The public service workforce is at the frontier of major change.
Significant changes to the shape and nature of public services combined with major changes in the organisation of work could transform the activities the public service workforce undertakes and the way in which it operates.
The Melbourne School of Government has worked with senior public servants and a range of experienced partner stakeholders to develop the Imagining the 21st Century Public Service Workforce Report which offers an informed and detailed account of the impending challenges and their implications for the 21st Century public service workforce.
This event will provide the opportunity to hear about and discuss the findings of the report and its suggestions for addressing the challenges facing public services in the 21st Century with the panel.
Gus O'Donnell is the Chairman of Frontier Economics, a Strategic Advisor to TD, the second largest Canadian bank, non-Executive Director at Brookfield Asset Management, a visiting Professor at the LSE and UCL and a member of the Economist Trust. He is also Chair of the Advisory Board of the Behavioural Insights Team at the Cabinet Office.
Gus was the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the British Civil Service from 2005-2011 under Prime Ministers Blair, Brown and Cameron. In 2010, Gus oversaw the introduction of the first coalition government since the Second World War. Before that, he was Permanent Secretary of Her Majesty's Treasury from 2002-2005. He has served on the Boards of the IMF and the World Bank. Gus studied Economics at Warwick University and Nuffield College, Oxford, before lecturing at Glasgow University and then began a long career in the Treasury. He was knighted in 2005 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 2012 where he sits as a crossbencher (i.e. is not affiliated to any political party). Most recently he chaired a group which produced an influential report on Wellbeing and Policy. In 2014, he was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy.
Helen Dickinson is Associate Professor of Public Governance at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne. Her expertise is in public services, particularly in relation to topics such as governance, commissioning and priority setting and decision making.
Helen has authored, co-authored or edited twelve books on these topics in the last five years and has also published in journals such as Public Administration, Public Management Review, Social Science and Medicine and Evidence and Policy. Helen is co-editor of the Journal of Health, Organization and Management and Australian Journal of Public Administration.
Thursday, 13 November 2014, 6:00 pm Where
Yarra Room , Melbourne Town Hall, Cnr Collins and Swanston Streets, Melbourne Booking