About the event

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.

Who should attend

On the Couch events are open for anyone to attend, and focus on thought leadership and promoting capability and professionalism across the public purpose sectors.

Registration is complimentary for individual members of IPAA Queensland, and organisational member employees receive a 15% discount.


IPAA has been proud to host a number of public purpose stewards ‘on the couch’:

  • Deidre Mulkerin
  • Sonia Cooper
  • Michelle Lees
  • Mike Kaiser
  • Graham Fraine
  • Dr Chris Sarra
  • Angela Barney Leitch
  • Scott McDougall
  • Neil Scales
  • Lisa Siganto
  • Rachel Hunter
  • Kevin Cocks
  • Megan Houghton
  • Ian Stewart
  • Katarina Carroll
  • James Purtill
  • Tamara O’Shea
  • Jim Watterston
  • Professor Paul Simshauser
  • Barry Broe
  • Samay Zhouand
  • David Mackie

Build connections. Challenge your thinking. Keep informed. It’s your IPAA.


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