Our Council

IPAA ACT is governed by an elected Council of twenty members, including an Executive Committee comprising seven members. Council members serve for a two-year term, with the current council appointed in September 2015. Elections for the next Council will be notified to all individual and corporate members in June 2017.

Executive Committee


Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM
Department of the Environment and Energy                   

Deputy President

Brendan Sargeant
Associate Secretary
Department of Defence

Deputy President

Carmel McGregor PSM FIPAA
Adjunct Professor, University of Canberra
former Deputy Secretary


Barry Mewett FIPAA
Retired Partner


Bronwen Overton-Clarke
Commissioner for Public Administration
ACT Public Service

Chair Corporate Governance

Jonathan Hutson
Deputy Secretary
Department of Human Services

Representative for IPAA National

Samantha Palmer
General Manager
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Council Members

Kathy Leigh FIPAA
Head of Service
ACT Public Service

Elizabth Kelly PSM
Deputy Secretary, Governance
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Alison Turner FIPAA
Program Review Consultant
Former CEO, National Blood Authority
and APVMA                   

William Story
Assistant Secretary
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Alison Larkins
Deputy Secretary / Chief Operating Officer
Department of Health

Leonie McGregor
First Assistant Secretary
Department of Finance

Liz Quinn
Group Manager
Australian Public Service Commission

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

Professor Deborah Blackman
School of Business
University of New South Wales, Canberra

James Cameron
Authority Member
Australian Communications and Media Authority

Michelle Crosbie
General Manager
Clean Energy Regulator

Dr Jack Dan
National General Manager, Government
Telstra Enterprise and Government

Kathy Kostyrko
Director, Public Sector
Hays Specialist Recruitment

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