Building diverse executive teams: public service leaders share strategies


How do you find the right balance recruiting a diverse executive team within the public sector? Three leaders share their insights on which old models don’t work anymore and why diversity and inclusion are not synonymous.

Finding the right diversity balance within executive teams across Australia’s public sector is a hot topic in all boardrooms and a problem faced by all tiers of government.

As someone who has been recruiting at an executive level for the past 20 years within government, I am regularly asked by clients the following three questions:

  • How do we find the right balance?
  • What can we do now to prepare for tomorrow?
  • And, what works and what doesn’t?

To further my education in this area, I put these questions to three leading government executives. “The key is employ people which reflect the organisation’s customer or client base … ”

One senior position-holder in the Queensland government (who wished not to be named), who has led organisations within the public, the NGO and private sectors says the public sector should look to the private sector when it comes to examples of diverse workforces.

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