Nicole Dykstra (Chair) – Australian Taxation Office
Nicole has recently taken up a new role as acting Deputy Commissioner, Client Engagement Group Strategy and Performance. Previous to this, Nicole was an Assistant Commissioner in the ATO’s Superannuation business line and provided strategic leadership for the ATO's SuperStream initiative. Nicole began her career in the ATO as a graduate and has undertaken many varied roles. This has ranged from the CFO's executive assistant right through to leading an organisational review to establish the ATO's independent review function for large business. Nicole also spent a number of years providing key financial advice to the CFO and ATO Executive. Nicole is the only SES located in Townsville and is the site champion for our Townsville site. Nicole’s active leadership has led to a number of positive outcomes across the site.
Kim Szandro – Australian Taxation Office
Kim is a director leading the ATO’s Client Experience Integration & Committee Support team. She specialises in working with business to ensure the change impacts on clients and staff are considered and managed in an integrated way. Kim has significant experience in implementing large scale change initiatives from design through to implementation and embedding in business. With over 19 years’ experience focusing on continuous business improvement, she has a broad understanding of ATO business and people management. Kim is committed to providing clients with innovative integrated solutions to embrace digital transformation, improve delivery outcomes, and enhance operational efficiency. Kim is passionate about reinventing and reimagining the possibilities ahead.
Ashley Morgan – Department of Human Resources
Ashley Morgan is an Executive Level 2 Region Manager with the Department of Human Services delivering regional Enabling and Support services within the service delivery area of the department. Ashley works with Managers to provide a range of property, HR and financial support services in addition to leading several service delivery centres connecting Australians to the services that they need. Ashley believes the role of the Australian Public Service is essential in policy development and the provision of Government services. As a leader, Ashley has a responsibility to ensure that the quality and quantity of the work produced and outcomes achieved by the teams he leads, maintains Government confidence in the Public Service. Ashley is particularly interested in the potential of technology to deliver both improved flexibility and productivity. Ashley has worked in several Commonwealth Government departments during his career and has lead teams across a broad spectrum of responsibilities from HR and payroll through to fraud and cash economy field operations.
Simon Banks – Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Dr Simon Banks is the General Manager, Great Barrier Reef Operations at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. He is responsible for the Authority’s Field Management Program, Indigenous Partnerships Program, Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium and Legal Services. Simon is Chair of the Authority's Workplace Health and Safety Committee and Security Committee. Simon is an experienced executive who has worked in natural resource management for close to 25 years. Prior to joining the Authority, Simon was a senior executive in the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy. Key roles included managing the environmental assessments and approvals area and the management of Commonwealth environmental water in the Murray Darling Basin. Simon’s previous experience also includes working for New Zealand’s Department of Conservation where he was responsible for their marine conservation program and heading delegations for the Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels. Simon has also worked for the Queensland and NSW state governments on marine park policy and regional forest agreements.
Adrienne Power – Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Adrienne is currently the Director of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Australia’s (GBRMPA) Reef HQ Aquarium. Reef HQ is the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef and in this role Adrienne leads and supports a team in raising awareness of Reef conservation and protection through presenting world-class living exhibits, complemented by thematic and interactive educational experiences. Adrienne is dedicated to working with others to add value, create, sustain and deliver high performance through effective human resource, business and performance management. Passionate about building capability in others, a success has been the development and implementation of an on-the-job coaching program for APS2-APS4 staff in high volume transactional service delivery teams. More broadly learning and development, workforce planning, recruitment, strategic policy development and advice, along with leadership are some of Adrienne’s key skills. These skills along with a focus on innovation and creativity have allowed Adrienne to support teams across a number of Commonwealth agencies to streamline and adopt best practice approaches to workload and people management. Adrienne is a career public servant who has embraced opportunities to be mobile and expand her skills within a regional location (Townsville). After joining the Australian Public Service in 1994 with the then Department of Education, Employment and Training, Adrienne has also worked for the Australian Taxation Office, Child Support Agency and Department of Defence.
Jordan Moore – Digital Transformation Agency
Jordan is currently developing the performance framework for the Digital Transformation Agency. Jordan joined the DTA to establish the Policy, Strategy and User Experience responsibility for myGov, having been the head of myGov prior to this at the Department of Human Services. Since joining the DTA he has helped to establish the roadmapping functions, and a strategic partnership with the Department of Industry focusing on Business Registers. He has also delivered several large ICT projects at DHS including the first authenticated smartphone application and Document Lodgement Service.
Sonia Lomman – National Disability Insurance Agency
Sonia is currently a Corporate Director with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). Sonia has been in the public sector for more than 14 years, including various roles with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Division and in budget advisory roles providing strategic and operational advice to senior executive with front line business responsibilities. In her current position, Sonia is responsible for scheme implementation, HR, finance and front office functions in the Queensland North region. This work enables the region to meet its crucial bilateral targets as it heads towards full scheme and includes stewarding best practice in financial management, leadership, people management, and process development.
Neilia Humphries – Department of Defence
Neilia Humphries is Director Service Delivery, Department of Defence, North Queensland. Neilia leads the Defence public service team to support Defence capability through the provision of an integrated service delivery solution to all Defence sites in North Queensland. Neilia joined the public service in 2018 from the Northern Territory, having lived in several States across Australia and held Executive and Senior Management positions with Industry Associations, Registered Training Organisations, Airlines, Local Government and Hospitality.In 2016 Neilia was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards NT, and in 2017 was appointed to the Northern Territory Government Work Health and Safety Advisory Council as Chairperson, and the Northern Territory Training Commission.