Leaders achieve a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management and step into their future

12 June 2013

The extra work, long nights and assessments are over for 65 graduating leaders from the Public Sector Management program (PSM). The Public Sector Commission hosted a graduation ceremony on 30 May 2013 to award leaders with their Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management.

With a beaming smile, the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) WA President Sue McCarrey congratulated the valedictorian, Sandra McHugh (Department of Water).

Sandra McHugh's valedictorian address was the highlight of the event. Ms McHugh stated 'I had mixed reactions when I learnt that I was valedictorian, I couldn’t have done it without the support of my cohort buddies. Why did I give the program my all? As a technical specialist with a PHD in Science, I realised that I needed to increase my managerial skills to progress in my career. The PSM program was robust, challenging and rigorous and was the ideal program to develop my management and leadership skills and has given me enormous confidence to lead'.

Over 120 people attended the ceremony with CEOs and senior leaders across the three tiers of government, including the City of Swan, Australian Electoral Commission, Department of Mines and Petroleum, Disability Services Commission, and WA Police.

The PSM program addresses the increasing need for public sector leaders to face complex challenges such as tighter finances, increased scrutiny and greater community expectations.

Applications are now open for the next intake, commencing on 1 August 2013. Visit www.psmprogram.wa.gov.au to find out more about the PSM program.

Page last updated 12 June 2013