Networking opportunity for young professionals

Young professionals working in the sector are invited to improve their networking skills and career prospects at our 'Friends with Professional Benefits' event being held on Thursday 20 July at 6pm at Smart Artz Gallery in South Melbourne. Over drinks and canapes get advice and insights from senior people in the sector on their career journey, learn what key steps you can take now and into the future to grow your networks and career, how you can be well rounded within the sector and how to find a mentor. It's speed networking for young Local Government professionals.

This is a must attend event for any young professionals in the local government sector.

Here’s what some of the delegates had to say about participating in the last 'Friends with Professional Benefits' event:

“The venue, guest speakers and atmosphere was amazing.”
“I really enjoyed hearing advice from people who have been at my level.”
“It was great to meet so many impressive people from the sector.”
“It was great having the opportunity to have that up-close and personal time with the guest speakers.”

The five mentors for the evening are:

Dr Nerina Di Lorenzo, CEO, Moreland City Council

Dr Nerina Di Lorenzo is the CEO of Moreland City Council. She has over 18 years of experience in Victorian Local Government in a range of senior leadership roles spanning the areas of Business Improvement, Infrastructure Management and Project Delivery. Prior to her work in local government she has held a number of roles in the oil industry, including as platform Engineer for several Bass Strait oil rigs.

Nerina has a Bachelor of Engineering, a Bachelor of Business and most recently completed a PhD on ‘Barriers and Enablers to implementing change in Victorian Local Government organisations’.


Sharon Hutchinson, General Manager People and Culture, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Sharon Hutchinson is a senior leader that has worked in a total of five sectors (State Government, Local Government, Not for Profit, Private Sector and Health) in her career at both an executive level and as a senior manager within human resourses and corporate services roles. Sharon is passionate about Local Government having worked at a large metropolitan Council and a growth Council. She is now making a significant contribution to the Environment Protection Authority's (EPA) Local Government Pilot program. Sharon is currently the head of the People & Culture function at the EPA, an organisation that is currently undergoing a once in a generation transformation with $162 million in funding from the Victorian Government to deliver on a five year reform program. Sharon has a career that demonstrates strengths in strategic thinking and application, change leadership, adaptability, capacity building and managing complex organisational and people issues.

Clare McCartin, Victorian General Manager, Executive, Davidson

Prior to joining Davidson in 2015, Clare was a Director of a leading boutique Melbourne based search firm for thirteen years where she conducted hundreds of Chief Executive and Senior searches in the not-for-profit and Government sectors. Clients recognise that Clare is dedicated to getting the best outcome for all concerned, treating clients and candidates with the same passion and understanding. The energy and enthusiasm Clare brings to her work is infectious. In addition, Clare has been extensively exposed to competency based human resources projects and has used this model to develop performance assessment and development tools and remuneration reviews for various commerce and government organisations. Clare has recently been awarded the Seek Recruitment Consultant of the Year for 2016. Clare is an active corporate member of IPAA, LGPro, MAV, AWA, LASA and Procurement Australia. She has completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Employee Relations.  Clare sits on the IPAA (Institute of Public Administrators Australia) People & Culture Committee and writes regularly on leadership related issues for MAV’s CIVIC magazine and Leadership Victoria. She has also completed a Master of Commerce, majoring in Human Resource Management and Employee Relations. Clare's thesis examined the human aspects of governance, specifically the frequency and types of performance appraisals within Australian boards.

Christian Stefani, Coordinator Governance and Engagement, Bass Coast Shire Council

Christian is equally passionate about delivering positive outcomes for the community and developing the people within his teams and the organisation. Following a successful period of working in hotels within Melbourne, an opportunity to return to his hometown and work in local government was too good to miss. What was supposed to be a temporary one year tourism role turned into something else altogether. Eleven years later, Christian has had the opportunity to lead various teams within local government, while learning more about Council's diverse services and the community's diverse expectations that can go with them!  This has included roles in economic development and tourism, emergency management, communications and engagement, governance, risk, corporate planning and project management. Forever grateful to the people that have had a positive influence on him through his career, Christian is enjoying the opportunity to coach and mentor other on their journey.


Aaron Van Egmond, CEO, Hepburn Shire Council

Aaron has 11 years of experience in local government with Towong Shire Council prior to taking up the position of CEO with Hepburn Shire Council in May 2012. As the Director Development Services at Towong Shire Council he was responsible for economic development, tourism, planning and building. In his current role, Aaron has placed a strong focus on improving systems, minimising waste from the organisation and engaging effectives with the community. Prior to working in the Local Government sector, Aaron worked in the construction industry both as a project manager and within his own business focused on construction, maintenance and property development.


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Event Details

This event is specifically tailored for people in Local Government 36 years and under.

Date: Thursday 20 July 2017
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: Smart Artz Gallery, 2 Alfred Place, South Melbourne

LGPro Young Professional Members - Free
Non Members - $66

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