Member Mentoring with Michelle Andrews

Personal Members Only

Member Events - 8 Sep 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 provided a rare opportunity to sit down with a former Commonwealth Secretary. To maintain a level of personal engagement,  numbers for these sessions are capped. Any Personal member, regardless of career stage is invited to participate.

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 were provided the opportunity to:

  • 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.


Michelle Andrews 
Deputy Director General, Strategic Policy
Department of Mines and Petroleum

Michelle joined the Department of Mines and Petroleum in 2011. As Deputy Director General Strategic Policy, Michelle is focused on ensuring Western Australia’s resources are developed responsibly and the state continues to be an attractive destination for international investment.

Michelle is an environmental scientist with more than 25 years’ experience in the public sector, including the Department of State Development, the Environmental Protection Authority and policy advisor to several State Government Ministers.

Michelle is also Deputy Chair of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia and board member of the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI).