Leaders Connect

A word from the President

There is no doubt that 2019/20 has been an interesting year, and this has certainly been felt by LG Professionals SA. The impacts on ordinary events and programs has been significant, however the Board and our staff have been mindful to take advantage of the opportunity also presented by the disruption of Covid-19 to proceed a range of reform, governance and strategy items.

The Board met in February for a strategic planning day (just prior to Covid-19), the outcomes of which were a renewed approach to our marketing and branding, development of a stakeholder engagement model and process for reviewing our offerings, and the resolution to pursue an advocacy platform.


An Advocacy platform has been strategically developed in conjunction with LG Professionals Australia and LGA to make sure we are representing the sectors professionals perspective on issues that may be facing our sector. We have already made a submission to the Local Government reform bill as that was being processed and the broader Advocacy approach will be launched soon.

Board Diversity

Throughout the year we have also looked carefully at diversity, as a result of last year’s Board Election which resulted in a gender imbalance on the board. We have explored this, as a Board and through a number of sessions with members, to identify what this means for LG Professionals SA going forward. The Board has implemented a number of items throughout the year to ensure we are proactively addressing this, in particular utilising Network Chairs and using these positions as a gateway to the Board, as well as canvassing the views of members through surveys and workshops. On a personal note I have joined a National LG Professionals Network that is looking at Gender Diversity in the LG Workforce, I hope that this learning and research can be applied through our organisation. 

Membership Model

This year has also seen the development of a new membership model – which saw us commence the transition from individual to organisation memberships – this has resulted in an 130% increase in membership so far, with this number growing everyday. This will provide for greater financial sustainability for the Association, but more importantly, provides greater accessibility to
LG Professionals SA services, programs and events to a much wider local government group.

New Constitution

At a Special General Meeting of Members on the 19th October a new constitution was adopted to come into effect at our Annual General meeting on the 19th November 2020. This brings a more contemporary tone to our governance and provides for a 2-year Presidents term that will come into effect from the November 2021 election.


The board has formalised its position to explore a deeper partnership with the LGA such that we might deliver on the potential synergies that exist between the 2 organisations. While its early days the signs are positive. As these are explored, we will present and discuss with members over the coming months.

I look forward to continuing on the board under Michael Sedgman’s leadership as he takes on the role of President for the next 12 months. We will continue to support our members and develop and recognise local government people.

Paul Sutton

October 2020
Edition 109

A word from the Acting CEO 

It’s a privilege to have been appointed as Acting CEO, and I look forward to supporting the board and team to deliver on our mission of developing local government people. We have been busily working away, as you will see in this months jam packed edition of Leaders Connect. As we make our way to the end of 2020, I encourage you to consider one of our many professional development opportunities for 2021.

To those of you interested in broadening your leadership skillset through the Strategic Management Program, make sure you register for the Virtual Information Session to be held on Wednesday 4 November – details below. Often the fear of the unknown may hold us back from pursuing opportunities - join us and ask any questions you may have.

Finally, to those of you interested in joining the Board, I encourage you to submit a nomination – if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out. Nominations close at 12 noon on Monday 2 November.

I look forward to seeing you soon, and best wishes in the lead up to the end of the year.


News Flash

Annual General Meeting

Date: Thursday 19 November 2020
Time: 4:00 PM* (in person or via Zoom, depending on restrictions*) 
Venue: The Waymouth Room, The Gallery, 30 Waymouth Street Adelaide SA 5000 

Your attendance would be appreciated as a show of support for your association.

Register here

Call for Nominations for the LG Professionals SA Board

If you've been considering joining the Board now is your chance! Share your passion for the sector and help develop local government people.

All members have been sent via email The Notice of Annual General Meeting and Call for Nominations Form. If you would like further information, or to discuss what's involved in being a Board member, please contact Rhiannon at executive@lgprofessionalssa.org.au

Nominations close at 12 Noon on Monday 2 November 2020.

Get on Board with... Andrew Cameron

We recently chatted with Andrew Cameron about his time on the LG Professionals SA Board.

Why did you join the Board?
To give a little back to the sector.

What have you gained / learned as a result of being on the Board?
Together we can achieve anything.

What's your advice to someone considering nominating?
Just have a go, put your name forward.

What is your favourite
LG Professionals SA memory?
Winning the challenge.

What are you most proud of?Representing SA on a global stage.

20th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards

Nominations will be opening soon for our 20th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Program. Please remember, there is no project too small! We are looking forward to reading about all of the fantastic initiatives you have undertaken in the last 12 months.

Award Categories for 2021 will be:

  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration
  • Community Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Excellence in Local Economic Development
  • Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
  • Leadership in Community Services and Development
  • Excellence in People and Culture
  • Excellence in Infrastructure Delivery

We are pleased to also introduce the following new categories for 2021:

  • Excellence in Disaster Recovery / Emergency Response Management
  • Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
  • Excellence in Customer Service or Experience

Further information, including category eligibility and criteria will be released in the coming weeks.

Annual State Conference - Trust & Collaboration: unlocking results

Registrations will be opening soon for the 2021 Annual State Conference. Keep an eye on your inbox for more details. In the meantime, please keep Friday 19 March 2021 held in your diary. 

Member Profile - 
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This month we caught up with Meisha Quinn, Manager Corporate Services at District Council of Cleve about her role, stepping out of your comfort zone and her professional development.

What is your role and what does it involve?

My role as Manager Corporate Services provides management, leadership and strategic advice to ensure the District Council of Cleve meets its financial, accounting and reporting requirements.  I am also responsible for the management and supervision of the administration team that consists of 6 staff who are responsible for various roles and responsibilities. Read more...

Upcoming Programs & Events 

Strategic Management Program - Registrations open

Developed in partnership with UniSA and local government experts, the Strategic Management Program (formerly known as the Professional Leaders Program) will help you build high-level leadership and management skills within a local government context, and learn the technical skills required to manage business functions and enhance innovation, strategic thinking, business acumen and operational excellence.

Thinking about further tertiary study? Upon successful completion of our Strategic Management Program, you will receive 1 course credit towards a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

Information Session
Join LG Professionals SA and Ross Morriss, Director of Strategic Partnerships at UniSA, for a virtual information session on our Strategic Management Program. The session will provide an overview of the program learning outcomes and attendees the opportunity to ask any questions about the program and online learning environment.

Date: Wednesday 4 November
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Via Zoom

Program Commences 
Monday 30 November 2020

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IGNITE Program - Registrations open
The Ignite program is a leadership learning path for supervisors, team leaders and coordinators in local government. The program spans 12 program days, and is delivered over 11 months. It has been designed to engage participants by regularly reflecting and debriefing on the local government challenges they face, and sharing strategies which have been successful or failed, all in the spirit of learning. 

Upon successful completion of our Ignite Program, participants will receive full accreditation of Certificate IV in Leadership and Management.

Program Commences
Tuesday 2 February 2021

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Executive Leaders Program - Registrations open

With a complex and continuously evolving sector, it is now more essential than ever that local government is prepared for the future. New services, new skills, local and global impacts and the ever-changing digital landscape have fundamentally changed expectations of both the nature and delivery of services.

This program is for accomplished Executives (Chief Executive Officers, Directors and General Managers and other Senior Leaders) in regional and metropolitan councils and subsidiaries who are seeking to expand their thinking and leadership impact.

Program Commences
Tuesday 2 February 2021

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We caught up with one of this year’s Emerging Leaders Program cohort, Sandra Mann, Development Support Officer, City Development at Mount Barker District Council to find out how she's finding the program so far.

What made you sign up for the Emerging Leaders Program?

I expressed interest in taking part in the program last year, as did 5 other people within my council - who couldn't sponsor all of us.  When the program was offered again this year, again I put my hand up, as I feel continually learning within the workplace is beneficial for not only myself but also the organisation, and really felt it was time for me to study again.
Many of my Council's previous cohorts also highly recommended the program, being a fantastic opportunity to meet and work with other people from other councils, how it was a great hands on experience when it comes to learning transferable leaderships skills.

The most recent module focused on leading through Change – what were some of takeaways from this module?

Change is something that is very real within any workplace and organisation, probably now more than ever with the challenges thrown our way this year, and the impending changes within the LGA due to the SA Planning portal (yes, I work in the Planning Department!)
I found this module was a great reminder that everyone deals with change differently, to continually check in with the rest of your team and workmates to 'see how they are travelling'.

I found the stages of change really interesting, how this cycle works for everyone, and how everyone can be at different steps during the whole process.  Also was great to talk through how good leaders can help implement and guide the change process, so everyone feels involved and engaged in the process, also acknowledging there will be negativity.  Giving us skills, tools and knowledge to overcome this effectively, and the confidence to do so.

What are you most looking forward to as the program progresses?

After having to start out with a few of our modules being zoom sessions, I wasn't sure how this was going to go, but I enjoyed the challenge of the first assignment where we analysed our own strengths and weaknesses, identifying how I can improve my own leadership skills and style. 

The module presentations were a great learning curve, from the perspective from working with people that you hadn't met before - straight after analysing your own working styles and preferences, but also a great information sharing opportunity when the other groups presented.  
Looking forward, I am keen to further develop my own skills and knowledge through the learnings and this self-reflection, having the ability and confidence to put these in practice due to the program. 

I am also looking forward to finishing off the program in person, finalising our group assignment and delivering our group presentation to the rest of the cohort and invited guests in person, and of course seeing the other cohorts’ presentations.

New Members

Welcome to our 45 new members! Click here to see the list.

We look forward to providing support and professional development opportunities through every stage of your local government career.

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Sponsor Insights 

Nominations Extended: Be a Part of the 2020 LGA Scheme Awards

Recognising Outstanding Contributions to Risk & Best Practice in WHS & Return to Work.

For over two decades the LGA Scheme Awards have been continuing to recognise excellence among SA's local government sector. The awards acknowledge innovative risk, WHS and RTW management programs, processes, systems or advancements developed by South Australian councils and local government authorities.

There are a lot of talented people across the sector, making a difference in improving risk to its community so be sure to encourage your organisation to put their minds together as it could be a successful entry!

The deadline for nominations has been extended to Monday 2 November to give you the chance to put your organisation's nomination forward for consideration.  

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The Women’s Network Committee is calling for nominations for Committee Members.

If you have a keen interest in creating opportunities for female local government professionals to thrive then please consider this excellent opportunity to get involved!

We encourage all women in the sector to consider this opportunity, both indoor and outdoor workforce.

Nominations are now open and will close COB Friday 20 November 2020.

All queries can be directed to Tahlia Willey, Network and Program Officer at tahlia@lgprofessionalssa.org.au

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Network News

Below you will find all of the upcoming Network Forums and Meetings.

If you would like to know more about our network offerings you can reach me at tahlia@lgprofessionalssa.org.au or phone 8291 7994.

Tahlia Willey
Network and Program Officer

Community Managers Network
Committee Meeting
Friday 6 November
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Virtual (via Zoom)
All network members welcome!

People and Culture Network
Informal Catch Up

Thursday 12 November
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

For Network Members Only - contact Tahlia for details.

CEO Network Forum: In Conversation with the Minister
Friday 6 November
10:30 AM - 3:15 PM
The Gallery, 30 Waymouth Street


Continuous Improvement Network Informal Catch Up
Thursday 19 November
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Virtual (via Zoom)

For Network Members Only - contact Tahlia for more details.

The Local Government Meeting is one of the only opportunities this year to meet your cross-council peers and network with national professionals face-to-face and through digital platforms. This must-attend professional development event will cover the renewed financial sustainability challenge, disaster mitigation and recovery, diversity in leadership, the future skills of local government professionals, and much more over two engaging days of interactive sessions. Meet your peers and join the conversation.

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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.

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

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