ANZSIG graduates next leaders of tomorrow

ANZSIG graduates next leaders of tomorrow

Sarina Talip

2 December 2013: The University of Canberra’s ANZSOG Institute for Governance (ANZSIG) celebrated the end of the year with student graduations and the presentation of the Institute’s Public Sector Excellence Awards last week.

In front of an audience of more than 150 people in the Ann Harding Conference Centre, 118 students graduated with a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration – the biggest cohort to graduate since the program started.

As part of the celebrations, the top students from each graduating class were recognised for their academic excellence.

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Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker (right) and ANZSIG director Professor Mark Evans (centre) with the distinguished winners of the 2013 ANZSIG's Public Sector Excellence Awards. Photo: Michelle McAulay

This year, the Institute’s Awards for Academic Excellence went to Adele Banks, from the ACT Government, Cordelia Griffiths, from the Department of Agriculture, and Patrick Suthers and Amanda Thompson, both from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and who tied in first place.

Mr Suthers spoke on behalf of the graduating class and commended the Institute’s valuable work in delivering such a successful program.

Key note addresses were delivered by distinguished department representatives including Mike Mrdak, secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Rona Mellor, deputy secretary of the Department of Agriculture, and Andrew Cappie-Wood, head of service of the ACT Government.

The 2013 Institute’s Public Sector Excellence Awards were awarded to five individuals for their outstanding service to the public service.

Andrew Cappie-Wood, head of service of the ACT Government, was acknowledged for skilfully leading the reforms of the ACT public service and for solving difficult governance problems.

Andrew Kefford, ACT Government’s commissioner for public administration, was awarded for playing a pivotal role in developing a new code of conduct and a co-produced set of values with ACT employees.

Martin Parkinson, secretary of the Department of Treasury, was honoured for being at the forefront of promoting gender equality in the public service, especially at the executive level.

Nicole Moore, senior project manager with the ACT Government, was rewarded for utilising the latest research and practices in her collaborative approach to improve services for vulnerable families.

Renee Leon PSM, secretary of the Department of Employment, was recognised for her work in enhancing the quality of service delivery in Australia and in advancing the position of women in the Australian public service.