On-demand webcast: Working with ministers and their offices in a time of political volatility

Ministerial offices are facing major volatility. Empowered citizens and stakeholders want recognition of their concerns – and for governments to respond quickly with solutions that meet their needs.

Join our panel of experts as we explore how departments and public agencies ensure their ministers are well serviced and provided with the best advice as swiftly as possible, to meet the increasing expectations of citizens and stakeholders.

Our panel members have extensive experience working with ministerial offices (MOs) at state and federal level – whether as a senior adviser to a prime minister or premier, in a major public agency, or as an expert in best practice for ministerial and parliamentary liaison.

They understand the incredible volume and sensitivity of information MOs handle everyday, and will provide valuable insights into how agencies can best respond to today’s challenging political environment.

Watch the on-demand webcast as together we explore and exchange ideas about:

  • The realities of the pressures of a modern ministerial office
  • The need for departments and agencies to work with the MO on multiple issues and with several ministers
  • How successful agencies organise their ministerial liaison units
  • Best practice in digital systems and processes for managing the wide variety and unpredictable volume of ministerial interactions
  • How these systems can help departments and agencies deliver high quality briefings and advice with speed and accountability.

Your panel of experts:

Clive Mathieson – former chief of staff to the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, former senior adviser to NSW Premier Mike Baird

Clive has worked at the most senior levels of the media industry, state politics and federal politics. He spent five years as Business Editor of The Australian and then another five years as Editor. After leaving journalism, he served as Senior Adviser and Cabinet Director to NSW Premier Mike Baird and then Deputy Chief of Staff to Gladys Berejiklian. Moving to federal politics, Clive was Deputy Chief of Staff, and then Chief of Staff, to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull until his retirement from politics.

Sonya Sherman – Industry Solutions Director, Objective Corporation

Sonya works with the public sector on digital transformation of internal processes. Before joining Objective, Sonya was with NSW Department of Finance, Services & Innovation where she provided strategic advice on information management and security, open data and data-sharing. She is a strong advocate for digital government, maximising the use of data and information for better policy outcomes and greater public value.

Tom Burton – Publisher, The Mandarin

Tom Burton is a highly recognised publisher, digital leader and corporate affairs executive. He has served in various public administration roles, specialising in the media and communications sector, including as an adviser to the Minister for Communications. As a multi-Walkley Award-winning journalist, Tom was executive editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra bureau chief for The Australian Financial Review and managing editor of smh.com.au. He has worked at the Australian Communications and Media Authority, the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission and the federal Department of Finance.

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