ANZSOG Alumni Council seeks to bolster alumni pathways

Simon Kent
  • Published Date: 16 April 2019

ANZSOG’s Alumni Council has begun identifying opportunities for alumni as it seeks to fulfill a prominent role in shaping the organisation’s future.  

ANZSOG research revealed alumni want to contribute to ANZSOG, with the Council formed, in part, to investigate options to bring this to fruition. 

The Alumni Council was established last year to represent the interests and views of ANZSOG’s diverse 3500-strong alumni community. It will provide formal advice to

ANZSOG’s Dean and CEO Professor Ken Smith about the direction of the organisation and issues facing the modern public sector.

Alumni council chair Simon Kent, a member of the 2008 Executive Master of Public Administration cohort, said that the key topic of the first meeting for 2019, held on 28 March, was identifying pathways to keep alumni involved with ANZSOG. Alumni council chair Simon Kent, a member of the 2008 Executive Master of Public Administration cohort, said that the key topic of the first meeting for 2019, held on March 28, was identifying pathways to keep alumni involved with ANZSOG. 

“There is clearly a desire among alumni to contribute to ANZSOG. They want to go beyond social events and use their skills to do things,” Mr Kent said. 

“This could include being an ANZSOG Ambassador, mentoring or presenting, or even being involved in ‘tiger teams’ which can tackle public sector problems, giving alumni the chance to work together to deliver solutions,” he said. 

Mr Kent said there was a critical mass of ANZSOG alumni across Australia and New Zealand who were looking to use the skills they had gained in ANZSOG programs. 

He said that the Council would put together information about what activities were being proposed and send it to alumni for feedback. 

“This was a really good second face-to-face meeting, and we were able to be a bit more specific about what we want to do. There will be more offerings and opportunities to tell alumni about,” he said.

The Council has identified four focus areas for action in 2019: The Council has identified four focus areas for action in 2019: 

  • Alumni to have a more prominent role in shaping the future of ANZSOG​
  • Developing a strong alumni community of practice, and leveraging alumni skills and experience across the public sector​ 
  • Energising alumni networks and activity​ 
  • Building understanding of alumni.

Defining pathways for alumni to contribute to ANZSOG, could include establishing alumni working groups on topical issues, providing opportunities for alumni to advise on “knowledge and research translation”, and other work to leverage alumni skills across the public sector. Defining pathways for alumni to contribute to ANZSOG, could include establishing alumni working groups on topical issues, providing opportunities for alumni to advise on “knowledge and research translation”, and other work to leverage alumni skills across the public sector. 

The Council is also looking at analysing alumni data to identify and engage with sub-cohorts with particular interests. 

The Council’s objectives are to build a strong, engaged and cohesive alumni community, and foster two-way communication between alumni and the ANZSOG executive, and between alumni and public services.  

It will also provide advice to ANZSOG on program delivery, support capability and leadership development in the public service, and encourage equity and diversity in ANZSOG program participation. 

The inaugural Alumni Advisory Council was chosen from 45 applications and consists of 14 members from across ANZSOG’s jurisdictions.

  • Simon Kent (Chair) 
  • Jill Charker (Commonwealth) 
  • Natasha Ryan (Commonwealth) 
  • Alastair Shields (NT) 
  • Janet Schorer (NSW) 
  • Liem Ngo (NSW) 
  • Jill Bond (NZ) 
  • Margaret McLeod (NZ) 
  • Ashley Bunce (QLD) 
  • Cathy Taylor (SA) 
  • Ginna Webster (TAS)
  • Paulleen Markwort (Vic) 
  • Talava Tuhipa-Turner (Vic) 
  • Coan Harvey (WA) 

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