Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO

The theme of this month's newsletter is celebrations!

Here's my list:

  • We celebrate Paul Slater's contribution to our sector and particularly LG Professionals, SA as a Diamond Corporate Partner since 1985
  • We celebrate a new team member here - welcome to Elyse Hearne who joins us as our new Marketing and Communications Coordinator
  • We celebrate ten years of the Women's Network and a wonderful Annual conference just held and the launch of a new Women's Program
  • We celebrate the upcoming Emerging Leaders Graduation and the bright future of our sector
... and on a more personal note I'd like to celebrate my hardworking team who demonstrate such fantastic teamwork. What do you celebrate? And in thinking about that, have you considered nominating for an Award? Read on to learn more about the categories and don't be shy!

Taryn Sexton

November 2019
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2020 Annual State Conference 

Trust and collaboration play a vital role in delivering results to our communities. The conference program will look at trust through the lens of ourselves, our teams and our communities, as well as exploring the vital role trust plays in successful collaborations—leaving us feeling positive, uplifted and inspired.

Program highlights include:

  • A fine balance - trust, communication and collaboration - Dan Aubin, Daring Humans
  • Matters of trust: local government on the front line of social change - Bernard Salt AM, Futurist, Keynote Speaker, Columnist, Business Advisor, Author
  • The science of trust: from brains to behaviour - Dr Hannah Brown, Chief Science Storyteller, SAHMRI
View program and register

19th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards - Nominate today!

The Call for Nominations for the 19th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards is now open! The 2020 awards recognise achievements up until 31 December 2019.

Categories for the 2020 Awards:

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Sector
  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • Excellence in People and Culture
  • Community Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration
  • Innovative Management Initiatives
  • Excellence in Local Economic Development
  • Leadership in Community Services
  • Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
  • Excellence in Sustainable and Environmentally Responsible Infrastructure Management
  • Excellence in Infrastructure Delivery- NEW AWARD FOR 2020
Find out more or nominate today

Sponsor Insight

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Making and Influencing Business Decisions 
Tuesday 4 February 2020
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Australasian Management Challenge
Early bird pricing for the 2020 Management Challenge ends this Friday! Register your team today at www.managementchallenge.com.au 

Local Government Management Program
Program commences on Wednesday 6 March 2020
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IGNITE Program
Program commences Tuesday 24 March 2020
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Women's Program
Program commences Monday 4 May 2020
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Network News

10th Annual Women's Network Conference 'You Got This'
Thank you to those of you who celebrated with us on 15 November at the Adelaide Town Hall for our 10th Annual Women's Network Conference. This event has come so far over the years all thanks to the support of this sector. We even saw some familiar faces from our first conference back in 2010! It was a day for forming new connections, building confidence and being inspired by stories of challenges and success.

Photos of the day are now available on the Women's Network Conference web page here. Photo credit to Iain Bond Photography.
If you would like a copy of a photo sent to you, please email me at connect@lgprofessionalssa.org.au

General Managers Network Forum: From Surviving to Thriving
Thursday 5 December
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I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event! If you are interested in being more involved in one of our networks, please contact me at connect@lgprofessionalssa.org.au or phone 8291 7994.


Tahlia Willey
Network and Program Officer

Member Profile - Proudly sponsored by

Karen Rokicinski
This month we spoke with Karen Rokicinski, Director Corporate and Customer Service of City of Victor Harbor, about her role, professional development journey and the exciting things happening at City of Victor Harbor. 

We’ve been following your career journey for over a decade now - can you tell us where you started in local government and where you are today?

I started in local government in 2004 as an Environmental Health Officer with Alexandrina Council, who took me on before I’d even graduated from university. 15 years later, I am now with City of Victor Harbor as Director Corporate and Customer Service.

Wow - and how did you get there?

I have been most fortunate to have had opportunities to take a number of small upwards and sideways steps into different roles throughout my career so far ...read more

Movers and Shakers

  • Deb Brokenshire has commenced as Director Community and Corporate at Coorong District Council. Deb was previously at Mid Murray Council. 

Save the date

Please mark the following dates in your calendar for 2020. You won't want to miss out on these!
  • 19th Annual Leadership Excellence Gala Awards Dinner
    Friday 22 May 2020

  • Emerging Leaders Program - Registrations will open Tuesday 28 January 2020
    Program commencing Thursday 28 May 2020

About Local Government Professionals Australia, SA

LG Professionals, SA is a not-for-profit member based association representing professionals working in local government in South Australia. 

We have the ability to link and connect people from different councils who may not otherwise form relationships or share. 

Our high quality professional development programs and networking events are uniquely local government – reflective of the culture of the sector and sensitive to the needs of its professionals. 

The content of our events and programs are informed by our members and people who genuinely care about the sector. 

We provide a safe and supportive environment in which to grow and learn while creating opportunities to make time away from the office to work on the business or on self. 

We award and acknowledge achievements of excellence.

We are proud to be part of a national Federation of State based Local Government Professionals Australia organisations, supported by a national office dedicated to supporting the National Local Government sector.

LG Professionals, SA   5 Hauteville Terrace, Eastwood SA 5063   Phone: 08 8291 7990