Member Mentoring with Sue McCarrey

Member Events - 7 Feb 2014

New Member Initiative - Personal Members Only

Within our membership ranks there exists a tremendous amount of knowledge and wisdom that we now make available to you through an informal, small group mentoring session. This is an opportunity available exclusively to Personal members.

The mentoring session below will kick off the first in a series of four (4) sessions throughout the year. To maintain a level of personal engagement, a maximum of eight (8) members are invited to participate per session. Any Personal member, regardless of career stage is invited to participate.

The mentor session will be driven by the group's needs as a mentee. Members are encouraged to bring along questions about issues you face in your career.

About Mentoring

Mentoring is an effective process for the transfer of professional skills and benefits mentees through support for skills and knowledge development. It is designed to provide an additional layer of career and professional development.

It is important to understand that mentoring is one component of a professional development plan. It is focused on career and professional development conversations. It complements skill development training and is not a substitute for emotional support systems such as counselling.

By attending mentees will:

  • Develop personal skills and self-confidence.
  • Gain a broader understanding of the public sector and the role of IPAA
  • Develop relationships with more senior colleagues to explore career and professional pathways in a supportive, informal environment.

Questions you may wish to bring to the discussion include:

  • Leadership styles and attributes
  • Networks: building, sustaining etc.
  • Personal presentation and communication skills ( e.g. resumes, interviews, public speaking)
  • Working with others in teams: as a member; as a leader
  • Managing performance (your own and others)

Mentor - Ms Sue McCarrey

Sue McCarrey was appointed to the position of Deputy Director General – Policy Planning and Investment on 31 May 2010.  Since joining the Department of Transport she has led a review of port authority governance, metropolitan transport planning and the regional freight transport plan.

Sue has established a framework for a State wide transport investment program in order to provide the Government with a whole of transport view of investment priorities based on planning needs. She is also the current President of the Western Australian Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Sue was a member of the Public Transport Authority Executive for eight years, most recently in the position of Executive Director Safety and Strategic Development.  She has worked previously in the Department of Education, including Commonwealth-State relations. 

A law degree and post-graduate qualifications in policy and administration provide Sue with expertise in government policy and administration, including legal frameworks and the mechanics of government.