ANZSOG Alumni Advisory Council (AAC) has celebrated its one year anniversary with its final meeting for 2019 at the end of October.
The meeting, held in Melbourne, focused on continued enhancement of alumni pathways to support life-long learning for ANZSOG’s 3600-plus alumni.
The AAC comprises 15 public sector leaders from across ANZSOG’s ten jurisdictions in Australia and New Zealand.
Established in November last year, the AAC was chosen to present the interests and views of ANZSOG’s diverse alumni community and provides formal advice to ANZSOG’s Dean and CEO Professor Ken Smith about the direction of the organisation and issues facing the modern public sector.
The AAC also provides thought leadership on areas such as alumni engagement and activities, stakeholder engagement, research and program development.
AAC Chair Simon Kent, University of Melbourne Public Policy Fellow and former Deputy Secretary of policy reform in the Victorian Department of Education and Training, said the inaugural council had made significant progress in its first year.
“The ANZSOG Alumni is an exceptional group of high-achieving public sector leaders and managers, and we celebrate this group as one of ANZSOG’s biggest assets,” Mr Kent said.
“The Alumni Advisory Council is a great new expression of this. In our first year, we were set the monumental task of setting the scope of the Council and finding a way that would harness the combined knowledge and experience of the group which spans 10 jurisdictions in two countries.
“In our first year, we’ve audited and updated that Alumni pathways, set in motion a new Tiger Teams project and been able to provide value to ANZSOG by reviewing and advising on key projects and strategy.
“We have heard that alumni want to give back and are looking for opportunities to contribute. The Council has brought a great energy and enthusiasm to the role and will continue to develop additional pathways for alumni to be involved. We would love to hear directly from alumni about any ideas they have.
ANZSOG’s updated alumni pathways focuses on ways for alumni, including graduates from the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA), the Executive Fellows Program (EFP) and the Towards Strategic Leadership (TSL) program, to further their education and enhance their public sector networks.
ANZSOG Dean and CEO, Professor Ken Smith, noted the contribution of the AAC to ANZSOG activities in 2019 and said its formation had been a “wonderful success”.
“It’s been pleasing to see the Council grow from an idea to a fully functioning advisory body this year,” Professor Smith said.
“The Council was set up to advise us on how to maintain, leverage and foster connections with our 3600-plus alumni community worldwide.
“This is a very important part of ANZSOG’s overarching purpose to improve the lives of people in Australia and New Zealand by lifting the quality of public sector leadership.”
AAC members have been involved in a range of ANZSOG activities, including providing feedback on teaching and learning strategies, First Peoples strategy, impact workshops, thought leadership and regulators workshops.
“The Council is fulfilling its role as an advisory body, leveraging its skills and experience to improve ANZSOG’s future direction and strategy,” Mr Kent said.
The AAC will meet again on February 21, 2020.
If you’d like to contact a member of the AAC, please visit the ANZSOG website.