The Executive Refresh Series offer short online workshops for experienced executives to revisit relevant leadership, governance and policy topics specific to the South Australian Public Sector.

The sessions deliver all the benefits of face-to-face workshops – working with peers, asking questions with immediate answers from our expert facilitators, and plenty of insights. In addition, you are able to share ideas and build collegiality and connections across agencies.

Most sessions will be between 45 to 90 minutes long and will be run via the Zoom platform.

Please note this series is for South Australian public sector executives only.

If you want to be notified when future sessions become available, please register here.

Please see below details of recently run sessions.

Date: Thursday 4 June, 9:00 – 10:30am

Given the current crisis and changes to work, what role does technology take? Join Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk, Executive Director, Chief Information Officer, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, for a discussion on what is happening at the strategic level in ICT and digital government and the role of technology as a key enabler going forward.

In December 2019, Wellbeing SA was established to oversee the prevention of physical, mental and social wellbeing. Hear from Lyn Dean, Chief Executive, Wellbeing SA, about what SA’s challenges are, how we are positioned, and COVID-19’s impact.

Investment: The first session is complimentary.

Date: Thursday 18 June, 9:30 – 10:30am

Become known for your impactful policies and programs! Guest speaker Martin Westwell, Chief Executive, SACE Board of South Australia, makes this topic super interesting and you’ll be inspired by his wealth of experience as he takes a practical approach using his impact stages table.

Investment: This session is complimentary.

Date: Thursday 2 July, 9:30 – 10:30am

OCPSE’s Chief Human Resources Officer Shelley Willsmore will discuss some of the thinking and impacts of COVID-19 on HR issues, and OCPSE responses to these, as well as explore the shift in focus required to truly elicit the value from your workforce.

Investment: This session is complimentary.

Date: Wednesday, 22 July, 2:00 – 3:00pm

DPC Chief Executive Jim McDowell will discuss the government’s priorities and the framework for rebuilding the economy after COVID-19. He will be joined by Mark Duffy, who will outline his new role as Chief Executive of the new Performance and Reform Unit in DPC, and talk about the unit’s remit and what it will mean for agencies.

Investment: This session is complimentary.


We value your questions and feedback. Please direct any general enquiries to Tracy Nissen, Senior Leadership Development Consultant (see contact details below) or via email to

Tracy Nissen
Senior Leadership Development Consultant
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