Member Mentoring with Gail McGowan

Open to all Individual Members

Member Events - 21 Sep 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.


Ms Gail McGowan
Director General, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

Gail was appointed Director General of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage in July 2017, and prior to this, was Director General of the Department of Planning from April 2014

Gail has overseen the development by the Department of Planning of the WAPC’s suite of draft strategic land use planning documents, Perth and Peel@3.5million, to consider how best to accommodate a population of 3.5 million people by 2050. She also has responsibility for implementing comprehensive planning reforms.

Gail is a highly regarded leader and negotiator across industry, government and the wider community. She has previously held senior positions at the Department of State Development, Worksafe and for State and Federal Ministers of Parliament. Gail is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and member of Chief Executive Women of Australia.