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.

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.


Dr Alec Coles OBE
Chief Executive Officer
Western Australian Museum

Alec Coles has been CEO of the Western Australian Museum since 2010. The WA Museum is the State’s premier scientific and cultural institution with sites in Perth, Fremantle, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Albany.

Alec was previously Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums in North East England for eight years.

Prior to that, he was CEO of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, a wildlife conservation charity in North East England.

Alec is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Western Australia, an Executive Member of the Council for Australasian Museum Directors, a Board member of the Australian Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and former Chair of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Australia.

He is currently Chair of the Participant’s Council of the Western Australian Biodiversity Sciences Institute.

He is committed to developing and demonstrating the public value of museums in today’s society.

With an aspiration to create a museum that is owned and valued by all West Australians and admired by the world, Alec drove the development of the new WA Museum Boola Bardip, a $400 million redevelopment in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre. 

In 2010, Mr Coles was awarded an OBE for Services to Museums.