Shaping the Views at the Top 2015

The Shape of Public Service to Come

Events - 15 Apr 2015

Building on the success of the previous events in this series, this forum offered young professionals a chance to listen, engage, and learn from an outstanding panel of presenters.
The session began with a series of rapid fire 15 minute presentations that cut to the chase about the big issues in society and public administration that are in of need solutions. These short sharp presentations provided the session with a unique high energy start. 
Delegates then had the extraordinary opportunity to engage with the presenters in developing solutions to the identified problems in a one hour workshop. 
A final Q&A session ensured that participants had the opportunity to raise any outstanding questions with the leaders and fellow delegates. 
The unique format ensured that participant's ideas were heard by the presenters, which is sure to have influenced their thinking and that of their organisations.

Participants will have left this session with enhanced influencing and critical thinking skills. In addition to these career critical skills, they will undoubtedly have built a broader network.  Studies have shown the positive impact that developing strong professional networks can have on productivity and consequently career progression. Read more here. 

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Topics Included

  • Complex problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration


Sven Bluemmel
Information Commissioner
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Presenters Included

Ms Michelle Reynolds
Chief Executive Officer, WorkCover WA

Ms Michelle Reynolds has worked in State Government for over 28 years, the last 14 working in senior executive roles and has played a key role in shaping public sector management policy. 

Ms Michelle Reynolds was commenced as Chief Executive Officer of WorkCover WA in December 2008. Prior to this, Ms Reynolds spent 12 years in senior management with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, reaching the level of Assistant Director General heading the Public Sector Management Division. 

During 2012 Ms Reynolds was seconded to the Department of Premier and Cabinet to support the establishment of a new sub-department for the State Emergency Management Committee and to develop the State’s first Emergency Preparedness Report

In May 2013 Ms Reynolds was again seconded to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet to work with the Premier in his role as Minister for Science on the establishment of the Office of Science which was part of the recent Machinery of Government reforms. 

Ms Reynolds has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia.

Mr Richard Sellers
Director General, Department of Mines and Petroleum

Mr Richard Sellers was appointed Director General of the Department of Mines and Petroleum in Western Australia in June 2009.  

Mr Sellers holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Biology, a Graduate Diploma in Education and Master of Public Policy and Management.

Mr Sellers has extensive experience in natural resource management and the regulation and approval of the mineral and petroleum industry.  His work on reform is widely recognised and in his current position has taken a lead role in improving WA’s safety performance, approval processes and has worked hard encouraging exploration to ensure WA’s ongoing development.

Last year, Mr Sellers received the IPAA WA Patron's Award - awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the State.

Len Kosova
Chief Executive Officer, City of Vincent

Len Kosova is the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Vincent. He is a Town Planner by qualification and began working in planning in local government in 1995 after graduating from Curtin University. Len has worked throughout Western Australia, from the north-west to the south-west and many places in between.

At the age of 26, Len landed his first Director of Planning role in local government at the Shire of Mundaring and for the subsequent 12 years held equivalent positions at the Cities of Gosnells and Wanneroo before joining Vincent in August last year.

Len is passionate about making organisations better and now at the age of 39 says he's made a living from rocking the boat, being curious, challenging convention and asking stupid questions.

Irina Cattalini
Chief Executive Officer, WA Council of Social Service

Irina has a strong commitment to working within civil society to bring about sustainable social change for the Western Australian community and has worked professionally within the community sector for fifteen years.

Irina joined WACOSS, WA’s leading community service peak body, in 2005.  She is currently Chief Executive Officer having previously held the position of Director, Social Policy.

In addition to her professional role, she has a strong history of voluntary contribution to the community. Irina is a member of the Civil Society Advisory Council at the Commonwealth Foundation and is Vice President of the Australian Conversation Foundation. 

Irina’s leadership in the community sector is well recognised. In 2014 she was invited by the USA State Department to participate in their International Visitor Leadership Program. In the same year she has been named as one of the Top 40 Leaders under 40 by WA Business News, awarded the University of WA Strategic Alliance Award and announced Leader of the Year in the Not for Profit Sector by the IPAA.

Irina has an Honours Degree in Political Science from the University of WA and is a Fellow of Leadership WA.