The Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) has announced the appointment of Professor Peter Shergold AC as its new National President.

IPAA is the nationwide professional association for people working in or with the public sector in Australia

Outgoing President Penny Armytage welcomed Professor Shergold’s appointment and noted his major contribution to the public sector.

“Through a long and distinguished public-sector career, which included leading the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet for five years, Professor Shergold has developed a deep understanding of the public sector and the mixture of challenges and opportunities it faces,” said Ms Armytage.

In recognition of the important role he played in in promoting change and innovation in the public service, Professor Shergold was made a Companion in the Order of Australia, which is Australia’s highest civilian award.

He became Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney in 2010.

Since leaving the public service, Professor Shergold has been asked to lead a number of major public sector inquiries.  This included Learning from Failure, a review into why large government policy initiatives have gone so badly wrong in the past and how the chances of success in the future can be improved.

Professor Shergold thanked Ms Armytage for her major contribution to IPAA and said he was excited by the opportunity to be National President.

“The work that IPAA does around Australia is incredibly important because political leaders and the community have high expectations of the public sector. It needs to be responsive and apolitical at a time when the principles and practice of democratic governance around the world is under challenge”.

Further information about IPAA as well as a more detailed biography and photo of Professor Shergold are available at www.ipaa.org.au

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