Future Leaders Series

IPAA Future Leaders aims to develop broad innovative perspectives to support the next generation of leaders, and prepare them to lead the public sector for tomorrow. IPAA Future Leaders reflects the merger of the former Young Professional's Network with alumni from the first IPAA Future Leaders Program delivered in 2016. 


Future Leaders will continue to host a number of professional development events throughout the year, creating opportunities for emerging leaders to engage with and learn from senior leaders, industry colleagues and develop contacts across the public and private sector. Events will include panel discussions, masterclasses, an annual CEO breakfast and collaborations with other ACT organisations and groups.


The On the Couch events series launched in 2017. This series invites emerging and future leaders to hear from a range of leaders across the public and private sector on leadership, forward thinking and excellence in public administration. These events are free to emerging and future leaders employed by an IPAA Corporate member. 

Past Event Resources 


To oversee the Future Leaders a Committe was formed in March 2017 and comprises of the following members:

  • Melanie O'Byrne | IP Australia (Chair)
  • Allyssa Sabbatucci | IP Australia
  • Angelica Snowden | Australian Public Service Commission
  • Jennifer Bauer | ACT Government | Justice Planning and Safety Programs
  • Kate Stanley | Department of Social Services
  • Michael Sanese | Department of Human Services
  • Rhiannon Wynn | Department of Education and Training 
  • Sarah Newport | KPMG
  • Samantha Doyle | contentgroup
  • Shona Boyle | Department of Agriculture and Water Resources 
  • Stephanie Russo | Department of the Environment and Energy
  • Tom Hogan | Department of Finance 

If you would like further information about the Future Leaders or have a suggestion, please contact Melanie O'Byrne.


The IPAA Future Leaders Program supports the vision of the former Young Professional's Network and Future Leaders Committee by providing an exciting development opportunity for emerging and future leaders in public administration, to broaden perspectives and networks across the public and private sector. Visit the Future Leaders Program page for further information.