Source: Australian Public Service Commission
Headline: AGLN WA Conference: Speakers
Last updated: 19 May 2017
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Ms Kerri RussAssistant Secretary, Inspection Services Group – West, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Ms Stephanie Foster PSMDeputy Australian Public Service CommissionerStephanie Foster was appointed as the Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner on 3 October 2013. In this role she supports the Australian Public Service Commissioner in leading and shaping a unified, high performing Australian Public Service.Stephanie joined the Commission from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports where she had been since its inception as the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government in September 2010. Her responsibilities included regional policy and the Arts.Prior to that Stephanie was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government where she had direct responsibility for Local Government and Regional Development, the Office of Northern Australia and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.Stephanie Foster is a career public servant who has worked with the Australian Public Service since joining the Department of Defence in 1987 as a graduate trainee. Stephanie spent sixteen years in the Intelligence community in a range of analytic and management positions and a further six years in Defence’s International Policy area. Stephanie was awarded a Public Service Medal in June 2008 for her policy support to Australian Defence Force deployments overseas. She has also been awarded the French decoration of Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite for her work to develop Defence relations between France and Australia. Mr Jeremy MooreAssistant Commissioner, Workforce Strategy branch – ATO People, Australian Taxation Office
Jeremy Moore is the Assistant Commissioner of the Workforce Strategy branch in the Australian Taxation Office. The Branch’s responsibilities include Strategic Workforce Planning, Job and Organisational, Entry Level Programs, HR Reporting & Analytics, Workforce Diversity and Workplace Relations & People Policy.Jeremy has broad experience in strategic planning activities within the Commonwealth public sector environment and the Australian Defence Force, including delivery of strategic workforce planning initiatives whose ultimates aims have been to ensure human capital planning and organisational outcomes are aligned.Previously, Jeremy worked in Centrelink , Medicare and the Department of Human Services for eight years in various roles. Prior to this, Jeremy was with the Australian Army in a range of strategic management and HR roles both within Australia and overseas. This has given him some unique insights into how other organisations, countries and cultures treat a range of strategic workforce and diversity issues. Associate Professor Ruth BridgstockQueensland University of TechnologyProfessor Ruth Bridgstock is Dean – Academic in the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia, where she is also Professor of Learning and Teaching. Ruth is passionate about developing ‘future capable’ learners, teachers, programs, and educational institutions. Her activities are all centered on the question of how we can foster capabilities for productive participation in the 21st century knowledge economy and society. She engages in research and scholarship into the changing world of work, capability needs, and approaches to learning in the digital age. Ruth designs, develops and evaluates innovative curricula and teaching approaches for the development of these capabilities, and is also engaged in teacher capacity building and educational and organisational transformation projects.Ruth is Australian National Senior Teaching Fellow for Graduate Employability 2.0, which seeks to foster individual and organisational connectedness capabilities for success in life and work in the 21st century. The fellowship also seeks to strengthen the capacity of higher education to cultivate meaningful connections and partnerships with industry, community and other key learning stakeholders. Ruth is author of ‘Creative Graduate Pathways Within and Beyond the Creative Industries’ (Routledge) and ‘Creative Work Beyond the Creative Industries: Innovation, Employment and Education’ (Edward Elgar). Ms Maria FernandezDeputy Secretary, Department of Immigration and Border ProtectionMaria Fernandez commenced in the role of Deputy Secretary Intelligence and Capability Group in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in April 2015. In this role, Maria is responsible for the intelligence, identity and biometrics, major capability and ICT activities that enable the Department’s core operations.From 2012, Maria was the first woman head of an Australian Intelligence Agency, as the Director of the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation. In this role Maria was responsible for the provision of geospatial-intelligence to the Government, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and National Security Agencies to provide operational and contingency support, emergency management support and for national security purposes.Prior to this, Maria was First Assistant Secretary Capability, Investment and Resources Division. In this role she was responsible for managing the Defence Capability Plan (Defence’s major capital equipment plan of $260 billion over 10 years) and the provision of independent advice to the Chief of the Defence Force and the Secretary of Defence on capability related matters, including the overall balance of investment on current and future capability and major investment proposals and priorities.Maria also served as Deputy Director of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) responsible for providing all signals intelligence for Defence and national security purposes. She has considerable experience in the Defence portfolio, principally at the strategic level. Prior to joining ASD, she was First Assistant Secretary Defence White Paper responsible for the overall management of several reviews into the enabling and support functions of the Defence organisation and for the coordination of the costing of the 2009 Defence White Paper.Maria served as Chief of Staff to both the Minister for Defence and the Minister of Education where she worked closely with senior leadership to deliver significant outcomes. For Defence, this included the acquisition of multibillion dollar defence capabilities, favourable changes to funding arrangements, important policy changes in defence industry and ADF recruitment and retention and international defence negotiations. For Education, this included outcomes in school standards and funding reforms, an $8.5 billion science innovation package, values education, reform of the training sector and complex changes to the higher education and research sector.Maria spent several years as a senior consultant and manager with a software development firm and worked in the United Kingdom (UK) for two years consulting to the UK government on the design, development and implementation of financial systems.Maria is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Australia Day 2017 Honours List.Maria is married with two sons and enjoys skiing, travelling and spending time with her family. Born in Spain, she speaks spanish. Mr Stephen A Brown APM; M.St. (Cantab)Deputy Commissioner (Operations), Western Australia PoliceJoining the Western Australia Police in 1983, Mr Brown’s 34 year police career has seen him serve as a general duties and traffic officer across metropolitan and country areas; 11 years as a detective, specialising in the investigation of organised crime and homicide; along with various senior appointments leading both specialist and operational portfolios.Promoted to commissioned rank in 2001, Mr Brown was the Senior Investigator within the WA Police Royal Commission Investigation Team. In 2005 he was promoted to Superintendent Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) where he was instrumental in building IAU’s investigative capacity and delivering a number of the Kennedy Royal Commission’s reform recommendations. In 2007 Mr Brown was appointed District Superintendent South East Metropolitan and in the same year he was awarded the Australian Police Medal (APM) for his services to community.In 2008 Mr Brown was appointed Assistant Commissioner Traffic & Operations Portfolio (leading the State Traffic; Forensic; Airwing; Water Police: Mounted Section; Property Management; and Prosecuting Divisions) and in 2009 took responsibility of policing the Metropolitan Region. In 2010-2011 as Acting Deputy Commissioner (Operations) Mr Brown assumed the role of State Commander (Business Continuity) during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.In 2012 Mr Brown was appointed Deputy Commissioner (Specialist Services) and in 2014 Deputy Commissioner (Operations). After his appointment to the rank of Deputy Commissioner in 2012 he was appointed as the Corporate Sponsor for the WA Police Frontline 2020 Reform Program.As the Agency’s reform lead Mr Brown has been responsible for delivering:The new metropolitan police operating model.Regional policing reform.A comprehensive review of services and expenditure across the agency’s 480 business units known as SDRM. This reform generated 269 initiatives releasing 203 police officers from ‘back office’ to frontline operations; and realised $42 million in recurrent savings.Implementation of a large scale ‘Evidenced-Based Policing’ Program.Scoping and design of other programs of reform including: Custodial Care; Inventory; Intelligence; Workforce Optimisation; and Process (Red-tape) reduction.Mr Brown is:Chair of the Western Australia State Graffiti Taskforce.Chair of the WA Police Sports FederationChair of the 2018 Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games Advisory Committee.Deputy Chair of the Australia & New Zealand Society of Evidenced Based Policing. In 2016 Mr Brown was awarded a Master of Studies in Applied Criminology and Police Management from Cambridge University (UK). In 2017 he was inducted into the George Mason University (USA) Hall of Fame for his contribution to the Evidenced-Based Policing Movement.He is married to Superintendent Mary Brown and has four children (Aged 33; 26; 6 and 5 years!). He is a passionate chef and appreciator of fine red wine. Ms Roxanne Kelley PSM GAICDDeputy Secretary, Defence People Group, Department of DefenceRoxanne Kelley was appointed as the Deputy Secretary Defence People Group in November 2016. The Defence People Group contributes to Australia’s national security by providing management, policy, and planning and human resource services to Defence. The Group is also responsible for driving and reinforcing cultural change and the implementation of the First Principles Review, as well as supporting the integration of enabling services across the Department.Prior to her promotion Roxanne was the First Assistant Secretary Governance and Reform in the Department of Defence and reported to the Associate Secretary. Roxanne was responsible for enterprise reform and governance for the Department including leading work on implementation of the First Principles Review of Defence, corporate planning, enterprise risk management, performance monitoring reporting and information management policy.Prior to working in Defence, Roxanne was the National Director Compliance and Enforcement Division within the then Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. The Division was the main response area for Customs and Border Protection Services having responsibility for seaports operational responses, investigations, compliance assurance, cargo operations (with responsibility for examination of imported goods coming in by sea and air as well as international mail) and the provision of operational training and technology.Prior to this, Roxanne was National Manager Centrelink Call Performance from August 2006 to February 2008 where she had responsibility for performance and strategy development for Centrelink’s 25 call centres.From March 2002 until August 2006, Roxanne worked for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service firstly as the Director Passengers Queensland and then as National Manager Research and Development.
Before joining the Australian Public Service, Roxanne worked in the Queensland State Public Service for 19 years in the social welfare area.Roxanne has a Bachelor of Speech Therapy (University of Qld) and an Executive Masters of Public Administration (ANU). Roxanne is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.Roxanne was awarded the Public Service Medal in January 2017. Roxanne was recognised for her substantial contribution to the reform efforts underway to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department of Defence.Roxanne is married and has two sons. Mr Mal WauchopeCommissioner, Public Sector Commission
The Commissioner leads and positions the Public Sector Commission as an independent authority, to enhance integrity, effectiveness and efficiency across the Western Australian public sector. These responsibilities encompass balancing policy, assistance and oversight roles, and providing leadership to support an efficient and collaborative public sector. This includes supporting the provision of services to meet the needs of citizens across the state, and promotion of a sector that operates with integrity to ensure public trust and accountability. Changes to the Corruption and Crime Commission Amendment (Misconduct) Act 2014 (CCM Act) has also meant the Commissioner is responsible for the oversight, prevention and education relating to minor misconduct for all public officers, including universities and local government.
With recent public sector reform changes introduced by the Western Australian Government, the Commissioner is leading the Machinery of Government changes required to bring about the necessary structural changes. This change management process will focus on whole-of-government objectives to deliver services in a more efficient and effective way. Work has commenced on reducing the number of departments in WA from 41 to 25—in line with the Public Sector Management Act 1994—and the amalgamated departments will begin to come into effect from 1 July 2017.Proudly supported by