Leading through uncertainty – IPAA & EY Webinar


IPAA Queensland is pleased to invite you to Leading through uncertainty, an online discussion delivered in partnership with EY on 24 November.

This complimentary event will feature Air Chief Marshall Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d).

Facilitated by Catherine Friday, Managing Partner Oceania Government and Health Sciences, EY, this ‘fireside chat’ style interview will feature Sir Angus sharing his experiences, insights and key learnings from years of leading teams and leaders in times of challenge and crisis. The session will be interactive with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and delve deeper into Sir Angus’ experience, insights and wisdom.

Sir Angus Houston

Sir Angus’s distinguished career includes 40+ years in the military, including as Chief of the Australian Defence Force (2005-2011) and Chief of Air Force (2001-2005). He is respected by all sides of politics, and since retiring from the military has continued to be in demand by successive governments for his skills as a leader and problem solver and for his wisdom and judgment.

The breadth of his leadership is illustrated by a few of his recent roles:

  • Chair of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority responsible for implementing and delivering on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan by 2024
  • The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy leading Australia’s efforts to help recover, identify and repatriate Australians killed in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 disaster (appointed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott in July 2014)
  • Head of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre formed to oversee the efforts to locate Malaysia Airlines MH370 in the weeks following its disappearance (appointed by PM Abbott in March 2014)
  • Head of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers to identify the best way forward to prevent asylum seekers risking their lives on dangerous boat journeys (appointed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2012).

In 2015, Sir Angus was named as a Knight of the Order of Australia, the nation’s highest honour for extraordinary and preeminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force and continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles and various roles within the community.

Catherine Friday

Catherine is both the Managing Partner, Oceania Government and Health Sciences; as well as the EY Global Education Partner. The practice she leads is a dynamic and rapidly growing team that represents approximately 25% of the Firm’s client and revenue base in Oceania and is an area of substantial and strategic investment and growth for EY in Oceania and globally. She has 25 years’ experience in professional services and has worked extensively with domestic and international Governments and University clients as a corporate advisor.

Catherine has a deep professional commitment to supporting the work of governments and has focused extensively on supporting the complex and important work of this sector. She has led and delivered a broad range of services to agencies who are implementing major programs and reforms across Australia.

Webinar Details

Wednesday, 24 November

12:00 – 1:00pm (AEST)

Via MS Teams – link to be provided closer to the date

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