This month we caught up with Samantha Killington, Manager People and Culture at Campbelltown City Council about her role, the importance of investing in staff and her advice for anyone looking to do professional development.
What is your role and what does it entail?
I am the Manager People & Culture at Campbelltown City Council. My role entails business partnership and leadership to assist in people capability, strategy, process and culture, and facilitate the implementation and delivery of people and culture programs.
What is your career background?
Prior to joining Campbelltown City Council, I had worked within the manufacturing and defence industries. After 15 years I sought a change of industry and a new challenge and considered the LG sector. I was lucky to find a role with Campbelltown reporting to the CEO, and an organisation which is passionate about what it does and invests in its people.
Why do you think it is important to invest in your staff?
Organisations go to great lengths to recruit and on-board suitable employees only then to disregard the importance of their ongoing development. It’s critical both for retention and engagement but also important given the trends shaping the future of work.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to further their professional development?
It can be really easy to lose focus on your career and professional development because your current role can seem all-encompassing at the time. It’s important to plan and own your development because it’s unlikely to happen by chance. Consider seeking a mentor, or mentor someone. Read or listen to podcasts. Workshops can also provide the opportunity to meet like-minded people and network. I can’t stress enough what a great sector we work in - the opportunities are abundant, you just need to get out of your comfort zone and grab hold.
You’re on the People and Culture Network Committee – what made you want to join the committee? Do you have a favourite moment you’d like to share?
To establish a network which I could connect with and support the P&C profession in LG. There have been many great moments however I felt proud of the committee in establishing regular network forums and of course the fun and inspirational Conferences!
Finally, what do you like to do in your leisure time?I have two young cheeky girls which keep me busy. Outside of this I’m known to enjoy time in nature, attend concerts when I get a chance and I love a good glass of wine!