Celebrate the essential role that women have played in making the NSW public sector world class.
Join leaders from across the sector over light refreshments and canapes to honour the achievements of women in the NSW public sector and our continuing journey to gender parity.
Is this event for you?
Are you looking for an opportunity to network face-to-face with senior leaders while imagining a gender-equal world.
This event is open to people at all levels who have an interest and enthusiasm for a diverse and inclusive public sector.
What will you gain?
Join our panel of female firsts – Sally Dowling, the first female Director of the Office of Public Prosecutions, on their reflections and insights in succeeding in traditionally male-dominated environments.
She will also share her insights for other women aspiring to leadership roles, as well as frank reflections on the challenges they face in their personal and professional lives.
You will also be able to build your professional network with leaders right across the public sector.
Sally Dowling SC - Director of Public Prosecutions
Sally Dowling SC - Full bio
Sally Dowling SC is the first female NSW Director of Public Prosecutions. Sally completed an Arts/Law degree at Sydney University in 1994. After graduating, she worked as an associate to Justice Hill in the Federal Court and then as a solicitor in a commercial firm.
Sally was admitted to the Bar in 1997 and was appointed senior counsel in 2013. She initially practiced in commercial law including equity, intellectual property and insolvency, before being appointed as a Crown Prosecutor in 2002.
In 2016, Sally was appointed Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor and the head of the Appeals Unit. Sally has appeared as lead counsel in over 300 complex and high-profile appeals in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal and the High Court of Australia relating to various serious indictable offences.
In 2019, Sally acted as senior counsel assisting the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’.
From 2020, Sally was a barrister in private practice, appearing in coronial inquests and criminal matters for both prosecution and defence.
In August 2021, Sally commenced her 10-year term as the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Monique Hitter - CEO, Legal Aid NSW
Monique Hitter - Full bio
Monique is currently the CEO of Legal Aid NSW. She was appointed to the role in July 2022. Prior to this she was the Acting CEO from November 2021.
Monique was also the Deputy CEO from November 2018 – November 2021 and prior to that was the Director Civil Law for 11 years.
Monique has been practicing law since 1997 and has also served as a Senior Member on the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal in the Administrative and Equal Opportunity Division.
In over 30 years working in social justice, Monique is especially proud of having established the Civil law Service for Aboriginal Communities, the Children’s Civil Law Service and expanding the reach and scope of the Legal Aid NSW Civil Law Program, such that the Productivity Commission in its landmark Inquiry into Access to Justice Arrangements, stated that it set the national benchmark for the provision of civil law services.
More recently in her role as Deputy CEO, Monique led a process to establish new policies in response to sexual harassment and unacceptable behaviour, the development of the Family Law Blueprint and Legal Aid NSW’s response to the pandemic./p>
IPAA NSW Host
Kathrina Lo - Public Service Commissioner, Public Service Commission
Kathrina Lo - Full bio
Kathrina joined the Commission in April 2020 after previously working as a Deputy Secretary for the Department of Communities and Justice.
Kathrina has extensive public sector experience with both state and federal governments. She has held senior executive roles in the NSW Department of Justice, NSW Audit Office and NSW Information and Privacy Commission.
Kathrina has qualifications in law and economics. She is passionate about working in the public interest, and is a champion for diversity and inclusion.
The Public Service Commissioner is an independent office holder.
Christine Lithgow - Partner, Holding Redlich
Christine Lithgow - Full bio
Christine’s strong career record traverses public and private sector roles, including recent executive leadership roles as a General Counsel for regulatory and operational agencies within NSW Government. Christine’s core expertise is in construction, projects, major procurement and services for infrastructure, including public and privately funded infrastructure. She combines this with expertise in Government, public administration and regulatory matters, as well as executive leadership of legal functions.
How to register
If you are a NSW public sector employee, you are eligible for Affiliate membership free of charge. Join IPAA today.
17:30PM – 20:00PM (AEST/AEDT)
Wednesday 8 March 2023
Level 65, 25 Martin Place (formerly MLC Centre), Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Professional Members - $55
Affiliate Members - $75
Non-members - $95
Be at your best, for NSW.
Register now to secure your spot.