Our Council

IPAA ACT is governed by an elected Council of twenty members, including an Executive Committee which comprises of seven members.

2017-19 Council

Please click here to view the complete list of the IPAA ACT Council for the period 2017-19.

On 30 June, nominations were sought for the the role of Councillor, with the number of nominations received exceeding positions available. Following a ballot, the election process for the Council is now complete. These nominations will be confirmed at the IPAA ACT Annual General Meeting on 19 September 2017. Council members serve a two-year term, with the next election for Council in June 2019.

2017-19 Council


Frances Adamson
Department of the Foreign Affairs and Trade                   

Deputy President

Brendan Sargeant
Associate Secretary
Department of Defence

Deputy President

Carmel McGregor PSM FIPAA
Fellow and former Deputy Secretary


Barry Mewett FIPAA
Fellow and Individual Member


Elizabeth Kelly PSM
Deputy Secretary
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Assistant Secretary/Treasurer

Samantha Palmer
General Manager
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Chair Corporate Governance

Jonathan Hutson
Deputy Secretary
Department of Human Services

Dawn Casey PSM
Deputy CEO

Jack Dan 
Head of Global Foresight

Professor Mark Evans
Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra

David Hazlehurst
Executive Director

Alison Larkins
Deputy Secretary
Department of Health

Kathy Leigh FIPAA 
Head of Service
ACT Public Service

Michael Manthorpe PSM
Commonwealth Ombudsman
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman

Leonie McGregor
Chief Executive Officer (a/g)
Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority

Liz Quinn
Group Manager, Centre for Leadership and Learning
Australian Public Service Commission

William Story 
Chief of Staff, Office of the Secretary
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 

Professor Helen Sullivan
Director, Crawford School of Public Policy 
Australian National University

Dr Vivienne Thom AM
Former Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security
Independent Consultant 

Andrew Wood 
Deputy Secretary
Department of Human Services

Drew Baker (ex officio)
Chief Executive Officer
Institute of Public Administration Australia (ACT)