Meet Our Staff

At the Institute, we have a team of professional, highly skilled staff ready to assist you to advance excellence in the public sector.

We can help with information about membership, any of the seminars or training programs that are coming up, details on special events and conferences or answer questions about research and resources.

Feel free to contact us any time by calling (08) 9360 1400 or email us at

Gavin Lewis - Chief Executive Officer

Gavin joined the Institute in 2013 as Chief Executive Officer and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in managing an association. He has worked the last 13 years in the not-for-profit industry and before that he worked in the finance sector for a tertiary institution. He brings together his education in finance and business administration and extensive management experience for this role.

Outside of work, Gavin is a self confessed sporting tragic. And when not playing sport, he is following all the exploits in the Sporting World.

Andrew Dunkin - Program Development Manager

As the Program Development Manager, Andrew is responsible for the planning and development of the Institutes Thought Leadership Program including all events and seminars.

Andrew's first career in hotel management taught him the skill of engaging people to achieve business objectives. A subsequent period working for the government of Western Australia provided insight into the processes and issues facing the public sector.

When not working Andrew pursues his love of sailing and spending time with his young family.

Nadia Khalaf - Events Coordinator
(Currently on leave)

Originally from Spain, Nadia joins us as the Events Coordinator after four year as the Marketing and Events Coordinator at Jaume Univeristy (Spain). She has a Bachelors degree in Marketing, Advertisement and Public Relations and a Master’s degree in Strategic Communication Management.

Nadia has only lived in Perth for a short while but loves to travel and has worked and studied  in London, Rome and Curitiba (Brazil).

Amy Bouckley - Manager | Organisational Development and Corporate Member Relations (Tues - Fri)

Amy is the main contact in the Institute for learning and development professionals. She works closely with organisations to develop in-agency programs to specifically meet their needs. Before joining the Institute in 2010, Amy worked in the WA state public sector, a not-for-profit in Belgium and the WA private sector.

Amy is balancing work with a young family. She is a keen gardener and book enthusiast.

Yohan Fernando - Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Yohan volunteered his time at IPAA WA in 2013 as part of a three month Marketing internship and assisted in providing marketing support during the IPAA 2014 International Conference.

He has a Bachelor of Business Commerce degree specialising in Marketing, with minors in Accounting and Finance, and an Advanced Diploma in Accounting.  

View Yohan's thoughts on undertaking an internship - click here.

Ekaterina Tenerova - Finance Officer

Kat has joined us as the Finance Officer and originally from Russia, has now called Perth home. She has a Bachelor of Linguistics and Economics, a Diploma in Music (Performing, Theory and Composition) and a Master of Economics (Finance and Credit).

Kat's favourite thing about living in Perth is the warm weather, which is great for cycling.

Jenni Ogilvy - Public Training Coordinator  (Mon - Thurs)