Member Mentoring with Prof. John Phillimore - Director, JCIPP

Personal Members Only

Across all three levels of government and the community sector there exists a tremendous amount of knowledge and wisdom that we now make available to you through an informal small group mentoring session.

In 2020 we have identified a number of themes emerging from the public sector reform process and sought mentors from a wide range of sectors in line with the impetus for professional public servants to have improved capacity for collaboration and working with organisations beyond the public service. This is an opportunity available exclusively to personal members.

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.

By attending mentees will:

  • 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. 

Topics you may wish to discuss at the session include:

  • Leadership styles and attributes
  • Networks: building, sustaining etc.
  • Personal presentation and communication skills ( e.g. resumes, interviews, public speaking)
  • Working with others in teams: as a member; as a leader
  • Managing performance (your own and others)

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.

The group mentoring concept will see well credentialed IPAA members and leaders invited to engage with eight IPAA members over a light meal to provide advice and insight as to fulfilling your potential.


Prof. John Phillimore
John Curtin Institute of Public Policy

Professor John Phillimore joined Curtin in July 2007 as the Executive Director of The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP).

A Rhodes Scholar, he did his undergraduate degree at the University of WA in politics and history, and has a first class honours in Politics and Economics at Oxford University. From 1987 to 1991 he studied at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex in the UK, where he did a coursework Masters degree and a DPhil on new technology, vocational training and industrial relations in Australia. From 1991-2001, he was an academic at the Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy at Murdoch University.

John has also worked for many years at senior levels in the Western Australian government. He worked as Chief of Staff to several Government ministers, in the mid-1980s and in the early 2000s. He was also Director of Intergovernmental Relations from 2005 to 2007, providing advice to the Premier and Cabinet on COAG and Commonwealth-State issues.

In addition to leading the JCIPP, John is closely involved with three other research centres and institutes at Curtin University:

  • National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE), where he is Director of Research;
  • Future of Work Institute (FOWI), where he leads the public policy research theme; and
  • Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), where he is a Professorial Fellow.

John has published on Australian public policy, politics, public administration, political economy, health regulation, and social policy. He has done contract research for many government agencies and other public, private and not-for-profit organisations. He is a regular media commentator on Australian and Western Australian politics and public policy.