We are delighted to launch the 2020-21 Next Execs Program on 8 July 2020. This 12-month program will be delivered through a combination of online and face-to-face workshops.  

This is a wonderful opportunity for participants to gain exposure to a wider range of learning experiences, reap the benefits of connecting with peers and colleagues, and be inspired by the respected program facilitators.

We are delighted to provide participants with a leadership experience that will be challenging but rewarding, and will ultimately strengthen their ability to lead a high performing public sector team.

Over the next 12 months, participants will work with like-minded leaders who will support and challenge them through their leadership journey as they transform their perspectives, expectations and capabilities.

The Next Execs Program Brochure


Program Overview

The Next Execs Program is aimed at high potential managers currently leading teams or projects (ASO7 or equivalent and above). It is designed to develop leadership capabilities required for higher level or more complex roles, in which they will be leading other managers and/or a division.


The program runs over a twelve-month period where participants will be provided with a unique and exceptional experience tailored to a government context and delivered through a mix of ‘exposure’, ‘experience’ and ‘education’. This includes workshops, 360 degree assessment, one-on-one coaching, leader connect sessions and a leadership bootcamp.

This program is aimed at managers who have been identified as ready and capable to broaden their leadership impact and strategic influence across the system.

Suitable managers:

  • have at least 12 months' people management experience, and are ready to make a successful transition from leading a team to leading managers
  • are effective, reliable leaders
  • learn and adapt quickly
  • are engaged, committed and motivated to deliver for the people of South Australia
  • seek to embrace diversity and diversify their experience
  • are role models for the South Australian Public Sector Values.

Nominations for the 2020 Program are now closed. To register your interest for the 2021-2022 Next Execs Program, click here.

Your agency chief executive needs to endorse your nomination.

Please speak to your line manager or HR representative about participating.

This program runs for 12 months.

The investment for the 2020-2021 program is $8,500 plus GST per participant.

The investment includes:

  • Comprehensive learner guides, program aides and other learning tools accessible online
  • 360 degree assessment tool (The Leadership Circle) with a personalised report
  • A debrief session on the assessment tool and two coaching sessions with an executive coach
  • Certificate of completion.

Jodie Gregg-Smith"South Australian Leadership Academy…you got it right with the Next Execs Program. I have participated in many other programs that would be considered comparable, and indeed complementary. The point of difference for this program is that it was tailored for the public sector and the very context we operate within. We were able to engage and learn from each other and experts with like minds, similar challenges and professional contexts, actual situations…it was REAL LEARNING. This program has created a safe space, now and going forward…"


Jodie Gregg-Smith (2019 Next Execs Participant)

Tanya DiLorenzo“Next Execs has provided me with the best PD experience in my 15-year career – that is a given. It’s engaged me, stretched my thinking and challenged me. My goal is to lead a happy, engaged, high performing team that adds value to the public sector – and that gets results…the best part of this whole program is the invaluable networks and relationships I’ve had the opportunity to create with amazing leaders…”


Tanya DiLorenzo (2019 Next Execs Participant)

We value your questions and feedback. Please direct any general enquiries to the Next Execs project team via email: OCPSENextExecs@sa.gov.au
Surlinne Sims


Surlinne Sims
Principal Leadership Development Consultant
(w) 8204 2276  (m) 0420 426 635  (e) surlinne.sims@sa.gov.au

and

Leila Matta

Project Officer, Leadership Development

(w) 8204 2277 (e) leila.matta@sa.gov.au

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