Member Mentoring with Susan Hunt

Member Events - 20 Oct 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.


Susan Hunt PSM
Chief Executive Officer, Western Australian Zoological Parks Authority (Perth Zoo)

Following a career in public policy, conservation, business development and planning, Susan Hunt was appointed Perth Zoo’s Chief Executive Officer in 2004. She previously worked in various roles in Aboriginal Affairs including State-Commonwealth negotiations and remote area service delivery,

Susan is the President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria and editor of the first global zoo and aquarium Animal Welfare Strategy, Caring for Wildlife, which was published in Switzerland in 2015. She is a past President of the Australasian Zoo and Aquarium Association, and Vice President of the Council of the Institute of Public Administration WA. She was also a member of the advisory board to the WA Public Sector Commission’s Centre for Public Sector Excellence until 2015. 

Susan was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) by the Governor General of Australia in the 2010 Australia Day Honours list for her outstanding contribution to conservation and public service.