Member Mentoring with Sue Ash

Personal Members Only

Member Events - 27 Jul 2016

Within our membership ranks there exists a tremendous amount of knowledge and wisdom that we now make available to you through an informal, small group mentoring session. This is an opportunity available exclusively to Personal members.

The mentoring session below was the second in a series of five (5) sessions to be delivered throughout the year. To maintain a level of personal engagement, a maximum of eight (8) members are invited to participate per session. Any Personal member, regardless of career stage is invited to participate.

The mentor session was driven by the group's needs as a mentee.

About Mentoring

Mentoring is an effective process for the transfer of professional skills and benefits mentees through support for skills and knowledge development. It is designed to provide an additional layer of career and professional development.

It is important to understand that mentoring is one component of a professional development plan. It is focused on career and professional development conversations. It complements skill development training and is not a substitute for emotional support systems such as counselling.

By attending mentees will:

  • Develop personal skills and self-confidence.
  • Gain a broader understanding of the public sector and the role of IPAA
  • Develop relationships with more senior colleagues to explore career and professional pathways in a supportive, informal environment.

Questions you may wish to bring to the discussion include:

  • Leadership styles and attributes
  • Networks: building, sustaining etc.
  • Personal presentation and communication skills ( e.g. resumes, interviews, public speaking)
  • Working with others in teams: as a member; as a leader
  • Managing performance (your own and others)


Sue Ash AO
CEO, UnitingCare West

Sue Ash AO holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of UnitingCare West, a not-for-profit community services organisation which provides a diverse range of services working with people and communities so that

those most in need in the Western Australian community can belong and thrive. 

Sue is involved with a range of government and community service peak organisations including the State Emergency Management Committee and the Premier’s Partnership Forum, the WA State Committee of National Disability Services Commission and a range of advisory groups. 

In June 2014, Sue was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her “distinguished service to the community, particularly in the area of social policy development, reform and implementation, and to the provision of services to people in need”. In 1999, Sue was a State Category winner and National Finalist of the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards. Sue was the joint winner of the IPAAWA Not for Profit Leader of the Year award in 2012.