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.

2015-17 Council


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 FIPAA
General Manager
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Kathy Leigh FIPAA
Head of Service
ACT Public Service

Elizabeth 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)