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On the Couch with Simon Draper PSM

Learn what inspires and motivates the Secretary of the NSW Premier’s Department

Is this event for you?

Do you want to understand our leaders’ priorities so you can do your job better?

Do you aspire towards leadership and want to build your understanding of what you need to be successful?

Join us for our 34th On the Couch with Simon Draper PSM, Secretary of the Premier’s Department.

To ensure the conversation is frank and honest, we do not record these events, so register now to hear Simon’s exclusive insights. 

If you work for the Premier’s Department this event is free – so register today.

What will you gain?

This informal interview will explore Simon’s influences and priorities, and his views on the future of NSW and the public sector.

You will have an opportunity to ask Simon directly about issues that matter to you during this live event.

Don’t miss this event if you want personal insights from our public sector leaders on what makes them tick.

Sponsorship Acknowledgment


Simon Draper
Premier's Department

Simon was appointed Secretary of the Premier’s Department on 1 September 2023 as part of the Government’s changes to create strong central agencies. He retained the position as CEO of the NSW Reconstruction Authority which he commenced in February 2023 as part of Government’s initiative to boost prevention, preparedness and recovery in the face of large scale disasters, appointing a deputy to support him in that role.

Immediately prior, Simon was CEO of Infrastructure NSW where he led the development of the 2022 State Infrastructure Strategy, reported monthly to Cabinet on the performance of infrastructure projects across Government and led the delivery of major projects for which Infrastructure NSW had taken direct responsibility. 

Simon previously served as Secretary of the NSW Department of Industry, Deputy Secretary, Economic Policy Group at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and as a Tribunal Member at the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal. Prior to joining Government, Simon has extensive senior executive management experience in infrastructure and utility companies. He is a former CEO of Lumo Energy, Chief Executive Officer of Wellington Airport in New Zealand, General Manager Commercial at Integral Energy and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Territory Airports. Simon has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Sydney University and a Master of Business (Finance) from UTS. In 2022 Simon was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service for his role leading the NSW Government construction sector response to the COVID19 pandemic.


Natalie Micarone (Archer)
Co-founder and Director

Natalie is a Director and co-founder of Bendelta. She is a practice area expert in Strategy and Organisational Alignment, working with the Boards and senior executive teams of many of Australia’s leading organisations to create transformational results. Natalie is also a Certified Master Coach with the Behavioural Coaching Institute.

Based out of Bendelta’s Sydney office, Natalie works with clients across a broad range of sectors including media, professional services, government agencies and major listed corporates. She assists clients with both business review and strategy formulation, as well as with the practicalities of making change work, including the coaching of senior executives to achieve optimal effectiveness.

Previous to Bendelta, Natalie spent five years working in management consultancy, based out of New Zealand and Australia. She holds degrees in Management and Psychology, both from the University of Auckland.

How to register

If you are a NSW public sector employee, you are eligible for Affiliate membership free of charge. Join IPAA today. 

Event Details


 11:00AM – 12:00PM (AEST/AEDT)


 Tuesday 21 May 2024


 Virtual event via Microsoft Teams


 Professional Members - Free
 Premier's Department Staff - Free
 Affiliate Members - $35
 Non-members - $50

Be at your best, for NSW.
Register now to secure your spot.

Sponsor acknowledgement
This event is presented with support from our partners.
Tuesday, 21 May 2024
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Free for Premier's Department Staff, Free for Professional Members, $35 for Affiliate Members, $50 for Non Members

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