Message from our retiring President, Ian Stewart AO

It seems like 2022 has come and (almost) gone in a hazy blur.  What a year it has been!

2022 has been a fantastic year for IPAA Queensland.  With a comprehensive and diverse event program and an insightful array of content throughout the year, we have covered a wide spectrum of thought-leadership and challenging topics. I hope that through this program, we have played a key part in supporting your career journey, expanding your networks, and building pride in public service.

It is what IPAA Queensland is here to do and will continue to do.

I have had the privilege of stewarding IPAA Queensland as President for three years now, and I have enjoyed seeing the growth of the organisation, and in particular how we have adapted and pivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

As we enter a new year, I am also pleased to announce a forthcoming evolution to our governance leadership.

Two members of the IPAA Queensland Council will take the reigns over the strategic direction of the organisation from January 2023.  I could not be prouder to announce that Deidre Mulkerin will take over as President, and that Tanya Hornick, current Secretary, will take on additional duties as Vice President of IPAA Queensland.

Both Deidre and Tanya have been fantastic contributors to the IPAA Queensland Council and are extremely well-placed to progress IPAA’s agenda in Queensland as we continue to develop and progress our mission.

Deidre Mulkerin is Director-General, Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs and Tanya Hornick is Strategic Partnership Manager, Queensland, Australian Bureau of Statistics. In a deliberate and purposeful decision, we have chosen leaders from each of the State and Commonwealth public sectors. Demonstrating our strategic commitment to developing nurturing public sector capability on issues and capability of state and national importance.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the President’s Chair at IPAA and feel that this is the appropriate time to transition out of this role. I particularly grateful to our former Director Dr Patty Renfrow and our current Director Andrew Wills for their efforts during my time on the Council. I have witnessed Andrew’s leadership over the past year as he engaged and directed our IPAA community. I am very confident that our wonderful organisation is well managed moving forward.  I will of course remain a committed IPAA Queensland member!

I wish Tanya and Deidre all the best and have no doubt they will take IPAA Queensland to new heights in the new year.

I would like to thank all of you, our members, friends and partners, for your support in 2022. Your commitment to public purpose outcomes and developing capability, is what makes public service in Queensland a truly wonderful endeavor.  I also acknowledge the IPAA Queensland team, particularly Erin, Vendula and Trish, who have worked tirelessly and with passion to bring you outstanding events this year. I thank them on your behalf.

Keep an eye out for our 2023 program, with new and innovative initiatives that I know will inspire and challenge!

I look forward to keeping connected and informed with the broader public purpose sector with IPAA, and I hope to see you at an IPAA Queensland event in the near future.

Warm Regards,

Ian Stewart AO


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