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20th Annual CEO and Young Professionals Breakfast

Meet hundreds of young professionals and senior leaders while building your public sector knowledge and network.


Returning in its twentieth year, our CEO and Young Professionals Breakfast is one of the sector's largest face-to-face events. This unmissable event explores the opportunities and challenges facing the next generation of public servants.

Is this event for you?

Are you a leader keen to support your staff to understand the unique operating environment of the NSW public sector?

Would your team of young professionals benefit from building networks to collaborate across the sector?

What will you gain?

Our annual debate will this year explore whether:.

• To be my best for NSW, I should focus on working in the government sector throughout my career or,
• To be my best for NSW, I should seek experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors throughout my career.

One leader will team up with a young professional to unpack what is unique about working in the NSW public sector and why it is critical to build our understanding of the roles of Parliament and Cabinet and other aspects like the Westminster system and the legislative framework.

The opposing team will discuss how experience from other sectors can offer different perspectives and help make the NSW public sector more innovative and collaborative.

The light-hearted debate is your opportunity to discuss the big issues facing our sector and vote on which side’s argument was the most convincing.

By booking a table, you are showing your commitment to building talent within your organisation.


The Debate Panel

Michael Siciliano – Solicitor, NSW Department of Customer Service 


Michael is a former Legal Stream graduate of the NSW Government Graduate Program and is currently working as a Solicitor with the Department of Customer Service, 


Michael Siciliano - Full bio

Michael is a former Legal Stream graduate of the NSW Government Graduate Program and is currently working as a Legal Officer with the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Michael has prior experience as an Associate to the Chief Commissioner of the Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales, a Policy and Research Officer with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, as well as the Professional Standards Authority, NSW Public Defender’s Office and the Legal Aid Commission of NSW.

Michael currently serves as the Chair of the NSW Lawyer’s Public Law and Government Sub-Committee, as a Member of the Law Society of NSW’s Government Solicitors Committee and a Member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia NSW's Young Professionals Network.


Shannon Slattery – System Coordinator, Cadastre NSW, Spatial Services, NSW Department of Customer Service.


For the last 8 years she has worked in many roles throughout the different business units at Spatial Services. Working as Soil Collection Coordinator for the Anzac Memorial Centenary Project was a particular highlight.


Shannon Slattery - Full bio

Shannon lives and works in the regional city of Bathurst in Central Tablelands NSW. Having joined Spatial Services in 2014 as a Trainee following an Honours Degree in Sociology/Economics at Charles Sturt University.

For the last 8 years she has worked in many roles throughout the different business units at Spatial Services. Working as Soil Collection Coordinator for the Anzac Memorial Centenary Project was a particular highlight.

Shannon’s current role in the Cadastral Transformation team at Spatial Services is a mix of digital mapping and database management to support, maintain, and enhance the Statewide Cadastre NSW Proposed Layer. The Proposed Layer service is a digital capture on demand service which sees all “paper” DA (Development Application) and Subdivision Certificate (SubCert) converted to “digital” maps, allowing an interactive format for more efficient use in land development planning and approvals.

Shannon has been the Co-Chair of the DCS Young Professionals Network since 2020 enjoying leading the committee to deliver online and in person events, encourage networking and professional development.


Simon Hunter - Chief Transport Planner, Transport for NSW


Simon started as the Chief Transport Planner in Transport for NSW in June 2022. In this role he is responsible for the Strategic Planning Branch that sets the future direction for Transport in NSW.


Simon Hunter - Full bio

Simon started as the Chief Transport Planner in Transport for NSW in June 2022. In this role he is responsible for the Strategic Planning Branch that sets the future direction for Transport in NSW.

Prior to this Simon was the Executive Director, leading the Smart Cities work for the NSW Government including the $45m Smart Places Acceleration Program and other initiatives such as the Smart Places Customer Charter.

As well as the Smart Cities work, he was DPIE’s Chief Data Officer and has worked in transport across freight, regional and commercial roles in the NSW Government and as a consultant, as well as various policy roles.


Kate Foy, Group Deputy Secretary – Sports, Arts and Tourism, NSW Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade


In January 2022 Kate joined the Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade, as the Group Deputy Secretary for Sports, Arts and Tourism. In January 2022 Kate joined the Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade, as the Group Deputy Secretary for Sports, Arts and Tourism.


Kate Foy - Full bio 

In January 2022 Kate joined the Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade, as the Group Deputy Secretary for Sports, Arts and Tourism. More recently Kate was the Deputy Secretary for Community Engagement at the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Kate has led the policy strategy and delivery of services in Aboriginal Affairs, Arts and Culture, Employee Relations as well as NSW Heritage and State Archives and Records. Kate maintains a passion for supporting our front line to provide the best possible service and outcomes to the people of NSW.

Kate’s career spans front line service delivery in the non-government sector with children and young people. Then various government agencies including Department of Premier and Cabinet, Transport, Planning and the NSW Telco Authority.


Master of Ceremonies

Aashna Rampal - Senior Project Officer, Policy Science & Research, Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer.


Aashna is currently working on the NSW Small Business Innovation & Research Program in the Office of Chief Scientist and Engineer. She aspires to lead national policy reform one day.


Aashna Rampal - Full bio

Aashna is a former NSW Government graduate who is passionate about innovation and collaboration initiatives.

During her time in NSW Government, she has worked on a range of cross-government initiatives including the NSW Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap and planning of Place-Based Infrastructure in the newly developing Western Sydney.

Aashna is currently working on the NSW Small Business Innovation & Research Program in the Office of Chief Scientist and Engineer. She aspires to lead national policy reform one day.

Outside of her day job, Aashna is a Young Professional Councillor for IPAA NSW and a co-chair of the IPAA YP committee. She is an advocate for change in the workplace and enjoys networking with leaders from across the sector to brainstorm and create new ways of optimising learning and development for young professionals.

Aashna is also an accredited Mental Health First Aider and often spends her weekends volunteering as a health and wellbeing Listener Therapist for a non-for profit organisation or writing freelance pieces which explore contemporary issues in the youth community. 



After you have registered - Table booking form 

To book in a full or half table, please download the table booking form below and send your table booking form to [email protected]

Please return your completed table booking form to our Events Team no later than Friday 17 March 2023.

Download booking form here.

Each table is to be hosted by a senior executive, plus nine young professionals aged 34 and younger from your organisation.

Download the full Terms and Conditions here.

Event Details

  Time:

 07:15AM – 09:00AM (AEST/AEDT)

 When:

 Thursday 30 March 2023

 Where:

 Grand Ballroom, Level 5,  
 ICC Sydney, 14 Darling Drive,  
 Sydney, NSW, 2000

 Cost:

 Table of 10 - $1700
 Table of 5 - $900


Be at your best, for NSW.
Register now to secure your spot. 

Sponsor acknowledgement
This event is presented with support from our partner/s
Thursday, 30 March 2023
7:15AM - 9:00AM
ICC Sydney
Grand Ballroom Level 5
14 Darling Drive
Sydney NSW 2000
Table of 10 - $1700 Table of 5 - $900

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