Leading in the Public Interest

Leading in the Public Interest

Welcome to the McArthur podcast titled “Leading in the Public Interest”. Our podcast series will look at the people and issues involved in the public sector with a focus on local government in Australia."What are the unique challenges of working in the public sector? What does it mean to be a public servant?Each episode will either highlight the role, achievements and career path of senior leaders or will examine an issue of importance to the sector and examine how that affects the lives of Australians.Leading in the Public Interest is brought to you by McArthur’s HR Consulting Division, McArthur Talent Architects.


November 18, 2020 27 mins

In this episode, we discuss Southern Downs Regional Council’s innovative approach to engaging with their younger community members. This episode features Michael Bell, the Manager of Community and Cultural Services, , who was the driver of establishing a youth council and Liam Gow, a previous member of the Youth Council in 2019 and a student at Stanthorpe High School. The podcast discusses how the Youth Council was established, how...

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In this episode, we talk with Steph Amir and Trent McCarthy, two councillors at Darebin City Council about council’s decision to be the first in Australia to declare a climate emergency on 5 December 2016, what was involved in doing so and the implications.

About our guest speakers

Trent McCarthy was first elected to Darebin Council in 200 on a climate action platform.  Since then Trent has led the development of...

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In this episode, we talk with Glenn Patterson about how he has led the council through this period of turmoil and how they are planning to emerge into a post COVID-19 future. 

About our guest speaker
Glenn Patterson is the CEO of Casey Council located in the south eat of Melbourne.  It is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Victoria.  Prior to joining Casey Glenn was the long-serving CEO at Yarra Ranges Counc...

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In this episode, we interview Noelene Duff, an experienced senior leader in both State and Local government management, about her reflection on public service, her professional career and her advice to young public servants.

About our guest speaker
Noelene Duff retired in 2019 after a career spanning almost 40 years most of which were spent in local government.  Her professional life started in 1981 when she commenced ...

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In this episode, we interview Amanda Stone, a Councillor at the City of Yarra Council, about deliberative democracy and how it can enhance the work of local government through engaging and connecting with community stakeholders.

About our guest speaker
Amanda Stone is a councillor at the City of Yarra. She was first voted on to the Council in 2008 and was immediately elected to the role of Mayor a position she again h...

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