Stewards on the Couch Series – Jasmina Joldić PSM

About this Event 

IPAA Queensland invites the public purpose community to attend our first Stewards on the Couch series for 2024. 

This event will see Ms Jasmina Joldić PSM, Director-General of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General take to the couch to have a conversation with Russell Fairbanks, Managing Director of Luminary. 

During this conversation, attendees can expect to hear more about Jasmina’s long-standing career in public service, her leadership journey, career challenges, and priorities for the portfolio, and her journey as a first-generation humanitarian migrant in Australia. 

This event is a must attend for anyone keen to understand the career journey of one of Queensland’s top public purpose leaders and connect with others in the sector. 


Stewards on the Couch follows a casual, ‘in conversation’ style format where the interviewer, and the interviewee take to the couch to conduct and informative, engaging and interactive discussion.   

The audience are invited to participate in a short Q&A opportunity after approximately one hour of conversation.  After event content has been conducted, there is a short but engaging networking session afterwards over refreshments. 


Date: Thursday 20 June 2024
Time: 4.15pm for a 4:30pm start – 6pm with networking refreshments after
Location: Multifunction Rooms 1 & 2, 1 William Street, Brisbane
Price:  free for IPAA Queensland full members, $35 for organisational members, $65 for non-organisational members  


Ms Jasmina Joldić PSM is an accomplished senior executive and policy expert who has advocated for equity throughout her career. Jasmina’s expertise in guiding high-performing teams and driving outcomes on critical initiatives has been built from over 15 years of experience across the State and Commonwealth governments, as well as the higher education sector.  

Ms Joldić has been Director-General of Queensland’s Department of Justice and Attorney-General since May 2023. This role follows her experience as Associate Director-General, Strategy, Policy and Reform in Queensland Health, in which she led the development of visionary system-wide policy, including HealthQ32, and prior leadership of critical functions contributing to Queensland’s successful COVID-19 response, for which she was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2022.  

Ms Joldić previously served in strategic leadership and policy roles across a range of Queensland and Commonwealth Government agencies, including the Department of the Premier and Cabinet; Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning; Department of Community Safety; and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.  

Ms Joldić received the Griffith University and Griffith Business School Alumnus of the Year awards in 2023.  

Her experiences in the higher education sector with the University of Queensland and University of Melbourne have also contributed to her innovative approaches to public sector reform, strategy and organisational design to facilitate transformation.  

ABOUT russell fairbanks

Russell Fairbanks, Managing Director of Luminary. With over 20 years in senior executive roles at leading global consulting firms, Russell Fairbanks founded Luminary™ in 2019 to provide leadership advisory services to Queensland’s most respected organisations.

Russell works with senior executive leaders, supporting them in their leadership development and career transitions or helping them build high-performing teams.

Luminary™ has developed a track record of success as identifying leaders for positions such as Chairperson and Non-Executive Directors, Chief Executive Officers and Directors-Generals as well as senior executive positions across public and private sectors.

He holds degrees from the University of Sussex and the University of London. He has professional qualifications in leadership and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Russell is a non-executive director, has founded two businesses and is a regular presenter on workforce trends, leadership and organisational design, including a guest spot on Sky News Business and ABC Radio.


Luminary is proud to support IPAA Queensland as a major sponsor and Stewards on the Couch series partner

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 Stewards on the Couch is a regular and highly popular feature of IPAA’s annual event program, where one or more chief executives is joined by a respected journalist or facilitator ‘on the couch’ for an informal, conversation-style interview.  

These events provide the IPAA community an opportunity to learn more about the influences, priorities, and core values of stewards leading public purpose work along with the key challenges and opportunities facing their organisation and/or sector.  Guests are invited to stay for networking and refreshments after the interview.