The Great Debate - Who is Portrayed Better in Film and Television - (Government) Lawyers or Public Servants?
- Sofitel Melbourne on Collins 25 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia (map)
Brought to you by the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO), this facilitated discussion with a diverse panel will be putting forward their case for their favourite fictional star including film/TV clips shown on screen. Attendees will then be asked to vote for their favourite.
Who Are The Speakers?
Special Counsel - Employment and Industrial Relations, Hall & Wilcox
Melinda is Special Counsel at Hall & Wilcox, and has extensive experience in drafting and implementing workplace and enterprise agreements. She advises and assists clients with the performance management of employees, employee discipline and associated employee claims, such as unfair dismissal applications and general protections claims in accordance with the Fair Work Act.
Managing Principal, Victorian Government Solicitor's Office
Rebecca is the Managing Principal at Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, and is a legal advisor and manager across a broad range of commercial areas, in private and public sectors. She previously held the position of Legal Director, Commercial Affairs with Royal Mail, as well as the role of Principal Lawyer at Post Office Ltd.
Rebecca has participated in the University of Oxford Said Business School Executive Leadership Programme.
James Smart heads up the Victorian State Government sector at Maddocks. James has over 25 years experience providing a broad range of advice to government departments and statutory authorities. He has drafted and negotiated a large number of government contracts and regularly advises on tendering and procurement issues, managing contractual performance and the resolution of contractual disputes. He also advises his clients on compliance with legislation and understands the challenges faced by organisations working in a heavily regulated environment.
Barrister, Victorian Bar
James is a Barrister at the Victoria Bar. Prior to this, James was Principal Solicitor in the Government and Public Law Branch of the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, specialising in administrative law litigation. He also practised in commercial litigation in private practice, and in the Civil Law section at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Darwin, specialising in administrative law and intentional torts. James is a reporter for the Victorian Reports.
Judge, Supreme Court of Victoria
The Hon. Justice Rita Zammit is Judge of the Trial Division of the Supreme Court, Victoria. Her legal experience is extensive, previously holding roles as a solicitor with leading law firm Minter Ellison, and as an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Rita holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Hons. from the University of Melbourne.
Deputy Commissioner, Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC)
Katie is the Deputy Commissioner, IBAC, and has had a successful career as a public servant and government lawyer. She has held positions as the Executive Director at Victoria Legal Aid, a lawyer with both the Australian and Victorian Government Solicitors, and was the first government lawyer to be President of the Law Institute of Victoria.
TEAM PUBLIC SERVANTS
Director Innovation, Ballarat City Council
Cameron is the Director of Innovation and Organisational Improvement, Ballarat City Council. He has held many roles across local councils, including the role of Deputy Director Policy and Innovation, Ballarat City Council. Cameron is currently an active Board Member with LGPro Vic (Local Government Professionals).
Cameron holds a Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University.
Victorian Juries Commissioner, Court Services Victoria
Paul is the Juries Commissioner and is responsible for the efficient and effective management of Victoria’s jury system. He has extensive experience as a Senior Court Administrator, holding the Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer roles with the Supreme Court of Victoria. Paul also previously been a Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services (Vic).
Former senior public servant and consultant
Fran Thorn brings unique insights into long-term government policy priorities, public sector reform, service delivery and Commonwealth-State relations. She has been the Secretary of three of Victoria government departments: the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, as well as Deputy Secretary of the Policy and Cabinet Group in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
She is a former Director of KPMG Consulting, where she led their education practice in Australia, and recently retired as the National Lead Partner for Human Services with Deloitte Australia. She is a former President of IPAA Victoria and a National IPAA Fellow.
Deloitte Access Economics: health economics & social policy
Young IPAA Committee Member
Bonnie is an Associate Director at Deloitte Access Economics, and a member of the Young IPAA committee.
She has worked with a range of state and federal public sector clients across a range of health and social policy areas, including as Principal Policy Officer, Disability Justice, Department of Human Services.
Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting/HR) Hons, a Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies, Psychology and has recently completed a Master of Politics and Policy.
Deputy Commissioner (Custodial Operations), Corrections Victoria
Rod Wise has had an extensive career in corrections, having worked operationally and as a senior manager in the Victorian prison service and in Community Corrections. For the past 15 years, Rod has provided executive leadership of Victoria’s correctional system and provided authoritative advice across the department and to government on sound correctional practice. In his current role as Deputy Commissioner, Operations, he has oversight and is responsible for the policy and standards governing the operations of 13 prisons, a transitional centre, and state-wide Community Correctional Services.
Why Should I Attend?
A fun event with highlighting the intersection between the arts and the public sector.
An opportunity to network with peers and leaders.
Who Should Attend?
YIPAAs, LGPro Young Professionals, GRAS Alumni and other public sector professionals.
Lawyers from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Anyone who works in the public sector in Victoria.
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