Member Mentoring with Adam Fennessy

Member Events - 26 Oct 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.


Adam Fennessy
Former Secretary, Department of Environment, Water, Land, and Planning (Victoria)

Adam Fennessy is a Partner in EY's Advisory Practice, with a focus on government and strategy. This follows a 20 year career at State and Federal Government level, including over four years at Secretary (CEO) level.

In Government, Adam was Secretary of the Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) from January 2015 to June 2017. He led the organisation in creating liveable, inclusive and sustainable communities across Victoria while maintaining the State’s world class liveability.  Prior to this, Adam was Secretary of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, from April 2013 to December 2014.

Adam was appointed as a member of the inaugural Victorian Male Champions of Change group in 2015, and led change to embed gender equity across DELWP and areas of state government.  Adam was appointed to the inaugural board of Infrastructure Victoria, and served on the board of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria).  Adam is currently serving on the advisory councils of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.

Adam lives in Bendigo with his partner and young family, which gives him a unique perspective of the opportunities and challenges across regional areas of Victoria and Australia.