Member Mentoring with Sven Bluemmel

New Member Inititaive - Personal Members Only

Member Events - 20 Aug 2014

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 is the second in a series of four (4) sessions to be delivered 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. Please bring along your 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 - Sven Bluemmel, Information Commissioner

Sven Bluemmel is the Western Australian Information Commissioner. Prior to taking up his appointment in May 2009, Sven held senior positions in the Public Sector Commission, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.  Sven also practised law in the private sector in Melbourne and Perth, where he was recognised as one of the leading lawyers in the areas of information and privacy law in the national publication Legal Profiles.

Sven has been a contributor to a number of Australian and international publications, particularly in the areas of information and technology law.  He is an alumnus of Leadership Western Australia and actively participates in the community, including through his involvement with the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program and the Advisory Committee of The Big Issue.  Sven holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Science, both from the Australian National University.


Member Feedback

80% of members rated the mentoring session with Sven as 'outstanding'.

"The chance to participate in quality dialogue with a small group of people meant we all felt very comfortable and each were able to raise issues relevant to our current work. This is exactly why I joined IPAA - to have access to these affordable professional development and networking activities. Please keep it up!"

"I found sharing experiences and insights; hearing innovative ways of working, and being alerted to ideas and different ways of working were most useful." - Hilary MacWilliam, Department of Housing