On the Couch is a series of informal interviews with key “stewards” of the public sector. IPAA NSW has identified these people as stewards of the public sector because in their current roles they are seen as having a high degree of responsibility and influence over the future of the public sector and the people who work within it. These interviews are aimed at looking at the person behind the role and focus on their interests, influences, leadership styles, aspirations, values and what they see as their priorities in their current role and insights for the future.

Past interviewees



31 May 2017
Tim Reardon, Secretary of Transport for NSW
27 April 2017

Jeannine Biviano, Deputy Secretary, Government and Corporate Services of Department of Finance, Services and Innovation 

22 March 2017
Mark Scott AO, Secretary NSW Department of Education
22 February 2017
Elizabeth Koff,  Secretary of NSW Health

12 December 2016

Andrew Cappie-Wood, Secretary Department of Justice

11 August 2016

Martin Hoffman, Secretary Department of Finance, Services & Innovation

24 May 2016

Simon Smith, Secretary Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development

14 March 2016

Dr Mary Foley AM, Secretary, NSW Health

1 September 2015

Dr Kerry Schott AO

7 July 2015

Carolyn McNally, Secretary for the NSW Department of Planning and Environment

17 March 2015

Blair Comley PSM, Secretary of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

22 October 2014

Philip Gaetjens, Secretary, NSW Treasury

11 September 2014

Dr Michele Bruniges, Secretary of the Department of Education and Communities

11 June 2014

Michael Coutts-Trotter, Secretary, Department of Family and Community Services

13 May 2014

Graeme Head, Public Service Commissioner

"A very special event that I will remember for a very long time."

"A very intriguing On the Couch session with a fantastic guest speaker."

"Monica Attard is amazing!"

"A thoroughly fascinating interviewee."

"A privilege to meet the human side of those tasked with leading in complexity."

Contact us

Office address
Level 6, Bligh House
4-6 Bligh Street
NSW, 2000

Postal Address
GPO Box 904
NSW, 2001

Phone: 02 8223 8418
Fax: 02 8223 8420

ABN 13 432 812 038


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