Future Leaders

IPAA Future Leaders strengthens the networks of young professionals, particularly those working in and around public administration within the ACT. IPAA Future Leaders is a new series which reflects the merger of the former Young Professional's Network with alumni from the first IPAA Future Leaders Program delivered in 2016. 

Future Leader events will continue to host a number of professional development events throughout the year providing a platform to hear from senior leaders, engage with 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 IPAA Future Leaders Program provides an exciting development opportunity for young and emerging leaders in public administration to broaden their perspective and networks across the public sector. For more information about the Future Leaders Program click here.


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

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

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


Following the successful completion of the Future Leaders Program delivered in 2016, IPAA is pleased to launch a new series of Future Leader events in June with it's first "On the Couch" session, an informal setting which invites emerging and future leaders to hear from a public sector leader on leadership, forward thinking and excellence in public administration. 

Given the sucess of IPAA ACT's 2016 Census: Lessons Learned event held in December 2016, IPAAs first "On the Couch" series guest is Alastair MacGibbon, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security. This event is free to any emerging and future leaders employed by an IPAA Corporate member. You can click here to register.