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19th Annual CEO and Young Professionals Breakfast

Friday, 25 March 2022
7:15 AM to 9:00 AM
Arrival from 6:45 AM
ICC Sydney
Grand Ballroom, Level 5
14 Darling Drive, Sydney NSW 2000 
Table of 10  $1500 
Table of 5  

What brings out your best: working in the office or working remotely?


Each year, IPAA NSW holds our CEO & Young Professionals Breakfast. This extraordinarily popular event brings together around 1000 public sector leaders and young professionals to build networks across public sector organisations and help leaders and future leaders to understand the issues that the modern public sector faces. 

Building on IPAA’s recent tradition, our 19th Annual CEO and Young Professionals Breakfast will again be held face-to-face and showcase two public sector debating teams exploring What brings our your best.

During this entertaining and thought-provoking event, one side will argue they are most effective working remotely, while their opponents will argue they are most effective working in the office. 

The COVID-driven move to remote working has given a huge number of public servants the experience of a very different way of workplace and this discussion will pit the advocates for this new remote way of working against the believers in the value of face-to-face interactions. 

The debate will finish with an audience vote to see which side was able to change people’s minds and which argument the audience found most convincing.


96% of respondents to our event survey rated the 18th Annual CEO and Young Professionals Breakfast as ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’. 

‘It is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other like-minded young professionals and executives to explore key issues and drivers in a really engaging and special way.’

Our Breakfast will discuss this hot button issue in 2022 as public sector workplaces start to move back to office-based work. 

After the debate, there will be time for table-based discussion about the ideas raised by speakers, giving CEOs and senior executives the opportunity to hear directly from the future leaders of our sector about how this restart can help to build a world class public sector in NSW. 

By booking a table, your organisation is showing its commitment to linking your leadership team with emerging leaders in your organisation and building a better understanding about the biggest challenges facing public sector workplaces in 2022.


The case for working in the office will be presented by: 

William Murphy
Deputy Secretary, Customer Delivery and Transformation
NSW Department of Customer Service

William Murphy’s role in a customer-led Department of Customer Service is to create a powerful, evidence-driven platform to drive transformation in the design, funding and delivery of government services. He brings together Births Deaths and Marriages, the Behavioural Insights Unit, the Data Analytics Centre, and other assets such as digital transformation and brand and advertising to improve customer service and engagement across government.

Aashna Rampal
IPAA NSW Young Professional Councillor
Senior Project Officer, Policy Science and Research
Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer 

Aashna is a former NSW Government Graduate who is passionate about innovation and cross-government collaboration initiatives. Over the last few years, she’s worked in a variety of strategy and policy roles. Outside her day job, Aashna is a committee member of the IPAA NSW Young Professional Network and is currently studying a Master of Environmental Law and Public Policy. She is also a keen advocate for mental health and wellbeing at the workplace and has worked alongside executives to embed a resilient and healthy work culture in her previous roles. She is an accredited Mental Health First Aider and has been a voluntary Listener Therapist for more than 5 years. In her free time, Aashna enjoys reading a book (or sometimes 10) or nursing a new writing project somewhere outdoor.

The case for working remotely will be presented by: 

Lisa Alonso Love
Deputy Secretary - Education and Skills Reform
Department of Education and Training

Lisa Alonso Love is the joint Deputy Secretary, Education and Skills Reform. Lisa has worked in government and non-government organisations for over 20 years, reforming and delivering services to families and children who are vulnerable or require significant support.  Lisa has delivered senior operational and program leadership in the public sector for 18 years, in both rural and remote areas as well as in central office roles.  Lisa previously worked in the Department of Communities and Justice and delivered reform programs including the implementation of ChildStory, and also filled the role of Executive Director Learning and Wellbeing in the Department of Education.

George R Lloyd
Senior Firefighter, Fire + Rescue NSW 
001 City of Sydney Fire Station - A Plt

George has worked in the NSW public sector since 2014. George has been deployed across NSW on Building Impact Assessment teams as well as numerous strike teams throughout the 2019/20 fires. Throughout his time with Fire + Rescue NSW George has been involved with Media, Recruitment and served as OIC Ceremonial Team. George has diversified his down time serving with the NSW Ambulance and working in his field of study Biomedical Engineering, using Radiostereometric Analysis to measure prosthetic joint kinematics. George works alongside his twin brother Hugh also a Firefighter based at 15 Burwood Fire Station which helps harbor the competitive nature they both enjoy.  


Jesse Hanna
IPAA NSW Young Professional Councillor
Senior Associate, Legal
Investment NSW

Jesse is a Senior Associate Legal at Investment NSW and has significant experience advising on legal and procurement matters in the NSW public sector. He has also supported the delivery of major projects across the Stronger Communities Cluster. Jesse has been a committee member of the IPAA NSW Young Professionals Network since 2017 and has helped deliver several events to encourage sector-wide networking and professional development. Jesse holds a double degree in Law and Commerce from the University of NSW, a Diploma of Government and a practising certificate from the Law Society of NSW. In his spare time Jesse enjoys speaking French and is a keen swimmer and runner.


Deanne Stewart
Chief Executive Officer
Aware Super

Deanne joined Aware Super as Chief Executive Officer in 2018. As one of Australia’s largest super funds, Deanne has led Aware Super’s drive to be a ‘Force for Good’ through its responsible investment philosophy and focus on providing its members with the best guidance and advice for retirement. She has with more than 25 years’ leadership experience in financial services in wealth, superannuation and insurance sectors in Australia and internationally. This includes time as Managing Director with Merrill Lynch Investment management in New York, and as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey and Company in London. Before joining Aware Super, Deanne was Chief Executive Officer of MetLife Australia and also held senior roles within BT Financial Group including as General Manager for Superannuation, Marketing and Direct Channels. A hallmark of Deanne’s career has been a passionate commitment to building and maintaining a strong culture and clearly defined purpose to drive business success.


Once you have registered, please contact [email protected] to receive your Table Booking Form

All table booking forms are to be sent to [email protected] and are due no later than 5:00 PM Friday 18 March 2022.

Each table is to be hosted by a senior executive, with nine (or four if booking a table of 5) young professionals under the age of 34 from your organisation.


This event is presented with the support of our partner, Aware Super


If you would like to book more than six tables, please contact the events team on 02 8066 1900 or email [email protected].

25/03/2022 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
AUS Eastern Daylight Time
ICC Sydney Grand Ballroom Level 5 14 Darling Drive Sydney, NSW 2000 AUSTRALIA
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  • Cancellation received more than 10 business days prior to the event – no penalty will be incurred
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  • No show – 100% of the fee is payable
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Cancellation policy - Scheduled Courses
  • Cancellation must be in writing and confirmed by an IPAA NSW staff member
  • Cancellation received more than 10 business days prior to the start date – no penalty will be incurred
  • Cancellation received within 6-10 business days of the start date – 50% of the fee is payable
  • Cancellation received less than 6 business days prior to the start date – 100% of the fee is payable
  • No show – 100% of the fee is payable
  • Registrations received less than 6 business days prior to the start date are non-refundable.
Cancellation policy - Self-paced Courses
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Transfer policy - Self-paced Courses 
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