Issue 079
April 2018

  • A word from the CEO
  • News Flash
  • Member Profile
  • Industry Trends
  • Sponsor Insight
  • Network News
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Movers and Shakers
  • How to develop and promote your personal brand
  • Upcoming Programs and Events
  • In House Training
  • Recent Events
  • About Us
  •  Warren Gearey

  • Network Events
  • Events Calendar



A word from the CEO

In this month’s edition of Leaders Connect, we focus on the topic of personal brand – what unique traits are we recognised for?

Is it our approach to doing business? Our warmth? Our unique talents? Our style? The projects we are associated with?

Increasingly, our personal brand is becoming more important in an age of social media and increasing connectedness.

Your professional reputation, combined with what makes you authentically you, contribute to your own brand and it is this brand which will support you on your career journey. Are you aware of your own brand, the way others perceive you? Do you leverage this consciously?

Read on to learn more about your colleagues and their special skills and talents.

On the subject of talent, I extend huge congratulations to all Award finalists and winners – it was so special to celebrate with you at our recent Leadership Excellence Awards Dinner.

And to the Rural City of Murray Bridge – congratulations on winning the Management Challenge and good luck in the final!



News Flash

Performance Excellence Program (PEP) Early Bird and User Group Forum

If your Council has made the exciting decision to sign up to the Performance Excellence Program, but has not yet submitted the Contract Request Form, today is strictly the last day to receive the Early Bird rate.

In collaboration with PwC, we are running a User Group Forum next Monday 7 May, which is open to both existing and potential program users. There is no charge to attend this event, but registrations are essential.

For more information on the forum and to register visit the event here.


Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by

Warren Gearey

This month we speak with Warren Gearey, Continous Improvement (CI) Specialist at the City of Salisbury and Chair of the Continuous Improvement Network at LG Professionals, SA.
What is your work background/career path so far?
I started my career working for Fujistu Microelectronics in Manchester (UK) as a Microelectronics Technician being promoted into an Engineer role after further study.
After moving to Adelaide with my family in 1996 I worked for Motorola and Freescale Semiconductors for 10 years and then BAE Systems until 2015. I started in local government with Adelaide Hills Council in a Continuous Improvement Project Officer role prior to moving to the City of Salisbury in July 2016.
What motivates you? What are you most passionate about in local government?
I really enjoy helping people to do things better at work. There are so many people in local government who want to do the best they can for their residents and community.

Continuous improvement provides them with the opportunity to make things better no matter how big or small the opportunity is.



Industry Trends - Council brand or City Brand - What's the difference?

Like it or not, we are always competing. As cities and regions, we compete for investment, for population, for workers, for businesses and much more.

As councils, we compete for the best employees, the highest community satisfaction ratings and for recognition.

That’s why it’s so important to understand the two branding forces at play in a local government environment:

1.      the Place brand (City or Region brand) and
2.      The Organisational or Council brand.

With Placemaking becoming much more prominent in recent years, most people are very familiar with Place branding. It’s those things that people think about when they think about a Place.



Sponsor Insight - Statewide Super

In today’s world, many people are searching for higher meaning in their lives and this is transforming the workplace and the marketplace.

As a result, customer purchase decisions are often influenced by value-based motivations.

Organisations that hold similar ethical beliefs and practices are attracting an engaged and loyal target market.

It has long been recognised that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not solely focussed on an innate desire to make the world a better place, but it can be a source of long-term competitive advantage for your brand.

As a proud South Australian industry super fund, Statewide Super is committed to making a real difference in the world, to our communities, to our environment, to our employees and most importantly, to our members

For inspiration and to read more on Statewide Super’s initiative read on…

Network News

We have some really exciting forums coming up in the Network space in the next few months. Save the dates in your calendar to make sure you don’t miss out!

Events Network
Place activation and the role of events
Monday, 21 May 2018
City of Norwood Payneham St Peters

HR Network
Managing mental health in the workplace
Friday, 1 June 2018
Mount Barker District Council

Women’s Network
Confidence: Speak up and let your voice be heard
Friday, 22 June 2018
City of Charles Sturt

Continuous Improvement Network
Delivering and Measuring Performance
Friday, 29 June 2018
Mount Barker District Council

Further details of these forums will be sent in the following weeks.

If you would like further information on the above events or any of our networks, please contact Tahlia Willey, Network & Administration Officer at or phone 8291 7994.

Movers and Shakers

Congratulations to Keely and Bilal who have commenced new roles in recent months. 

District Council of Kimba
Former administration trainee Keely Westhoff, who obtained a Certificate III in Business and Certificate III in Business Administration during her 12-month traineeship, has been appointed as the District Council of Kimba’s newest Senior Administration Officer.

The Flinders Ranges Council
Bilal Akhtar – Works Manager, previously Engineer and Project Manager at Circular Head Council, Tasmania.

Tips and ideas - Everyone has a personal brand - do you know what yours is?

You may not know it yet, but – you are a brand.  Just like Coca-Cola, or Holden, or any corporation.

A brand is really just defined by a whole series of attributes, that the person (or corporation – or product) is KNOWN for – and stands for.

For example,
  • Mercedes-Benz – quality, dependability, luxury
  • Volvo – safety, luxury
  • Aldi – small range, cheap prices
  • Tesla, Apple – innovation, style
You get the idea.

So what’s your personal brand?  How would you describe yourself in a few words, as brand attributes?  Are you smart, quick-thinking, with a can-do attitude?

Or maybe you are reliable, dependable and trustworthy.

The interesting thing is, just as beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, your brand is not only defined by what YOU think you are, but what OTHERS think you are.


How to develop - and promote your personal brand

We spoke to LG Professionals, SA member and Executive Assistant to CEO & Mayor at Mount Barker District Council, Sue Miller on building, managing and protecting her personal brand. 

What is your brand and how have you come to establish it to what it is today?
“My brand is my reputation and my ability to influence. Protecting it is incredibly important to me. I’ve established it by being informed, consistent, ethical and kind.

My brand gives me confidence to act with purpose and be self-directed, especially when I’m under pressure. I believe my brand is built upon value adding for my community and helping my colleagues achieve that outcome, too."

"I don’t just show up, I show up joyful”.

read more…

Upcoming Programs and Events

Economic Development Forum 2018
Wednesday 20 June 2018
Adelaide Convention Centre

SAVE THE DATE- registrations opening soon


New Members

  • Jessica Kirk – City of Adelaide
  • Stephanie Papandrea – City of Adelaide

In-house Training

Did you know LG Professionals, SA now provide in-house training for councils?

Using our knowledge of local government and strong relationships with councils and quality presenters, we work to custom-design training programs that address specific individual and organisational needs.

All of existing programs (and much more) can be delivered onsite at your location. We can adapt training methods and language to match your policies, processes and systems which enables employees to connect with the learning in a relevant on-the-job context.

Benefits to councils:
  • Delivered onsite for your convenience
  • Cost effective for multiple staff requiring training
  • Tailored content to address specific individual and organisational needs
  • Leverage the benefits of group interaction to embed learning outcomes and maximise your ROI
  • Many of our programs offer optional coaching to help embed learnings post-training
  • Access to presenters with diverse industry backgrounds
  • Proceeds from LG Professionals, SA programs are reinvested back into the sector to assist continued support of professional networks, events and learning and development initiatives for local government professionals in South Australia.
Looking to run some in-house training? Contact Kate Staples at or 82917996.

Recent Events

LG Professionals, SA 17th Annual Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner

'Oh what a night, early April, back in 2018' (apologies to Frankie Valli - and now that tune will be stuck in your head all day).

It’s easy to run out of superlatives when describing the LG Professionals, SA Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner, held at the Entertainment Centre on the 6th April. 

The evening was simply spectacular, with the leading lights of SA’s local government thought leaders, all gathered in the one place, dressed to the nines and brimming with passion and enthusiasm.

Among them, the finalists for the LG Professionals, SA Leadership Excellence Awards as well as the participants in the 2018 Management Challenge - who were especially eager to find out which team won so they could all celebrate together.

The massive room looked stunning, the impressive array of tables set off by a gigantic cube of hanging lights looking like a futuristic chandelier from
the 'Land of the Giants’.

The awards night just keeps getting bigger and better – this year a record crowd of 547 of local government’s best and brightest networked, danced, ate, drank, chatted and above all, joined together to celebrate the achievements of local government in SA in the past year.

Spooky fact - there were 547 attendees and there are also 547 local councils in Australia – is this just a coincidence?  Well, yes, but interesting to ponder nonetheless….

Don’t miss the 2019 dinner!  if you work in local government, there’s simply no excuse to be anywhere else….

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Leadership Excellence Awards winners!
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Sector- Russell Peate, Mid Murray Council
  • Emerging Leader of the Year- Kristie Johnson, City of Charles Sturt
  • Leadership in Strategic Financial Management- City of Marion Open Space Transformation Team
  • Excellence in Local Economic Development- City of Adelaide Economic Insights Dashboard Team
  • Excellence in Risk Management- Rural City of Murray Bridge Lerwin Electronic Medication Team
  • Leadership in Community Services- City of West Torrens Swimming and Water Safety Program Team
  • Innovative Management Initiatives- City of Port Adelaide Enfield News and Information Videos Team
  • Excellence in Environmental Leadership & Sustainability- Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA) Materials Recovery Facility Project Team
  • Community Partnerships and Collaboration- Coorong District Council Creating Coonalpyn Team
  • Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure and Asset Management- Light Regional Council Accelerated Infrastructure Upgrade Team
  • Excellence in People and Culture- City of Marion Gap Year Program Team
  • Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration- Murraylands Starclub Initiative Team
  • Rural Management Challenge 2017- Wattle Range Council
  • Management Challenge 2018- Rural City of Murray Bridge
You can find photos of the the winners and information on all finalists here.

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About Local Government Professionals Australia, SA

LG Professionals, SA is a not-for-profit member based association representing professionals working in local government in South Australia. 

We have the ability to link and connect people from different councils who may not otherwise form relationships or share. 

Our high quality professional development programs and networking events are uniquely local government – reflective of the culture of the sector and sensitive to the needs of its professionals. 

The content of our events and programs are informed by our members and people who genuinely care about the sector. 

We provide a safe and supportive environment in which to grow and learn while creating opportunities to make time away from the office to work on the business or on self. 

We award and acknowledge achievements of excellence.

We are proud to be part of a national Federation of State based Local Government Professionals Australia organisations, supported by a national office dedicated to supporting the National Local Government sector.


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