The Women’s Leadership Network aims to increase representation and support women in senior public sector leadership roles by:

  • Actively promoting and supporting women already in public sector leadership roles
  • Addressing systemic organisational barriers to women’s advancement in the public sector, and
  • Empowering future generations of public sector leaders.

The Women’s Leadership Network Committee was founded in 2014 and comprises of a range of middle to senior-level women in the public and private sectors, and one male committee member, all of whom are IPAA members.

The Committee meets each month alternating between face-to-face meetings and teleconferences. The Committee of 10 is supported by a Reference Group of currently up to 15 IPAA members.

In 2014, the Committee investigated the impacts and opportunities of the GSE Act to explore the best way of furthering its aims of increasing representation and supporting women in public sector leadership roles.  This research allowed the Committee to develop a small, meaningful program to provide practical support and assistance to women in the public sector.  The key findings and recommendations of this research are available in the Supporting Women as Leaders in the Public Sector Report.  The Committee’s program of work provides more information about the activities planned for 2015. 

The Committee


Iona Krefel, Manager, Industry Support, Customer & Engagement, NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing, NSW Trade & Investment


Robert Alder, Managing Director, Paythru

Carolyn Burlew, Consultant and IPAA NSW Vice President

Kylie Cochrane, Technical Director, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement, Aurecon

Christine Foran, Executive Director, WomenNSW, Department of Family and Community Services

Tamara Leizer FCA, FCPA, Project Manager, Financial Management Transformation, NSW Treasury and Chair, NSW Public Sector Community of Finance Professionals

Anne O'Neill, Associate Director, Office for Health and Medical Research, NSW Ministry of Health

Jane Thorpe, Director, Employee Performance and Conduct, NSW Department of Education and Communities

Jo Rose, Digital Director, IPAA NSW (ex officio)

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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