Public Sector

QUT Connects with Local Government in Cairns

People at the LGMA Conference

What a pleasure it was to come together in Cairns for the 2021 LGMA Annual Local Government Conference. Leaving behind the challenges of COVID for a brief period, it was so refreshing to connect in person with professional peers in a beautiful setting.

Meeting representatives at the LGMA Conference
A particular highlight was meeting some of the folks who have joined our virtual Local Government Transformation Community of Practice. The conference program was both inspiring and informative, the opening keynote provided food for thought on keeping our engines one and two running in parallel, the panel session with the new recruits provided grassroots insight into the first steps of tomorrow’s leaders, a great segue into the opening panel of day two with current CEO’s talking candidly about the challenges of their roles.

Our congratulations to the incoming LGMA Queensland President, Andrew Chesterman Chief Executive Officer at Redland City Council and to Chatur Zala, Chief Executive Officer at Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council, recipient of the 2021 LGMA Queensland Award for Leadership and Management Excellence.

Discussion at the LGMA Conference

Thank you to everyone who connected with us over the few days, we look forward to staying in touch and thanks also to Peta and the LGMA Team for an exceptionally well organised event, we look forward to being part of the 2022 conference!

Learn more about QUT’s experience in partnering with local government to help uplift people capability, here.

Photos courtesy of LGMA Queensland.

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Emma is a dynamic, experienced and respected executive leader with a highly regarded ability to develop, drive and support business outcomes. Emma has considerable experience as the state leader of member based, professional associations, providing her with an extensive background in working with individuals and organisations to maximise their investment in customised and open enrolment executive education programs. In her prior roles Emma managed a diverse portfolio of program delivery for government, corporate and not-for-profit clients throughout Queensland and New South Wales. Within the Graduate School of Business and QUTeX, Emma manages Government partnerships throughout Queensland in relation to leadership development; taking the time to understand the organisation’s workforce capability and provide solutions accordingly. Prior to joining QUT, Emma held the position of State Director at Governance Institute of Australia; with a focus on management of Governance Institute activities in Queensland to ensure that the strategic direction were executed and that superior quality services were provided to members, students and customers. Before that Emma was the State Executive Officer for the Financial Planning Association where she managed and administered the service delivery and business of the Financial Planning Association in Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

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