Public Sector Forum 2017





Dr Robert Kay

Dr Robert Kay

Co-founder and Executive Director, Incept Labs

Dr. Robert Kay is a co-founder and Executive Director of Incept Labs. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University. His career has continuously moved between industry and academia. He was formerly the Head of Strategic Innovation at Westpac Banking Corporation, a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems and Organisational Development at the University of Technology, Sydney, and a research analyst at Bovis Lend Lease.

Over the last few years, Robert has been commissioned to undertake multiple studies of senior leaders, including a study on CEO perspectives of Organisational Resilience; a world first comparison between public and private sector leaders in relation to innovation and interviews with 100 Chairs on the relationship between Governance and Performance for the AICD. Robert has a first class honours in curriculum development and worldview change, whilst his PhD involved the application of biological systems theory to improving learning and resilience in organisations.

Elizabeth Montano FAICD

Elizabeth Montano FAICD

Non-Executive Director

Elizabeth has over thirty years’ experience working in senior positions in both the private sector and the Commonwealth public sector. She conducts a consulting practice working in governance, strategic and business planning, change management, risk and assurance.

Elizabeth has extensive experience in Commonwealth public administration. In particular, she has CEO and Board experience in regulation, natural resource management, scientific research governance, human services delivery, financial services, financial intelligence and IT governance.

Elizabeth was the first and, to date, only woman to lead a Commonwealth law enforcement agency being a former Chief Executive Officer of AUSTRAC. She was Head of Australia’s Delegation to the OECD-based Financial Action Task Force on money laundering and counterterrorism financing. Prior to becoming CEO of AUSTRAC, Elizabeth was a Commonwealth Senior Executive Service Officer leading regulatory policy development at ASIC.

In the private sector, Elizabeth was a senior Solicitor and senior Consultant practising in financial services with King &Wood Mallesons, formerly Mallesons Stephen Jaques, one of Australia’s leading law firms. She is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and admitted to the High Court Register of Practitioners.

Elizabeth has a portfolio of non-executive independent positions and she is currently the Chair and Member of various Commonwealth audit and audit and risk committees.

Elizabeth was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to the Commonwealth. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a regular speaker at AICD conferences and seminars and contributor to AICD publications. She is a past recipient under the AICD’s Board Diversity Scholarship Program. She is registered on the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s BoardLinks database of suitably qualified women for appointment to Commonwealth boards.

Elizabeth has been a Mentor under the AICD’s Public Sector Board Diversity Mentoring Program. She is a Member of the New South Wales Advisory Group for Jesuit Social Services. She is an operational fire fighter and Member of the Executive Committee of a New South Wales Rural Fire Service Brigade.

Lucia Cade FAICD

Lucia Cade FAICD

Chair, South East Water Ltd

Lucia is Chair of South East Water Ltd and its commercial subsidiary IOTA Pty. Ltd, an independent director of the Energy Pipelines CRC and Chair of Australian WaterSecure Innovations. She site on the industry based Value Assessment Panel at the University of Melbourne School of Engineering and is a Global Advisor to the UN Global Cities Compact Program. She is a former Chair of Western Water, a past director and National President of the Australian Water Association and Advisor to the Connections Committee of the board of Goulburn-Murray Water.

Lucia has extensive executive and advisory experience in the utility, infrastructure and construction and professional services industries. She has held senior executive roles AECOM, Evans & Peck (now Advisian), Comdain Infrastructure, City West Water and Melbourne Water.

Lucia holds Bachelor degrees in civil engineering (honours) and economics from Monash University, a Masters of Engineering Science from Monash University and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Andrew Balmaks

Chairman, Noetic Group.

Andrew Balmaks is the Chairman and co-founder of the Noetic Group. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Noetic’s operations in Australia. Noetic is an international award-winning management consulting firm headquartered in Canberra, providing professional services to the government, not-for-profit, national security and defence, emergency services, resources and infrastructure sectors worldwide.

Andrew is a highly effective leader, manager and strategic thinker with over 35 years’ experience in the public and private sectors, both in Australia and overseas. A former Army officer whose career spanned over 20 years. Andrew had operational experience with the United Nations in Iran/Iraq and has worked extensively throughout Southeast Asia, the United States and the United Kingdom. He has held command, training and staff appointments and as the inaugural Chief of Army Fellow was seconded for 12 month to the Asia-Australia Institute – an East Asia focused think tank.

Over the last 15 years Andrew has consulted to a broad range of organisations typically working directly with senior executives and leaders. He has significant experience in strategic thinking and analysis based around a consideration of alternate futures and the need for innovation. His work has strongly influenced the direction and development for a range of organisations. He is an excellent facilitator and is regarded as a lateral thinker with a proven ability to deal with complex, difficult and often sensitive problems.

Andrew is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Australia and the Australian Army Command and Staff College. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Honours), a Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, a Master in Defence Studies and a Master of Business Administration. He is a twice Visiting Fellow with the University of New South Wales and a Member of the Institute of Company Directors. Andrew is currently the Chairman of the Institute for Regional Security and a Director of the Royal Australian Regiment Foundation.

Andrew is married with two adult children and enjoys sport (particularly rugby union) and outdoor adventurous activities.

Nigel Phair GAICD

Nigel Phair GAICD

Director, Centre for Internet Safety

Nigel Phair is an influential analyst on the intersection of technology, crime and society. Adjunct Professor Phair has published three acclaimed books on the international impact of cybercrime, is a regular media commentator and provides executive and board advice on strategy, risk & governance of technology. In a 21 year career with the Australian Federal Police he achieved the rank of Detective Superintendent and headed up investigations at the Australian High Tech Crime Centre for four years. He is founder and managing director of a technology ‘start up’ company and has chaired a number of not-for-profit organisations. He is presently on the AICD ACT Divisional Council, a director of the ACT Public Cemeteries Trust, the Regional Development Australia Capital Region and Imediafy Pty Ltd.

David W. Kalisch FAICD

David W. Kalisch FAICD

Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics

David W. Kalisch was appointed the 15th Australian Statistician on 11 December 2014. As Agency Head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics he is accountable for the functions and operations of the Bureau. He has also been appointed as the non-judicial member of the Australian Electoral Commission.

Mr Kalisch is an economist with public sector experience in research and analysis, policy development and service delivery. He has an interest in labour markets, macroeconomics, retirement incomes, welfare to work strategies and health policy. He has pursued organisational performance and renewal through recent leadership responsibilities. Mr Kalisch was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for four years, a Commissioner at the Productivity Commission and a Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Health. He has had Senior Executive roles in a range of Departments since 1991, has had two appointments at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and was a member of the Australian Delegation to the OECD.

He studied economics at the University of Adelaide, is a Public Policy Fellow at the Australian National University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In the complex framework of the Public Sector, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to governance.

During this half-day forum, you will hear experienced directors, leaders and industry experts discuss how they are approaching the latest trends and issues facing the Public Sector today. Designed to challenge your current thinking and ensure your organisation has the resilience to govern into the future, this interactive program will provide you with new insights and experiences. The program is designed to be of benefit to Public Sector executives, Directors, Committee Members and Advisers.

IPAA members receive the AICD member price, please contact the ACT state on (02) 6132 3200 or

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