along with agency representatives from across 35 APS agencies in attendance.

Ms Carmel McGregor, Deputy Public Service Commissioner, chaired the event and drew on the

insights of four inspiring SES leaders

Mr Ed Killesteyn, PSM

Electoral Commissioner

Australian Electoral Commissioner

Mr Geoff Leeper 

Deputy Secretary

Department of Climate Change and Energy


Ms Claire Howlett

Assistant Secretary

Finance & Aquatic Partnerships Branch

Department of Sustainability, Environment,

Water, Population and Communities

Mr Scott Gregson

Group General Manager

Enforcement Operations Group 

Australian Competition and Consumer



wide range of topics were discussed including their pathways to success, leadership style, lessons

learnt about being a leader, motivating staff, and building credibility.

Ms McGregor noted that

‘Today’s APS Graduate must be able to rise to the challenges presented to them, thrive in

working in a team environment and be focused and committed to creating a better APS for

the future. Graduates develop skills that enable them to become middle and senior

managers within the APS. Providing them with these developmental opportunities is vital

to ensuring the APS retains talent for the future 


The Graduate Development Program and its three flagship events, A Taste of Government,

The Great APS Debate and Candid Reflections provide graduates with a variety of unique

networking opportunities, to hear first hand from Senior Executive leaders, on issues facing

the APS today. There is no doubt that graduates benefit enormously from such robust

learning and development opportunities, and that the Australian citizen is the beneficiary of

a stronger client focus and service delivery that results from such training.’ 

Media Contact:

Clare Page

Group Manager, APSC Product & Services Group

Australian Public Service Commission

(02) 6202 3761 / 0438 806 242

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