Member Mentoring with Len Kosova

Member Events - 3 Apr 2017

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.


Len Kosova
Chief Executive Officer, City of Vincent

Len joined the City of Vincent as its Chief Executive Officer in August 2014. He is a Town Planner by trade and began working in planning in 1995 after graduating from Curtin University.

Before joining Vincent, Len held Director positions in three other local governments over a period of 13 years, spaning the portfolios of planning, building, health, environmental management, development engineering, policy and strategy, economic development and urban regeneration.

Len believes in finding and liberating the talent in every organisation, that the role of great leaders is not to gather followers but to create even greater leaders and that nothing is ever "as good as it gets".

Now, at the age of 41, Len says he's made a living out of rocking the boat, being curious, asking stupid questions, learning from others and collecting experience and ideas along the way.