Meet the 2018 Top 10 Young Leaders Award Winners

Queensland’s exceptional young leaders in public service across local, state and federal government were recognised on Thursday 28 June 2018, at IPAA Queensland’s Top 10 Young Leaders Awards ceremony in Brisbane, Queensland.

The Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Queensland division, in partnership with Davidson, called for nominations for the inaugural IPAA Queensland Top 10 Young Leaders Awards in May 2018. The awards acknowledge the invaluable contribution of innovative and inspirational young leaders, aged 35 years or under, who are making a significant difference to public service throughout Queensland.

Award applicants were assessed against the awards criteria by an esteemed panel of judges comprised of senior leaders across government, industry, and community sectors.

The Top 10 Awards finalists were presented a trophy of recognition by Robert Setter, IPAA Queensland President and Chief Executive, Public Service Commission, David Reynolds, General Manager, Davidson Executive and Boards, and Samantha Palmer, General Manager, Australian Bureau of Statistics. Highly commended applicants were also acknowledged with a certificate of excellence.

The keynote speech was delivered by inspirational speaker and Paralympic champion, Karni Liddell.

The group of Top 10 Leaders were awarded a scholarship to Davidson’s Leadership Acceleration Program (DLAP). The program helps participants gain insights into their capabilities and build on their existing skillset. The goal of the program is to build the confidence and capability of our emerging leaders.

IPAA thanks all applicants for taking the time to enter the IPAA Queensland Top 10 Young Leaders Awards, and congratulates the Top 10 Young Leaders.

Top 10 Young Leaders:
• Alicia Haines, Project Officer – Aboriginal Partnerships, Wet Tropics Management Authority
• Loretta Johnson, Executive Manager, Queensland Ambulance Service
• Sarah Killey, Program Manager – Assistant Director Project Delivery, Fair Work Ombudsman
• Luke Kinman, Service Manager – Communication, Engagement and Tourism, Redland City Council
• Ben Lorraway, Acting Regional Manager – North Queensland, Department of Housing and Public Works – Sport and Recreation Services
• Dr Priya Martin, Acting Research Officer, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service
• Rebecca Murray, Principal Right to Information Officer, Queensland Department of Environment and Science
• Samuel Redman, Acting Principal Project Officer, Office of the Coordinator-General, Queensland
• Jessica Schwilk, Media and Communications Officer, Queensland College of Teachers
• Scott White, Transition to Success – Senior Transitions Officer, Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women