Presenter information for the LGITSA ‘Blinded by the Light’ Conference, Dinner and Workshop, Thursday and Friday 2 & 3 May 2019.
After a diverse career spanning the higher education, publishing and entertainment industries, Anna established Anna Lee Consulting (ALC) in 2008. Anna has worked with hundreds of women, primarily through two flagship programs, Catalyst Women in Leadership and the Springboard Women’s Career Development Program. In 2014, ALC merged with Leed Consulting. This move saw Anna partnering with her brother Diarmid, a specialist in organisational culture. Anna’s understanding of how unconscious biases underpin human behaviour frequently sees her working with executive teams to maximise effectiveness and make better decisions. This involves explicitly teaching techniques that ensure that limited resources (such as time, energy, attention and money) are allocated wisely, that innovation is stimulated rather than stifled and that diverse experience, knowledge, skills and perspectives are proactively engaged. Anna holds a Masters in Professional Education and Training and has held various positions on executive committees and not-for-profit Boards. She is currently Chair of her children’s School Council and a member of the South Australian Premier’s Council for Women. She is the sole South Australian alumnus of the Centre for Applied Rationality, Berkeley.
Ania is policy wonk by long-term trade and a digital transformation evangelist by fairly recent conversion. Having worked in State government for more years than she cares to count, as well as in the not for profit, university and private sectors, Ania is a generalist by subject matter but practiced disrupter by nature. Her favourite past time is either building programs for others to take care of or reforming herself out of a job. She is delighted that the more she absorbs herself in the world of new technology, the more she sees a renaissance for public governance.
Christine is passionate about customer service and innovation. She has helped lift the City of West Torrens onto omni-channel platforms and is playing a lead role in transforming our business to embrace the customer experience.
David is a Local Government management professional with strengths in arts, business and marketing. David has led commercial change within traditionally community focussed business units delivering increased revenue, productivity and efficiency whilst enhancing community outcomes. David’s formal training is Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice and Bachelor of Commerce but it didn’t take long for him to see the light and pursue a career in an area that he is passionate about – local government. During his local government career, David has worked as Advisor, Performing Arts for the City of Tea Tree Gully; Unit Manager, Cultural Facilities for the City of Marion; Executive Director for The Art House Wyong; and is now Manager Business Enterprises and Communications for the Town of Gawler.
Melanie Lambert is an independent, collaborative consultant who will helps people orientate every aspect of their organisation towards your customers, their needs and priorities. Melanie is a passionate and creative facilitator, strategist, coach and communicator who enjoys nothing more than putting these skills to use in building the capacity and capability of organisations that are committed to making a positive change.
Nick is a dynamic leader with almost 20 years’ experience in the technology, media, and digital sectors specialising in ICT general management, digital product innovation, and business transformation strategies. Nick has launched innovative digital products, notably streaming music service iHeartRadio Australia, lead the digital and business transformation of Business SA and has worked with technology leaders like Apple and Microsoft. As Head of Digital Citizen Services Nick is responsible for the whole of government digital strategy required to deliver service transformation for the South Australian Government, with a specific focus on improving or creating new digital services for the citizens of South Australia. This includes management of South Australia’s government website and digital product portfolio, including the sa.gov.au website and the MySAGOV digital wallet. Nick is the Deputy Chair for Fresh FM, a male champion of change for Women in Winnovation SA and a member of the Australian Information Industry Association SA Council.
Peter leads the South Australian Government’s Office for Data Analytics and is also the state’s Chief Data Officer. He has spent most of his career in or around data and analytics, and led innovative change in reporting, analytics and actuarial activities. Peter has held a number of leadership roles in operations and analytics in both public and private sector and is passionate about improving businesses understanding, efficiency and customer service.
SHAYAN DE SILVA
Shayan De Silva is a Manager at the City of Playford, where he leads a team of professionals who evaluate, implement and maintain IT solutions for the Council. Shayan started his career with Nestle, Sri Lanka as an IT Helpdesk Officer and has a technical background with over 16 years of experience in implementing best spoke IT solutions for multiple large organisations covering manufacturing, outsourcing, state government and local government industries. He has progressed on to being a Manager in the last two years. Shayan moved to Australia in 2012 and completed a 6-month project role with SA Health Pathology before moving to the City of Playford as an ICT Technical Specialist. Shayan went on to win the Playford Council “Leading the Way” award in 2014, was nominated for the 2019 LG Professionals Emerging Leader of the Award and has been instrumental in the City of Playford’s IT journey.