Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

A huge congratulations to two of our long term Corporate Partners this month as they celebrate significant milestones:

Norman Waterhouse Lawyers turns 100!
And McArthur turns 50!

Having worked closely with both firms for over a decade now, I can attest to their strong values, passion for our sector and high energy!

I have also had the joy of experiencing our members' energy at various meetings this month as our networks gear up for 2020 and establish forum and conference themes. Our Executive Leaders Program Alumni also came together for a refresher afternoon and it was wonderful to see the two cohorts connect over shared learning and experiences. Registrations for this year's intake will open soon.

There are also still a few places left for our Emerging Leaders Program - this will be the fifteenth year of this impactful program.

Finally, I feel I must recognise all of our Award nominees. Reading the nomination list made all of us here in the office so proud of all the wonderful work you do. The judges will have a really difficult time with over 100 nominations and all of them so unique and worthy.

Please enjoy this month's edition of Leader's Connect and consider registering for an event or program - it is important to make time for you and develop yourself to your full potential for the benefit of our communities.

To that end, I hope to see you at our upcoming Annual State Conference, where we have an amazing line up of speakers including Bernard Salt, more info below.

Taryn Sexton

February 2020
Edition 101

News Flash

2020 Annual State Conference - Friday 20 March 2020
Hurry - registrations closing soon!

Our outstanding line up of speakers will cover the importance and vital role trust and collaboration play in delivering efficiencies and results to our communities. Learn the essential elements of successful collaboration from their research and experience.

Whether you are from a council or subsidiary the conference will be both interesting and relevant, and is the perfect opportunity to develop stronger local government networks - so you can put what you learn straight into practice. Don't miss out - register now!

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Registrations now open!

Join us in celebrating the achievements of local government professionals. Registrations must close Friday 17 April 2020 unless sold out prior.

We recommend coordinating your attendance through your CEO's office.

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Member Profile -
Proudly sponsored by

Adrian Skull
This month we chatted with Adrian Skull, Chief Executive Officer, City of Marion, about his role, and his thoughts on trust and collaboration.

What is your current role, and what does it involve?

I’m very lucky to be the City of Marion’s Chief Executive.  My primary responsibilities include working with staff and elected members to set the direction of our organisation; implementing and integrating the strategic direction of Council; making major corporate decisions; managing the overall operations and resources of Council; acting as the main point of communication between the Council and operations and being the public face of Council alongside the Mayor. Read more...

Industry Trends

What makes a 'good collaboration'? Eight elements for success 

'Collaboration' is a commonly used buzzword in education and employment today. While the concept is as old as human history, collaboration has now become necessary and is often seen as a positive feature of any project or workplace. In fact, the amount of time people spend collaborating with one another has risen in recent years. According to data from the Harvard Business Review, over the past two decades, time spent in collaborative activities by employees across the board has risen on average by fifty percent or more ... read more 

Upcoming Events

Learn how to improve your writing skills to communicate clearly, efficiently and with impact using English principles.

Program Date 
Thursday 12 March

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Learn what ultra-successful teams do to achieve effective outcomes and reach their goals.

Program Date
Thursday 19 March

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Canberra Behind-the-Scenes is back in March with a 360-degree view on natural disaster preparedness and planning, risk management, and mitigating the impacts of these events on community and council businesses. 

Program Date
Tuesday 24 - Wednesday 25 March

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Improve your ability to handle the emotion and stress of conflict, think through the situation and resolve it with confidence.

Program Date
Wednesday 1 April

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Manage your time and energy at work, target your time wasters and prioritise what's important.

Program Date
Thursday 14 May

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Each year a cohort of 28 emerging leaders from across the sector undertake a seven-month experiential learning program, consisting of eight modules plus a group project.

Program Commences
Thursday 4 June

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Learn the basic principles required for managing successful projects that drive real results.

Program Date 
Friday 13 March

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This eight month program will help improve interpersonal and leadership skills to address challenges faced by team leaders and supervisors.

Program Commences
Tuesday 24 March

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Develop skills in informal performance conversations and increase leadership effectiveness through performance coaching skills.

Program Date 
Tuesday 31 March

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A three-day residential program for women in local government who have limited or no experience in managing and leading people and want to develop confidence and enhance their impact.

Program Commences
Monday 4 May

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Explore project leadership and learn how to manage some of the challenges faced when managing big projects in a local government context.

Program Date
Tuesday 2 June

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Sponsor Insight

REGISTER NOW for the Norman Waterhouse Lawyers annual Walking the Talk Conference.

Right advice. Right when you need it.
Walking the Talk offers a timely update on important issues impacting your workplace. Save the date and register now to join the Norman Waterhouse Employment and Industrial Relations Team in exploring some of the prevalent issues in employment law and industrial relations.

With some outstanding guest speakers lined-up, this seminar is an invaluable learning experience for Chief Executive Officers, human resource professionals, team leaders and senior managers across the private and public sector.

Click here to register now. The program will be released soon.

Movers and Shakers

  • Andrew Cole, previously Chief Executive Officer, Barunga West Council has commenced as Leader of Hansard of the South Australian Parliament, or more formally, the Chief Officer of the Parliamentary Reporting Division.

Network News

Announcing... The People and Culture Network

Earlier this month the HR Network Committee met and confirmed a new name, the People and Culture NetworkThe purpose of giving the network a fresh new name was to get everyone thinking a bit more broadly about the purpose of the network, who it serves and what we are trying to achieve. The committee want it to be inclusive and attract all of the amazing people who work within the people and culture arena. 

Currently there are two network forums open for registrations - you will find the details below. 

I look forward to seeing you at one of our network events!

Tahlia Willey
Network and Program Officer

General Managers Network Forum - Delivering Public Good

This forum will focus on the newly released SA Productivity Commissioner's report into local government costs and efficiency.

Forum Date
Friday 13 March - City of Charles Sturt

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Women's Network Forum - I'm not there yet... but how do I get there?

Hear stories from Kate O'Neill and Jess Kern from the City of Mitcham including their career journeys and take part in a skills workshop hosted by McArthur, equipping you with useful tips. 

Forum Date
Thursday 26 March - City of Mitcham

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New Members

  • Belinda Caruana, LGA SA
  • Bonnie Cole, City of Port Lincoln
  • David Levey, City of Port Lincoln
  • Bridget Mather, Coorong District Council


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.

LG Professionals, SA   5 Hauteville Terrace, Eastwood SA 5063   Phone: 08 8291 7990