People and Culture Network Forum: Emerging Trends and Innovation

  • 13 Apr 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • City of Adelaide, 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide


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Join us for the first People and Culture Network Forum of 2023: Emerging Trends and Innovation and hear from guest speakers Jordon Tomopoulas, Tahlia Willey, Simone Lavelle, and Sally Niehuus.

This Forum will be held in person and via Zoom on Thursday 13 April 2023 from 1:00PM - 4:00PM.

Insights and Data for Decision Making

Jordon Tomopoulas
Economic Data and Research Analyst,
Adelaide Economic Development Agency

Jordon monitors the City of Adelaide’s economy and provides insight to support the evaluation of initiatives and inform strategic decisions at the Adelaide Economic Development Agency. Using his tertiary qualifications in economics and background in market research, Jordon uses both quantitative and qualitative research to analyse data and provide meaning to economic trends.

Working collaboratively to discover key insights that inform evidence-based strategic decisions, solve complex operational challenges, and provide leaders with confidence in their decision making. Jordan is passionate about seeing organisations and teams operate at their best.

In this session Jordan will be speaking on macroeconomics, employment trends, emerging industry sectors and what this means for those working in human resource management.

Innovations in Recruitment and Onboarding Panel  

Join us as we hear from three inspirational local government people and culture professionals as they share some innovations from council and their own recruitment and onboarding experiences.    

Meet the Panellists:

Tahlia Willey
Business Support Officer - Organisational Development,
City of Playford 

With 10 years’ experience in the local government sector, Tahlia started her career as a Maxima trainee at a small metropolitan council, working in customer service and the library. After a short period of time, she successfully landed the role of Executive Assistant to the CEO and General Manager. Over time she was exposed to all facets of the organisation and the services provided by councils. This role increased her knowledge and experience, developing strategic awareness with strong linkages to the community.

Continuing her career journey in the sector by joining LG Professionals SA as Network and Programs Officer, this role included supporting 5 local government networks, delivering smaller events and larger conferences. In 2021, Tahlia joined the City of Playford as the Business Support Officer – Organisational Development, focusing on organisational wide projects. She is currently studying a Certificate IV in Human Resources and looking to gain as much experience as possible in this field.

Simone Lavelle
Community Engagement Coordinator,
City of Adelaide 

Simone is passionate about bringing communities together, which is why she joined the City of Adelaide in late 2022 in the role of Community Engagement Coordinator. With a zest for life and a genuine love of meeting new people, Simone gets a kick out of helping teams across the organisation build community engagement strategies.

Although new to council, Simone brings with her a wealth of experience in community development, having worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 7 years, with her most recent role at Guide Dogs. Prior to this Simone started her career in finance on the trading floor, until she woke up one day and decided she was going to change the world.

She will be sharing what it is like to embark on a new journey in local government and how her experiences have varied across three different sectors.

Sally Niehuus
Manger People and Culture,
City of Mitcham 

Sally is a highly accomplished People and Culture professional, with more than 20 years of broad experience working across numerous industries, including Health, Trade, Primary Industries and Education, before joining local government four years ago.

Sally is passionate about enhancing organisations with a genuine drive for creating high performing cultures with a foundation based on inclusion and diversity. She builds strong, collaborative, and influential relationships with senior leaders to ensure the organisation provides innovative people solutions and learning and growth opportunities.

In her current role, Sally has developed a leading-edge Graduate Program with a primary focus on mentoring and coaching. This program is in its fourth year at the City of Mitcham and has provided numerous opportunities for graduates launching into their professional careers.

Registrations for this forum are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests.

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